Highlands News

Solution in sight for environment levy

The Wingecarribee Shire's Environment Levy looks a little safer for now after Mayor Duncan Gair met with concerned residents at the Bowral Memorial Hall on Friday. The Mayor told residents that subject to a successful vote at the next council meeting, it won't be touched during this term of council. It comes...

Promotion for Whitlam MP

Our Member for Whitlam Stephen Jones has been given two important roles in Anthony Albanese's new Shadow Ministry. That includes the Oppositions's Assistant Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Financial Services. Mr. Jones' responsibilities will be to ensure that the economy is working for everyone and that all the recommendations from the Royal...

Heatherbraes a standout in best pie competition

The Southern Highlands Best Pie Competition was hotly contested at the Mittagong RSL on Saturday night. Heatherbraes at Sutton Forest won the best overall in both the Southern Highlands and NSW/ACT. Event Manager Elizabeth Nichols says their winning steak mince pies are sure to be in high demand over the next few...

Changed traffic conditions on Hume Highway

Motorists are advised of changed traffic conditions from this weekend at various locations on the Hume Highway between Wilton and Marulan. Minor pavement repair work will be carried out northbound near Nattai River at Mittagong from 6am and 5pm, Sunday 2 to Friday 7 June, weather permitting. Vegetation clearing work will also...

Alleged Southern Highlands thugs arrested

Two men have been charged over the alleged serious assault of a man in Moss Vale last weekend. The victim was recording on his mobile along Argyle Street before allegedly being attacked by the pair. Police allege the 30-year-old was kicked in the face and held down until he deleted the recording...

Inaugural speech for new Goulburn MP

The newly elected Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman has made her inaugural speech in State Parliament. The former Boorowa Mayor took over from Pru Goward who retired at the recent state election, defeating Ursula Stephen, despite a swing of more than three per cent towards Labor. During her speech she promised to...

Potential threat to environment levy

A number of residents are up in arms about a Wingecarribee Council staff proposal to take money from the environment levy to part fund the Southern Highlands Regional Art Gallery. Council's draft operational budget, which is yet to be endorsed by Councillors, shows $94,000 will be deducted from the levy each...

Pie Time front & centre at State Parliament

It was a big day at State Parliament today, for the official launch of Pie Time in the Southern Highlands. Politicians from all sides of the fence aswell as guests were treated to a selection of our local pies from the Robertson Pie Shop, Heatherbrae Pies, Stones Patisseries and Gumnut. Those in...

Pie Time to be launched at State Parliament

A big day is planned for the organisers of Pie Time, with the event to be officially launched at State Parliament today. All sides of Government will gather in the Speakers Garden, with Minister for Tourism Stuart Ayres to speak about this year's destination marketing campaign. In addition to this, our politicians...

Volunteers put in a great effort

The Bowral Salvation Army has given a big shout out to locals who helped out with last weekend's Red Shield Appeal. The organisation has ended up a tad short of its $40,000 goal. As of last Sunday the figure was just shy of $30,000 but it's hoped further donations from local schools...

Centenary of Picton to Mittagong main line railway

This year celebrates the centenary of the Picton to Mittagong main line railway. To coincide with this, Tahmoor resident James Whitfield has written a book, which explores the trains, stations, tunnels, bridges and why the deviation railway line was needed. He says the book would be ideal for train enthusiasts and interested...

Unprovoked attack in Moss Vale

Police are seeking information about a vicious assault at Moss Vale. Around 11pm on Saturday night, a man was walking along Argyle Street when he was confronted by two other men near the courthouse. In a random attack, the victim was punched and suffered a broken jaw He was transported to Liverpool Hospital...

Mulch fire at Moss Vale

Fire crews have been called to a large mulch fire at Moss Vale. The fire broke out around 10 this morning on a private property inside an industrial estate along Vale Road. It's believed the blaze was caused by spontaneous heat combustion, which started in the middle of the mulch pile. Due to...

Milat transferred to Long Bay Gaol

Police hope serial killer Ivan Milat will speak to them about other crimes he's accused of committing, before he dies from cancer. The 74-year-old murderer has left a secure ward at Sydney's Princes of Wales Hospital, handcuffed in a wheelchair and taken to Long Bay Jail hospital. New South Wales Corrections Commissioner...

Strong winds strike at Willow Vale

The Wingecarribee SES Unit has been called to a dozen or so jobs over the past couple of days, which have been all wind related. Most jobs involving trees on roads were referred to Roads and Maritime Services and council. Unit Commander Heather Rowe says the others resulted in damaged fences and...

Be water wise

Residents in the Southern Highlands are being asked not to get complacent with their water usage, despite our region being fortunate enough to have above average storage capacity, compared with many of our neighbouring regions. However if conditions continue to deteriorate, Wingecarribee Council may have to consider water restrictions. As of Monday...

IPC: Key issues need resolving

The Independent Planning Commission says a number of key environmental and social issues have to be resolved before it hands down its final determination regarding the Hume Coal mining proposal. That includes a series of findings and 30 recommendations which will require further information from the applicant and Department of Planning. Some...

Strong winds bring down trees

The strong winds have brought down a number of trees across the Southern Highlands. Around 7:30 this morning the Avoca Rural Fire Service Brigade were called to East Kangaloon after a large tree fell down across Tourist Road. Volunteers used a chainsaw to cut the tree up into smaller pieces, while controlling...

Cold fronts moving through region

A severe weather warning is in place for damaging winds across the Coast and Highlands. The conditions are being caused by a series of cold fronts which are moving across NSW. Local residents can expect winds of between 60 and 70 kilometres per hour with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h,...