Highlands News

Learner motorcyclist nabbed speeding & disobeying public health order

An expensive day for a learner motorcyclist south of Bargo. Just before 8am today, the rider was clocked doing a 131 in a 110 zone after he overtook an unmarked Highway Patrol vehicle on the Hume Motorway. He copped a $944 fine, lost five demerits and had his licence suspended for three...

Truck fire on Macquarie Pass

Macquarie Pass is closed due to a truck fire. The Pass is closed between Mount Murray Road in Mount Murray and Tongarra Lane in Tongarra. Motorists are being asked to avoid the area. Light vehicles can use Jamberoo Mountain Road and heavy vehicles can use the Hume Highway, Picton Road and the M1...

Mittagong junior slapped with fine & suspension

Mittagong junior and St George Illawarra forward Daniel Alvaro has copped a $15,000 fine and a one match suspension for failing to comply with the game’s biosecurity protocols. Alvaro along with 11 other teammates attended a gathering held at Paul Vaughan's home in Shellharbour. NRL boss Andrew Abdo says he is "gutted"...

Real Estate course at Tafe NSW Moss Vale

With the local property market moving ahead in leaps and bounds TAFE NSW is now making a Real Estate course available from its campus in Moss Vale for the first time. The Certificate 4 in Real Estate Practice, will enable people to get a certificate of registration. Sarena Seovic who's a teacher...

ANZ considers temporary ATM & pop up branch

The ANZ branch in Bowral is considering a number of options after last week's building fire, including a temporary mobile ATM and a pop-up branch location. District manager Matt Parkinson is encouraging their business banking customers to reach out to their relationship managers to discuss how they can continue to do...

Let the rebuilding begin

The Highlands community is throwing its support behind a number of businesses impacted by last week's fire in Bong Bong Street through donations, office services and storage space. Around 12 shops were completely destroyed or partially damaged. Phillip Israel had the Leura Book Store and said they're all devastated. " They're was absolutely...

Keep clothes a metre away from the heater

Firefighters were called out to a fire inside a house at Moss Vale on Saturday night. When they got there, they found clothes in front of a gas heater alight and a large amount of toxic smoke from the plastic melting off the clothes stand. The home was ventilated and made safe. Fire...

More charges over alleged Bowral café breaches

UPDATE: Police inspected the shop once again on Saturday morning where they counted 20 people- including two female employees serving customers – allegedly not wearing face masks. The employees told Officers they had no intention of complying. The two female employees aged 62 and 63 have since been charged. A man charged with assaulting...

Video shows fight to save businesses

Dramatic video has emerged of the battle to save Bowral businesses overnight. Tom Farquhar captured footage of fire fighters trying to extinguish the fire as smoke billowed from shops, and flames erupted. About a dozen shops were severely damaged in the fire. Investigations into the cause are continuing.        

Final stage of IPC hearings scheduled

Residents wanting to have their final say about the Hume Coal proposal have until midday today, to register for an electronic hearing taking place on July 12 and 13. http://www.ipcn.nsw.gov.au/ The hearing will be broadcast via the Independent Planning Commission's website. http://www.ipcn.nsw.gov.au/livestream Alternatively people can lodge a written submission by July 23. http://www.ipcn.nsw.gov.au/have-your-say The IPC will...

Fees & charges to be refunded

A number of fees charged by Destination Southern Highlands are being refunded. That's because they weren't included in a public exhibition of Council's Fees and Charges for last financial year. These related to partnership membership, product consignment, tickets, accommodation and accomodation site inspection fees which add up to about $150,000. A full list...

Mask refusal results in Bowral arrests

There have been arrests in Bowral after an organic food store allegedly refused to comply with the COVID facemask requirements. Footage has emerged online of the shop owners clashing with police. The owners allegedly wrestled with police before being bundled into a van. The organic store had banned mask wearing, and posts on...

Bowral businesses damaged in overnight blaze

About ten Bowral businesses have been damaged by fire, heat and smoke during a blaze in the town’s central business district overnight. And emergency services were this morning still at the scene of the building fire. About 9pm yesterday emergency services were called to an address in Bong Bong Street, Bowral, following...

Bushfire funding for Wingecarribee

A number of projects across the Wingecarribee will receive funding from stage two of the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund, which is being co-funded by the Australian and NSW Governments. That includes: $1,697,119 – New Penrose Community Hall | Wingecarribee Shire Council$2,479,000 – Upgrades to Casburn Park, Wingello | Wingecarribee Shire Council$205,000...

No more Pfizer until October

The Mittagong Respiratory Clinic which is the only place where you can get the pfizer vaccine in the Highlands is booked out until October. That's why an exemption has been given to Wingecarribee residents to travel to greater Sydney for the sole purpose of getting the vaccine. Chair of the Southern Highlands...

Aviation workers moving in a new direction

Aviation workers in the Highlands have used the pandemic to re - train and find a new career. One of those is Qantas flight attendant Selina Dickson who completed a certificate three and four in Floristry and then successfully gained employment as a florist. She now works in her studio-based business called...

Launch of New Independent Team

  Experienced leadership, Growth by Design and Connecting Healthy Communities. That's the Platform the Working For Your Future Group will be taking to the Wingecarribee Local Government Election in September. The team is made up of eight candidates, headed by Jennifer Bott. Jennifer believes our shire will faces a number of challenges heading into...

Kangaroo collides with car at Moss Vale

Emergency Services were called to Moss Vale this morning after a woman's car collided with a kangaroo. The incident took place at the Argyle Street/Suttor Road roundabout just after 10. The woman aged in her 80's was taken to Bowral Hospital as a precaution. IMAGE CREDIT: NSW Paramedics