Highlands News

More protective masks for health care workers

The federal government will be able to allocate more protective face masks to healthcare workers after receiving an earlier than expected shipment of 58 million masks. The positive news comes even as deputy Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly warned Australians that COVID-19 is not an old person's disease. It comes as the...

Wait and see game for Bong Bong Race Club

The Bong Bong Race Club will not be selling tickets and taking Marquee bookings for this year's Picnic Races until the club knows what's happening with COVID19 restrictions. Sponsors also won't be billed until there's a definitive answer. However the Race Committee says planning will proceed as though the races will be...

Highlands local to feature on new stamp

Highlands local Noelene Brown will have her face splashed across a new series of stamps, being put out by Australia Post. Three other Australian performers will also be honoured including Adam Hills, Gary McDonald and Magda Szubanski. Ms. Brown has appeared in countless films, television shows and theatrical productions. In 2018 she was...

A few changes with operational protocols

The COVID19 pandemic is affecting the way our State Emergency Service members are performing their duties. The Wingecarribee Unit is asking that residents, first send through a photo of what needs fixing. People are then asked to stay inside while the job is completed. Manager of Operational Response Dylan Whitelaw says they're members...

Bundanoon woman to face trial

A 67 year old woman accused of murdering her elderly mother at a nursing home at Bundanoon in 20-18 has been committed to face trial. Barbara Eckersley remains on bail and will plead NOT guilty when the Supreme Court trial begins in June. Ms. Eckersley's mother was renowned scientist Dr. Mary White...

Residents still unable to access properties

Wingecarribee Council has now got the go ahead to clear a number of landslides which have blocked Wombeyan Caves Road. The landslides were caused by the recent floods and a geo - tech report was arranged to assess the damage. This hasn't helped a number of residents who've haven't been able to...

Bushwalkers rescued from Macquarie Pass Canyon

Illawarra Police Rescue and the SES got a call late yesterday after a couple of female bush walkers got lost at Macquarie Pass Canyon. The pair were located at the top of the Canyon and guided to safety uninjured. Police are reminding people bush walking isn't permitted under the current health order. IMAGE...

Strong support for proposal to re - name Centennial Oval

The Bowral Blues Cricket Club has been left overwhelmed by the response to a proposal to have the club’s home ground, Centennial Oval, named after local stalwart, Brian Martin. That support has come from leaders and members of local cricket clubs aswell as The Greater Illawarra Cricket Zone and Cricket NSW. Australian...

Assistance for bushfire affected clubs

Local sporting clubs impacted by the recent bushfires are being encouraged to apply for a number of funding grants worth up to $20,000 each. The grants are being offered through The Alliance for Sports Recovery and can be used to replace essential lost or damaged equipment, uniforms and fees. Australian Sports Foundation...

Bundanoon Winterfest cancelled

The organisers of Winterfest at Bundanoon have made the difficult decision to cancel this year's event. Although the event is taking place in July, there's too much uncertainty surrounding the COVID19 situation. Bundanoon Community Association President Peter Gray says it's best they turn their attention to next year instead.

PM scolds World Health Organisation for supporting the reopening of wet markets

The prime minister says it's "unfathomable" to back live animal markets, which were likely the cause of the killer coronavirus. "I'm totally puzzled by this decision," Mr Morrison told Nine on Tuesday. Australia's firm stance against wildlife markets could put the country on a collision course with the global health authority. "We need...

Covid19 case numbers remain stable

The number of confirmed COVID 19 cases across the Wingecarribee has remained stable over the Easter break. As of 8pm yesterday, 23 people in the shire were infected with the virus. The Covid 19 testing centre is available at the outpatients clinic at Bowral Hospital. It's open seven days a week between the...

Keeping a safe distance!

With the kids spending more time at home due to the COVID19 crisis, a safety reminder from our garbage pick up drivers. There have been a few reports in the Highlands of children and adults for that matter running outside to say hello. This can probably be put down to the self...

Checking wood fired heaters before sparking up

With the nights starting to get alot cooler across the Highlands, Wingecarribee Council is reminding residents to get a quick check of their wood fire heaters before they spark up. This can done with an annual clean by a chimney sweep. Communications Officer David Sommers says it also helps to use the...

Free community delivery service in Bundanoon

A free community delivery service called Bits By Bike is now available in Bundanoon for people in need. The idea was started by local adventurer Huw Kingston with the aim of also supporting businesses down the main street of the village. He says all the delivery work is done by bike. There's now...