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Highlands News

Neighbourhood noise policy on exhibition

Wingecarribee Council's draft Neighbourhood Noise Policy is now on public exhibition. The policy provides the community with information about how Council manages noise complaints. The draft looks at a number of different issues including dogs, air conditioners, pumps and roosters. Submissions close on October 5. Go to: http://www.yoursaywingecarribee.com.au/neighbourhoodnoise

More rain on the way

Farmers could receive some much needed relief this week. The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast that up to 15 millimetres could fall in some parts of the Southern Highlands. Forecaster Steven Stefanak says the conditions are being caused by a number of factors including a high pressure system moving over the Southern...

Car smashes into Priceline Pharmacy Bowral

Southern Highlands Police are currently at the scene of a crash in Bowral. Around 2pm a vehicle crashed into Priceline Pharmacy, smashing the shop's front window. An eight year old boy was struck in the incident and he's been transported to Westmead Childrens Hospital with a leg injury. In the meantime, Police have...

Premier meets staff at Welby Garden Centre

Challenge Southern Highlands has received a $235,000 grant which will be used for the Welby Garden Centre. The funding is all part of the NSW Government's Stronger Communities fund and will be used to establish a new production area in addition to the nursery section. General Manager Tony McElhinney says it will...

Major funding announcement for Bowral Rugby Club

NSW Premier Gladys Berejikilian has made a visit to Bowral today to announce a $991,300 funding grant for the Bowral Rugby Club. The money will be used for extensions on both ends of the clubhouse, which will turn the facility into a 240 seat function centre for people to use in...

On track for record entries

Registrations for the Bowral Cycling Classic are well up on the same time last year and organisers are anticipating a record sell out for October's event. A big change this year, will be using a different course for the major event. It will take on a whole new route, with riders to...

Historic railway station open to public

The northern village of Colo Vale will be a hype of activity on Saturday. With the permission of Transport Heritage NSW, the local community association will be opening the historic railway station to the public, between 9:30am and 1:30pm. It's the first time the station has been open in a couple of...

Funding annoucement for Koalas in the Highlands

Koala conservation in the Southern Highlands will benefit from a joint $450,00 funding announcement by the NSW Saving our Species program and Wingecarribee Shire Council. The money will be spent on habitat restoration, fire management plans, reducing dog attacks and landholder and community engagement. It will be spread over three years and...

Mittagong junior in the awards

Former Mittagong Lions junior and current Parramatta Eels forward Daniel Alvaro has taken out the 2018 Ken Thornett Medal for Player of the Year and the Blue and Gold Army Player of the Year award. The awards were announced at a special gala dinner at Rose Hill Gardens earlier in the...

Ladies league tag match to remain the status quo

A Ladies League Tag finals match between Moss Vale and Picton will go ahead tomorrow as planned. A number of people had raised concerns about the match clashing with the Chevalier College annual presentation ball. Chairman of Group six rugby league Grahame Andrews says it's disappointing given the clubs were given details...

Applications now being taken for drought assistance

The Bowral Co - Op is now taking applications from drought affected farmers in the Southern Highlands who require financial assistance. The Co - Op has now raised close to $50,000, which includes $15,000 from Chevalier College, $10,000 from Wingecarribee Council and the rest from generous locals. CEO Craig Perkins says there...

Poll to be conducted on Southern Highlands economy

The Illawarra Business Chamber is conducting a poll of more than 550 businesses on the Southern Highlands to get their thoughts and concerns about the current economic conditions. The survey comes after a meeting was held in July, where local business people vented their frustrations about their dealings with Wingecarribee Council. Executive...

Stolen goods uncovered on Hume Highway

Police have uncovered a large amount of alleged stolen goods during a vehicle stop in Goulburn. Just after 1:30pm on Monday, Highway Patrol Officers stopped a Hyundai Tucson on the Hume Highway. During the search they found computer equipment, ink cartridges, navigation systems, modems and digital cameras, all valued at around $25,000. Two...

Hume MP sworn in as Energy Minister

Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor has been officially sworn in as the Minister for Energy. The Hume MP was asked by the Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove to take and subscribe the Oath of Office. Here is Mr. Taylor's statement about his appointment: As Minister for Energy I will be working hard...

Pru Goward says Turnbull ousting all about revenge & spite

Member for Goulburn Pru Goward has labelled last week's leadership spill as embarrassing and a terrible mess. Ms. Goward's office has received numerous complaints, because she says many of her constituents don't distinguish the difference between State and Federal Politics. She can't understand why her Federal colleagues decided to force a change...

Bushfire danger period starts Saturday

A reminder that the bushfire danger period for the Wingecarribee and Wollondilly Local Government areas has been brought forward to the start of September. Residents are being asked to remove flammable materials from their yards, clear leaves from gutters and check that hoses can reach all parts of their house. Meanwhile people...

Funding injection for libraries

Libraries across the Wingecarribee are expected to get their fair share of a $60 million investment into public libraries announced by the State Government. We're being told the funding will improve much-needed services, especially in regional areas with the per capita subsidy to increase from $1.85 per capita to $2.85 per...

Magpie season is here

A reminder to residents that Spring coincides with the start of the magpie season Wingecarribee Council's Environmental Projects Officer Jo Stammers says the birds can become more aggressive at this time of year and will try to protect their young from any potential threats. There are a few things people can do...

Minister for getting electricity prices down

Scott Morrison has unveiled his new ministry, with our Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor to take on the energy portfolio. The energy and environment role formerly held by Josh Frydenberg will be split, with Mr. Taylor announced as Energy Minister and Melissa Price to become Environment Minister. Mr. Morrison has described...