Highlands News

Major weather event forecast

Residents across the Coast and Highlands will be battered by heavy rain and strong winds on Wednesday. The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting that between 60 and 150 millimetres of rain could fall in the Highlands. Meanwhile in Nowra 40 to 100 millimetres could fall. Senior Forecaster Neil Frazer says thunderstorms will develop...

Big award for Destination Southern Highlands

The team at Destination Southern Highlands will be competing for the national title at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Launceston next year. It comes after they won the Destination Marketing category at the 2018 Canberra Region Tourism Awards last Friday. This is the second time the team have won the award. Manager...

Serious crash at Berrima

UPDATE: Site has now been cleared, but Motorway still affected southbound. Emergency Services have been called to a single vehicle crash at Berrima. Just after 11 o'clock this morning, a 25 year old man was travelling along the Hume Motorway, near Greenhills Road, when he lost control and hit a tree. The man...

New mental health service for young people

A new mental health support program for young people aged between 12 and 25 is opening in Bowral. REFRAME will enable them to link up with youth workers and receive physiological support. The service is being launched this Friday and will be situated at 5 Wingecarribee Street in Bowral. Larry Whipper from Community...

Coroner: Death was potentially preventable

An inquest into the death of Oxley College student Angelique Burton Ho has found her passing was potentially preventable. Back in August 2015, 12 year old Angelique died of cardio-respiratory failure, due to aspiration pneumonia. Days earlier she had been admitted to Bowral Hospital a number of times and was airlifted to...

Tribute to farmers at Bong Bong

Thousands of people have braved the windy conditions to enjoy a day out at today's Bong Bong Picnic Races. This year's theme is celebrating farmers and the vital role they play in the community. The Race Committee has set aside a marquee so almost 100 farmers across the Coast and Highlands can...

SES crews kept busy

SES crews have been kept busy across the Wingecarribee and Shoalhaven Local Government areas with destructive winds wreaking havoc. There have been a total of 40 jobs across both regions, mostly for loose roof tiles, fallen trees and branches and ridge capping blown away. Zone Commander Colin Malone says the conditions should...

BOM: Severe weather warning for damaging winds

A severe weather warning is currently in place for damaging across the the Coast and Highlands. The conditions are being caused by a low pressure system lying to the southeast of Victoria which has brought with it strong northwest to southwest winds. These winds have intensified this morning. People can expect winds averaging...

Operation Chrome this weekend

Officers from the Hume Police District will be out in force this weekend as part of Operation Chrome. There have already been 321 deaths across the state in 2018. The Operation will run between today and Sunday with a particular focus on roads around the Southern Highlands. Chief Inspector Brendan Bernie says they'll...

A full guide for Bong Bong Picnic Races

Thousands of people will be attending tomorrow's Bong Bong Picnic Races in East Bowral. This year's theme will be ' celebrating our farmers ' and the Country Women's Association have invited more than 80 farmers from across the Coast and Highlands to enjoy the day for free. Club Manager Peter Hales says...

Pru Goward draws attention to petitions to sack Wingecarribe Council

Member for Goulburn Pru Goward has drawn attention to two petitions set up to sack Wingecarribee Council and stop the station Street project in Bowral from going ahead. However both won't be debated on the floor of State Parliament due to a lack of signatures. The petition to sack council received 500...

Approval for Civic Centre alterations

Wingecarribee Council's Civic Centre at Moss Vale will soon undergo a part upgrade. Councillors have unanimously agreed to go ahead with installing a new roof, courtyard in-fill area and accessible lift. Over the years staff have been dealing with continual leaking roofs. The Civic Centre was built back in the early 1970's and...

Public meeting about Wombeyan Caves Rd.

A public meeting has been organised to discuss the need to fix Wombeyan Caves Road. Concerned locals are seeking a funding commitment and regular maintenance. The meeting is being held at the Bullio Woolshed on Saturday December 1 at 10am. Member for Goulburn Pru Goward will be attending.

Roadworks at Moss Vale - Illawarra Highway

Road resurfacing work is taking place on the Illawarra Highway at Moss Vale. The work is taking place between Nowra Road and Fitzroy Road and will be carried out from 9:30am and 2:30pm, between this Friday and December 14. Motorists are being asked to take note of any reduced speed limits and...

Palliative care volunteer doing wonders

A local palliative care volunteer has been congratulated by the South Western Sydney Local Health District after providing 10 years of service to the Wingecarribee Shire. Exeter resident Lynn Harris supports people in their own homes, hospitals and nursing homes. She wanted to give back to the community after for her husband...

Truck and grass fire at Yerrinbool

Emergency Services have been called to a truck and grass fire at Yerrinbool. The incident started just before 10am on the Hume Motorway near Sierra Street. Southbound lanes were affected with heavy traffic conditions in the area. The site was cleared around 12:30pm. IMAGE CREDIT: Bargo Rural Fire Service

Police Officer's good deeds recognised

A Police Officer from the Hume Police District has taken out the Rotary Community Award. The award is in acknowledgement of Leading Senior Constable Bianca Williams' work in the local community. Constable Williams spent time working in the Southern Highlands before moving to Goulburn. She does a lot of charity work, cooks meals...

Preparation is everything

Fire and Rescue NSW is trying to get the message out there about the bushfire risk in the Southern Highlands this Summer. A free workshop is taking place at the Mittagong RSL this Sunday between 1pm and 2:30pm where people will be able to find out how to prepare a bushfire...

Man falls off bike at Moss Vale

A man is recovering in Liverpool Hospital after coming off his bike at Moss Vale. Emergency Services were called to Kirkham Road around 7:30 yesterday morning. At this stage it's unclear how the 30 year old ended up on the street and how long he had been there for. He suffered a number...