Highlands News

Hume MP retains energy portfolio

Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor has been appointed Minister for Energy and Emissions reduction after Scott Morrison unveiled his new Ministry. Mr. Taylor says he's looking forward to getting on with the job of lowering power prices for Australian families and businesses and ensuring we stay on track to meet...

Councillors approve pay increase

The majority of Wingecarribee Councillors have agreed to increase their annual fee in accordance with a recommendation from the Local Government Remuneration Tribunal. At the moment each of the nine Councillors are paid $19,790 and the Mayor receives $43,170. The 2.5 per cent increase will see these fees rise by $490 and...

Attempted armed robbery in Moss Vale

Police are seeking information about an attempted armed robbery at Moss Vale. Just after 11:30 last night, a 31 year old woman was walking along Railway Street when she was approached by two men. One of the them allegedly threatened her with what’s believed to be a pocket knife. They then demanded her...

Stones to pull out the big guns

The Southern Highlands Best Pie Competition gets underway next week. One of the best pie judges in Australia Ron Taylor will once again be the head judge and this year organisers are reporting plenty of interest from out of area including the South Coast and Wollondilly. Judging is taking place at the...

In principle support for Mittagong DA

The proponent of a large scale development being proposed opposite Highlands Marketplace in Mittagong is willing to compromise, with a reduced height of 15 metres or a maximum of four storeys. The proposal will be bounded by Rainbow Road, Brewster Street, the Old Hume Highway and the Mineral Springs Reserve in...

Volunteers out in force for Red Shield Appeal

Southern Highlands residents are being asked to give generously this weekend for the Red Shield Appeal. Volunteers will be situated at a number of locations including north and southbound McDonalds at Sutton Forest aswell as Woolworths and Coles Supermarkets. In addition to this, there'll also be a few door knockers about. The organisation...

Opening prayer item deferred

A notice of motion to include more religious faiths in the opening prayer at Wingecarribee council meetings has been deferred. Given Councillors Graham McLaughlin and Gary Turland were away at last night's meeting, Councillor Whipper told the chamber he'd prefer to wait till they returned to discuss the matter further. At the...

Berrima DA's approved

Last night's Wingecarribee council meeting was overshadowed by a verbal accusation directed at council staff by someone from the public. The person accused staff of ' doing a deal '. The incident took place while Councillors were discussing the consolidation of two lots in Odessa and Nathan Streets in Berrima into three...

Water NSW raises the alarm bells

Water NSW is calling for more restrictions on two big coal mines in the Sydney Water Catchment including Peabody Coal's metropolitan and underground mines and South 32's Dendrobium mine, which has a longwall underneath the Southern Highlands. It comes after the agency made a a submission to an independent expert panel,...

Feedback sought on Chelsea Gardens DCP

Wingecarribee Council is now seeking feedback about the draft Chelsea Gardens Development Control Plan which is now on public exhibition. The project once completed will feature 1200 residential lots ranging in size from 450 to 2000 square metres. The control plan includes details in four key areas including the Chelsea Gardens/Coomungie Lands...

Cycle for Cancer ride another success

More than $80,000 was raised from the Cycle for Cancer Ride over the weekend at Fitzroy Falls. The event which has now been running for five years, involves participants competing in the some the area's most challenging terrain. More than 180 riders had the choice of riding the three or five hour...

Reaching 4 Korina

Another fundraiser has been organised to help Yerrinbool mother Korina Valentine who lost a number of limbs after a sepsis misdiagnosis. Korina is hoping to purchase a bionic hand, which will cost around $100,000 and at this stage there is little or no help from the government. In the meantime she is...

Mountain bike tragedy at Wingello

A report is being prepared for the Coroner following the death of a man in the Shimano MTB GP in Wingello on Saturday. It's believed the man suffered a heart attack while competing in a mountain bike race. The event was immediately stopped and riders were directed back to the event centre. Organisers...

Opening prayer in the spotlight

Wingecarribee Councillors will consider at tomorrow's meeting, whether to allow other religions to contribute towards the opening prayer prior to each council meeting. The prayer is usually conducted by a Minister from the Anglican Church, but a notice of motion put forward by Councillor Whipper will also seek to include local...

Chemical cleanout day at Moss Vale

A household chemical cleanout day is being held at Council's Moss Vale depot this Saturday. Residents will be able to get rid of any of their unwanted chemicals between 9am and 3:30pm. Items that can be dropped off include household cleaners, paints, motor oils and fluids as well as fluorescent globes and...

Recognising our SES volunteers

SES Units across the Coast and Highlands will be taking part in Wear Orange Wednesday tomorrow with the aim of getting the community involved and saying thankyou to volunteers. In the Highlands, members will be attending four different schools including Oxley College, Bowral and Moss Vale High Schools and Glenquarry Public...

Calls for shopfront vacancy tax

The Illawarra Business Chamber says a vacancy tax for empty shopfronts is not the way to go. Small Business Commissioners across the nation believe there are too many incentives for landlords to leave premises vacant rather than reduce rents. One of the main concerns is that banks value properties based on what...

Former top cop calls for Milat to tell truth

A former Detective and NSW Police Assistant Commissioner believes Serial killer Ivan Milat should tell the truth before he dies. Clive Small headed a taskforce of more than 600 Officers to investigate the Belanglo State Forest murders. The comments come after it was revealed Milat has terminal oesophagus cancer and is being...

Highlands Brewery in the awards

The Eden Brewery at Mittagong has performed outstandingly at the recent Australian International Beer Awards, which is the largest annual beer competition in the world. The brewery picked up a gold Medal for their Argania Bock in the category of best German Bock and a Bronze Medal for their Phoenix D...