Highlands News

Stairway work on Mount Gibraltar

The Stone Stairway at Mount Gibraltar Heritage Reserve will be temporarily closed from February 4 with a specialised contractor to carry out stage one rehabilitation works including drainage and repairing the steps. The work is aimed at preserving the heritage stairway and addressing erosion. It's expected to re - open in early...

Council seeking tenders

Wingecarribee Council is seeking tenders from local contractors for a range of services including building, joinery, cleaning and concreting. The contracts are for a period of two years, with extensions of up to two years available in some instances. Tenders being called for include:• Building and joinery services (Tender No. 6330/19.3)• Facility...

Property market predicted to soften in 2019

The property market across the Southern Highlands is expected to soften further throughout 2019. Moody's Analytics which uses data from Core Logic is predicting that prices will fall 3.6 per cent in 2019 and a further 0.3 per cent the year after. Highlands Property Director Geoff O'Reilly says there a number of...

Man charged with filming in toilet cubicle

A man has been charged with allegedly using a camera in a toilet cubicle at Picton. Just before 9 yesterday morning, the 61 year old printer technician was servicing a printer at an office in Argyle Street. It's alleged that while he was inside the premises, he entered a toilet cubicle where...

Mayor supports citizenship ceremonies on Australia Day

Wingecarribee Mayor Duncan Gair says he has no major issues with holding citizenship ceremonies on Australia Day. The Prime Minister is pushing for them to become compulsory arguing it's a great opportunity to become Australian on our National Day. Many critics are asking the Federal Government to cover the cost of staff...

Submissions open for Royal Commission

Residents in the Southern Highlands can now make a submission to the Royal Commission into aged care. Further details can be found on the Commission's website regarding terms of reference, how submissions can be made and when hearings will be held. Member for Whitlam Stephen Jones says it's important to remember that...

Bookings open soon for Seniors Festival

Bookings for the Wingecarribee Seniors Festival open on Monday. More than 30 events are planned throughout February with some of the highlight being the Leisure and Travel Expo, an Irish Morning Tea at Hill Top and the popular Mystery Bus Tours. To view the full program of events visit:http://www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/seniors Alternatively contact Wingecarribee Shire...

Temporary closure of Stephens Park Bowral

Stephens Park in Bowral will be temporarily closed from January 28. Council workers will be carrying out drainage works, top-dressing and rehabilitation works to the playing fields and car park. The Highlands District Cricket Association will also be installing a concrete cricket pitch. The work will be completed in late February, however there'll...

Premier defends funding allocation for Bowral Hospital

Premier Gladys Berejiklian says you can't have " a one size fits all approach " when it comes to hospitals. She's been questioned whether more money would be forthcoming for Bowral Hospital after a further $30 million dollars was announced for Goulburn. $150 million has now been allocated for Goulburn and $65...

Infofest coming to Moss Vale

A big week is planned at Moss Vale Tafe next week for INFOFEST. Prospective students will be able to find out more information regarding a number of career pathways. A recent study conducted by Tafe NSW shows there a number of opportunities in Southern NSW within health and community services. INFOFEST is taking...

Former Mayor to consider options

Former Goulburn Mulwaree Mayor Geoff Kettle has expressed his disappointment after missing out on Liberal Party endorsement for Pru Goward's seat of Gouburn. He was overlooked in favour of Wendy Tuckerman from Boorowa. Mr. Kettle will consider his options over the weekend, which could include running as an independent, or for One...

Total fire ban

The NSW Rural Fire service has declared a total fire ban across the Coast and Highlands tomorrow with hot and windy conditions forecast. This applies to the following council areas including Kiama, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Wingecarribee, Wollondilly and Wollongong. The ban means all fire permits are suspended, however gas and electric barbeques can...

Horses for courses

Our Emergency services enjoyed themselves at today's Triple Zero Cricket Challenge, despite the stifling heat. The team from Fire and Rescue NSW won the challenge, followed by the Police and Rural Fire Service in third. The annual event raises money for suicide prevention in the Southern Highlands. Former Red Shield Appeal Chair Terry...

Important upgrade for Moss Vale Railway Station

The NSW Premier was in Moss Vale today to make a funding announcement for Moss Vale Railway Station. Millions of dollars will be spent on improving access to the facility, including a possible footbridge to the town centre and lifts to the station platform. Ms. Berejiklian says there will be extensive community...

Woman found dead at Moss Vale

Police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a woman at Moss Vale. A family member made the discovery at a home on Willow Drive yesterday. It appears the 64 year old woman had been dead for some time. Inspector John Klepczarek from the Hume Police District is hopeful that a...

Liberal Candidate announced for seat of Goulburn

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has made a stop off in Moss Vale this afternoon to introduce the new Liberal Candidate for Goulburn, following Pru Goward's announcement that she'll be retiring. Wendy Tuckerman is a former Councillor and Mayor of Boorowa Shire Council which is now known as Hilltops Council. She's currently the Chair...

Energy and cooling advice during heatwave

Endeavour Energy has some hot weather advice for customers including setting air conditioners to a comfortable 23 to 26 degrees Every degree cooler adds more to cooling costs and using fans to circulate cool air within homes also helps. Spokesperson Janine Cullen says there also other ways to try and keep cool...

Taking care of pets in the heat

We're being reminded to keep an eye out for our pets during this week's heatwave conditions. That means not walking the dog in the middle of the day, leaving plenty of water and providing shade. Jeremy Maitland from " We Know Pets in Bowral " says birds also suffer during the hot...

Highlands restaurants awarded chef's hats

Five restaurants in the Southern Highlands have been awarded a chef's hat in the 2019 Australian Good Food Guide. That includes Biota Dining and Horderns Restaurant in Bowral, the Birch in Moss Vale, Eschalot in Berrima and Katers Restaurant at Sutton Forest. Eschalot also picked up an AGFG 2019 Readers Choice Award. The...