Highlands News

Pothole problems in the Wingecarribee

With the large amount rain we've received lately an increasing number of potholes are appearing across the shire. Council staff are currently assessing the shire's network of roads and carrying out repairs where needed. Anyone who'd like to report potholes can phone council on 4868 0888. Alternatively people can download a free app...

Disaster assistance extended to Wingecarribee

  The Australian Government has extended disaster recovery assistance to a further 13 local government areas including the Wingecarribee. Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor says severe weather and flooding has caused significant damage to roads, businesses and residential properties, with many councils now undertaking clean-up work and repairs to infrastructure. Assistance available...

Community reps needed for GM selection panel

Wingecarribee Council's Administrator Viv May needs two community representatives to join a selection panel to assist in the recruitment of council's new General Manager. Suspended and former Councillors aswell as past and prospective candidates for Local Government election are not allowed to apply. The successful applicants will receive a stipend, while at...

Surprise visitor to Robertson Public School

A number of representatives from Letape have made a visit to the Robertson Public School and Southern Highlands Cycling Club. That included Ambassador Simon Gerrans who wore the Yellow jersey at the Tour De France and Commentator Matthew Keenan Florent Malezieux from Lateral Events Management says it's all about engaging with the...

Nine campers brought back to safety

A group of nine campers who got stuck out at the Wollondilly River Station near Bullio have been brought back to safety. The group drove out to the location on Friday afternoon. They lost a number of items in the floodwater, but were able to save their camping equipment and call for...

Chemical cleanout day at Moss Vale Depot

Wingecarribee Council has had to deal with a number of incidents lately where chemicals have been dumped in our wastewater and stormwater networks. The first incident was picked up within the Mittagong Sewage Treatment Plant and in the second, chemicals were detected in the stormwater system in East Bowral near the...

Return to sunny conditions across the Highlands

Finally some reprieve in the weather across the Southern Highlands after days of torrential rain. The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting a mostly sunny day with north westerly winds increasing to 50 kilometres per hour. Meteorologist Rob Taggart says in the seven days leading up to 9 o'clock yesterday morning, 266 millimetres...

Evacuation warning for Picton CBD

A flood evacuation warning for Picton CBD. What is happening: The NSW SES is advising residents in: Picton CBD to prepare to evacuate.As a result of rising flood waters people within the Picton CBD should prepare to evacuate.Residents should monitor the situation and be prepared to evacuate when instructed to do so....

Power outage in Hill Top area

A number of residents between Hill Top and High Range are without power after a large tree fell on powerlines at Hill Top. Initially there were about 200 customers affected, now it's down to 150. Endeavour Energy Spokesperson Janine Cullen says they rneed people to be really alert about fallen or submerged...

Campers waiting to be rescued

A group of nine campers who've been cut off by floodwaters are waiting to be rescued at Wollondilly River Station. Unfortunately the area can't be accessed due to the condition of the road. It's hoped to airlift them out once the weather conditions improve. Dylan Whitelaw from the Wingecarribee SES says all of...

SES Update for Wingecarribee

The Wingecarribee SES Unit has now had around 160 requests for assistance since the rain deluge began. That includes 15 jobs this morning, mostly for trees across roads. The overall figures are not too bad if you compare them to more than 9600 requests across the state. The Bureau of Meerology is predicting...

Road re - opened after earlier closure

The Mittagong/Bowral road has reopened after a couple of earlier incidents. Work crews had to repair a fallen powerline and remove a tree which had fallen across the road. Both incidents took place between Old Bowral Road and Kangaloon Road.

Library van visit cancelled

Due to the severe weather conditions, Wingecarribee Council's mobile library van won’t be visiting Yerrinbool, Colo Vale, Balmoral Village and Hill Top tomorrow. Many of the roads to our north have large amounts of water across them and pot holes that are difficult to see when full of water. The Mobile Library...

SES: Stay away from floodwaters

A number of roads across the Wingecarribee are closed due flooding. That includes Bowral Street down near OId South Road. Other closures include Oldbury Road in Sutton Forest and Tourist Roadd atop Mount Murray. Also Mount Road off Kirkham Road is flooded so stay away from there. Macquarie Pass is also closed. Dylan Whitelaw from...

SES crews kept busy across Wingecarribee

The Wingecarribee SES Unit has been kept busy over the past couple of days, responding to around 50 requests for assistance. Most of these jobs were for leaking roofs and fallen trees. However Manager of Operational Response Dylan Whitelaw says we've been quite lucky, that we haven't had the flooding that's been...

Weather update for the Illawarra

A low pressure trough lying along the New South Wales coast is generating widespread and persistent rain in many eastern districts, along with windy conditions. This trough, in conjunction with a strong high to the south, is also bringing windy weather to higher parts of the southern ranges. Conditions in the south...

Macquarie Pass still closed

The Illawarra Highway is still closed in both directions through Macquarie Pass due to flooding. This is between Mount Murray Road and Escarpment Drive/Yellow Rock Road and Tongarra Road and Croome Lane at Albion Park. Light vehicles should use Jamberoo Mountain Rd, Jamberoo Rd and Terry Street and allow an extra 10...

Jamberoo Mountain Road tree down - reports

There are reports on social media of a tree down on Jamberoo Pass. Official details on the exact location and the incident are still coming to hand. Image Credit: Geoff Parsons, Facebook          

Picton CBD set to be evacuated

The NSW SES is advising people in the Picton CBD to prepare to evacuate. The SES says the decision has been made due to rising flood waters, they've asked residents to monitor the situation and be prepared to evacuate when instructed to do so. A Flood Evacuation Order will be issued by...