Highlands News

Road safety workshops for parents & kids

Wingecarribee Council is conducting a number of road safety workshops aimed at helping learner drivers become safer drivers. The first taking place on Tuesday is for parents and supervisors to assist them become more confident with their teaching methods. The second happening later this month is a practical log book run for...

Rail maintenance at Moss Vale

The Australian Rail Track Corporation will be carrying out maintenance and upgrade work to the Unanderra Line in the Southern Highlands over the weekend. This will be taking place on Saturday and Sunday between 6am and 6pm. There will be trucks and heavy machinery used during the work. For further information contact the...

NDIS woes rear their ugly head

Member for Whitlam Stephen Jones has criticised the Government during Parliament for its handling of the NDIS. He claims the Government has underspent $1.6 billion dollars on the scheme and used the money to prop up the surplus. During Parliament Mr. Jones used the example of a 16 year old girl in...

Highlands locals to do Kokoda

A couple of Highlands locals will be taking part in the Kokoda Trek. Both Zac Hulme and Chris Peterson are raising money for Rare Cancers Australia and will be leaving in nine days time. The trek is famous as the place where the Australians held off the Japanese in World War 2. Mr....

New hockey field gets the green light

Construction on a second synthetic field at the Welby Hockey Centre is expected to start soon. There was a holdup for a number of months with the project, after the Aboriginal Lands Council put a claim over the field, but that has now been resolved. The $1.192 million project will include the...

HSU members to walk off the job

Health Services Union members at Bowral Hospital will be travelling up to Campbelltown today for strike action. That includes security, paramedics and administration staff who are concerned about the increasing number of incidents where their colleagues have been assaulted. Spokesperson Joshua Howarth says they're hoping their action will lead to a resolution. The...

Council exploring alternative methods

Wingecarribee Council is carrying out trials of alternative weed control methods, as the spotlight continues to shine on the potential dangers of using roundup. Council has been using the product throughout the shire for around 40 years. There are currently controls and processes in place for its use and it's never sprayed...

New Police for Camden LAC

Minister for Police David Elliott has met with Wollondilly MP Nathaniel Smith to announce six new Police Officers for the Camden Local Area Command. Over the next 12 months their job will be to walk the beat and respond to emergencies in the local community. Mr. Elliott says in addition to more...

Highlands artist suing step daughter

Southern Highlands artist John Olsen is suing his step daughter. Mr. Olsen claims Karen Howard Mentink obtained more than $2 million dollars from her late mother by allegedly using undue influence. The matter went before Moss Vale Local Court on Monday. Mr. Olsen has stated in court documents that his wife had suffered...

Road detours heading to the Coast

Motorists heading to the Shoalhaven are being reminded of some upcoming traffic changes on Cambewarra Mountain. Moss Vale Road will be closed for six weeks from Sundays to Thursdays to carry out slope repair work. That includes from August 4 until September 15, weather permitting. The work will be carried out from 7pm...

Balancing the environment & economics

Both Bluescope Steel and the Battle 4 Berrima Group have made submissions to an expert panel for mining in the special water catchment area. Bluescope argues that the viability of the Port Kembla steelworks is dependent on mining in the Southern coal fields including expansion plans at Dendrobium and Metropolitan. The steel...

Calls for more accountability

Wingecarribee Councillor Graham McLaughlin has expressed his frustration following the Southern Highlands Hospice Board's decision to not proceed with its DA approved site on Bowral Street. Councillor McLaughlin has always argued that it was the wrong site, it would never get funding and never get built. He claims the DA came at...

Hume MP clears the air in Parliament

Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor is accusing Labor of waging a grubby smear campaign. It comes after the opposition called for a senate inquiry into his dealings with environment officials, and the alleged illegal land clearing on a property he part owns. Labor is alleging he tried to influence the outcome...

Final stage victory for Caleb Ewan

Former Southern Highlands cyclist Caleb Ewan has won the 21st and final stage of the 20-19 Tour de France. For the Moss Vale missile it was his third stage victory, Caleb came from well back in the pack to outsprint Dylan Groenewegen as the sun set over the Arc de Triomphe at...

Special catchment areas turn orange

Concerns have once again been raised about mining in special areas of the Sydney Water Catchment. An inspection of a small waterway, which supplies the Woronora Reservoir in Sydney's south-west, has shown large amounts of orange discolouration in the water, which is made up of iron, aluminum, manganese, oxide, hydroxide, nickel...

Aussie icon vandalised

Police want to talk to a man and woman after the Dog on the Tuckerbox statue in Gundagai was vandalised. Police said a motorist saw a man damaging the iconic statue on Saturday afternoon. The dog and tuckerbox were dislodged from the base of the statue, falling into the surrounding fountain. Police believe...

Minister for Skills visit

Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee has made a visit to the Southern Highlands to speak with local business leaders and discuss what skills are needed here in the Highlands. Part of the visit was a stop off at Chevalier College where Mr. Lee met with local school principals...

Leylandii hedges causing grief

Wingecarribee Councillors have expressed their frustration about the increasing number of leylandii appearing across the shire. At Wednesday night's meeting the chamber heard that council doesn't have the authority to undertake legal action under the Dividing Fences Act in relation to the planting of hedges along rural roads. Council will be taking...

Legal bills mounting

Wingecarribee ratepayers had to fork out more than $1.18 million dollars last financial year for legal costs incurred by council in the Land and Environment Court. It was also revealed that councils across NSW are only successful in one out of four cases. However Councillor Ken Halstead says they have to sometimes...