Highlands News

Foundation grants now available

Local community groups are being encouraged to apply for a share of funding in the IMB Bank’s Community Foundation grants. The Wingecarribee Health Association for Men is a previous recipient having been able to set up the Bowral Men's Shed. IMB Spokesperson Sarah Cooper says groups need to get their applications in...

A changing of the guard in Moss Vale

It's been a household name in Moss Vale for close to 40 years, but the time has come for Seafood Affair Owners John and Anna Psarakis to hang up the boots. The husband and wife team opened the business back in 1982 and over that time have served more than 100,000...

Whitlam MP not keen on Bushfire Royal Commission

Member for Whitlam Stephen Jones says he's not red hot on the idea of having a Royal Commission into the bushfires. It comes after the Prime Minister wrote to the states urging them to sign-up to a public inquiry into the disaster which has killed more than 30 people and destroyed...

Generous donation for our Koalas

Two young girls from the Blacktown Local Government area have stopped into the Wollondilly Bushfire Recovery Centre to hand over more than $780 to help look after Koalas which were injured in the Green Wattle Creek Fire. Tahlia-Ruth Broomham and Lilly Gibbons both aged 12 raised money by selling cupcakes, door-knocking...

BDCU Alliance Bank slashes interest rates

The BDCU Alliance Bank in the Southern Highlands has decided to cut its standard variable interest rate by 0.25 of a per cent. The cut comes despite the Reserve Bank leaving the cash rate on hold at 0.75 per cent, while acknowledging that low rates are hear to stay. Marketing Manager Matt...

Morton Fire now contained

Rural Fire Service crews have now managed to contain the Morton bushfire . The fire originated from the Currowan Fire which crossed the Shoalhaven River and has caused a large amount of damage in the Wingello and Bundanoon areas. However the Rural Fire Service says there are still some active pockets of...

Extraordinary meeting called

An extraordinary meeting scheduled for this Thursday will discuss a number of financial relief options for fire affected residents who want to lodge a development application with Wingecarribee Council. The State Government has already waved the long service levy which costs around $2600. The meeting is taking place in the Moss Vale...

Outdoor education facility proposed at Frensham

A number of concerns have been raised about a proposal by the Frensham School to build an outdoor education facility on top of pristine native forest area, known as the Lower Holt. The area is currently home to platypus, wombats, birds including the Tauny Frog Mouth and snakes. The proposal will result...

Mayor to seek advice about "mischievous phone call"

Wingecarribee Mayor Duncan Gair will be seeking legal and Police advice about a phone call made to council which started last week's fiasco regarding the waving of DA charges for bushfire affected residents. The caller who made no mention that they were bushfire affected, sent the figures quoted for a normal...

Former Police Officer charged

A former Police Officer has been charged in connection with an alleged domestic -related incident in Bowral late last year in December Officers had been searching for the 40 year old man ever since, and last Friday he was found at Zetland. The man resisted arrest on a number of occasions and...

Morton Fire active

 RFS Southern Highlands Team UPDATE ON THE MORTON FIRE Posted at 1725 on 1.2.2020 The forecast weather has been reached and as predicted the fire activity within the Morton Fire perimeter has increased. We have received numerous Triple Zero '000' calls however these when investigated have proven to be smoke plumes from...

Business recovery workshops in Bowral

Local businesses in the Highlands will be provided with advice on how to get through the devastation caused by the bushfires. Two free workshops are taking place at the BDCU Alliance Bank on February 5 and 11 to help people through the process. They've been put together with the support of Southern...

Very high fire danger rating in place

Residents are being asked to monitor the fire conditions over the next three days with high temperatures forecast. The mercury could hit 39 today, 41 tomorrow and 37 for Sunday. People should have an up to date bushfire survival plan and be prepared if the situation changes. For further details listen to this...

Council defers DA fees decision

The State Government is also being urged to step up to the plate regarding the issue of waving development fee charges. Although Wingecarribee Council has received a million dollars in Federal funding to fix infrastructure, it is yet to receive one cent from the State Government. Questions are also being asked as...

Activities galore for Seniors Festival

More than 45 local events have been planned for next month's Wingecarribee Seniors Festival. Some of the activities include a mystery bus trip tour, music concerts, and various info sessions and workshops. Communications Officer David Sommers says it's best to get in early. For the full program and how to book head to:...

Tourism Minister visits local businesses

With the Southern Highlands now open for business, following the bushfires, Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres made a visit to the shire yesterday to meet with businesses in Bowral and Berrima. Although only eight per cent of the shire has been impacted by fires, around 40 per cent of the visitor revenue...

Green Wattle Creek fire now contained

Great news for residents of the northern and western villages of the Wingecarribee Shire with the Rural Fire Service now declaring the Green Wattle Creek Fire contained. The fire started back in late November and has burnt out almost 280,000 hectares. Sadly two lives were lost including Andrew O'Dwyer and Geoffrey Keaton...

Students at St. Pauls International placed into isolation

A number of students at St. Paul's International School in Moss Vale have been placed into isolation in the school's boarding house. The school had the following to say: " The NSW Government has today requested that children who have visited China in the past two weeks not attend school or childcare...

Police investigate Mittagong business theft

Police are seeking information from the public about a number of vehicles which were stolen from a business in Mittagong. The theft took place just after 4:30pm on Monday at a business on Cavendish Street. Two Kawasaki all-terrain vehicles and a trail bike were stolen from the premises. Officers from the Hume Police...