Highlands News

Flu strain hitting people for six

Highlands GP's are continuing to report a big increase in the number of people seeking treatment for the flu. In fact some patients who caught covid are telling doctors they felt worse with the flu. And not only that, the symptoms lasted longer. Chair of the Southern Highlands Division of General Practice Dr....

Staff shortages & housing availability on the agenda

Business Illawarra has congratulated Anthony Albanese on becoming Australia's 31st Prime Minister, while at the same time setting out a number of key priorities for the region. Executive Director Adam Zarth said staff shortages and housing availability should be high on the agenda. "Number one is the lack of available workers to...

Medical administration course at Moss Vale

A new course will become available at the Tafe NSW campus in Moss Vale aimed at preparing people for a career in the growing industry of medical administration. It'll be offered as a mix of face-to-face training and virtual classroom over one semester starting in July. Teacher Emma Gemmell said the course...

Mixed reaction from Business Southern Highlands

Business Southern Highlands has expressed disappointment about not being part of the winning tender for Berrima Gaol. The group had joined a consortium consisting of The Vault, the Berrima Resident’s Association and a number of prominent locals to propose a community buy-back to operate the gaol as a commercial enterprise. The NSW...

Four tries on debut

The Mittagong Lions first grade side are starting to get on a roll. The Lions defeated Narellan 36 - 20 in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the Mittagong Sportsground. Lleyton Wallace scored four tries on debut for the Lions. In other matches reserves remain undefeated after their 42 - 10 win. Thirds had...

Tulip Time bulb planting in Corbett Gardens

Tulip Time has been officially launched with around 75000 bulbs planted in Corbett Gardens. This years Ambassador is local paralympian Eliza Stankovic-Mowle. She had both her legs amputated below the knee after contracting meningococcal disease. Eliza said it's a real honour to be the Ambassador. "Being back here in the Southern Highlands as the...

Hume MP tight lipped on leadership speculation

Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor is remaining tight lipped about whether he'll contest the Liberal Party leadership. Mr. Taylor retained his seat but did record a swing of around five per cent against him which is on par with the national average. Liberal Peter Dutton has held on to the Queensland...

Federal election update for Hume

Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor has retained the seat of Hume. Mr. Taylor defeated Labor Candidate Greg Baines 57.59 per cent to 42.41 per cent two party preferred. There was a swing of 5.40 per cent to Labor. Below is the first preference count: Images: Angus Taylor via Facebook & Australian Electoral Commission ...

Federal Election update for Whitlam

Member for Whitlam Stephen Jones has retained the seat the seat of Whitlam. Mr. Jones leads Liberal Candidate Mike Cains two party preferred by 58.54 per cent to 41.46 per cent. However there was a small swing of 2.7 per cent to Mr. Cains. Below is a break up of the first preference...

Highlands artist concerned about identity politics

Southern Highlands artist Tim Storrier has raised concerns about identity politics taking hold in the art world. Mr. Storrier won the Archibald back in 2012 aswell as the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. He believes there's too much focus on an artist's gender or ethnicity, rather than the art work itself, and...

NSW legalises voluntary assisted dying

After decades of campaigning NSW has become the last state in Australia to pass laws allowing people with a terminal illness to voluntarily end their own life. Campaigners say they will now take their fight to the territories. Thursday's decision means within 18 months people with a fatal diagnosis in NSW will...

IA not happy with ex staff working as consultants

Wingecarribee Council's Interim Administrator Viv May wants to clamp down on local residents being able to use the services of former planning staff. It's been revealed this has been happening to navigate council's so called "complex planning processes'. Viv May told last night's council meeting that it's his view that standard contracts...

Berrima Gaol sold to developer for $7 million dollars

The historic Berrima Gaol has been sold to a developer for $7 million dollars. Blue Sox Developments intends on building a boutique hotel on the 1.9 hectare site including a restaurant, bar and shops. The Berrima Residents Association had a put a proposal forward for community use instead President Eric Savage said they're...

The return of the Model of United Nations Assembly

Southern Highlands schools will be taking part in the Model of United Nations Assembly later this month. The program brings together teams of two or three students, who will represent a nation and debate draft resolutions from the perspective of that nation. Teams will be representing China, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, India, Iran,...

Petition to fix Wilson Drive

A petition has been set up to improve the condition of Wilson Drive which is a major connection point for the northern villages. The road has taken a pounding over recent months due to the rain and is riddled with large ruts and potholes. Wingcarribee Council Candidate Sam Zlinskas said there's a...

Funding pledge for botanic gardens

The election promises keep coming. Member for Whitlam Stephen Jones was in the Highlands today to announced that an Albanese elected Government will commit $500,000 towards an education centre at the Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens. Mr. Jones also presented certificates of appreciation to several volunteers to mark National Volunteer Week. He said the...

Safety improvements for school zones

A number of school zones in the Southern Highlands will have improved safety as part of the NSW and Australian Government's $40.8 million School Zone Infrastructure Sub Program. That includes Colo Vale Public School, Bowral High School, St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Parish Primary School, and Mittagong Public School. The work will include...

National volunteer week

As part of National Volunteer Week, the Southern Highlands Rural Fire Service is acknowledging the tremendous contribution that their volunteers make in the community. There are 42 brigades in the Wingecarribee and Wollondilly local government areas with between 1700 and 1800 volunteers. Inspector David Stimson says there are a couple of ways...

National road safety week

This National Road Safety Week we're being reminded to drive to survive. The initiative was started by Peter Frazer who's daughter was hit by a truck in a breakdown lane of the Hume Highway at Mittagong back in 2012. Local tow truck driver Geoffrey Clark was also killed. Mr Frazer wanted to make...