Highlands News

Exemption granted for Wingecarribee residents

The NSW Government has granted an exemption to Wingecarribee residents who need to travel to grater Sydney for the sole purpose of getting a covid vaccination. There are some conditions attached: * You're not allowed to use public transport* You have to be in a private vehicle* You have to take the...

Outdoor complex in Land & Environment Court

An opponent of a new educational facility at Frensham in Mittagong says the school's founder Winnifred West would be turning in her grave if she knew about the proposal. The school is planning to build an outdoor complex, comprising eight cabins and a multi-purpose hall in the Lower Holt which is...

Change of dates & new location

A few changes to the Southern Highlands Food and Wine Festival. Instead of taking place at Bradman Oval over the October long weekend, this year's event will be at the Moss Vale Showground on the last weekend of the month. This will make things easier for stallholders, with staffing arrangements. Food and Wine...

Covid support package for local businesses

The Southern Highlands Chamber of Commerce is welcoming the State Government's latest covid support package. Three different grant amounts will be available for small businesses depending on the decline in turnover during the restrictions. That includes $10,000 for a 70 per cent decline, $7,000 for 50 per cent and $5,000 for 30...

Macquarie Pass closed in both directions

UPDATE: Macquarie Pass has now re - opened The Illawarra Highway is closed in both directions at Macquarie Pass due to a diesel spill. The highway is closed between Tourist Road and Tongarra Mine Road. Light vehicles are being diverted onto Jamberoo Mountain Road. Heavy vehicles need to use a longer diversion via the...

Ewan out of Tour de France after crash

Australian cycling star Caleb Ewan has been forced to abandon the Tour de France with a fractured collarbone after a high-speed crash. The sprinter considered to be the fastest in the peloton was in contention to win the third stage on Monday when he appeared to clip Tim Merlier's bike and...

Man falls to his death at Belmore Falls

Police are preparing a report for the Coroner after a man fell to his death at Belmore Falls in Robertson. Around 2:20pm on Saturday, the 18 year old was bushwalking with three friends - another man aged 18 and two girls aged 17. About 30 minutes later the man was seen falling...

Highlands Police to check covid safety plans

Southern Highlands Police will be out and about, making sure local businesses have their covid safety plans in place. Masks are compulsory, the one person per four square metre rule applies for all indoor and outdoor settings and drinking while standing at indoor venues isn't allowed. Chief Inspector Jason Horne said people...

Clive Palmer anti vax leaflets in the Highlands

Our Member for Whitlam Stephen Jones has a blunt message for Clive Palmer, and that's " Stay away from the Southern Highlands ". The Gold Coast billionaire has been distributing anti vax leaflets across the electorate. Mr. Jones says people need to be listening to the medical experts and not Clive Palmer. Here'...

Two people killed in skydiving incident at Goulburn

Two people have died after a skydiving incident at Goulburn. Just before 1pm yesterday, Emergency Services were contacted about an aircraft carrying two skydivers that was in difficulty. Two parachutists fell from the aircraft and landed near the runway of the airport. They were unable to be revived. Officers from the Hume Police District...

Opening night for Bundanoon Winterfest cancelled

Heartache again for the organisers of Bundanoon Winterfest. With the current covid restrictions in place, the Committee has decided to cancel this Saturday's opening night. Convenor James Fulford-Talbot said it's an unfortunate set of circumstances. Keep an eye on the Bundanoon Winterfest website and Facebook page for any updates about the workshops scheduled...

Disaster assistance available

Disaster assistance is now available for the Wingecarribee Shire following those severe storms back in May. Funding is available to help people who's homes or belongings were damaged, concessional interest rate loans for small businesses and primary producers aswell as freight subsidies. For information on personal hardship and distress assistance, contact Service...

$8 million dollar grant for Wombeyan Caves Rd

Wingecarribee Council's Internal Administrator has accepted an $8 million dollar Government grant to improve an unsealed section of Wombeyan Caves Road. The majority of work will occur to the east of the crossing of the Wollondilly River, but causeways to the west will also be improved. It was revealed at this week's...

Masks required if you're heading to Greater Sydney and coming back

  Wingecarribee residents who are travelling to greater Sydney, must wear a face mask indoors, when they return to our shire The restriction also applies to people who've travelled to greater Sydney over the past 14 days. Testing facilities are available at the Mittagong Respiratory Clinic and Bowral Hospital on Ascot Street. To help...

Online bushfire survey

Residents are now being encouraged to provide feedback in an online survey about council's response during the Black Summer Bushfires. The survey is part of an Independent review headed up by former Deputy Police Commissioner Dave Owens who has extensive knowledge into the establishment and running of Recovery Committees and funding...

Telstra upgrading 5G network in Moss Vale

Telstra has come under fire for interruptions to its service in the Moss Vale area. The communications giant is carrying out an upgrade to its 5G network and the work has impacted eftpos machines and ATM's aswell as people trying to make important calls on their mobile phone. People also can't register...

Station Street improvements approved

Wingecarribee Council's Administrator Viv May has approved a new list of improvements for Station Street in Bowral. A total of $4.3 million dollars will be spent on improving the existing onsite drainage, road pavement renewal, formalising the existing car parking spaces and pruning works. It comes after Mr. May scrapped the previous...

Overnight traffic diversions during bridge work

Transport for NSW has now completed maintenance work on the Nattai Bridges in the Wingecarribee. The work involved replacing the bridge bearings and resulted in overnight traffic on the Hume Motorway on Monday and Tuesday being diverted onto the Old Hume Highway. A Transport for NSW says they couldn't do a contraflow. Alternative...