Highlands News

Solar guarantee

Good news for Highlands households and businesses who want to use solar energy. Energy Minister Angus Taylor has announced that the solar rebate will be guaranteed until 2030. Carolyn Lees from the Solar Experts says the value of the rebate depends on the size of the system installed. A five kilowatt system attracts...

Council approval for function centres

Two function centres in the Southern Highlands have been given approvals to expand or continue their operations. At last night's meeting Wingecarribee Councillors unanimously voted in favour of Bendooley Estate at Berrima being able to increase its patronage to 192 people and operate up to 156 days per year. Meanwhile Mayor Duncan...

Five storey height a concern for many

The majority of Wingecarribee Councillors have chosen not to give in principle support for the inclusion of site specific provisions in the Mittagong Development Control Plan. Council has been approached by a proponent who is proposing to develop 15 lots opposite the Marketplace to include a mix of residential housing, seniors...

Fire at Allans Motel in Moss Vale

Emergency Services have been called to a fire at the Allans Motel in Moss Vale. The blaze broke out in the laundry area around 5:30 this morning. Police were first on scene and were able to extinguish it before fire crews arrived. It's believed the fire started in a dryer. Crews finished the job...

Fatal crash on Picton Road

A driver has been killed after a crash between two trucks near Wilton. The incident took place along Picton Road around 4 this morning, near Macarthur Drive. Meanwhile a 38 year old man driving a car carrier was trapped for an hour before being freed. He was taken to Liverpool Hospital with a...

The alternative is buying long life carton milk

Dairy farmers from across the Coast and Highlands have attended an Inquiry into the Sustainability of the Dairy Industry in New South Wales. The meeting took place at the Moss Vale Golf Club and farmers spoke about how critical the situation had become with the amount of money they're receiving for...

Campaign launched for Labor Candidate

Labor Candidate for Hume Aoife ( eefa ) Champion has officially launched her campaign and is preparing to go to the polls in May next year. Ms. Champion is a lawyer from Camden and it's expected she'll challenge the incumbent member Angus Taylor on variety of issues related to the environment...

Save Kosci walkers pass through the Highlands

A group walking from Sydney to Koscuiuszko National Park will be stopping in Exeter today to raise awareness about the dangers feral horses are posing to the environment. In June this year, the Koscuiuszko Wild Horse Heritage Act was passed in State Parliament. " Save Kosci " is trying to repeal legislation...

Upgrade work at Moss Vale

A number of upgrades have taken place at the Moss Vale Railway Yard over the weekend. The work is part of the Australian Rail Track Corporation's regular maintenance program across the network. It included rebuilding 200 metres of track on two sets of lines and replacing the crossovers. Spokesperson Bas Bolyn says this...

Bellagio Estate sold

Bellagio Estate in Bowral has sold for $8.2 million dollars. The home which sits on roughly two hectares features six bathrooms, seven bathrooms, a guesthouse, an ornamental lake, three ponds and waterfalls and a sandstone wine cellar for 500 bottles of wine. It also includes a library and 10 car garage. It had...

Champion builder of the future

A Highlands local has taken out the Master Builders Association 2nd year apprentice of the year award. Zachary Bollinger who works for MDB Building was selected out of 900 applicants and received his award at an official function at Star City Casino recently. His boss Mark Bailey says he's been outstanding from...

Keeping the young ones safe

Local residents are being advised to think twice about buying a portable pool this Summer. Wingecarribee Council's Deputy General Manager Mark Pepping says many of the pools require the same security fencing as built in or above ground pools. One's that are greater than 300 millimetres in height maybe subject to the...

Asbestos found at Highlands Golf Club

Non-friable bonded asbestos has been found at the Highlands Golf Club in Mittagong. The fragments are situated away from the public course in the internal access driveway adjacent to the utility area and the section is now restricted from the public. Wingecarribee Council has notified the relevant regulatory bodies. Council will also be...

Salvos launch Christmas Appeal

The Bowral Salvation Army has launched its Christmas Appeal and people are being encouraged to drop off donations to their shop in Bong Bong street during business hours. Officer in Charge Jake Horton insists they're always looking for gifts for kids but does say they often struggle to find quality items...

The search to continue

Wingecarribee Mayor Duncan Gair says council staff will be doing everything possible to track down a large amount of historic sandstone and pavers which went missing from the Moss Vale Resource Recovery Centre. The items were stored there in 2006 after they were moved from Highlands Marketplace when construction began. The stones...

More parking needed for city commuters

Highlands residents who drive to Campbelltown each day to catch a train to the city, will be affected by a State Government decision not to create an extra 450 car spaces. The Government has been unable to reach an agreement with Campbelltown City Council about where to put the parking. The location...

Formula student test at Marulan

Aeronautical engineering students from Sydney University are currently testing a Formula student vehicle at Marulan which will be entered into the Formula SAE-A competition in Melbourne next month. The car has been custom built and has taken 11 months to complete. Test driving has taken place at the University’s Formula Race Testing...

Whitlam MP labels Latham a clown

Member for Whitlam Stephen Jones has issued a scathing assessment of Mark Latham's decision to return to Politics. The former Labor leader will be trying to gain a seat in the NSW Upper House with One Nation at the next State election in March. Mr. Jones says there's a few things that...

Buses replacing trains

Buses are currently replacing trains between Campbelltown and Moss Vale on the Southern Highlands line after a freight train derailed at Mittagong. Passengers are being asked to allow plenty of additional travel time and listen to announcements For the latest public transport information go to: http://www.transportnsw.info/