Highlands News

Mineef to compete in SA

Southern Highlands racing car driver Lachlan Mineef will test his driving skills at this weekend's fourth round of the Australian Formula Ford Championship at The Bend Motorsport Park in South Australia. The track has a number of high-speed corners around the back part of the circuit aswell as a very long...

Steam train ride from Burradoo

A special fundraiser is taking place on Sunday for four year old Southern Highlands girl Emily Hunt who was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour. A vintage steam train trip called the ' Emily Express ' running between Burradoo and Goulburn has now been sold out with 250 people expected on...

Overnight break ins at Berrima

Police are seeking information about a number of break and enters at Berrima. Officers were called to the CBD area in the early hours of this morning and found that four businesses had been broken into overnight. A sum of cash was stolen and some of the shops had their windows smashed. Police...

Man charged with Goulburn shooting

A man has been charged in connection with an alleged shooting at Goulburn. Just before 8pm on Sunday June 9, a 33 year old man went to a house on Strathallen Crescent and fired a shot, before fleeing. Officers from the Hume Police District started an investigation, when the incident was reported...

Busted water mains & damaged meters

Wingecarribee Council is reporting a spike in broken water mains across the shire. This is being put down to the cold weather, which results in the ground contracting. The dry weather conditions are also exacerbating the problem. Communications Officer David Sommers says it happens in the warmer months aswell. Meanwhile with sub zero temperatures...

Mittagong cluster to launch

The Mittagong Cluster will be officially launched at the Eden Brewery on Tuesday June 25 between 4 and 6pm. The clusters which are growing in numbers across the Southern Highlands enable tourists and visitors to see many producers in the one day rather than just visit one or two. This is the...

RFSA supports slow down move over rule

The Rural Fire Service Association is continuing to throw its support behind a new law which requires NSW drivers to slow down to 40 kilometres an hour when passing emergency services vehicles with flashing lights. The law was introduced in NSW back in September of last year. It already exists in Western...

Budget expectations for small business

With the State Budget to be handed down today, the Illawarra Business Chamber is expecting greater focus on reducing red tape and tax on small and medium sized businesses in the Southern Highlands. That includes raising the payroll tax immediately to $1 million dollars, when previously the Government had indicated it...

Large land holding on the market in Kangaloon

One of the largest land holdings in the Southern Highlands has been put on the market. Widgee Waa at Kangaloon is owned by Investment banker Mark Burrows and is expected to fetch between $12 and 13 million dollars. Domain reports the property is situated on 155 hectares of highly fertile basalt soil...

Increase in vehicle/animal collisions

New data shows nearly 15-thousand animal-related car-insurance claims were made in New South Wales last year. The N-R-M-A says its the highest rate in the country, and is warning drivers to be vigilant over the wetter, winter months.. as most of the accidents happen in regional areas. Senior researcher Chris Emerson says...

Police track down burnout offender

The law has caught up with a young male driver at Picton. Two weeks ago, local residents contacted Police after noticing a a white Ford Falcon sedan allegedly doing a burnout in Bollard Place. Following a joint investigation by Strike Force Puma and the South West Metropolitan Region Highway Patrol a court...

Mens health program strikes a chord

A highly successful men's health program in the Southern Highlands, will be rolled out to other areas across the South Western Sydney Local Health District. The program which is called ' Tackling the Challenge - Talking Men's Health, has been running in the Wingecarribee Shire for 18 months. Mental Wellbeing Health Promotion...

Anxious wait for Illawarra family

Police are waiting for forensics to determine the identity of a body found in a burnt out car near Crookwell last Sunday. The car was being used by missing Albion Park man Gary Pearce who was last heard from in late April. It is feared the body could be the 21-year-old. Police said...

Emergency department concerns

Public Health First has raised major concerns about patients who are presented to Bowral Hospital's Emergency Department. The latest quarterly figures from the Bureau of Health Information show just under 35 per cent of T2 patients had their treatment started on time ,which is down 15.8 percentage points on the same...

Pie Time promoted during Vivid

In an effort to further promote Pie Time, Destination Southern Highlands has managed to get a bright orange Pie displayed across the sails of the Sydney Opera House. It all happened during Vivid Sydney this week. Group Manager Steve Rosa says the footage will be broadcast on the visit Southern Highlands You...

Students learn about having a social conscience

More than 120 Chevalier College students will be living off refugee rations next week. It's all part of the School's Challenge for Refugee Week and so far the school has raised almost $21,000 to help vulnerable communities around the world with food, education and medicines. Chevalier is once again leading the national...

Motor vehicle accident at Glenquarry

There's been a crash on Kangaloon Road just past Tourist Road at Glenquarry. Live Traffic says it's affecting traffic in both directions. Emergency services are at the scene.     GLENQUARRY Kangaloon Rd just past Tourist RdCRASHStarted today 9:57am, last checked today 9:57amImpact: Impact Road affected in both directions.Attending: Emergency servicesAdvice: Reduce your speedExercise caution...

Notice of entry issued - proposed shed rejected

Wingecarribee Councillors have unanimously agreed to issue their colleague Councillor Ian Scandrett with a Notice of Entry, so that staff can inspect earthworks carried out on his property at Werai. Council heard last night that Councillor Scandrett had ignored up to five requests for access. Councillors also unanimously agreed to knock back...

Tributes for Mac Cott

Wingecarribee Mayor Duncan Gair has used a Mayoral minute to pay tribute Mac Cott who recently passed away. Mr. Cott who was the founding Editor of the Southern Highlands News received an Order of Australia Medal in the Queens Birthday Honours list for his service to the print media as an...