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Highlands News

Hume Coal questions State Parliament address

Hume Coal is maintaining that its mining proposal for the Southern Highlands will be a low impact, low risk and sustainable underground mining operation. It comes after Member for Goulburn Pru Goward addressed State Parliament last Thursday and outlined her concerns about the proposal and it's potential effects on groundwater. Ms. Goward...

Livestock feeding workshop in Moss Vale

South East Local Land Services is holding a Livestock Feeding workshop in Moss Vale on Friday. Senior Agriculture Advisor Matthew Lieschke says with the onset of winter and little or no improvement in conditions on the horizon, land managers and producers have a lot to think about. The workshop will cover nutritional...

Clown Doctors Ball moves to Sydney

The annual Clown Doctors Ball which has been held in the Southern Highlands for the past 18 years will now take place at Luna Park in Sydney. Di Jones General Manager and Chair of the Clown Doctors Working Committee Kylie Walsh, says they're trying to capture a wider audience and more...

Police based in Moss Vale from Monday

As of Monday, all Police in the Highlands will be based out of the new Southern Highlands Police Station in Moss Vale. There is still an eagle phone at Bowral if a member of the public needs to speak to an Officer. Automatic phone diversions will also be in place for people...

Vale Dr Bruce Shepherd AM

Tributes are flowing for Bowral resident Dr. Bruce Shepherd after the 85 year old passed away peacefully this morning. Dr. Shepherd and his late wife Annette set up the the Shepherd Centre which provides therapy and services for children with hearing loss in Australia. One in every 1,000 Australian babies is born...

Outstanding heritage projects recognised

Some of the areas best heritage projects were recognised at the recent Wingecarribee Shire Heritage Awards which took place at the Old Bowral Town Hall. The awards are presented every two years. The winners include:  Best conservation of a heritage place - under $300,000‘Oldbury Cottage’Berrima  Best sympathetic addition to a heritage place...

Councillors accept pay increase

Wingecarribee Councillors have voted 8 - 1 in favour of accepting a 2.5 per cent pay increase for next financial year. Deputy Mayor Ian Scandrett voted against, arguing it would be unfair, given ratepayers had recently been handed a 45.3 per cent accumulative rate rise. However Councillor Gary Turland pointed out to...

Pru Goward says there is no catchment B

The proposed Hume Coal project and the effects of coal mining on the Sydney Water Catchment have been debated in State Parliament this afternoon. It comes after 13,500 signatures were gathered on a petition calling for a Parliamentary Inquiry. Before the debate, members from various groups including Battle 4 Berrima staged a...

Police moving into new station at Moss Vale

Police are now in the process of moving into the new state of the art Southern Highlands Police Station at Moss Vale. Officers started moving items in yesterday and the facility should be up and running next week. An official opening will likely take place in July. Superintendent Michael Rowan from the Hume...

Sandstone quarry proposal for SuttonForest

The Department of Planning and Environment is now seeking feedback about a state significant development proposal to build a large quarry at Sutton Forest, valued at $43 million dollars. The applicant Sutton Forest Quarries Pty Ltd is proposing to extract up to one million tonnes of friable sandstone each year for...

Gair takes aim at Scandrett's Facebook posts

Wingecarribee Councillor Duncan Gair is contemplating whether to refer Deputy Mayor Ian Scandrett to the Office of Local Government over what he claims are defamatory comments made about him on Facebook. The comments relate to the Moss Vale Saleyards and an information session about reviewing council assets, with the view of...

Trucks galore at Bargo

Roads and Maritime Services are being urged to do something about an increasing number of heavy vehicles which are avoiding camera detection on the Hume Motorway at Bargo. Bargo Progress Association President John Knyvett says the trucks are exiting at Remembrance Drive, then get back onto the Highway via Avon Dam...

Pastry student has the world at her feet

Mittagong pastry student Samantha Trotter will be taking part in the Worldskills Australia 2018 National Championships at Darling Harbour early next month. Samantha qualified for the Championships after a strong performance at the regional contest in Orange. She'll now be hoping to win a gold medal and go onto the International Championships...

Additional school zone signs for Robertson Public

New school zone signs will be installed at Robertson Public School to improve safety. The State Government will be chipping in $5000 for the additional signage which will be situated along Caalong Street. It comes after Roads and Maritime Services carried out a review after feedback was received from the community. Member for...

Holiday letting reforms on hold

Crucial reforms needed to regulate holiday lettings for places such as the Southern Highlands have been put on hold after a Coalition party room revolt. The Telegraph reports a number of MP's were angry that the new laws weren't discussed by a backbench committee. It meant that a planned media conference had...

Long term not short term solution required

The Southern Highlands Renal Appeal will keep fighting for a long term solution for renal dialysis patients at Bowral Hospital The Local Health District has announced that a new chair and unit will be up and running in the short stay ward from July. This means there won't be a need for...

Digital drivers licences on the Horizon

From the beginning of next year, motorists will be able to show their drivers licence via their phone. It comes after a trial was conducted of 1400 residents last year. The digital format can be used during Police roadside checks, entry to pubs and clubs aswell as for proof of identity. Member for...

Safety hazards removed by Council Rangers

Wingecarribee Council Rangers have removed ribbons and signs that were fixed to a number of Pin Oak Trees at the northern entrance to Bowral. The items were left behind in Memorial Park this morning by a small group of protestors who are opposed to the Station Street upgrade. A council Spokesperson says...

Jones blasts decentralisation policy

Member for Whitlam Stephen Jones has labelled the Government's decentralisation policy as a " joke ". During senate estimates this week it was revealed, that of the 98 public service jobs jobs earmarked for relocation, 82 will go to one of Australia’s capital cities. That includes 40 jobs, from Canberra to Adelaide,...