Highlands News

The importance of reporting roadkill

Wildlife Rescue South Coast is reporting that three Koalas have been killed in the Southern Highlands over the past two months including Braemar, Berrima and near Moss Vale. The organisation is reminding local residents, that they are their eyes and ears, when it comes to these kind of incidents. The roadkill is...

Reserves are not for collecting firewood

Wingecarribee Council has had to deal with a number of incidents recently in Mount Alexandra Reserve where live and dead trees have been chopped down. The logs provide valuable habitat for our local wildlife and hefty fines are in place for people caught flouting the rules. The issue is a common occurrence...

Dry conditions impacting honey producers

The dry weather is causing problems for honey producers across the Southern Highlands. The conditions have resulted in the gums not flowering and producers such as Deb McLaughlin from Bulwarra Bees on Mount Gibraltar having to hand feed her bees. Ms. McLaughlin has gone about planting more purple flowering varieties such as...

Scammers now claiming to be the Police

Southern Highlands Police are warning people about another scam doing the rounds. It comes after a local man received a call from someone claiming to be from the NSW Police, who then told him he'd be arrested if he didn't pay an outstanding debt. The man transferred the caller money after being...

Staff ordered back to work

A scheduled stop work meeting outside the Moss Vale Civic Centre at midday has been cancelled. It comes after the Industrial Relations Commission ordered council employees back to work following yesterday's strike action over pay and work conditions at the Moss Resource Recovery Centre. The Commission has also ordered council management to...

House fire at Joadja

Emergency Crews have been called to a house fire at Joadja. The blaze which is believed to have started in the chimney broke out just before 8 o'clock last night. The fire quickly spread to the roof and Gerry Conway from the Mittagong Fire and Rescue Station says 70 to 80 per...

Council staff walk off the job

Workers at Wingecarribee Council have walked off the job today, in response to a change in operating hours at the Moss Vale Resource Recovery Centre. The roster change is expected to cost staff around $7000 each year. The matter has gone to the Industrial Relations Commission this morning and United Services Union...

Businesses struggle over June quarter

Figures from a NSW Business Chamber business survey show businesses across the Southern Highlands struggled over the June quarter. The Illawarra Business Chamber is concerned that Labor market conditions could be affected if there are further declines in economic activity Executive Director Adam Zarth has highlighted the importance of Governments delivering more...

Community walk to replace street parade

Tulip Time organisers have decided to scrap the annual street parade in favour of a community walk. Destination Southern Highlands Group Manager Steve Rosa says the change has been several years in the making and admits the parade was creating a bit of inconvenience for the local shopkeepers. Participation numbers were also...

Hospice plans scrapped

The Southern Highlands Community Hospice Board have decided to scrap plans to build a hospice at 104 to 106 Bowral Street after coming to the conclusion that the proposal was no longer feasible for the site. However Chair Peter Fletcher says they're still committed to delivering hospice and palliative care services...

Plenty of callouts for SES

The Wingecarribee SES were kept busy yesterday, with several crews attending to around 20 jobs. The strong winds lifted roofs off sheds and caused trees to falls on houses and fences. A tree also fell onto a car, but luckily no one was inside. With more strong winds forecast over today and tomorrow,...

Severe weather warning from BOM

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for damaging winds across the Coast and Highlands. Winds speeds averaging 60 to 70 km/h are forecast with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h. The conditions are being caused by a cold front crossing southern New South Wales and a second...

Power outages across Coast & Highlands

Emergency Crews are currently trying to restore power to a large number of homes and businesses across the Endeavour Energy Network. The strong winds have brought down trees and branches over powerlines. At last count there were more than 1500 homes without power across the Southern Highlands and more than 800 in...

Hope for constitutional recognition

The Wingecarribee Reconciliation Group is welcoming the Government's commitment towards constitutional recognition for Indigenous people. Indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt told the National Press Club yesterday that the Government had a plan to hold a referendum on the issue within the next three years. The Reconciliation Group's Deputy Chair Gus Johnson believes...

Increase in library funding

Wingecarribee Council is set to get its fair share of funding after the State Government announced it would be increasing the amount of money available for public libraries across the state. The announcement will see council receive more than $56,000 this financial year. Council's Coordinator of Library Services Andrew White says the...

Mittagong woman $200,000 richer

A Mittagong retiree is $200,000 richer after winning a recent Lucky Lotteries Mega Jackpot draw. The woman says the win will give her the freedom to enjoy her retirement and help out her family and friends. The winning entry was purchased at Mittagong Newsagency, on Princes Street. Owner Sam Zeng says he couldn’t...

Professional shooter says leave it to the experts

A professional shooter in the Southern Highlands believes we could risk opening a can of worms by allowing anyone with a gun licence to go and shoot deer. Adam Milbourne has been shooting pests of all shapes and sizes for years. The comments come after the State Government revealed it was considering...

Union not happy with employment agreements

The CFMMEU is describing a decision by the PIMS Group to backflip on an employment agreement with workers at the Appin Colliery as another race to the bottom. The Union claims PIMS has agreed to outsource its employees from WorkPac, leaving the future contract mine workers employment covered under a different...

Upcoming road closures

Maintenance work has been scheduled to take place at Cambewarra and Barrengarry over the next couple of months. Moss Vale Road at Barrengarry will be closed between 8pm and 4am on Tuesday July 30 and Wednesday July 31 between Bunkers Hill and Myra Vale Roads. The same road will also be closed...