Highlands News

Changed traffic conditions on Macquarie Pass

Macquarie Pass will be closed today up until 3pm for maintenance work. The closure will be from Jamberoo Mountain Road at Robertson to Yellow Rock Road at Tullimbar and diversions will be in place. Work being carried out includes gutter and drain maintenance, culvert replacement, vegetation trimming and signage repairs.

Strong interest for Robertson Women's Shed

The village of Robertson is getting closer to being the first place in the Southern Highlands to have a women's shed. Spokesperson Karon Sacks received 24 expressions of interest at the first meeting and since then more women have expressed an interest in joining. Ms. Sacks enjoys welding and plasma cutting and...

Jobless rate down to three per cent in Wingecarribee

The latest unemployment figures for the Wingecarribee make for impressive reading. According to the Department of Jobs and Small Business, the jobless rate as of September last year was three per cent down from five per cent in 2013. Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor says we have a booming economy right...

Rural Fire Service members sent to Tasmania

Five members of the Rural Southern Highlands team are assisting with the Tasmanian bushfire crisis. Crews in Tasmania are hopeful much-needed rain could temper blazes which have destroyed seven homes and seen almost 200,000 hectares burnt out. Inspector David Stimson says more of their members are being trained up, in case they're...

Cheeky billboard message

A billboard sign on the Hume Motorway promoting our region has been updated. It's now features " Southern Highlands " in bold letters followed by the caption " Canberra can wait, take next Exit " Destination Southern Highlands says it's all about encouraging people travelling south to stop past. The previous billboard promoted...

Therapy dogs for the vulnerable

Therapy dogs are now available at Goulburn Courthouse as part of the Canine Court Companion program to reduce anxiety for vulnerable people. Member for Goulburn Pru Goward says the Labradors, will attend court on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The dogs have been specially selected because of their gentle nature and ability...

Hundreds board Cockatoo Run

More than 200 people were on board the Cockatoo Run on Sunday, with locals at Robertson enjoying the extra business returning to to the village. The next run has been scheduled for Sunday March 24, with tickets already selling. Ian Wallace from the Robertson Heritage Railway Station says unfortunately this time the...

Time for change

Member for Whitlam Stephen Jones says it's now up to the Government to implement as many recommendations possible from the Royal Commission into the banking sector between now and the next election. 76 hard hitting recommendations were handed down, however there are only 11 sitting days of Parliament left which have...

New National Park to be established

Vital Koala habitat near the Southern Highlands will be preserved if the State Government is re - elected in March. A new National Park will be created between the Southern Highlands, Blue Mountains and Illawarra after 2164 hectares of private land was purchased near Tugalong station, northwest of Bowral. Because Koalas...

Annual Summer cleanup underway

Wingecarribee Council's annual Summer Cleanup starts this week in the shire's northern villages. The pre - book and pre - paid service involves staff from the Resource Recovery Centre going to people's homes and collecting old furniture, metals, white goods and household goods and mattresses. However some items aren't included such as...

Reject gaffe gives us something to laugh about

The Liberal Party has been involved in an embarrassing gaffe at Goulburn. A photo featuring outgoing MP Pru Goward, her replacement Wendy Tuckerman, Hume MP Angus Taylor and a dozen supporters has been doing the rounds. The group posed for a photo in front of the Reject Shop in Auburn Street, which...