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Abuse survivor's incredible courage & strength

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A former Chevalier College student who was abused by Catholic priest Anthony William Peter Caruana is welcoming the 15 year sentence handed down to his former teacher.

The abuse resulted in Cam Searl spiraling into drug and alcohol addiction and trying to take his own life.

Over time he set up a foundation called Griffin Projects aimed at supporting Children and Adult Survivors of Trauma.

Cam said his therapy dog has also helped.

"I got Buddy three and a half years ago and it's kind of changed my life,

"As everyone who has a dog knows, it's pretty unconditional, they don't know what a trial is or what PTSD is and they just accept what you're doing at any given moment,"Cam said.

Cam has been keeping in touch with former students he went to school with and will be working with the school and various outreach organisations in the Southern Highlands

To find out more information about Gryffyn Projects click here

Image: Cam Searl

Eridge Park Road improvement project underway


Construction on the Eridge Park Road Improvement Project in Burradoo gets underway today.

Work will involve road shoulder widening, upgrading the road surface, installing curve and reflective pavement markers and upgrading the Sunninghill Avenue and Osbourne Street T-intersection.

Construction will be carried out in stages and should be completed by late August.

Motorists are being asked to exercise caution.

Image: Pixabay

Fire truck decorating comp in Burradoo

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Local residents are being invited to the Fire and Rescue NSW and Rural Fire Service annual fire truck decorating competition.

It's all taking place at Eridge Park in Burradoo on Saturday at 10am.

Duty Commander for the Southern Highlands Bruce Dowling said this is the second year that the competition is being held.

"It's a community event and a great opportunity for local residents to come down a meet their local firefighters who are there to serve the community,

"They can get some safety tips to makesure their house and families are safe,"Mr. Dowling said.

Image: Fire & Rescue NSW Mittagong


Former teacher charged over alleged historic child sex offences at a Burradoo school


A former teacher has been charged over the historical alleged sexual abuse of two young students in the Southern Highlands more than 35 years ago.

In September 2019, officers attached to The Hume Police District commenced an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse at a school at Burradoo in the late 1980’s.


Following extensive investigations, officers arrested a 74-year-old man at Campsie Police Station at about 10am on Tuesday 18 January 18.

He was charged with 13 offences, including five counts of sexual assault,  assault and commit an act of indecency, six counts of sexual assault , incite an indecent act person under 16 years, and two counts of homosexual intercourse with male  aged between 10 and 18 years.

Police will allege in court that the man sexually abused two male students, then aged 13 and 14, on numerous occasions between 1985 and 1987.

The Lakemba man was refused bail to appear at Bankstown Local Court today.

Images: Peter Andrea & Google Maps


Grant funding for Highlands projects

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A couple of projects across the Southern Highlands will receive funding as part of round four the NSW Government's Stronger Country Communities Fund.

More than $364,000 will be made available for fencing around the Loseby Park tennis courts in Bowral.

And $118,000 will be used to refurbish the Berrima District Pony Club Clubhouse in Burradoo.

Member for Wollondilly Nathaniel Smith is encouraging other community groups to apply for funding aswell.

"I ask all community groups, especially those that use council land, to also get in contact with Wingecarribee Council's new Grants Officer to assist with getting grants for our region,

"I'm sick of opening up Facebook and seeing other regions get grant funding, because I want it spent here in the Wingecarribee,"Mr. Smith said.

Image: Facebook via Berrima District Pony Club

John Fahey to be honoured

john fahey august 1 2022The local community is being invited to attend the official opening of the John Fahey Education and Sport Centre which is taking place at Chevalier College on August 21.

The centre is as a large multi purpose hall, featuring an indoor basketball stadium with a mezzanine spectator viewing area aswell as teaching and meeting rooms.

Mr. Fahey graduated from the school in 1962.

He was a prefect and captain of the First XI cricket as well as a member of the acclaimed First XV rugby team.

A web link to RSVP can be found click here

Image: Chevalier College


Moss vale rd at Burradoo now open


Moss Vale Road at Burradoo is now open after that earlier crash between two cars around midday

Three women have been taken to hospital.

Two of them aged in their 60's and 80's are in a serious condition and were airlifted to Liverpool and St. George.

The third in her 50's was transported via ambulance to Liverpool in a stable condition.

 Image: Tanya Collins

New head at Oxley College

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Oxley College has a new head of College.

Scott Bedingfield has worked in a range of senior school leadership positions, most recently as the Deputy Head at St Luke’s Grammar in Sydney.

The College board sought plenty feedback from current staff before the recruitment process began.

Mr Bedingfield will start in early January 2023.

Image: Oxley College



Paedophile priest jailed for 15 years


A former music conductor and rugby coach who sexually abused a dozen young boys at Chevalier college over eight years will likely die in prison.

Catholic priest and former teacher Anthony William Peter Caruana attacked students in a swimming pool, a band storage room, dormitories, his office and on rugby pitches while working at the school from 1982 to 1989.

Each victim was aged 12 to 14 and often boarded at the school.

The victims were "especially vulnerable" with no family to turn to for immediate help and only the offender for support, Judge Robyn Tupman said on Friday, jailing the 80-year-old for 15 years.

She rated his forceful oral and anal rape of a boy after band practice behind closed doors among his most serious crimes.


Semi trailer crashes into Burradoo house

burradoo truck crash december 14

A semi trailer has crashed into a home at Burradoo.

Just after midday, Emergency Services were called to Foldgarth Way where they found the semi, carrying two shipping containers, wedged into a garage.

Fortunately no one was home at the time and the driver was uninjured.

Fire and Rescue NSW and the State Emergency Service are trying to extricate the rig.

Image: Fire & Rescue NSW

Serious head on crash at Burradoo


Emergency Services are currently at the scene of a serious crash at Burradoo.

Just before midday today, two vehicles collided head on along Moss Vale Road, near the Briars.

One person is in a critical condition and two others have been seriously injured.

Four Ambulance crews are on scene and two rescue helicopters are on the way.

We're being told the road is closed in both directions.

Image: NSW Ambulance

Super rugby trial a big success

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The NSW Waratahs got the better of the ACT Brumbies in Saturday’s super rugby trial game at Eridge Park in Burradoo.

In front of a large crowd, the Tahs came away with a 24 points to 14 win.

Bowral Rugby Club President Mark Freund said hosting the trial was well worth it,

"I want to give a massive shout out to everybody who rolled up their sleeves, had a go, and gave us a hand,"he said.

On the Friday night prior , the club held a dinner where Wararahs Coach Darren Coleman was the guest speaker.

He was appointed to a three year deal last year after plenty of success in the Shute Shield.

Image: Bowral Rugby Club

Training exercise in Burradoo

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Firefighters will be honing their skills at a property along Moss Vale Road in Burradoo on Saturday and Sunday.

A house near the bus stop which is about to be demolished will be filled with simulated smoke.

Fire & Rescue Duty Commander for the Southern Highlands Bruce Dowling said they'll be carrying out a number of training drills and is asking people not to be concerned.

"I have drawn up some letters to nearby residents to let them know what's going on,

"We won't be lighting any fires and there's no need to panic,"Mr. Dowling said.

The Rural Fire Service is also taking part in the exercise.