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4K's annual luncheon back after covid layoff

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Former NRL stars Bryan Fletcher and Nathan Hindmarsh will be guests speakers at the annual 4K Gentleman’s Lunch at the Highlands Golf Club in October.

The popular event hasn't been held for a couple of years, due to covid interruptions.

Secretary Peter Stewart said it'll great to get back together again.

"It'll be another fun afternoon as planned,

"It's been such a long time getting our group back together again and the community needs it,"Mr. Stewart said.

The TryBooking site for the lunch will open soon with details of the entertainment and costs.

Image: 4k's via Facebook

An important message from Highlands Police

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Motorists are being urged to slow down and drive to the conditions following three separate fatal crashes in the Hume Police District at the weekend.

That includes a 47 year woman who's motorcycle collided with an SUV at Mittagong and a 62 year old man who crashed into a tree at Marulan.

A 57 year old man was also killed when his motorcycle hit a safety railing at Tuena up past Crookwell.

Superintendent Paul Condon said there should be no unnecessary distractions when getting behind the wheel or crossing the road.

“Now that travel restrictions are no longer in place, more people are choosing to drive to visit family and friends in regional locations.

“For those who spent significant time in isolation last year, please make sure to drive to the conditions and look after yourselves and other motorists,"Superintendent Condon said.

Image: Southern Highlands Police

 

Andrew's stepping out to help those who can't walk

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How far would you go to help someone?

For Mittagong's Andrew Mevissen, the answer is 100 kilometres, all by foot as he steps out this weekend to raise money to help people with cerebral palsy as part of Steptember.

On Saturday he's walking from Mittagong to Goodman's Ford, then on Sunday to Paddy's River via Berrima and Canyonleigh for a total of 100km, with 2000 pushups and 1000 squats thrown in for fun.

He said the walk was all about challenging himself, at the same time as helping people who needed assistance.

"I've got a passion for helping people who can't walk, and that's the people with cerebral palsy, and it's part of Steptember to raise money for people with cerebral palsy," he said.

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"They've raised about $10 million so far and I've contributed about $2000 of that."

Andrew hopes to raise more, and all the money he collects will be used to buy mobility aids for people with cerebral palsy.

Andrew said he had always been a fan of walking, but had never tackled any distance close to 100 km.

"It's not a massive effort that I'm doing but it's my personal challenge and it's important to me and it's a great feat for me to do physically, but also empotionally by being able to help others as well," he said.

You can add to Andrew's fundraising tally via the Steptember website.

Images: Andrew Mevissen

Change a chook's life and find a feathered friend

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Anyone looking for a feathered friend has a chance to change a chook's life on Saturday when a Rescued Chicken Adoption Day is held by Let The Ladies Go organisation in Mitttagong and Goulburn.

The charity re-homes chickens and gives them a life away from breeding and continuous egg-laying.

The chickens up for adoption are 18 months old - an age at which they are usually sent for slaughter.

Let The Ladies Go is a charity that has rescued and re-homed about 50,000 chickens over the years, putting them up for adoption.

Founder Tania Daykin said chickens were intelligent and curious creatures that deserved better than the battery cages and endless, unnatural egg production.

To free a new feathered friend you need to register via the group's Facebook page.

Image: Alexas Fotos / Pexels

Change of venue & date

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Some changes for the 4 K's annual Gentleman's lunch.

The gathering is now taking place at the Mittagong RSL on Friday October 28.

Former NRL stars Nathan Hindmarsh and Bryan Fletcher will be providing entertainment

President Jason Lewis says they're hoping to raise more funds for the special needs kids of the Southern Highlands.

"We have a lot of projects where we're helping special need kids with speech therapy, ipads and laptops,

"We're also working closely with council regarding a capital venture project,

"We'll have more news about that, in a couple of weeks."Mr. Lewis said.

To book click here

Image: Mittagong RSL

Changed traffic conditions on Old South Rd

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Work on the first stage of a multi-million-dollar upgrade planned for Old South Road gets underway tomorrow.

It will involve installing subsoil drainage at various locations between Merrigang Street in Bowral and Range Road in Mittagong.

Work is taking place between 7am and 5pm weekdays and should be completed by mid November weather permitting.

Motorists are being asked to exercise caution and follow traffic directions.

For further details contact Council’s Capital Delivery Branch on 4868 0888.

Image: Wingecarribee Council

Covid testing clinic at Mittagong Sportsground

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A drive thru and walk in covid19 testing clinic is now available at the Mittagong Sportground.

A number of signs in the area are pointing drivers to head up Beatrice Street and then turn right.

You can also see a large tent erected on the oval.

The clinic is being run by NSW Health and Histopath Diagnostic Services.

It's open seven days a week between 8am and 6pm.

Covid update for Wingecarribee

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NSW Health is now reporting 1429 active cases of covid for the Wingecarribee.

That's down from 1456 cases on Saturday.

Across the state and there have been four deaths, including a two-year-old child.

NSW Health said the child, who was previously well, died at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

There have been 14,970 new infections.

1163 patients in hospital have the virus, including 34 in intensive care.

Covid19 update for Wingecarribee

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There have four new cases of covid19 reported in the Wingecarribee Shire up until eight o'clock last night.

According to the NSW Health website there were seven tests conducted.

There are now 23 active cases in the shire.

Across the state and New South Wales Health has reported 399 new Covid cases.

677 people are in hospital and four people have died.

Meantime some more exposure dates have been added for Woolworths Mittagong and Big W in the Highlands Marketplace.

They are as follows:

Woolworths Mittagong

Exposure date
Friday 24 September 2021, 8:45am to 9:45am
Friday 1 October 2021, 4:20pm to 6:05pm
Monday 4 October 2021, 2:45pm to 3pm
Tuesday 5 October 2021, 2:35pm to 3pm
Thursday 7 October 2021, 3:20pm to 3:35pm
Friday 8 October 2021, 3:35pm to 4pm

BIG W Mittagong
197 Old Hume Highway, Mittagong
Exposure date
Thursday 7 October 2021, 2:30pm to 3:30pm

People who made a visit to these stores on these dates and between these times are being asked to get tested and self isolate.

Crash between motorcycle & vehicle at Mittagong

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Emergency Services have been called to a crash between a motorcycle and vehicle at Mittagong.

The incident took place just after nine o'clock last night on Bowral Road near Pioneer Street.

A 19 year old man who was riding the motorcycle was treated at the scene and then airlifted from the Mittagong Sportsground to Liverpool Hospital.

He suffered head and leg injuries and was in a serious but stable condition.

Image: Toll Ambulance Rescue Helicopter

Dealing with heart valve disease

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A new treatment is available on Medicare for local residents living with heart valve disease.

Back in 2019, Mittagong resident Brian Richardson was diagnosed with Aortic stenosis which is a condition that makes the heart work harder to pump blood around the body.

He underwent the procedure and is now breathing a lot easier.

Mr. Richardson said people should get a check up.

"It's a silent killer, you don't know until the last minute, and then it's probably too late,

"It's lucky I kept an eye on it,"Mr. Richardson said

More than 66,000 Australians are living with aortic stenosis and nine in 10 are not undergoing treatment each year for the potentially life-threatening disease.

Image: Viva Communications

Disqualified truck driver allegedly fails roadside drug test twice

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Officers from Mittagong Highway Patrol charge a 37 year old Tasmanian man twice in two days with serious driving offences with the assistance of Heavy Vehicle Inspectors from Transport for NSW.

The driver was first detected on the 16th March 2022 following a speed detection where it was discovered that his drivers licence was disqualified until 2030, the heavy vehicle he was driving was unregistered, not carrying his work diary and failing a road side drug test.

Two days later on the 18th March 2022 Transport for NSW Inspectors notified police that a heavy vehicle had failed to stop as directed at the Marulan Heavy Vehicle Checking Station.

Highway Patrol officers were able to intercept the heavy vehicle which stopped just south of Marulan.

The driver was subjected to a road side drug test which returned a positive indication for methamphetamine.

Officers also located a radar detector fitted to the heavy vehicle.

An inspection of the heavy vehicle found that its speed limiter had been modified to 161kph.

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An Officer arrested the driver and he was conveyed to Goulburn Police Station and underwent further testing.

He was charged with driving whilst disqualified 2nd+ Subsequent offence.

He was issued a penalty notice in relation to the radar detector and given strict bail conditions to not occupy the drivers seat of a vehicle and to be of good behaviour.

Officers from Transport for NSW took action in relation to the tampering of the speed limiter, failing to stop when directed, not keeping a work diary and the vehicle was issued a major grounded defect notice.

Further charges are pending the laboratory analysis of the drivers oral fluid sample.

Image: NSW Police 

 

Doctor & nurse at Regal Medical Centre in Mittagong test positive

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People who attended the Regal Medical Centre in Mittagong between Monday and Friday of last week are being urged to get a covid test.

It comes after two health professionals, a doctor and a nurse tested positive.

It's possible they caught the virus from a patient who didn't known they had it.

The centre is trying to get in touch with up to 200 people who maybe affected.

They're being asked to not to see a doctor or chemist, but get tested and isolate until they get their results.

Fire station open days are back

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Fire stations across the Southern Highlands will be throwing their doors open on Saturday May 14 between 10am and 4pm.

Children will be able to see a fire truck, demonstrations and firefighting equipment.

Duty Commander Bruce Dowling said it will be a great opportunity for the grown ups to also pick up some safety tips and meet their local firefighters.

"The four stations across the Southern Highlands including Mittagong, Bowral, Moss Vale and Bundanoon will be open to the public,

" People will be able to come down and see trucks and all our equipment and learn about some safety for the home,"Mr. Dowling said.

Image: Bowral Fire & Rescue NSW

 

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

 

Five new cases for Wingecarribee LGA

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Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro has revealed there were five new cases of COVID19 for the Wingecarribee Local Government area up to 8 o'clock last night.

Four of those cases are at Woodlands and one at Mittagong.

75 percent of eligible New South Wales residents have now had at least one dose of a Covid vaccine.

The state has recorded 1480 new cases.

Four tries on debut

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The Mittagong Lions first grade side are starting to get on a roll.

The Lions defeated Narellan 36 - 20 in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the Mittagong Sportsground.

Lleyton Wallace scored four tries on debut for the Lions.

In other matches reserves remain undefeated after their 42 - 10 win.

Thirds had an 18 all draw against the South West Goannas.

Both the women's sides were defeated in their matches.

Image: Mittagong Lions via Facebook

 

Free health checks in the Highlands

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Free Men's Health checks will be available in the Highlands next month.

The Men's Health Education Rural van will be at the Mittagong Welcome Centre on February 3 and the Bowral Swimming Pool carpark the following day.

The van will be there at both locations between 9:30am and 3:30pm

Bowral/Mittagong Rotary President Will Eddowes said men will be able to get a basic health check up.

"Cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure,

"These are checks that can be done quite easily by a registered nurse,"Mr. Eddowes said.

Image: Fort George G.Meade Public Affairs Office/Flickr

 

Have your say about Cook Street playspace

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Residents keen to have their say about the design of the new Cook Street Park playspace in Mittagong are being invited on site this afternoon between 4:30 and 6pm.

If its raining the gathering will be held at the Welby Hall.

The park was closed back in 2019, due to its age and was nominated by the community as a priority project when the Playspace Strategy was adopted in 2020.

There are currently two design options on the table and for further information click here.

Image: Wingecarribee Council 

Highlands pipes and drums back in competition

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The Highlands Pipes and Drums are back into competition after a 15 year layoff.

Pipe Major Chris Tabram said they had some success at a mini bands competition in Sydney recently.

"It's the first competition we've actually played in for 15 years,

"We competed against eight separate bands and came away with a second placing,

"To come away with that result after such a big layoff is a big deal for us,"Mr. Tabram said.

And the band's next competition is taking place in the Illawarra in October.

The group continues to practice at the Mittagong Presbyterian Church on Fridays between 7pm and 9pm.

Image: Highlands Pipes and Drums

Increased truck movements

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Residents around Mittagong will be noticing plenty of extra truck movements over the next couple of weeks.

Rehabilitation work on Bowral Road between Bowral and Mittagong requires material to be moved in and out by numerous trucks each night due to the high volume of traffic through the day.

The old material is being stored at Aylmerton, and new asphalt is being delivered each night from a plant at Kembla Grange.

The work is expected to be completed by June 16, weather permitting.

Image: KOMUnews/Flickr

 

Kerbside collection underway in Mittagong

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Wingecarribee Council's new bulky waste kerbside collection service is now underway in Mittagong.

It's hoped all of the waste will be picked up over the next two weeks, but staff shortages due to covid could get in the way.

The collection will head to the northern villages next and will end in Moss Vale in April.

The cost will be absorbed by council for the first two years of operation.

The collection will then be increased to a bi annual service after July 2024 and an annual levy will be applied to eligible ratepayers.

 

Lions pick up first point of the season

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In the Wests Group Macarthur First Grade Premiership.

The Camden Rams defeated the City Kangaroos 24 - 20.

The Picton Magpies were too good for the Oaks Tigers 46 - 22.

The Narellan Jets got up against Campbelltown Collegians 30 - 16.

And the East Campbelltown Eagles have come away with their second win of the season with a 38 - 24 victory against Thirlmere.

Mittagong finished with a 28 all draw against the Oakdale Workers and Lions President Matt Aitken saidit's good to get off the bottom of the table.

"They're a top three finishing team and will likely finish in the top three at the end of the season,"Mr. Aitken said.

Image: Mittagong Lions

Major cannabis bust in Mittagong

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Police have uncovered more than $500,000 worth of cannabis after executing a search warrant at a home in Mittagong.

Last month, Officers from the Southern Highlands Proactive Crime Team started an investigation into hydroponic cultivation of cannabis in the Southern Highlands region.

About 8am yesterday, officers from the PCT, Hume Detectives, The Hume Drug Unit, the Dog Unit and Public Order and Riot Squad, raided a house on the Old Hume Highway.

The unoccupied building had been significantly modified and constructed as a sophisticated hydroponic setup.

Multiple electrical transformers were found in the ceiling cavity and all the windows had been sealed.

Police uncovered 156 plants in various stages of growth and over five kilograms of cannabis leaf.

A crime scene was set up and was forensically examined by specialist police.

Investigations are continuing and police from The Hume Police District are appealing for anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Image: Southern Highlands Police

 

Makeover planned for off leash dog area

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Wingecarribee Council has committed to some short term maintenance solutions at the Alexandra Square dog off leash area in Mittagong.

That includes fixing the drainage and pavement around the bubbler, and new turf where the grass has died.

Also additional dog bag dispensers and a hand rail on the steps.

It comes after a number of residents complained about the facility not being maintained properly.

Image: Wingecarribee Council 

Man charged with killing wild duck in Mittagong

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A man from Colo Vale has been charged in connection with an alleged act of animal cruelty.

Last Saturday, two men were seen chasing a flock of ducks in the Mittagong RSL carpark.

One of the ducks was allegedly caught and killed by one of the men.

Around 2pm yesterday, a 24 year old man was arrested at Southern Highlands Police Station.

He was charged with recklessly beat and kill animal and commit an act of cruelty upon an animal.

The 24 year old was also charged with traffic offences over an unrelated matter.

He was refused bail to appear in Moss Vale Local Court today.

Image: Hume Police District/Facebook 

Man charged with Moss Vale stabbing

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A Mittagong man has been charged in connection with the alleged stabbing of another man in Moss Vale.

Just after 8pm on Friday August 6, Emergency Services were called to Parkes Road, after reports of a brawl.

Police rushed to the scene and found a 22-year-old man with stab wounds to his back.

He was treated at the scene by Paramedics before being airlifted to Liverpool Hospital in a serious condition.

He has since been discharged.

Strike Force Briwood was set up to to investigate the incident.

About 2:30pm yesterday a man was arrested at a motel in Lagoon Street, Goulburn.

During a search, Officers found a quantity of methylamphetamine.

The 21-year-old was taken to Goulburn Police Station and charged with wound person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, possess prohibited drug, and not comply with noticed direction – COVID-19.

The Mittagong man has been refused bail and will appear at Goulburn Local Court today.

Image: Southern Highlands Police

 

Mittagong crossfitter to make comeback

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Mittagong Crossfitter Ricky Garard is making a return to competition after a four year ban.

The 27 year old had a major setback in 2017 when he tested positive to performance enhancing drugs.

Ricky now wants to make amends for the past when he competes at the Dubai CrossFit Championships in three weeks time.

"It's definitely taught me alot about resilience, patience and determination,

''It's been a hard road but I'm glad I never gave up,"Ricky said.

After Dubai he'll be heading to Miami to take part in another competition.

Image: Ricky Garard

 

Mittagong playhouse update

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Wingecarribee Council's Interim Administrator Viv May has acknowledged that restoration and repair works at the Mittagong Playhouse will be costly and extensive.

The contract has been awarded to NBRS & Partners.

Council has allocated $2 million towards the project and has applied for a further $5 million under the State Government’s Create NSW Arts and Cultural Funding Program.

Serious structural faults were detected in the building back in October 2019 and structural bracing has been in place on the exterior of the building’s western wall ever since.

The proposed work will include the following:

* Complete refurbishment to the Playhouse auditorium,
* Structural rectification of the building’s walls and roof structure,
* Refurbishment of the first-floor to enable the relocation of the Berrima District and Family Historic Society,
* Refurbishment and construction of the ground floor and inclusion of functional multi-use lobby area,
* Construction of compliant public amenities,
* Inclusion of disability access provisions including two lifts,
* Installation of mechanical ventilation to entire building, and
* Upgrade of all electrical, data and fire and services.

Image: Wingecarribee Council 

More accolades for Gumnut

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Gumnut Pattiserie is in the awards, once again.

Pastry Chef Josh Nickl has been named the Gold Medalist for Pastry cooking in the National World Skills Competition.

His father Tracey won the same medal back in 1993.

Gumnut was also named a state and national finalist in Wotif's Uniquely Aussie Awards for its vanilla slice.

Image: Gumnut

 

More COVID-19 venues of concern for Mittagong and Bowral

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Four additional venues of concern have been listed by NSW Health for the Wingecarribee Local Government Area.

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Bunnings Mittagong - Tyree Place                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thursday 9 September 2021  between 2:20 pm to 2:40 pm

Bowral

Liquorland Bowral - 33 Bendooley Street                                                                                                                                                                                    Monday 13 September 2021 between 10 am to 10:06 am

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Priceline Pharmacy Bowral - 10-15 310-312 Bong Bong Street                                                                                                                                      Monday 13 September 2021 between 10 am to 10:03 am

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Home No.9 Thai Cuisine by Bangkok House Bowral - 328-332 Bong Bong Street                                                                                      Thursday 9 September 2021 between 7:30 pm to 7:40 pm

The NSW Health exposure locations list includes close and casual contact venues.

For more information visit NSW Health COVID-19 case locations.

National road safety week

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This National Road Safety Week we're being reminded to drive to survive.

The initiative was started by Peter Frazer who's daughter was hit by a truck in a breakdown lane of the Hume Highway at Mittagong back in 2012.

Local tow truck driver Geoffrey Clark was also killed.

Mr Frazer wanted to make a difference and started looking at how he could change things including legislation.

He's also revealed for the first time a voicemail left on his phone by Sarah, moments before the horrific crash,

"Dad I'm really worried, the car has broken down and cars and trucks are passing me just centimetres away,

"I'm afraid I could get killed here,"Sarah said.

To sign the pledge click here

Image: Peter Frazer

New fire trucks for the region

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Firefighters at Mittagong and Picton have received early Christmas presents.

Two state-of-the-art firefighting trucks have been delivered to both Fire and Rescue NSW stations.

They each include a Compressed Air Foam System which enables firefighters to tackle structural, chemical, petrol and grass fires using up to five times less water than normal

This is done by combining foam concentrate with compressed air to fire hoses.

Each truck cost $470,000 and Member for Wollondilly Nathaniel Smith believes they'll both enhance emergency operations across the Southern Highlands region.

Image: Office of Nathaniel Smith via Facebook

OAM for Peter Frazer

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The work of road safety advocate Peter Frazer was recognised on the Australia Day honours list.

Mr. Frazer lost his daughter Sarah almost 10 years ago, when she and tow truck driver were hit in a breakdown lane on the Hume Highway at Mittagong.

Since then he has campaign for better road safety including setting up the Safer Australian Roads And Highways (SARAH) Group.

Mr. Frazer said he's tried to make a difference.

"I think the key for me is the fact that we've been able to establish National Road Safety Week and that a numbers of organisations have got behind the initiative,"Mr. Frazer said.

Image: Supplied (Peter Frazer / Facebook)

Orienteers to converge on Southern Highlands

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Around 300 orienteers and their families will be visiting the Southern Highlands just after Christmas.

They'll be taking part in a five day carnival at locations including Mount Alexandra Reserve, the Belanglo State Forest and the Penrose State Forest.

Orienteering NSW President Robyn Pallas said it will be great to get their maps out again after the covid layoff.

"It starts on December 27 and runs through to December 31 and each day there's a different location,

"It was meant to take place in the Southern Highlands last year, but covid restrictions forced us to postpone the event,"Ms. Pallas said.

Participants will range from eight years of age right through to 80.

Image: Orienteering NSW

Power outage in Mittagong

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There are currently around 1400 customers without power in the Mittagong area after a large tree came down over powerlines along Old Bowral Road.

Endeavour Energy crews are currently on scene, trying to restore power.

Traffic lights are currently out at the McDonalds intersection in Mittagong.

Image: Endeavour Energy

Range Rd project to be completed early next year

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We're being told the Range Road Bridge Project at Mittagong should be completed within the first quarter of next year.

The majority of the bridge works are now complete, but the rain over the past couple of months has significantly delayed the road works.

Project Manager Oliver Sekuloski from Saunders Construction is thanking local residents for their patience.

"It might look like a bit of a mess at the moment, but once the earthworks are complete there'll be a nice new road up to the concrete bridge,

"It will have a longer design life and people will be able to cross safely,"Mr. Sekuloski said.

 

Range Road Overbridge project complete

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A couple of important infrastructure upgrades have been completed in Mittagong.

That includes the long-awaited Range Road Overbridge which comes with pedestrian access.

Colo Street has also re - opened, following drainage, roadwork and roundabout improvements.

Member for Wollondilly Nathaniel Smith said it will improve access between Mittagong and Bowral.

"Now it's going to help a lot people travelling from different parts of Mittagong and Bowral and vice versa,

"For so long we've been detouring through the back streets,"Mr. Smith said.

Image: Office of Nathaniel Smith

Recognition for Mittagong firefighters

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A number of firefighters from Mittagong 378 have received their National Emergency Medals in recognition of their efforts during the 2019/20 Black Summer bushfires.

In addition to protecting the local community, the crew contributed to a number of strike teams operating from Glenn Innes to The Snowy Mountains and in between.

All up they spent 80 days away and clocked up 1800 operational hours.

Assistance was provided at Bundanoon to protect properties along Ben Nevis Circuit and Garland Road.

Image: Mittagong Fire & Rescue via Facebook

Relief in sight for motorists using Old South Rd

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Wingecarribee Council has unveiled plans to fix a 9.3 kilometre section of Old South Road between Bowral and Mittagong.

The multi million dollar project will include reconstructing and widening the road where possible and installing crash barriers, audio tactile makers and warning signs.

Council’s Director of Service and Project Delivery, Karin Targa said they're currently finalising details with utility providers, landowners, environmental authorities, transport providers and government departments.

Tender for construction will be released within months.

But don't expect any finish date any time soon, with completion expected in 2024.

Image: Wingecarribee Council 

Remembrance Day services back in the Highlands

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Remembrance Day Services will be taking place across the Southern Highlands tomorrow.

On the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, we remember those soldiers who died trying to protect our nation.

Mittagong RSL Sub Branch President Steven Spence said they'll be holding a service outside the front of the club starting at 10:40am, weather permitting.

"If the weather doesn't allow us to do it outside, we will still be holding it up in the auditorium,"he said.

The branch is not selling badges this year.

And the Bowral RSL Sub Branch has organised very small gathering.

Members will gather at the Bowral war Memorial around 10:45am.

Image: Tony Oldroyd/Flickr

Response recovery and resilience Expo in Mittagong

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Wingecarribee Council in partnership with Wollondilly Shire Council and Resilience NSW will be hosting a two-day Response, Recovery and Resilience Expo from tomorrow at the Mittagong RSL.

Residents and business owners from both Shires are being encouraged to attend.

One of the highlights will be a discussion led by former NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner and now Commissioner of Resilience NSW, Shane Fitzsimmons.

Registrations are required.

Contact Wingecarribee Council on 4868 0888.

Image: Ruby Goes/Flickr

Return & earn kiosk knocked back

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Wingecarribee Council has knocked back plans to install a return and earn kiosk inside the Bowral Pool carpark.

The Southern Highlands Vietnam Veterans Association strongly objected to the proposal given the close proximity to the war memorial.

President Phil Moscat said it's a timely decision ahead of Remembrance Day commemorations.

"We're very happy that all of the submissions were taken into consideration,

"I'm sure there's a lot of other places the kiosk could go,''Mr. Moscat said.

Image: Phil Moscat

 

Safety improvements for school zones

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A number of school zones in the Southern Highlands will have improved safety as part of the NSW and Australian Government's $40.8 million School Zone Infrastructure Sub Program.

That includes Colo Vale Public School, Bowral High School, St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Parish Primary School, and Mittagong Public School.

The work will include the installation of ‘wombat’ raised pedestrian crossings.

Member for Wollondilly Nathaniel Smith said the School Zone Infrastructure Sub Program will help keep school children in the region even safer as they travel to and from school.

"“The Australian and NSW Governments are committed to helping to improve safety around our schools, the projects in Wollondilly will create safer pedestrian connections for children, their parents and carers, and the school community,” Mr Smith said.

Image: Phillip Mallis/Flickr

Science & engineering challenge at Mittagong RSL

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It's hoped this week's Science Southern Highlands Science and Engineering Challenge and Discovery Day at the Mittagong RSL will lead to young people considering a career in engineering or science.

Eight local schools will compete in a number of experiments, with the winner to progress through to the State Championships.

Member of the Organising Committee Rod Aistrope said a number of organisations including Bowral Mitagong Rotary help organise the event.

"There's going to be 256 children each day and 40 volunteers,

"I think it's good that the community knows that it goes on and that Rotary and sponsors and are giving kids this opportunity,"Mr. Aistrope said.

The students will be taking part in a number of experiments, including building a bridge.

Image:  Southern Highlands Science and Engineering Challenge and Discovery Day 

 

Second man charged with vicious duck attack

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A second man has now been charged with an alleged act of animal cruelty at Mittagong.

Last Saturday, Police were called to the Mittagong RSL carpark after two men were seen chasing a flock of ducks.

One of the ducks was allegedly caught and killed by one of the men.

A 24 year old man was charged and is before the courts.

Around 11am today , a 27 year old man from Hill Top was also arrested at Southern Highlands Police Station.

He was charged with commit an act of cruelty upon an animal.

The 27 year old was granted conditional bail to appear in Moss Vale Local Court on Tuesday February 8 2022.

Image: Southern Highlands Police

Seniors housing development proposed in Mittagong

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A development application has been lodged with Wingecarribee Council for a large seniors living development in Mittagong for over 55's.

The Fountaindale Group is proposing to build 42 one and two bedroom cottages on a 1.4 hectare site on Belmore Road.

Director Jennifer Macquarie believes there's a real demand for properties that are smaller and low maintenance.

"That gap is growing significantly and in the last 18 months, prices in the Highlands have gone up 20 to 25 per cent,

"The need for more affordable property, has become quite acute and we feel this project will fit in nicely,''Ms. Macquarie said.

The council assessment process is expected to take around six months, including community consultation.

Fountaindale is then hoping to sell the properties off the plan.

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Image: Fountaindale Group

Sewage upgrades to exceed $104 million

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The cost of upgrading Wingecarribee Council's three main sewage treatment plants has blown out by more than $24 million dollars.

Estimates in 2018 suggested $80 million was required to upgrade Moss Vale, Mittagong and Bowral STP’s.

That figure is now $104.8 million dollars.

That includes:

* Bowral Sewage Treatment Plant Upgrade – $36,550,000;
* Moss Vale Sewage Treatment Plant Upgrade (Stage 1) – $36,150,000;
* Mittagong Sewage Treatment Plant Upgrade – $32,100,000.

$33 million dollars of this money will be sourced via a 20 year loan.

Image: Wingecarribee Council 

Small business month in the Highlands

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As part of small business month, Business Southern Highlands in partnership with Wingecarribee Council are giving businesses the opportunity to meet with industry experts.

The free business advice event is being held at the Mittagong RSL on Thursday between 4 and 6pm.

Director Kate Ingham said a lot of people are unaware of what services are available locally.

"One of the things I've observed, moving around a lot of businesses in the area, is people still have their networks in Sydney and Canberra,

"It's a way of introducing people to a range of different experts,"Ms. Ingham said.

Businesses can book free 15min sessions – maximum four sessions.

A networking event will be taking place afterwards.

To register click here

Image: NSW Government 

 

Southern Highland exposure sites listed

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A Bargo business has been added to the list of potential COVID-19 exposure sites after a person who visited for three successive days later tested positive for Coronavirus.

The person attended the Bargo BWS between 2.30 and 3pm on September 27, 28 and 29.

Anyone who was at the Railside Avenue business at those times needs to get tested immediately and self isolate until a negative result is achieved.

The same health advice applies to anyone who visited Woolworths Mittagong or Hayters Timber and Paving of Mittagong at the listed times.

The venues and times of concern are:

Bargo:

BWS Bargo, Railside Avenue, 2.30 - 3pm on Monday, September 27, 2.30 - 3pm on Tuesday, September 28, 2.30 - 3pm on Wednesday, September 29.

Khan's Supa IGA Bargo, 4.20 - 8.20pm on Monday, September 20.

Mittagong:

Woolworths Mittagong, Highlands Marketplace, 8.45 - 9.45am on Wednesday, September 29.

Hayters Timber and Paving, Cavendish Street, all day on Saturday, September 18 and Sunday, September 19.

 

Success for Mittagong crossfitter

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Mittagong crossfitter Ricky Garard is officially Australia's fittest man.

The 27 year old put himself through five days of grueling competition to finish in third place overall at the Cross fit Games in Madison Wisconsin.

His campaign included two event wins.

Garard was suspended in 2017 after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

Image: Benton Gym via Facebook

 

Train derailment near Mittagong

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The Australian Rail Track Corporation will be continuing track repairs this morning after a freight train derailed near Mittagong.

The incident took place on Monday night and work has started to remove the train and damaged wagons ahead of restoration operations to repair damage to the track.

Passenger services aren't operating and commuters are being asked to view real-time apps for the latest service information.

There'll also be limited freight services.

Image: Shannon Robert Wood

Underground springs damaging roads

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A section of Waverley Parade in Mittagong is undergoing maintenance.

The heavy rain resulted in a spring forming underneath which lifted the bitumen.

Given the close proximity to Frensham, the Day Care Centre and Colo Road detour it was deemed high risk.

Council work crews have put in a new subsoil and base and it will be sealed by the end of the week.

Vandals target Ironmines Oval again

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Vandals have struck again at Ironmines Oval in Mittagong.

Last Thursday, a four wheel drive doing donuts in the carpark took out five bollards aswell as bench seating.

Secretary Jacqui Ashbol said it's incredibly frustrating.

"We would really like people to be vigilant and call the Police if they see any suspicious activity," she said.

Last year in June, hoons used their motorbikes to dig up a large amount of turf on the oval.

The club has spoken to Wingecarribee Council about getting perimeter fencing installed right around the oval.

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Images: Mittagong Soccer Club

 

Water outage in Mittagong

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UPDATE: Water has now been restored.

A planned water main shut down is currently taking place at Mittagong.

Council crews are carrying out a hydrant repair on the Old Hume Highway near the Welcome Centre.

Water should be back around 1pm.

Letterbox notifications were delivered on Thursday January 6.

Wild duck decapitated at Mittagong

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Police are trying to track down two men after a wild duck was killed at Mittagong.

Last Saturday, Officers from the Hume Police District received reports of alleged animal cruelty at a registered club car park on the Old Hume Highway.

It's believed two men chased a flock of wild ducks in the car park, before one of them was caught and decapitated by one of the men.

The pair fled the scene a short time later and police were contacted.

Police have released images of two men.

One is described as being of Caucasian appearance, of medium build, and is seen wearing a fluorescent yellow and blue singlet, blue football shorts, a blue cap, thongs and sunglasses.

The second male is described as being of Caucasian appearance with a slim build, and is seen wearing a grey t-shirt, blue shorts, thongs and a blue cap.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact Goulburn Detectives on (02) 4824 0736 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Image: NSW Police

 

Woman killed when motorcycle and SUV collide

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A woman has died after her motorcycle and an SUV collided at Mittagong yesterday.

Emergency services were called to Old South Road after a southbound Kawasaki motorcycle and a northbound Subaru Outback collided in the northbound lane.

The rider of the motorcycle, a 47-year-old woman, died at the scene.

The 68-year-old man driving the car was not injured.

He was taken to Bowral District Hospital for mandatory testing.

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Officers attached to The Hume Police District established a crime scene and commenced inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the crash.

It's the second fatality involving a motorcyclist in two days on the Southern Highlands.

A 62-year-old man died when his bike collided with a tree on Saturday afternoon.

A report will now be prepared for the information of the Coroner regarding both accidents..

Image: NSW Police Facebook & Google Maps