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


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.


"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


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

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


There have been no new cases of covid19 for the Wingecarribee Shire in the 24 hours up until eight o'clock last night.

There are two active cases in the shire.

Across the state and New South Wales has recorded 286 new local Covid cases and two deaths.

There are 236 people in hospital, 34 of those in intensive care.

90-point-6 percent of people aged 16 and over are fully vaccinated.


Covid19 update for Wingecarribee


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.

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.

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.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

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

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


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.

Belmore Street Mittagong view D

Image: Fountaindale Group

Southern Highland exposure sites listed


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:


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.


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.


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

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