Highlands News

Tulip Time bulb planting in Corbett Gardens

Tulip Time has been officially launched with around 75000 bulbs planted in Corbett Gardens. This years Ambassador is local paralympian Eliza Stankovic-Mowle. She had both her legs amputated below the knee after contracting meningococcal disease. Eliza said it's a real honour to be the Ambassador. "Being back here in the Southern Highlands as the...

Hume MP tight lipped on leadership speculation

Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor is remaining tight lipped about whether he'll contest the Liberal Party leadership. Mr. Taylor retained his seat but did record a swing of around five per cent against him which is on par with the national average. Liberal Peter Dutton has held on to the Queensland...

Federal election update for Hume

Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor has retained the seat of Hume. Mr. Taylor defeated Labor Candidate Greg Baines 57.59 per cent to 42.41 per cent two party preferred. There was a swing of 5.40 per cent to Labor. Below is the first preference count: Images: Angus Taylor via Facebook & Australian Electoral Commission ...

Federal Election update for Whitlam

Member for Whitlam Stephen Jones has retained the seat the seat of Whitlam. Mr. Jones leads Liberal Candidate Mike Cains two party preferred by 58.54 per cent to 41.46 per cent. However there was a small swing of 2.7 per cent to Mr. Cains. Below is a break up of the first preference...

Highlands artist concerned about identity politics

Southern Highlands artist Tim Storrier has raised concerns about identity politics taking hold in the art world. Mr. Storrier won the Archibald back in 2012 aswell as the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. He believes there's too much focus on an artist's gender or ethnicity, rather than the art work itself, and...

NSW legalises voluntary assisted dying

After decades of campaigning NSW has become the last state in Australia to pass laws allowing people with a terminal illness to voluntarily end their own life. Campaigners say they will now take their fight to the territories. Thursday's decision means within 18 months people with a fatal diagnosis in NSW will...

IA not happy with ex staff working as consultants

Wingecarribee Council's Interim Administrator Viv May wants to clamp down on local residents being able to use the services of former planning staff. It's been revealed this has been happening to navigate council's so called "complex planning processes'. Viv May told last night's council meeting that it's his view that standard contracts...

Berrima Gaol sold to developer for $7 million dollars

The historic Berrima Gaol has been sold to a developer for $7 million dollars. Blue Sox Developments intends on building a boutique hotel on the 1.9 hectare site including a restaurant, bar and shops. The Berrima Residents Association had a put a proposal forward for community use instead President Eric Savage said they're...

The return of the Model of United Nations Assembly

Southern Highlands schools will be taking part in the Model of United Nations Assembly later this month. The program brings together teams of two or three students, who will represent a nation and debate draft resolutions from the perspective of that nation. Teams will be representing China, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, India, Iran,...

Petition to fix Wilson Drive

A petition has been set up to improve the condition of Wilson Drive which is a major connection point for the northern villages. The road has taken a pounding over recent months due to the rain and is riddled with large ruts and potholes. Wingcarribee Council Candidate Sam Zlinskas said there's a...