Highlands News

Bowral Newsagency closes

The Bowral Newsagency ( Newsxpress ) has had to close due to the impacts of the bushfires and COVID19. Owner Joe who took over the business a year ago says they've pretty much been trading under water over that time He says they did get some rental assistance but couldn't get any...

My community program delivers

The BDCU Alliance Bank is about to distribute more than $34,000 to community groups across the Southern Highlands and Tablelands. The grants have been made possible by members who have a My Community Savings Account. For every dollar of interest earned the bank chips in 15 cents. Communications Manager Matt Sewell says a...

Wollondilly residents banned from Queensland

Wollondilly residents will be banned from entering Queensland due to the threat of COVID19. The shire is one of about 35 LGA' s across the greater Sydney area which have been listed as hotspots. The ban comes into effect from 1am Saturday. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has raised concerns about the increasing amount of...

Commemorative medallions for World War Two vets

A special commemorative medallion is available to every Second World War veteran as a way of thanking them for their service. The medallion marks the 75th anniversary of the war. Federal MP Angus Taylor says he's been lucky enough to meet many veterans and hear their incredible stories of service and sacrifice...

Wingecarribee Council to hire new General Manager

Wingecarribee Mayor Duncan Gair has announced that General Manager Ann Prendergast will be leaving council. It follows an extraordinary meeting held this morning among Councillors. Mayor Gair has thanked Ms. Prendergast for her services and has highlighted a number of achievements during her tenure including Fit for the Future and various infrastructure...

Stage two improvements to get underway

The Australian Rail Track Corporation has announced a $28 million dollar stage two project for the Goulburn to Sydney line which will get underway next month. This will involve replacing a further 98 kilometres of the track. As a result Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael...

Plans to double state's Koala population

Environment Minister Matt Kean’s has announced a plan to double the state’s koala population by 2050. It's feared there only 15,000 koalas left in NSW. The population has declined by between 20% and 50% since 1990, and 5000 are thought to have died in the summer bushfires in just one region -...

Bushfire Royal Commission extended

The Bushfire Royal Commission has been extended by two months, from the end of August until October 28. This is due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus. The commission was set up in February in response to the extreme bushfire season. More than 1700 submissions have now been received. IMAGE CREDIT: Fire & Rescue...

Coverdrive program is back at Bradman Oval

After a layoff due to COVID19 the Coverdrive Program is back into the swing of things in the Highlands. Around 60 special needs kids turned up to Bradman Oval yesterday to take part in a range of sporting activities. Kollege of Knowledge Kommittee for Kids President Tony Springett says the program has...

Push for new National Park

State Environment Minister Matt Keen has met with key local representatives to discuss the creation of a Bargo Nepean National Park. The proposal has been around for quite some time and Mr. Keen has carried out an inspection of Mermaid Pools with Wollondilly MP Nathaniel Smith and Wollondilly Mayor Matthew Deeth Mayor...