Highlands News

Mardi Gras comes to Mittagong

A unique campaign has been launched in Mittagong to celebrate diversity, inclusion and respect. With the Mardi Gras taking place next weekend, the ANZ Bank have installed seven sculptures on Oxford Street signs across Australia. The sign titled ' Eternal Flame ' is situated on the corner of Bourne Close. ANZ research shows...

Hazard reductions planned

The National Parks and Wildlife Service will be carrying out a series of hazard reduction burns across the greater region over the next couple of weeks, including the Southern Highlands. One of those includes a 1200 hectare burn at Kangaroo Valley off Tallowa Dam Road, which started on Tuesday. Area Manager Graham...

Small consolation for out of pocket creditors

A Highlands Solicitor who's gone bankrupt for a second time, will still be forced to pay a hefty fine for illegal earthworks which took place at a property on Range Road in Mittagong. Paul Gerard O'Shannasy who owes around 30 creditors, more than $6.7 million dollars, pleaded guilty to the charge...

LLS rate relief

Local landholders will notice a difference with their Local Land Services rates this year. Due to the drought, the State Government will be waiving fees. However Liberal Candidate for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman says landholders will still receive access to technical experts, training and programs. The fee waiver is part of the NSW Government’s...

Pauline Hanson to walk down main street of Bowral

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson will be making a visit to Bowral on Saturday. She'll be conducting a street walk up and down Bong Bong Street, starting at the Grand Bistro at 9:30am and finishing at the Royal Hotel. One Nation Candidate for Wollondilly Charlie Fenton expects Ms. Hanson will get a...

Wilton Action Group demand better transparency

Liberal Candidate for Wollondilly Nathaniel Smith is facing plenty of resistance in the northern part of the electorate, just weeks out from the state election. The Wilton Action Group is particularly concerned about new development at Wilton where a new town the size of Port Macquarie is being built. Some of those...

Council to attend forum on climate change & bushfires

Wingecarribee Council is one of 14 councils across the state that are attending a forum to discuss how to deal with intense bushfire seasons fuelled by climate change. The forum is being held in Katoomba and is being hosted by the Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership. Professor Lesley Hughes, who's an Ecologist...

Councillor issued with code of conduct breach

A code of conduct breach involving Wingecarribee Councillor Ian Scandrett will be referred to the Office of Local Government for a final determination. It comes after an Independent Reviewer was called into investigate the matter at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars to ratepayers. Mayor Duncan Gair won't go into...

Funding available for community organisations

Applications are now open for the Wingecarribee Assistance Scheme. $120,000 is available for not for profit organisations across the shire to fund programs, capital works, community development and leisure services. All applications need to be submitted online via council's website. The scheme closes on March 29. For further details head to: http://www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/wingecarribee-community-assistance-scheme

Lane closures on Illawarra Highway

Changed traffic conditions will be in place at the intersection of the Illawarra Highway and Sheepwash Road for the next couple of weeks. Lane closures will be in effect, while a new roundabout is installed. Work will be carried out between 7pm and 5am from Sunday to Thursday nights. A reduced speed limit...