Highlands News

Electric vehicles a priority in state budget

Some good news for the Electric Vehicle hub being built at Moss Vale Stamp duty will be abolished on electric cars in a state government plan to phase out petrol vehicles. The plan is for battery-powered vehicles to constitute more than half all new car sales by 20-31. Recharging stations will be built...

Funding grant for Moss Vale Aquatic Centre

The Moss Vale Aquatic Centre has received a major sporting grant from the State Government. $589,000 will be spent on a Multipurpose Program Room And Access & Inclusion Upgrade. The funding is part of Round One of the Government’s Regional Sport Facility Fund which will see $50 million awarded over two years...

Station street options revealed

A number of improvement options for Station Street will go before an extraordinary meeting of Wingecarribee Council on Wednesday after the former project was scrapped by the Internal Administrator. A total of $4.3 million dollars will be spent under the new proposal. That includes $2.5 million on road pavement work between from...

New veterinary service & fellowship

Wildlife Recovery Australia, which has purchased the Higher Ground Raptor Centre at Fitzroy Falls intends on providing a dedicated veterinary wildlife service for the Southern Highlands and South Coast. This will be a smaller version of a mobile hospital built for the Byron Bay region. Director Dr. Stephen Van Mill says they'll...

Respiratory clinic now taking appointments

The rollout of the covid19 vaccine in the Southern Highlands continues to evolve. Just days after we reported that the pfizer vaccine wouldn't be available in the Highlands until October, the Mittagong Respiratory Clinic is now taking appointments for patients aged 40-59. Vaccinations will start on July 5. To book an appointment, get...

Key recommendations in SBC report

NSW Small Business Commissioner Chris Lamont has included 20 recommendations in a report about some of the challenges faced by businesses in the Wingecarribee Shire. Some of those recommendations relate to more opportunity for local businesses through council procurement, the establishment of a small business reference group and addressing skills and...

Mens shed funding available

Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor is encouraging men's sheds across his electorate to apply for funding under the latest round of the National Men’s Shed Development Program. They can apply for financial support across the following funding categories: Category 1: Health, Wellbeing, and Events $8,000 maximum Category 2: Shed Improvements $8,000...

A changing of the guard

There's a change of hands happening at the Higher Ground Raptor Centre at Fitzroy Falls. Co - Founder Peggy McDonald has sold the the property to Not-for-profit organisation Wildlife Recovery Australia which is chaired by former Treasury Secretary Ken Henry. The organisation is a joint venture between the Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital...

A few changes around Bowral Memorial Hall

Construction work on the $6.6 million dollar Bowral Memorial Hall refurbishment is now underway and as a result, the hall's immediate street frontage on Bendooley Street will be restricted to construction zone parking only. The street will remain open to through traffic, but where possible motorists are being asked to avoid...

Whitlam MP: Jail is no place for kids who haven't committed a crime

Our Member for Whitlam Stephen Jones is welcoming a decision to free a Tamil family from detention, saying jail is no place for kids who haven't committed a crime. The family has been released into the community in Perth while litigation continues. But...that doesn't mean the family will be permanently settled. Mr. Jones...