Highlands News

Backflip on emergency services levy

The State Government has caved into pressure from local councils and will now be covering an increase to the emergency services levy this financial year. The 22 per cent hike would've seen Wingecarribee Council pay an extra $123,000. Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman admits the levy would've placed an additional burden on...

Conservation council says extinction a possibility

There are fears koalas could be extinct within 30 years if more isn't done at a state level. The warning was contained in a submission by Stand Up for Nature to a NSW Upper House Inquiry into koala populations and habitat. The Nature Conservation Council is calling for a three point plan...

Big agenda at council

Tomorrow's council meeting is shaping up to be a long night with 13 notices of motion up for debate including a rescission motion regarding the sale of 10 Frankland Street in Mittagong. Other items on the agenda include the review of a development application for a boarding house at 2 Walker...

Goulburn MP votes against abortion bill

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman says she decided to vote against the abortion bill before State Parliament after taking into account her own life and career experiences aswell as listening to the people in her electorate. Ms. Tuckerman says it's not about addressing whether terminating pregnancies is right or wrong but...

Traffic & economic concerns for Moss Vale

Wingecarribee Councillor Larry Whipper has expressed his concerns about the increasing number of fast food takeaway stores appearing across the Southern Highlands. It comes after KFC lodged a development application for a new store in Moss Vale. Meantime Dominoes is wanting to open up inside the Mobile Service Station, also on Argyle...

Strong winds forecast to ease

The Wingecarribee SES were called out to a number of jobs over the weekend due to the strong winds. Crews responded to 10 jobs across the shire mostly for fallen trees and damaged roofs. However Unit Commander Heather Rowe says there were other areas across the state which were hit harder than...

Have you seen Ian?

As part of missing persons week, Police have renewed calls for information about a man missing from the Southern Highlands. Ian Stanton was last seen at his home in Bundanoon back in May 2003 after his father dropped off some groceries. Four days later, Ian's mother went to the home and found...

Kangaroo friendly fence built at Bundanoon

Following a study into kangaroo behaviour at Warrigal Care in Bundanoon, a fence has been constructed with holes in it to give the animals safe passage. The aged care provider is currently trying to sell off land which is surplus to their needs. This surplus land is now on the market for...

Spring Farm Tour

Wingecarribee Council will be conducting a tour of its recycling sorting facility at Spring Farm in Narellan on Thursday next week from 9am to 3pm. Residents will get the chance to see where our kerbside recycling is sent to, and how it is sorted. A bus will leave the Civic Centre on...

Stem Day coming to Bowral High

The Bowral High School Stem Day is taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week with the aim of inspiring students to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering or maths. This year the event has been opened up to years 4 to 6 and organisers are expecting more than...