Highlands News

Battle 4 Berrima to meet with Planning Minister

The Battle 4 Berrima Group will be meeting with Planning Minister Rob Stokes next Wednesday to try and get some clarity regarding the lengthy planning process for the Hume Coal mining proposal. The group was initially told there was a two month deadline for the Independent planning Commission to make a...

Grass fire at Bundanoon

Rural Fire Service crews have been called to a grass fire at Bundanoon. The blaze which is under a hectare broke out just after midday near Hayman Road and four trucks have been sent in. At this stage it's not known how it started. The Southern Highlands Rural Fire Service is reminding residents...

Digital connectivity on the agenda at Exeter

Representatives from the Deputy Premier's office will be making a visit to Exeter to discuss digital connectivity issues. We're being told the information session is all about bridging the digital divide between metropolitan and rural areas. Wingecarribee Council's Deputy General Manager Mark Pepping says internet connection has been an issue at Exeter...

Chieftain announced for Brigadoon

The Bundanoon Highland Gathering Committee have announced retired Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston as next year's Chieftain for Brigadoon. Mr. Houston was educated in Scotland and moved to Western Australia in 1968 where he worked as a Jackaroo. He joined the RAAF as a cadet pilot in 1970 and went on...

Council truck loses control on Wombeyan Caves Rd.

A council driver has had a lucky escape after losing control on Wombeyan Caves Road. The incident took place just after 7 this morning, with the vehicle resting up against a gum tree. A Council Spokesperson says the driver who was the sole occupant was a little shaken, but is doing OK. A...

Rare cancers bike ride another success

A charity bike ride recently held at the Scots College Glengarry Campus in Kangaroo Valley has raised around $41,000 for charity. Around 200 riders took part in the team's event held over a five hour period. Zac Hulm from Rare Cancers Australia says they've received some excellent feedback about the event and...

Will you be shopping locally this Christmas?

The Southern Highlands Chamber of Commerce is urging people to shop locally this Christmas. Recent figures from the NSW Business Chamber show there has been a slowing of the economy, particularly in regional areas. Businesses are also dealing with the threat of online shopping. But Chamber Chair Steve Horton says we're fortunate to...

Highlands arts trail officially launched

The Southern Highlands Art Studio Trail is underway for another year. The trail was launched at the Shac in Robertson by local artist Ben Quilty on Friday. A record 46 studios will be displaying the works of around one hundred artists. Wingecarribee Councillor Larry Whipper says the arts are really at the forefront...

New improvements unveiled at Robertson

Improvements at the Robertson School of Arts have been officially unveiled. It comes after the committee secured a $120,000 State Government funding grant to bring the facility up to scratch. The money was used to re - concrete the front entry, put a new front fence up and fix the roof and...

Bowral Pool now open

Bowral Pool has re - opened ahead of schedule. It's welcome news, given that Mittagong is currently closed because of a plant failure which is affecting water quality. Temperatures are also set to hit 29 tomorrow and 28 on Sunday, so great weather. Wingecarribee Council's Manager of Open Space, Recreation and Building Maintenance...