Highlands News

Energy efficiency grants now open

Small businesses are being encouraged to apply for an energy efficiency grant. More than 2500 of theses grants are available as part of the Federal Government's $50 million dollar Energy Efficiency Communities Program. Eligible small businesses will be able to claim grants of up to $20,000 and high-energy using businesses up to...

Highlands students protest for climate action

Around three hundred people turned up to today's Global Climate Strike in Bowral. Students gathered in Corbett Gardens, with some carrying placards saying ' coal is not cool ', ' let's make the earth cool again ' and ' stop the pollution '. Some were also carrying Coal Free Southern Highlands banners. Greens...

Bishop Mascord releases statement

The Catholic Bishop of Wollongong has issued an open letter following the sentencing of Cardinal George Pell for five charges of child sexual abuse. Father Brian Mascord says the abuse of minors by those ordained is a profound betrayal, and recovery from such trauma can take a lifetime. He's ordered his letter...

Water outage in Bowral

UPDATE: Water has been restored and crews are working to flush the main (to remove any sediment that may have been stirred up during the break) A number of businesses along Bong Bong Street in Bowral have been left without water after a main broke. A Wingecarribee Council Spokesperson says properties affected...

Fairground Follies now calling Bowral home

Some of the world's greatest pieces of memorabilia are now permanently stationed in Bowral. Fairground Follies which is a collection of old amusements has moved into a warehouse space on Kirkham Road and it's expected to be a major tourism drawcard for the Highlands. Owner Craig Robson who use to be an...

Truck jackknifes on Macquarie Pass

Traffic on Macquarie Pass was brought to a standstill this afternoon. Just after 4, a semi trailer carrying hay jack knifed near Tongarra, closing the Illawarra Highway in both directions. Motorists were being diverted via Jamberoo Mountain Road and Picton Road. Emergency Crews and traffic crews cleared the site just after 7pm. IMAGE CREDIT:...

Warning from bureau

A severe weather warning has been issued for parts of the Coast and Highlands. The system passing through could result in heavy rainfall, large, possibly giant hailstones and damaging winds. Locations which may be affected include Bowral, Wollongong, Campbelltown, Braidwood, Katoomba and Goulburn. The State Emergency Service is asking people to move their...

Highlands students to strike during school hours

School students across all age groups in the Southern Highlands will be taking part in strike action tomorrow, demanding action on climate change. The strike will be taking place in Corbett Gardens Bowral between 10am and midday. Local parent Kirstine McKay, says it's going to be a wonderful positive experience with plenty...

Cat ban trial in Wollondilly Shire

Wollondilly Council has introduced a ' cat ban ' at two reserves in the shire. The 12 month trial will start at Lyn Gordon Reserve in Thilrmere and Scotchies Reserve at Silverdale. Council Rangers will set traps and fines of $880 will apply if the cat can be linked back to the...

Secure tenure for Historical Society

The future is now more certain for the Berrima and District Historical Society after Wingecarribee Councillors granted the organisation a new 21 year lease on their premises in Mittagong on Main Street. The facility is currently shared with members of the Playhouse Theatre. President Ian Mackey is thrilled with the news and...