Highlands News

New fire trucks for the region

Firefighters at Mittagong and Picton have received early Christmas presents. Two state-of-the-art firefighting trucks have been delivered to both Fire and Rescue NSW stations. They each include a Compressed Air Foam System which enables firefighters to tackle structural, chemical, petrol and grass fires using up to five times less water than normalThis...

Official declaration for seat of Whitlam

The Australian Electoral Commission has officially declared Stephen Jones the winner of the seat of Whitlam today. Mr. Jones received just over 60 per cent of the two candidate preferred vote ahead of Liberal Candidate Mike Cains. He said he's looking forward to getting down to business. "It's a great honour and I...

Man wanted on outstanding warrant

Southern Highlands Police are seeking information about a man wanted on an outstanding warrant for revoking parole. Russell Willis, aged 38, is described as being of Caucasian appearance, between 165cm to 170cm tall, with a thin build and brown hair, he's also unshaven. He's known to visit the Southern Highlands, Albion Park,...

MOU signed to continue mentoring program

A memorandum of understanding has been signed between three local community groups to continue rolling out a youth mentoring program at Bowral and Moss Vale High schools. The program called ' Raise ' involves mentors offering one to one support to young people. Southern Highlands Foundation Chair Shelley Boyce said they're already...

Wingecarribee Council senior executive resigns

One of Wingecarribee Council's senior executives has tendered his resignation effective at the end of June,  just nine months after his appointment. Director Communities and Place, Geoff King, was given responsibility for a large portfolio in October last year, which included Community Development and Engagement as well as Compliance Regulation, Environment...

Best regional wine list for Birch in Moss Vale

A special shout at to the team at the Birch in Moss Vale. The restaurant was awarded Best NSW Wine List in a Regional NSW venue at the 2022 NSW Sommelier’s Wine List Awards held at Parliament House in Sydney. The judges describing it as being “Incredible for a smaller restaurant”. Birch finished...

Administrator scraps opening prayer

Wingecarrribee Council's Interim Administrator has decided to scrap the opening prayer which use to take place at the start of council meetings. This was carried out by a Minister from the Anglican Church. Council received 120 submissions in response to a public exhibition. 68 per cent of respondents were against the inclusion of...

Stage one approval for Ashbourne

The Southern Regional Planning Panel has approved Ashbourne's stage one development at Moss Vale for 176 lots. The developer Aoyuan contacted all of the purchasers yesterday about the news and further updates will be provided in coming weeks about time frame and construction. Development Manager Angela Villate said the project has been...

Minimum wage to be increased

The industrial umpire has decided on a pay rise of 5.2 per cent, or $40 a week, for more than 2.6 million Australians on award and minimum wages. The national minimum wage will now sit at $812.60 per week, or $21.38 per hour. The Fair Work Commission unveiled its decision on Wednesday,...

Highlands local takes out pie eating competition

A good crowd was on hand for Sunday's pie eating competition at Samuel Gees in Balaclava. First place was taken out local Joe Woods who scoffed down four mince pies in the time of two minutes and nine seconds. That's not bad, considering the next best time was four minutes and 16...