Highlands News

Interim Administrator: I'm not convinced Lackey Park is the best spot

  Wingecarribee Council's Interim Administrator had decided to put the Lackey Park Regional Sporting Hub project on hold until a Sports Facility Strategy is completed. Viv May told yesterday's council meeting that he's not convinced Lackey Park is the best spot for the project. "I think we need to ask the community about...

Court hearing deferred

This week's Land and Environment court hearing about a new educational facility at Frensham has been deferred. The proposal for eight cabins and a multi-purpose hall in the lower Holt is home to Platypus and around 14 wombats. It's attracted plenty of opposition, with more than 2400 people signing a petition to...

New pet industry course at Moss Vale

Tafe NSW is introducing a new course at it's Moss Vale campus to prepare people for work in the pet care industry. Head Teacher Jenny O'Donnell said the pandemic has lead to an increase in pet ownership across the Southern Highlands. "There's probably been the biggest increase in demand since I've been...

New dates for Food and Wine Festival

The Southern Highlands Food and Wine Festival has once again been re-scheduled. The new dates will now be February 26 and 27 at the Moss Vale Showground. Food and Wine Association President Jean Marie Simart said this will give them plenty of time to prepare. "We could've put it off until the end...

Covid update for Wingecarribee Shire

There were no new cases for the Wingecarribee Shire up until 8pm October 11. NSW Health is reporting there were 363 tests conducted. There are now 25 active cases in the shire. Across the state and NSW has recorded 360 COVID cases and five deaths. As of Sunday 90.44 per cent of NSW residents...

Art gallery now open to the public

The new Southern Highlands Art Gallery is now open to the public. A small gathering took place yesterday which was attended by representatives of the Aboriginal community, local artists and the media. The project has been in the making for some 25 years and has been made possible thanks to the fundraising...

Changed traffic conditions on Old South Rd

Work on the first stage of a multi-million-dollar upgrade planned for Old South Road gets underway tomorrow. It will involve installing subsoil drainage at various locations between Merrigang Street in Bowral and Range Road in Mittagong. Work is taking place between 7am and 5pm weekdays and should be completed by mid November...

Wingecarribee Council the eighth most complained about

New figures show Wingecarribee Council spent $81,000 dealing with code of conduct complaints about councillors in one year. There were 12 code complaints against councillors during the 2019-20 year, making the council the eighth most complained about for the year. However investigations found only one of the complaints resulted in a breach...

New Premier changes the reopening roadmap

With the 70 per cent double vaccination milestone being reached late yesterday, Premier Dominic Perrottet has confirmed the State Government will ease a number of restrictions as part of the reopening NSW roadmap, which will allow fully vaccinated adults to enjoy more freedoms from Monday, October 11. The changes to the...

Free trade talks could go sour for dairy industry

Discussions about a free trade agreement between Australia and the European Union have the potential to severely impact Australia's dairy industry, according to Michael Cains of Robertson. The Pecora Dairy owner said free trade was not always fair trade, as European dairy products were the most heavily subsidised in the world,...