Highlands News

Cockatoo Run coming back to the Highlands

The Cockatoo Run will be back travelling through the Southern Highlands again on Sunday February 3. It hasn't been in operation for a couple of years, due to red tape and administrative issues. The run will start in Sydney then travel to Wollongong, Robertson and Moss Vale and then back to Sydney. The...

Soft start to the year at Moss Vale Saleyards

The first sale for the year took place at the Moss Vale Saleyards yesterday. It was a generally soft start with just 330 head sold, most of which came from the Coast and Highlands. Alot of people who are breeding and fattening cattle are holding off and trying to add some value. There...

Debate over real birthplace

The birthplace of Mary Poppins is becoming a hot topic of debate. Paul McShane from the the Southern Highlands Youth Arts Council appeared on Channel Seven's Sunrise program yesterday morning to argue his case. He says the author PL Travers invented the character in Bowral as a bed time story for her...

Pre - selection rumblings

Factional splits in the Liberal Party could rear their ugly head in the seat of Goulburn. A number of locals want a greater say on pre - selections, but this is unlikely, given that Pru Goward announced her retirement so close to the next state election. An " emergency clause " can...

More tourists means more wildlife collisions

Wildlife volunteers across the Coast and Highlands have been busy over the Christmas/New Year break. The holiday period sees an increase in visitors to the area, who aren't familiar with our local roads. Most of the collisions with vehicles involve wombats, Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Wallabies and the occasional Wallaroo. Richard Woodman from Wildlife...

Aspiring inventor to represent the Highlands

A Bowral teenager is one of 24 young people selected to take part in the National Questacon Invention Convention in Canberra. 15 year old Eleanor Swan will attend a series of workshops aimed at developing creative design and innovation skills. She says it's an amazing opportunity to meet like-minded people and work...

Land values for the Wingecarribee

The Valuer General has released a list of land values in the Wingecarribee for the year leading up to July 2018. The figures are used by Revenue NSW to calculate land tax and by Wingecarribee Council to work out council rates. There was a 20.3 per cent increase in industrial land, followed...

Harvesting underway at Robertson

Potato harvesting has started at Robertson, with the recent rains really spurring on growth. Local farmer John Hill will harvest about 20 tonnes of spuds a week up until July/August. They'll go on the market locally from this weekend, with the majority sent to the Flemington Markets in Sydney. Mr. Hill says there...

Upcoming lane closures at Macquarie Pass

Safety improvement work will get underway along the Illawarra Highway at Macquarie Pass from Monday January 14. The first part of the work will result in one lane being closed east of Clover Hill Road with alternating traffic conditions up until Friday February 8, including weekends. Work will be carried out between...

Road maintenance at Berrima

Maintenance work will be carried out along the Hume Highway at Berrima between Thursday and Friday, weather permitting. The work will take place along one southbound lane and will involve road resurfacing and line marking. Traffic will be reduced to 40 kilometres per hour. It'll be happening between 6am and 6pm.