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Super Rugby teams set to grace Bowral
Australia's best rugby players will grace Bowral in January with a Super Rugby trial match between the NSW Waratahs and Brumbies locked in. Saturday January 29 will see not only the bitter rivals clash, but a NSW City vs Country women's fixture in what is sure to be an exciting double header at Eridge Park.
Storm accepted into Group 7 first grade
The Highlands will have two elite rugby league clubs in 2022 with the Southern Highlands Storm being awarded a spot in Group 7 first grade. The Storm officially submitted a bid to field first and reserve grade sides in September with the proposal being accepted at the Group 7 AGM in Kiama on Wednesday night.New head coach Trevor Schodel said it was a relief when the news filtered through. "The hard work's just about to start now," he told the Southern Highland News.
Women's refuge on the agenda, with working group hoping to grab a share of $480 million
Local women escaping domestic and family violence could have somewhere to go if a new working group manages to land a share in NSW Government funding announced last month. The group, initiated by the Southern Highlands Greens this week, hope to explore ways that the community, council and governments can work together to improve women's safety services in the Highlands.
Residents 'can't live in own house' due to stench from tip in centre of Bowral
Last week, Laurence Bourrigaud couldn't leave her house without vomiting. The stench, she said, from the Bowral Waste Centre, situated just across the train tracks from her house on Railway Parade, made her throw up and sent her blood pressure through the roof. On Friday, November 19, both she and her husband Stephane were admitted to hospital following bouts of nausea and dizziness that they attribute to the waste facility, a problem they have been living with for months.
Spring's wettest month in the Highlands is about to get wetter
November has been the wettest month this spring in the Highlands, with more rain on the way. By Thursday, the Bureau of Metereology's Moss Vale Weather Station recorded 133 millimetres has dropped in the region, compared to a total of 76 millimetres in October and about 29 in September.
Support grows in Highlands for Indigenous wartime recognition
Reconciliation efforts in the Southern Highlands have ramped up with the Bundanoon Community Association passing a motion to fly First Nations flags. In October, Wingecarribee Reconciliation Group (WRG) Co-Chair Lee Borradale said he was preparing to submit a proposal to the BCA to support flying First Nations flags on both Anzac and Remembrance Day. An ex-President of the Bundanoon RSL sub-branch, Mr Borradale has long advocated for greater recognition of Indigenous military service.
Blues celebrate "fantastic step forward" on Firsts return
Bowral Blues Cricket Club enjoyed a proud milestone on Saturday as senior players, club leaders and sponsors gathered at Bradman Oval to mark the club's return to the Highlands First Grade competition. Five years since the Blues last played in the Firsts comp, the squad was keen to suit up in their new Blues training gear and playing stripes for the first time.
Kirli Saunders brings art, poetry and important conversations to Highlands exhibition
Award-winning Gunai author Kirli Saunders is starting conversations about decolonisation, feminism, liberation and black joy in Robertson with her first ever solo art exhibition. The 2020 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year's showcase Returning is a collection of poems that will appear in her fourth book of the same name which will be released in 2022, as well as artworks in a variety of mediums.
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