Council mourns loss following Buxton road tragedy

September 7, 2022Posted in: Listening, Other

Wingecarribee Shire Council extends its deepest condolences to families and our close-knit community following the tragic overnight loss of five young lives. The scale of this tragedy will deeply affect our communities, hundreds of parents, relatives, first-responders, friends and teachers. Our thoughts are with all at this sad time. Council has established a Community Drop-In...

Roadside memorial unveiled honouring fallen firefighters

February 5, 2021Posted in: Events

Wingecarribee Shire Council has today honoured the memories of fallen Rural Fire Service volunteers Geoffrey Keaton and Andrew O’Dwyer who died during the 2019/20 Black Summer bushfires. The young men were tragically killed while on duty on the evening of Thursday 19 December 2019 battling the Green Wattle Creek bushfire which threatened and impacted Buxton...

Mayoral Relief Fund update

February 26, 2020Posted in: Other

Less than eight weeks since the outbreak of the first bush fire to hit the Southern Highlands and Wingecarribee Shire’s Mayoral Relief Fund has topped $100,000. A total of $94,250 has been distributed to 198 families and individuals across the Shire since the first fires tore through the villages of Balmoral and Buxton. Wingecarribee Shire...

Council to host Bush Fire Community Recovery Meetings

February 13, 2020Posted in: Community, Events

Wingecarribee Shire Council will host two Bush Fire Community Recovery Meetings on Thursday 20 February and Monday 24 February for residents of the Shire’s northern and southern bush fire affected villages. The meetings will feature an update from the Regional Recovery Coordinator, Dick Adams, and speakers from key government agencies including Service NSW and Disaster...

Disaster Welfare Services extend stay in Highlands

January 14, 2020Posted in: Events, Other

The State Government’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Disaster Welfare Assistance Point, presently set up in Council’s Civic Centre foyer, will be extended until Friday 17 January 2020. Disaster Welfare Services staff will be joined by members of the Australian Red Cross who will also continue to provide counselling and grief assistance services during this...