Wingecarribee Shire Council is committed to providing a safe community for its residents and visitors.
Council engages in a number of activities and initiatives.
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Emergency Contact Numbers
Emergency Services - Police, Ambulance & Fire Brigade
Hearing or Speech Impairment: 106
Aboriginal DFV Hotline 24/7
MensLine Online Counselling
Men's Referral Service 24/7
Telephone: 1300 766 491
Live Chat: ntv.org.au
Poisons Information Hotline
Police Force Community Portal
Sexual Assault Counselling Aust
Southern Highlands Police Station
TIS - Need An Interpreter?
Wingecarribee Animal Shelter
Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services
Bushfire Emergency Information
If you see smoke and there's no fire truck or firefighters, call Triple Zero.
The Rural Fire Service Bushfire Information Hotline
Telephone: 1800 NSW RFS (1800 679 737)
Do not call Wingecarribee Shire Council for bushfire information.
Follow your bushfire survival plan and remember leaving early is your safest option.
Fires Near Me App
Download NSW Rural Fire Services fires near me NSW mobile app for real time updates on fires in the local area.
In case of an emergency (fire, police, ambulance) dial: 000
Emergency for Hearing & Speech Impaired
In case of an emergency (fire, police, ambulance) dial: 106
People who are deaf or hearing impaired can call emergency services through the National Relay Service: TTY users dial 106.
NSW Rural Fire Service
In an emergency dial: 000
Bushfire Information Hotline: 1800 679 737
Weather Warnings - Bureau of Meteorology
Bushfire Neighbourhood Safer Place
A Neighbourhood Safer place is designed to be a place of last resort in bush fire emergencies only.
Below is a map of the Neighbourhood Safer Places located at Council Halls or Parks.
Below is a full list of Neighbourhood Safer places in the Wingecarribee Shire.
Location: Corner of Old Hume Highway and Market Place, Berrima
Location: Bong Bong Road, Bowral
Location: Erith Street, Bundanoon
Bunnings Car Park
Location: Tyree Place, Braemar
Location: Railway Parade, Wingello
Coles Express Suttons Forest Service Stations (North and South)
Location: Hume Highway, Sutton Forest
Location: Exeter Road, Exeter
Gantry Place, Willow Vale
Location: Gantry Place, Willow Vale
Hill Top RFS Station
Location: West Parade, Hill Top
Facebook: Hill Top RFS
Location: Lackey Road, Moss Vale
Location: Corner of Sheffield Road and Park Road, Bowral
Penrose Rural Fire Station
Location: Crn Kareela Road & Penrose Forest Road, Penrose
Roberston Community Centre
Location: Caalong Street, Robertson
Location: Currockbilly Street, Welby
Location: Regent Street, Mittagong
- Your safest option will always be to leave early.
- People with special needs, such as the elderly and people with a disability, should always leave before the threat of bush fire.
- If it is unsafe to leave the area or stay and defend your property, and the path is clear, you should move to your pre-identified Neighbourhood Safer Place, or other safer location, prior to the impact of a bush fire.
- Be aware that when you are travelling to your Neighbourhood Safer Place there may be heavy smoke and poor visibility.
- It is important that you are familiar with the area. Gather at the Neighbourhood Safer Place location and remain there until the bush fire threat has passed.
- The conditions at the Neighbourhood Safer Place may be uncomfortable and you may be affected by heat, smoke and embers.
- Water, toilets and food may not be available at the Neighbourhood Safer Place and emergency service personnel may not be present.
- Neighbourhood Safer Places are not intended for pets and livestock.
For further information on Neighbourhood Safer Places visit the NSW Rural Fire Service website.
Alcohol Free Zones
The Services and Infrastructure Committee of Wingecarribee Shire Council, at their meeting on 22 November 2018, declared the following streets and car parks as Alcohol Free Zones for a further three-year period between December 2018 and December 2022:
- Argyle Street (Waite Street to Valetta Street)
- Kirkham Street (Argyle Street to Elizabeth Street)
- Valetta Street (Argyle Street to Elizabeth Street)
- Elizabeth Street (Kirkham Street to Valetta Street)
- Elizabeth Street Car Park
- Bong Bong Street (Bowral Street to Bundaroo Street)
- Bendooley Street (Bowral Street to Bundaroo Street)
- Station Street (Bowral Street to Bundaroo Street)
- Bowral Street (Bendooley Street to Station Street)
- Boolwey Street (Bendooley Street to Station Street)
- Wingecarribee Street (Bendooley Street to Station Street)
- Merrigang Street (Bendooley Street to Station Street)
- Bundaroo Street (Bendooley Street to Station Street)
- Merrigang Street Car Park
- Main Street (Pioneer Street to Albion Street)
- Bowral Road (Main Street to Pioneer Street)
- Pioneer Street (Main Street to Bowral Road)
- Memorial Hall Car Park
- Main Street Car Park
This is the maximum period allowed under the Local Government Act (1993) although the Alcohol Free Zones can be re-established every three years.
Time Restricted Parks and Reserves
The Council has also resolved to prohibit the consumption of alcohol between 9pm and 6am in the following parks and reserves (noting that the Police can enforce this type of Council signage under Sec 632 of the Local Government Act 1993 – Acting contrary to notices erected by councils):
The declaration of these Zones reflects concern that there is anti-social and irresponsible behaviour arising from the consumption of alcohol on the streets and car parks listed.
Alcohol Free Zones
The Alcohol Free Zones will be operational from December 2018 - December 2022 and/or when the Alcohol Free Zone locations are adequately signposted
Refer to the attached documents below for Alcohol Free Zones and Alcohol Prohibited Zones in each of the main towns:
WSC Bowral Alcohol Free Alcohol Prohibited Zones(PDF, 3MB)
WSC Mittagong Alcohol Free Zones(PDF, 3MB)
WSC Moss Vale Alcohol Free Zones(PDF, 3MB)
WSC Declaration Zones for Public Display(PDF, 10KB)
Wingecarribee Community Safety Committee
Council works in partnership with the Hume Area Command, local business chambers and community representatives to monitor and plan for community safety through the Wingecarribee Community Safety Committee.
Further information on this committee can be found below:
Wingecarribee Community Safety Committee Terms of Reference(PDF, 313KB)
Southern Highlands Domestic Violence Forum
The Southern Highlands Domestic Violence Forum aims to raise awareness of what constitutes domestic and family violence and to reduce the incidence of violence, abuse and anti-social behaviour in the Southern Highlands by spreading the message of ‘RESPECT’. The forum also promotes local services available to provide support and assistance to those impacted by domestic violence.
For further information about services available to those experiencing any form of domestic and family violence, please download the below;
Wingecarribee Domestic and Family Violence Service Brochure(PDF, 3MB)
Wingecarribee Community Safety Plan
Wingecarribee Shire Council has an adopted Community Safety Plan.
The Plan has been developed using information gathered from a Community Safety Survey and local crime statistics and has been prepared in consultation with the Wingecarribee Community Safety Committee and the Hume Area Command.
The plan identifies four key community safety issues for the community and details how Council will work with relevant stakeholders to respond to and enhance community safety in the Wingecarribee Shire.
The plan can be viewed below:
Wingecarribee Community Safety Plan
LOVE BiTES aims to provide young people with a safe environment to examine, discuss and explore respectful relationships. All Love Bites programming takes a strength-based approach and views young people as active participants who are able to make choices for themselves and their relationships when supported with information and opportunity for skill development.
LOVE BiTES education is focused on three critical areas for learning:
- Knowledge: youth-led collaborative learning
- Attitudes: critical thinking and decision-making and
- Behaviours: problem solving and communication skills
The overall aims of the programming are to equip young people with the knowledge needed to have respectful relationships, encourage and develop their skills in critical thinking and assist them in being able to problem solve and communicate effectively. When equipped in these areas, NAPCAN believes that young people can make the right choices for themselves and their relationships that are free from violence and abuse.
Wingecarribee Shire Council plays the lead role in coordinating Love Bites programs across the LGA to ensure that the program is consistent and professionally presented. This also supports the feedback requirements of NAPCAN to have the program regularly reported against for continual improvement.