- Hill Top, New South Wales
Infobox Australian Place | type = village
name = Hill Top
region = Southern Highlands
state = New South Wales
postcode = 2575
est = 1916
pop = 1607 (2001)
stategov = Goulburn
fedgov = Hume
near-n = Balmoral
near-e = Yerrinbool
near-s = Colo Vale
near-w = Nattai National Park
dist1 = 115
dir1 = South-West
Hill Top is a Northern Village of the Southern Highlands of
New South Wales, Australia, in Wingecarribee Shire. Previous names of the village include "Hilltop" and "Jellore". It is a 17km drive to Mittagong and around 10km drive to the Hume Highwayvia Colo Vale. It is roughly 6-8km toYerrinbool by a rough trail.
It was formerly on the Main Southern Railway, until that line was deviated in 1919 to a less steep alignment with easier grades and the original line became the Picton Loop line. Some buildings of the Hill Top Train Station still remain until this day.
Hill Top has commercial facilities such as a bakery, chemist, general store, liquor store, real estate agent, fast food outlet and GP's surgery. [ [http://www.thesouthernhighlands.com.au/towns/hill-top Hill Top - Southern Highlands NSW ] ]
Community facilities include a post office, tennis courts, sporting fields, day-care centre, primary school, fire station, church and community hall.
It is home to the Southern Highlands Rifle Club's shooting range. In 2007, controversially, it was proposed that this range be extended 1000 ha on Crown Land near Hill Top into the Southern Highlands Regional Shooting Complex upon the government-proposed closure of the large ANZAC Rifle Range at Malabar Heads [ [http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,22895281-5001021,00.html Residents oppose shooting range in Southern Highlands | The Daily Telegraph ] ] . However, it was met by strong opposition by local residents and councillors who are concerned about the noise, traffic and environmental affects it could have on the area due to the proposed complex being in close proximity to the residential area and water
catchmentarea of Hill Top. The local newspaper, Southern Highlands News interviewed National Parks Association Chairman, Tony Hill who said that the range would create "a toxic legacy that will go on for hundreds of years." [ [http://bowral.yourguide.com.au/news/local/news/general/100-oppose-hill-top-gun-range/468760.aspx 100 oppose Hill Top gun range - Local News - News - General - Southern Highland News ] ]
Hill Top has a soccer team known as the Hill Top Kookaburras. The team is a member of the Highlands Soccer Association [ [http://www.hsa.org.au/ Highlands Soccer Association Inc ] ] and plays in the Highlands Competition.
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