Highlands Rise and Shine | Monday, September 19, 2016

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Time at the gym is not just about exercise.

► Fitzroy is a popular name here on the Highlands, where the former governor of New South Wales has left his mark. But if you wander through Government House in Sydney you will see the crest of Sir Charles Augustus Fitzroy marked with a baton sinister, a line drawn diagonally across the crest, indicating this bloke was a bastard, a right royal bastard to be precise.

Yes Sir Charles Augustus Fitzroy, governor of New South Wales from 1846 to 1855, the man who gave his name to Fitzroy Falls and the FitzRoy Ironworks in Mittagong, sprung from the loins of Frances Mundy, after a steamy affair with his father, General Lord Charles FitzRoy. More here.

►Shortly after the Great Southern Railway commenced to Mittagong in February 1867, Rush’s Platform opened at present-day Braemar, on Mittagong’s northern outskirts.

It was built for boarding house operator, significant land owner and orchardist Bartholomew Rush to facilitate transport of his fruit to Sydney and for the convenience of his guests.

As a young man living at Parramatta in the 1830s, ‘Bat’ Rush had been well known as an invincible amateur short-distance runner. More here.

► A SPECIALIST agency exists for dog lovers to adopt greyhounds.

Greyhounds As Pets (GAP) has operated since 2008, re-homing greyhounds that have retired from racing or are unsuitable for racing.

Moss Vale residents Keith Hodges and Rowena Dean adopted their four-year-old black greyhound Sadie about one year ago from the agency.

► INTERNATIONAL singer/songwriter Leo Sayer was locked away in July, at the mercy of four artists.

Ann Cape, Tony Deigan, Susie Gascoigne and Dave Thomas came together in the BDAS Studio to paint Mr Sayer for the 2016 celebrity portrait reveal. More here.

ALPACAS came from Canyonleigh, Penrose, Galston, Burra, Summer Hill, Orange, South Australia and even further afield to be judged in an annual show.

The Charles Ledger Alpaca Show hosted 363 entrants this year, with more than 500 entries of fleece and animals entered across the two days.

Convenor Sharon Dawson has organised the show for the past seven years, however the first show was held in 1998.

► Take a look at our gallery of photos taken at sporting events around the Highlands this weekend. 

Highlights include the netball grand finals, men’s and women’s premier league and reserve grade football preliminary finals and men’s and women’s hockey grand finals. 

► AUSTRALIA’S oldest traditional street parade wound its way down Bong Bong Street in Bowral on September 17.

The Tulip Time Street Parade featured floats, classic and vintage cars, school groups and music as it entertained the crowd. More here.

► THE results are in and predictions were correct: Wingecarribee Shire Council will comprise nine male councillors.

The new term of councillors, that will serve the Highlands community until 2020, was announced on Friday evening. More here.

TRAFFIC:  All Southern Highlands roads are open and clear.

TRAINS: Commuters can expect a good service on the Southern Highlands line today. 

WEATHER: A partly cloudy morning, clearing to a mostly sunny afternoon,  winds W 15 to 25 km/h increasing to 25 to 40 km/h in the morning then becoming W/SW and light in the evening and a daytime maximum temperature of 15 can be expected in the Hiouthernsghlands todays.

Here's a look at what the local weather is doing right now:

7.00AM:  Good morning and welcome to the Southern Highlands Rise and Shine. Over the next few hours we will be bringing you as much information as possible from across the Southern Highlands and nationally.

Weather, road conditions, breaking news, we will have it all - and we'd love to have your help! If there's anything happening in your part of the world, drop us a line! Email jackie.meyers@fairfaxmedia.com.au

Need a national news snapshot first thing - well, we have you covered. 

Regional

HUNTER: A teenage boy has described holding his bleeding cousin in his arms and promising him he wouldn’t die, after the 15-year-old from the Hunter was stabbed in the abdomen on Saturday night. 

The boy then picked up his cousin up and carried him along an alleyway towards some nearby homes to seek help. Read the full report.

► WIMMERA: River flooding is expected to peak on Monday morning after rain eased off over the weekend and water was diverted to multiple lakes.

With catchment areas soaked and many lakes full, the region is at risk of further flooding if heavy rains return later this month. More here.

SEPTEMBER 16: Wimmera River flooding at Horsham-Lubeck Rd, Lubeck.

SEPTEMBER 16: Wimmera River flooding at Horsham-Lubeck Rd, Lubeck.

VICTORIA POINT: A man armed with a knife and wearing a balaclava robbed a Victoria Point petrol station on Saturday night.

The man threatened a 21-year-old employee with the knife, demanding money from her. Read on.

WANTED: Pictures from CCTV footage of a man wanted by police after a robbery at a Victoria Point petrol station.

WANTED: Pictures from CCTV footage of a man wanted by police after a robbery at a Victoria Point petrol station.

►ALBURY: A woman who had her head smashed into concrete three or four times at an APCO service station wants to remain friends with her assailant.

Court proceedings have prevented Akashia Sharram Bunker, 23, and the victim from contacting each other. But Albury Local Court has heard they hope to resume their friendship once it’s legal to do so. Read on.

COURT: Akashia Sharram Bunker smashed her friend's head into concrete at the APCO service station in North Albury.

COURT: Akashia Sharram Bunker smashed her friend's head into concrete at the APCO service station in North Albury.

►  MAITLAND: Dom Punch’s dream has been to drive again since he suffered a severe spinal injury a year ago.

That goal could become a reality for the 28-year-old through a modified, wheelchair-accessible van. But that van comes with a price tag in the six figure range. More here.

Dom Punch is hoping to drive again with the use of a modified, wheelchair accessible van.

Dom Punch is hoping to drive again with the use of a modified, wheelchair accessible van.

► BATHURST: The biggest time of the year – Race Week – is getting ever closer and Bathurst Regional Council has now announced the guide to off-track events. 

The popular Supercars driver and transport parade will take its usual route up William Street to Kings Parade, kicking-off a jam-packed week on Wednesday, October 5 at 11.30am. More here.

PARADE: This year's Race Week off-track events kick-start on Wednesday, October 5 with the Supercar driver and transporter parade.

PARADE: This year's Race Week off-track events kick-start on Wednesday, October 5 with the Supercar driver and transporter parade.

PORT STEPHENS: Veterinarian Donald Hudson has always found time to treat koalas over the past 20 years and the results speak for themselves.

In the past four weeks alone he’s operated three orthopedic surgeries on koalas in his Noah’s Ark clinic, all of them destined for release. More here.

National news

PATRON SAINT: Veterinarian Donald Hudson has the highest level of respect among members of the Hunter Koala Preservation Society. Picture: Supplied

PATRON SAINT: Veterinarian Donald Hudson has the highest level of respect among members of the Hunter Koala Preservation Society. Picture: Supplied

►Black Caviar is a proud mum once again after giving birth to Snitzel filly in the Hunter Valley on Saturday. Read on.

► A simple band of gold found in a Perth street has sparked a major Facebook search to find the wedding ring's owner.

Facebook user Tony Croce sparked the search after he found the ring on the road in North Perth near Coles. Read on.

Peter Moody has announced Black Caviar has had another filly. Photo: Joe Armao

Peter Moody has announced Black Caviar has had another filly. Photo: Joe Armao

More than one in five NSW coal mining jobs have gone since employment peaked four years ago, the industry body Coal Services has revealed.

A summary of statistics for the 2015-16 financial year also shows the number of coal mines in NSW has fallen from a modern peak of 62 in June 2010 to 40 in June 2016. Read on

► Two NSW members of the outlaw motorcycle gang, the Nomads, have been charged with trafficking $750,000 worth of ecstasy after a tip off that the drugs were being flown as freight on a flight between Darwin and Sydney. Read on.

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International news

Two Nomads bikies have allegedly been caught trafficking $750,000 of ecstasy.

Two Nomads bikies have allegedly been caught trafficking $750,000 of ecstasy.

NEW YORK: An explosion in New York City neighbourhood Chelsea has injured dozens of people.

According to police reports, the explosion occurred on 23rd Street around 8.30pm on Saturday, September 17. More here.

RIO: Iranian paralympian Bahman Golbarnezhad has died following a cycling crash, Iran's national Paralympic committee has announced.

Golbarnezhad was competing in the men's C4/C5 road race when he lost control and crashed into the asphalt, breaking his neck. He was treated at the scene before being taken to a local hospital, but the 48-year-old later died. More here.

SINGAPORE: As Red Bull driver Max Verstappen approached turn 3 of Singapore’s Marina Bay circuit, he could never have suspected what would by lying on the road in front of him. Take a look.

On this day

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 17: The evening explosion at 23rd street in the popular Chelsea neighborhood injured over a dozen people and is being investigated. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 17: The evening explosion at 23rd street in the popular Chelsea neighborhood injured over a dozen people and is being investigated. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

1870: Siege of Paris by Prussian Forces begins (lasts until January 28 1871)

1893: New Zealand becomes the first country to grant all women the right to vote

Iranian paracyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad, 48, has died after a serious crash during the men's C4-5 road race at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: File photo/Getty Images

Iranian paracyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad, 48, has died after a serious crash during the men's C4-5 road race at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: File photo/Getty Images

1985: Mexico City 8.1 earthquake kills 12,000 and injures 40,000

1986: US Federal health officials announce AZT will be available to AIDS patients

Bizarre sighting: The lizard scampered across the track after Verstappen passed it Photo: Getty Images

Bizarre sighting: The lizard scampered across the track after Verstappen passed it Photo: Getty Images

Facts supplied: onthisday.com

The faces of Australia: Rhys Thomas

Rhys Thomas was given three months to live, but almost three years on he is alive and recovering well thanks to a medical breakthrough lauded as a “penicillin moment” for cancer treatment.

Since being diagnosed with melanoma in October 2013, the New Lambton father-of-three and anaesthetist has been participating in a clinical trial for a new class of cancer drugs that work through immunotherapy. Read the full story.

Positive results: Dr Rhys Thomas of New Lambton is participating in a clinical trial which is showing positive results for melanoma patients and could prove beneficial for other cancer treatments. Picture: Marina Neil.

Positive results: Dr Rhys Thomas of New Lambton is participating in a clinical trial which is showing positive results for melanoma patients and could prove beneficial for other cancer treatments. Picture: Marina Neil.

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