That’s all for today. Don’t forget to join us again tomorrow from 7.00AM.
Here’s a little something to put a smile on your face.
► Bundanoon’s second grade team was defeated in round two of the competition.
The team took a four wicket victory over the Wingello Tigers at Bundanoon Oval.
Bundanoon was first to bat and scored 161 runs off 39.4 overs. Wingello chased the total down in 32 overs and finished with 6-162. More here.
► Riders will flock to the Highlands this weekend to take part in the inaugural Bowral Classic.
More than 3000 riders are registered to participate in the event.
► PUT your clothes to use and help make a real change.
Donations have been trickling in for this year’s Rescued and Revived White Ribbon Day recycled clothing sale, but more are needed before the November event.
► DON’T be ‘scared’ by some interesting creations in the front yards of Bundanoon residents.
The Scarecrow Competition is on again for the Budanoon Garden Ramble, and residents are letting their imaginations run wild.
►THE Highlands will celebrate grandparents on October 30. Grandparents Day acknowledges the contributions grandparents and older people make to their families and communities. From 10am to 4pm there will be plenty of activities including Aboriginal storytelling, Didgeridoo playing, Indigenous games, face painting, arts and craft activities and history talks.
The Aboriginal Community and Cultural Centre is located at 1A Rainbow Road, Mittagong.
► ON your marks, get set, bake.
Cake connoisseurs at Michel’s Patisserie Mittagong have been busy getting ready for the ultimate bake off after watching the first episode of the new The Great Australian Bake Off series.
► PING PONG has the power to change the world.
A quirky table tennis movement is helping everyday Australians free some of the world’s most vulnerable people from sexual exploitation and human trafficking.
Highlanders will again take part in the annual Ping-Pong-A-Thon.
The national event challenges boys and men to make a personal commitment to treat girls and women with dignity.
► ONE person is diagnosed with diabetes in Australia every five minutes.
In 2014, Henry Yuill was one of these people.
A personal trainer at The Shed Fitness Studio, he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.
As a Type 1 diabetic, Henry is insulin dependent and cannot manage the disease through exercise and diet alone.
The Shed will hold a fundraising day in November to raise money for Diabetes Australia.
TRAFFIC: All Southern Highlands roads are open and clear.
TRAINS: Commuters can expect delays on the Southern Highlands today. Buses are replacing the 5:23am Campbelltown to Moss Vale train due to a freight train requiring mechanical repairs at Bowral earlier. Passengers should allow additional travel time.
WEATHER: A mostly sunny day with winds W/NW 25 to 40 km/h and a daytime maximum temperature of 18 can be expected in the Highlands today.
Here's a look at what the local weather is doing right now:
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State of the nation
State of the nation
Need a national news snapshot first thing - well, we have you covered.
► TAMWORTH: A family has been torn apart after a double shooting in a quiet, suburban East Tamworth home left a mother and father dead. More here.
► TIMOR: Three people are dead and a five-year-old boy has been found alive after a car drove off a cliff in Timor near Scone, the Wespac Rescue Helicopter says. More here.
► WAGGA: Riverina Catholic priest Father Neru Leuea has been acquitted of raping a 10-year-old girl more than a decade ago, but a shadow still hangs over his future, with District Court judge Gordon Lerve describing the priest as a “particularly unimpressive witness who gave a number of unresponsive answers”. More here.
► YEOVAL: A Parkes carpenter has modestly said he was just doing what anyone would when he stopped and pulled two people out of a burning vehicle at Yeoval on Saturday. More here.
► COODANUP: A homeowner has been left shattered and irate after finding her once-pristine home with smashed windows, torn out ceiling fans and dog excrement all over the floor. More here.
► TASMANIA: The Legislative Council this week is set to demand refinement to the government’s plan to lower the school starting age when the new Education Act bill is debated. More here.
► WODONGA: Up to 2000 jobs would be lost across the region if the Murray-Darling Basin Plan is fully implemented in its current form. A report, commissioned by the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District’s water leadership forum, was released on Monday and also forecasts $4.4billion in annual production losses by 2020. More here.
► TASMANIA: The extreme stress of having to tell a family their loved one has been killed in a fatal car accident does not get any easier, veteran crash investigator Sergeant Nick Clark says. More here.
► BLACK HILL: A judge says it's disturbing a convicted Victorian rapist who attacked two teenagers a decade before he tied up a third teen and raped her in a Black Hill mine still claims he is innocent. More here.
► Greens leader Richard Di Natale has called on Malcolm Turnbull to stand up to "right wing dinosaurs" and legalise marriage equality, saying Mr Turnbull will lose the next election if he doesn't. More here.
► Amnesty International's new report, Island of Despair, outlines a series of allegations about life on Nauru for refugees and asylum seekers. The human rights group says it interviewed more than 50 refugees and asylum seekers, most of who have "disturbing, detailed accounts of the disintegration of their own or others' mental health". More here.
► Pauline Hanson says she is emboldened by the growing support for One Nation as it prepares to field candidates at the Western Australia and Queensland elections, arguing the party continues to confront issues the major parties won't touch. More here.
► Attorney-General George Brandis says confidential material has "never, ever" been communicated by cabinet ministers on WhatsApp - but he won't be releasing the proof. More here.
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► More than 300 vials of performance and image enhancing drugs have been seized during a search at a Kenwick home. A 37-year-old man will be summonsed to appear in court after the Australian Border Force intercepted a package from China before finding the vials among other contraband during the search. More here.
► BALI: A "nervous" Sara Connor told Bali prosecutors she was innocent before being transferred to the infamous Kerobokan jail to await the murder trial of police officer Wayan Sudarsa. More here.
► JAKARTA: A sign warning cables had snapped on a rickety suspension bridge connecting two islands off Bali was erected four days before it collapsed on Sunday night, killing eight people. More here.
On this day
The faces of Australia: Bill Sweetenham
In October 2011, Mount Isa was humbled by the return of one of its most famous sporting identities – Bill Sweetenham, former swimming head coach for Australia, Britain, Spain and now Argentina. Over a weekend Bill ran a world-class swim clinic covering all four strokes, starts and turns, with information sessions. Every athlete walked away with a wealth of knowledge, honoured they had learnt from the best, who was one of their own. Read more here.