Highlands Rise and Shine | Wednesday, October 19, 2016

That’s all for today. Don’t forget to join us again tomorrow from 7.00AM.

​Who doesn’t feel like this some mornings?

► Get ready to move and groove in support of underprivileged Zimbabweans. 

A concert will be held on October 22 in Moss Vale.

The money raised will go to former Zimbabwe residents Godfrey and Fatuma who continue to support the country. More here.

Wingello Public School hosted its first ever spring fling on October 16.

From live entertainment to medieval battle displays and an art competition, the spring fling had something for everyone to enjoy.

Moss Vale High’s hip hop group performed, as did the Southern Highlands Physical Culture Club and there was also a handball competition in the afternoon.

► Low-income families in Moss Vale will be able to slash their electricity bill costs thanks to new program.

Eligible low-income households in the Southern Highlands town will be able to save hundreds of dollars on their electricity bills as part of the new Home Energy Action (HEA) Appliance program launched last month.

► A TREE planting ceremony has kicked off the revival of trees and flora at Retford Park.

Taking advantage of the warmer spring weather, planting began to restore the avenue leading to the historic building.

Landscape architect Robert Smart said he had been working for six years to plan the new trees, bushes, shrubs and flowers for the sub-division.

Arafel Park has only been available for rent during the last six months, but it’s already become the ‘People’s Choice’.

The recently-renovated Burradoo home received thousands of votes from the public in the 2016 Stayz Holiday Rental Awards.

►WITH summer just around the corner, the weather will soon start to get warmer.

And it’s not just humans who will feel the heat.

Golden Oldies Animal Rescue has appealed to the Southern Highlands community to donate paddling pools to help its dogs survive the warmer temperatures.

► A MAN was arrested during a police operation targeting illegal drug use in Highlands pubs, clubs and on public transport.

20 officers from the Hume Local Area Command (LAC), Police Transport Command and an officer and dog from the Dog Unit carried out Operation Disrupt on October 15 across the Highlands. 

Hume LAC Detective Inspector Chad Gillies, crime manager, said police aimed to disrupt the use of prohibited drugs in public areas including licensed premises and transport hubs.

► It all started with the story of Charles Davis’ family history.

When he found out his great uncle had died at Gallipoli, it sparked a desire for Mr Davis to learn more about his family’s military history.

It has since become much bigger than just one family.

“I suppose it gave me a desire to resurrect peoples’ memories,” he said.

Mr Davis now researches WWI honour rolls and has created a website where he records information about the servicemen and women listed on those honour rolls. More here.

TRAFFIC:  All Southern Highlands roads are open and clear.

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

WEATHER: A mostly sunny day with a slight (20%) chance of a shower along the coastal fringe early this morning, near zero chance of rain elsewhere, winds W/SW 20 to 30 km/h becoming light in the evening and a daytime maximum temperature of 15 can be expected in the Highlands today.

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  

State of the nation

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

► MYALL LAKES: It was just hours following the accident, and Clayton Curnow was being released by police after being charged with being drunk behind the wheel of a utility when his best mate, Jake Collins, fell from the roof and died. More here.

A devastated Natalie Henderson said her boyfriend, champion archer Jake Collins, was her best friend whose energy was infectious - "he will be so sorely missed". Picture: Facebook.

A devastated Natalie Henderson said her boyfriend, champion archer Jake Collins, was her best friend whose energy was infectious - "he will be so sorely missed". Picture: Facebook.

► ORANGE: They might be direct, but Darryl and Vicky Prestwidge say the signs outside their home needed to be in order to make a difference to the greyhound ban. More here.

Greyhound owners Darryl and Vicky Prestwidge. Photo: DANIELLE CETINSKI

Greyhound owners Darryl and Vicky Prestwidge. Photo: DANIELLE CETINSKI

► ST ARNAUD: A man has been remanded in police custody after hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cannabis plants and hydroponic equipment were seized from a house on Friday. More here.

First Constable Luke Mernik, Acting Senior Sergeant Steve Armati and Senior Constable Daniel Wiseman with some of the drugs. Picture: NORTH CENTRAL NEWS

First Constable Luke Mernik, Acting Senior Sergeant Steve Armati and Senior Constable Daniel Wiseman with some of the drugs. Picture: NORTH CENTRAL NEWS

► MANDURAH: Motorcycle fatalities in the Peel-Mandurah region account for one fifth of WA’s motorcycle-related fatalities since the start of the year. In the wake of recent fatal motorbike crashes, acting road safety commissioner Chirs Adams has urged riders to take more responsibility and precautions on the road. More here.

► SCONE: Family and friends of Scone real estate agent Adam O’Regan have paid tribute to him a day after the Gundy car accident that claimed his life as well as those of two passengers. More here.

Real estate agent Adam O'Regan.

Real estate agent Adam O'Regan.

► BATHURST: The Wiradyuri community has called on Bathurst mayor Gary Rush to live up to what they say was his promise to add the word “Wahluu” to Mount Panorama. More here.

Wiradyuri elder Kalmadyne Goombrydge and Ray Wilson say "Wahluu" should be added to the iconic Mount Panorama. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK

Wiradyuri elder Kalmadyne Goombrydge and Ray Wilson say "Wahluu" should be added to the iconic Mount Panorama. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK

► DUBBO: A greater supply of resources and a different structure in the police force could help combat the rural crime epidemic in the central west. Member for Dubbo, Minister for Police and Justice and Deputy Premier Troy Grant said the current police model, Local Area Commands (LACs), may not be the best way to run police stations in western NSW. More here.

Minister for Police Troy Grant and Western Region Commander Geoff McKechnie, Dubbo Saleyards. Photo: GRACE RYAN.

Minister for Police Troy Grant and Western Region Commander Geoff McKechnie, Dubbo Saleyards. Photo: GRACE RYAN.

► HEATHCOTE: A footballer is fighting for his life in a Queensland hospital after overdosing on a powerful synthetic drug while on an end-of-season trip. Rikki Stephens, 27, was admitted to the Gold Coast University Hospital over the weekend after reportedly consuming the drug “flakka” and remains in a critical condition. More here.

Heathcote footballer Rikki Stephens is fighting for his life after reportedly taking designer drug flakka.

Heathcote footballer Rikki Stephens is fighting for his life after reportedly taking designer drug flakka.

National news

► Two government MPs, including the deputy speaker, have joined calls to allow the rapid-fire Adler shotgun to be imported into Australia, just hours after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declared the ban was "set in stone." More here.

Senator David Leyonhjelm is pushing for the import ban on the weapon to be lifted. Photo: Peter Rae

Senator David Leyonhjelm is pushing for the import ban on the weapon to be lifted. Photo: Peter Rae

► Australia lacks adequate protections for human rights defenders and has created "an atmosphere of fear, censorship and retaliation" among activists, according to a United Nations special rapporteur. More here.

United Nations special rapporteur Michel Forst. Photo: United Nations

United Nations special rapporteur Michel Forst. Photo: United Nations

► Australia is about to launch a fresh diplomatic drive to expose Japan's claim to kill whales in the name of science, but a threat of further international legal action appears to be on hold for now. More here.

Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg will lead an Australian delegation to the International Whaling Commission summit in Slovenia. Photo: Philip Gostelow

Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg will lead an Australian delegation to the International Whaling Commission summit in Slovenia. Photo: Philip Gostelow

National weather radar

International news

► BALI: Accused Australian paedophile Robert Andrew Fiddes Ellis has insisted he does not deserve jail for allegedly molesting Balinese children, saying "it was not a serious thing" and he "paid them generously". More here.

► JAKARTA: Maverick Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, or Ahok, as he is known, has never had a filter. Impulsive and polarising, the city's first Christian and ethnic Chinese governor - a double minority in Indonesia - seems to court controversy. More here.

Ahok, right, greets people after arriving at the National Monument in Jakarta in 2014. A Christian and ethnic Chinese, he became governor after his predecessor and political ally Joko Widodo was elected president of Indonesia. Photo: New York Times

Ahok, right, greets people after arriving at the National Monument in Jakarta in 2014. A Christian and ethnic Chinese, he became governor after his predecessor and political ally Joko Widodo was elected president of Indonesia. Photo: New York Times

Julian Assange claims his internet connection was intentionally cut "by a state party", at the end of a weekend in which he was visited by Pamela Anderson and published a series of cryptic, coded tweets. More here.

Julian Assange participates via video link at a news conference marking the 10th anniversary of Wikileaks earlier this month. Photo: Markus Schreiber

Julian Assange participates via video link at a news conference marking the 10th anniversary of Wikileaks earlier this month. Photo: Markus Schreiber

On this day

The faces of Australia: Kate Delaney

AT HOME: Kate Delaney pictured with young charges Bohdi Simpson, Ryder Bendeich, Henry and Archie Lewis. Picture: David Stewart

AT HOME: Kate Delaney pictured with young charges Bohdi Simpson, Ryder Bendeich, Henry and Archie Lewis. Picture: David Stewart

FAMILY day care educator Kate Delaney admits she is big on communication – both with her young charges and their parents.

It means that when a child in her care has a breakthrough moment, she likes to deliver the happy news to the parent, along with the evidence, as soon as she can.

“It might be that a child has been trying to learn how to ride a bike with pedals. If they manage to do it while they’re here with me, I’ll video it, and send it along to their parents at work, along with a short message saying: ‘We did it!’” Read more here.

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