Highlands Rise and Shine | Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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

​This never gets old.

► After winning the Southern NSW Branch Championships, the Highlands FC under-14 boys claimed the NSW Country Championship title last weekend.

The under-14s travelled to Forbes for the championships and finished their four games undefeated. 

► Wollondilly Southern Highlands Physical Culture Club is sending 19 members to perform in Sydney as the Australian sports movement, Physical Culture, celebrates 125 years since its inception. 

The Wollondilly and Southern Highlands women will join 2,000 performers to showcase their unique sport at the Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney for the BJP 125 Year Spectacular on June 24.

► A petition to seal a Fitzroy Falls road, move to rescind a mining motion and development proposals.  These are some of the things to be considered in council on June 14. More here.

► They say many hands make light work – but that hasn’t stopped two Highlands groups from working hard. At least 30 pairs of hands played a role in the creation of two quilts to be raffled in support of Welby Garden Centre.

The Southern Highland Quilters Guild shares a three-year partnership with Challenge Southern Highlands, which runs the garden centre, to help Highlands men and women with disabilities maintain meaningful employment. More here.

► Increased police presence on roads was not enough to ensure drivers behaved responsibly throughout the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

Four people were killed and almost 250 people were booked for drink driving during Operation Stay Alert, which took place from June 9 to June 12.

► Five Australian men lose their lives to suicide every day.

So what can be done to prevent this?

With the launch of Men’s Health Week, staff at Western Sydney University have called for a renewed focus on the social networks that support physical and mental health. 

► Some big names in the Australian entertainment industry will be in town on June 15.

Julia Morris, Jimmy Barnes and his daughter Mahalia will perform at Battle for Berrima’s EIS deadline dinner on June 15. More here.

► “Tony was a very kind and considerate man, I don’t think anyone could say a bad word about him because he was so well-liked.”

This is what Dawn (last name withheld) said of her husband, Tony, who sadly passed away on January 8 this year. 

Tony had a glioblastoma multiforme, better known as a GPM, or a type of brain tumour, and passed away in the comfort of his own home, with family and friends. 

Tony’s wish to die at home was supported by the PEACH or Palliative Extended and Care Home program, run by South Western Sydney Local Health District.

TRAFFIC:  All roads are clear in the Southern Highlands today. Drive safely and enjoy the journey. 

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

WEATHER: Patches of light frost about higher ground early this morning, areas of morning fog, a mostly sunny afternoon, light winds 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. 

Regional news

► NSW: A man who allegedly abducted and sexually assaulted an 18-year-old girl during a terrifying 19-hour road trip has been charged by Wagga police...read on.

The route of the alleged abduction road trip.

The route of the alleged abduction road trip.

►VICTORIA: Ballarat City mayor Samantha McIntosh has labelled pranksters who placed an onion crown on the bust of former Prime Minister Tony Abbott immature and disrespectful.  Mr Abbott copped flak on social media in 2015 when he ate a raw onion.

A civic leader has hit out at pranksters who adorned Tony Abbott's bust with an onion crown and notes.

A civic leader has hit out at pranksters who adorned Tony Abbott's bust with an onion crown and notes.

QLD: When mother-of-two Amanda Brady wrote a public social media post about Birkdale flower seller Walter Graves she was astounded by the response – “I didn’t realise how much the post was going to explode.” 

Birkdale flower seller Walter Graves says Queenslanders are really friendly. His challenge is to get a thumbs up from every car that drives past. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

Birkdale flower seller Walter Graves says Queenslanders are really friendly. His challenge is to get a thumbs up from every car that drives past. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

National news

► Nowra High School was placed under police guard on Tuesday morning, after a 16-year-old boy issued a violent social media threat to students and teachers...read on. 

The Facebook post targeting Nowra High Public School.

The Facebook post targeting Nowra High Public School.

 The Turnbull government will break through the country's former debt ceiling this week, breaching the $500 billion mark as it doubles the credit card bill it inherited from Labor...catch up on all the details here.  

Senator Pauline Hanson in the Senate at Parliament House on Tuesday 28 March 2017. Photo: Andrew Meares

Senator Pauline Hanson in the Senate at Parliament House on Tuesday 28 March 2017. Photo: Andrew Meares

►Women in the public service are paid on average 8.6 per cent less than their male colleagues, well below the 19.6 per cent private sector pay gap, a new report has shown. The average base salary for women was $84,104, well below the $92,036 base salary for men.

News New Public Service Commisioner John Lloyd The Canberra Times Date: 22 January 2015 Photo Jay Cronan

News New Public Service Commisioner John Lloyd The Canberra Times Date: 22 January 2015 Photo Jay Cronan

National weather radar:

World news:

 London: British Prime Minister Theresa May was warned about the dangers of calling an early election and told more than two weeks before polling day that she risked losing her parliamentary majority, Fairfax Media has learned...read on.

Lynton Crosby, left, and Mark Textor after addressing the Australian British Chamber of Commerce at The Westin Hotel, Sydney. 6th August 2015 Photo: Janie Barrett

Lynton Crosby, left, and Mark Textor after addressing the Australian British Chamber of Commerce at The Westin Hotel, Sydney. 6th August 2015 Photo: Janie Barrett

► Phnom Penh: Australian nurse Tammy Davis-Charles, facing a Cambodian court, has angrily denied police allegations about her role as a surrogacy broker for Australian and American biological parents.

Cambodian surrogate mother Hour Vanny, holding the two page document she signed with the company Fertility Solutions, operated by Australian nurse Tammy Davis-Charles. The written agreement required her to take medications during pregnancy as directed. Picture: Craig Skehan

Cambodian surrogate mother Hour Vanny, holding the two page document she signed with the company Fertility Solutions, operated by Australian nurse Tammy Davis-Charles. The written agreement required her to take medications during pregnancy as directed. Picture: Craig Skehan

FACES OF AUSTRALIA: Brad Paterson

Steely determination: Brad Paterson starred for the Australian under-17 hockey team in their tour of Europe. Photo: Ivan Sajko

Steely determination: Brad Paterson starred for the Australian under-17 hockey team in their tour of Europe. Photo: Ivan Sajko

This Port Macquarie teenager made quite an impression in the under-17 All-Australian hockey team’s tour of Europe.

It was Paterson’s performance early in the tour that set tongues wagging when he was voted best on field in a 4-2 win over the Germans.

“In the first practice match I got man of the match for the game,” he said.

“Goalies don’t usually get man of the match so I was pretty shocked and didn’t know what to do when they announced it.”

Read his full story here.

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