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.
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State of the nation
Need a national news snapshot first thing - well, we have you covered.
► 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.
►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.
► 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.”
► 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 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.
►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.
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► 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.
► 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.
FACES OF AUSTRALIA: Brad Paterson
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.”