Highlands Rise and Shine| Monday, June 19, 2017

Photo by Boris Zemljacenko

Photo by Boris Zemljacenko

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

Comedian Mark Swivel entertained over 100 Highlands Hawks at Bowral’s ‘First and Last International Comedy Festival’ on Wednesday night at Centennial Restaurant. 

Mark is Known for his comedic performances at the Melbourne comedy festival.

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

Energy efficiency, solar and home battery storage  has grabbed the attention of many Highlanders.

A recent and energy seminar conducted by Simmark at Bradman Museum attracted a packed house with guests eager to learn more about conserving energy and saving money. More here.

Police divers continued the search for missing Highlands woman Kathleen Lidden at Lake Alexandra on June 17. 

Nothing was found at the lake and divers moved to 60 Foot Falls in Mittagong to see if the area “was worthy of a search”. 

The search of the lake follows a two-day ground search of Mount Gibraltar and Mount Alexander by a team of 35 Police Rescue Squad officers and SES members. More here.

Police stopped a “disaster waiting to happen” when they clocked a prime mover hauling three excavators at almost 150km/h.

The heavy vehicle, with Victorian registration, was travelling on the Hume Highway at Pheasants Nest on June 15 when police on radar duties detected it travelling at an alleged speed of 144km/h.

The mouth-watering week of Pie Time events is finally here.

Australia’s first ever pie-themed month has kicked off in the Highlands, and residents are ready to tuck in to the region’s famous winter warmers. 

Bakers have been busy perfecting their best pie recipes for the inaugural Southern Highlands Best Pie competition. 

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: A partly cloudy day witha slight (20%) chance of a shower along the coastal fringe, near zero chance elsewhere, light winds becoming S 15 to 20 km/h in the middle of the day then becoming light in the evening and a daytime maximum temperature of 14 can be expected in the Highlands today.

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

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

Albury: Albury: NOBODY was injured when a car drove through the emergency fire doors at Albury’s Commercial Club on Sunday morning.

Inspector Ian Youman, of Albury police, said a 79-year-old Wodonga man had been attempting to correct his park in the club’s car park about 9.30am. Read on.

► Newcastle: She was there “to lend a hand” or foot by pushing celebrity sliders into a pool of ice-cold water.

But Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes proved a good sport when she agreed to also take the plunge for Motor Neurone Disease as part of the inaugural BigFreeze, Newcastle at No.1 Sportsground on Saturday. Read on. 

► Bathurst: A COMMUNITY survey of bird populations within the Bathurst region has confirmed fears that feral species are becoming increasingly dominant in the local area.

Ninety-five Bathurst volunteers took part in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count, sitting for 20 minutes at a time and using a phone app or website to record the birds they saw. More here.

Year 10 Merici College student Jade Esler has funded her flying lessons through cupcake sales. Photo: Karleen Minney

Year 10 Merici College student Jade Esler has funded her flying lessons through cupcake sales. Photo: Karleen Minney

► Canberra: About 20,000 cupcakes, three years of lessons and countless trips to Cowra later, Jerrabomberra teenager Jade Esler can enjoy the sweet taste of success after becoming Australia's youngest licensed recreational pilot.

The bright Merici College student completed the practical pilot's licence test on Saturday - her 16th birthday. More here.

BALLARAT: SIX-year-old Archie Sims would love to turn corners and walk about school with his friends. He is gradually building up leg strength to walk upright and now has hope to get turning sooner. Disability advocate Scope will launch the first mobile specialised physiotherapy for rural children this week in Ballarat. More here.

National news

► Crossbench senator Derryn Hinch has slammed the Victorian Supreme Court for threatening three Turnbull government ministers with contempt charges, saying the judiciary is not above criticism and he would have told the court to "go jump".Read on.

► Naked bodies adorned with offal and drenched in blood; a frenzied crowd tearing at the bloodied insides of a cow carcass with their bare hands. Sound like a fun weekend out? On Saturday Austrian "Aktionism" artist Hermann Nitsch and a team of performers staged a controversial "action" in Hobart as part of the annual Dark Mofo festival. Full report here.

Hermann Nitsch, 122.Action, Burgtheater, 2005. To be used in conjunction with MONA Dark Mofo 2017 festival.

Hermann Nitsch, 122.Action, Burgtheater, 2005. To be used in conjunction with MONA Dark Mofo 2017 festival.

National weather radar:

World news:

 Sumatra: Ardi Rizal is known around the world as "Indonesia's smoking baby". Shocking footage of the toddler precociously puffing on fags went viral on YouTube and became a symbol of the smoking crisis in a country described as a last Eden for tobacco manufacturers.

Jewel Topsfield These are photos of Ardi Rizal, the Indonesian toddler who started smoking when he was two and kicked the habit when he was four. I took the photos. Some of them are holding up a YouTube video of his younger smoking self and some are with his mother Diane.

Jewel Topsfield These are photos of Ardi Rizal, the Indonesian toddler who started smoking when he was two and kicked the habit when he was four. I took the photos. Some of them are holding up a YouTube video of his younger smoking self and some are with his mother Diane.

London: 

"This is a tale of two cities."

An emotional British politician has invoked Charles Dickens while describing the injustices of this week's Grenfell Tower fire in London, imploring Britain to care for its poor.

Labour MP David Lammy, who spent his childhood playing in a housing estate in Tottenham, in northern London, says he is heartbroken. Read on.

Firefighters inspect the remains of Grenfell Tower from a cherry picker. Photo: Getty Images

Firefighters inspect the remains of Grenfell Tower from a cherry picker. Photo: Getty Images