Highlands Rise and Shine | Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A scene from Fitzroy Falls overlooking the escarpment. By Samuel Cheetham
A scene from Fitzroy Falls overlooking the escarpment. By Samuel Cheetham

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

What a performance!

►The Moss Vale Magic had mixed results with their weekend double header in round 14 of the NSW Waratah Youth League Basketball Competition.

On Saturday the Magic travelled to the Snakepit in Wollongong to take on the Illawarra Hawks, who they comfortably defeated 75-47 back in Round seven at the Moss Vale Basketball Stadium. 

►Chevalier College battled hard in round seven of the ISA winter sports competition.

Saturday was another great day for playing and for spectators. 

Chevalier teams were spread near and far on Saturday and the mountain bike team competed in the NSW Interschool’s event on Sunday.

►Find out what opportunities are available to help find solutions for people with rare cancers.

CanForum 2017 will Rare Cancers Australia’s (RCA) third annual conference bringing together key leaders in cancer research, treatment and policy, to deliver real solutions for improving the lives of rare cancer patients in Australia. 

►The bright lights of theatre proved a hit for students and staff at Oxley College.

Students from Kindergartern to Year 6 took to the stage in Hoskins Hall at Oxley College as they performed Phantom Tollbooth Jr over three days from June 14 to 16.

►Get ready to rock your best frock for a good cause.

The BDCU Children’s Foundation will hold a fundraiser on July 28.

While the foundation has held similar fundraisers in the past,  BDCU Children's Foundation vice president Ross Stone said this was the first Frock Up and Rock Up event.

Kathleen Lidden is a mother of five. She loves cooking, growing vegetables and making art.

But the last time she was seen was on Tuesday, June 13.

After almost a week of searching her family has appealed to the community to help bring her home. 

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 morning frost and areas of morning fog about higher ground, a slight (20%) chance of a light shower along the coastal fringe this morning, a mostly sunny afternoon, light winds 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: A rare albino wallaby and her joey has been spotted out and about near the Border. Parks Victoria ranger John McDonald said the wallaby had been living in the same region for five years. Read on.

► Tamworth: TWO Tamworth schools are set to benefit from a multi-million-dollar cash windfall to be announced in Tuesday’s state budget.

The Leader can reveal Tamworth Public School and Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School will receive funding for extensive upgrades including new classrooms and learning centres. Read on. 

FUNDING: Farrer's Latrell Allan, Austin Scrivener, Jai Gilmore, Patrick Hickey, Fletcher Shearman and Jack Dawson are looking forward to the new buildings. Photo: Peter Hardin

FUNDING: Farrer's Latrell Allan, Austin Scrivener, Jai Gilmore, Patrick Hickey, Fletcher Shearman and Jack Dawson are looking forward to the new buildings. Photo: Peter Hardin

► Mount Isa: The office of Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove has released a Facebook video of his visit to the Cloncurry Show on the weekend.

The video features some aerial shots of Cloncurry and surrounds plus highlights from his speech formally opening the pavilion on Saturday. More here.

SPECIAL GUEST: The Governor-General and his wife get a tour of the Cloncurry Showgrounds with Mayor Greg Campbell. Photo: Samantha Walton.

SPECIAL GUEST: The Governor-General and his wife get a tour of the Cloncurry Showgrounds with Mayor Greg Campbell. Photo: Samantha Walton.

► South Australia: A man has died after a quad bike crash at Wompinie near the New South Wales border.

Just before 11pm on Sunday, June 18, police were called to a private road on Wompinie Station near Cockburn after a 37-year-old man from the station had crashed while riding the bike. More here.

National news

► Port Macquarie engineer and surfer Dale Carr has a joke about how he got bitten on the "fart gun".

But there was nothing very funny about his experience one August afternoon in 2015, when he was attacked by a 2.7 metre shark, about 150 metres from the shore at Lighthouse Beach.Read on.

► Australians fear foreigners and robots, the governor of the Reserve Bank says, creating the "real crisis" in the economy of record low real wage growth through increased competition.

Speaking at the Crawford Australian Leadership forum in Canberra on Monday, Philip Lowe also took aim at the ongoing gridlock of the Australian political system, blaming it for lost opportunities and stifling economic growth. Full report here.

National weather radar:

World news:

► London: One man has been killed and eight taken to hospital after a van was used to drive into people at Finsbury Park in north London.

Police say one man has been arrested and there are a number of injured people being treated at the scene.

Metropolitan Police said it was dealing with a "major incident". Read on.

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: It began with a sudden, frantic knocking on a door, late at night.

On the fourth floor of Grenfell Tower, a block of flats in west London, pregnant Maryam Adam, 41, had been deep in sleep when the loud banging woke her. The clock told her it was just after a quarter to one in the morning.

She went to the door. It was her neighbour, identified by one newspaper on Thursday as a 44-year old taxi driver from Ethiopia. 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