Highlands Rise and Shine| December 5, 2017

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

What a great Santa!

►Even Highlands pets are getting festive for Christmas 2017.

Check out our gallery of animals decked out in their Christmas best.

►If you ask James Viles what his favourite Christmas food is, the answer will probably surprise you.

It’s egg nog ice cream.

“It’s all things Christmas in the form of ice-cream. What more could one want,” the Highlands chef said. More here.

►Public feedback is being sought on a raft of proposals aimed at bolstering protections for home buyers purchasing a property off-the-plan, with the NSW Government releasing a Discussion Paper for comment. 

Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell said the review will examine the modern application of the Conveyancing Act and tackle a number of issues around off-the-plan contracts. 

►More than one million women overdue for their pap test are being urged to have the more effective, five-early Cervical Screening Test, expected to reduce cervical cancer deaths by at least 20 per cent.

NSW’s Chief Cancer Officer and Chief Health Officer have joined experts from Cancer Council NSW and Family Planning NSW to ensure women get the message about the new test, which replaced the pap test last week. 

The new test detects the presence of the human papillomavirus (HPV) that may cause cervical cancer.

►Extreme weather saw gusty conditions for the two Southern Highlands Sailing Club fleets in Fitzroy Falls on Sunday. Capsizes were common, and holding your nerve as the gusts hit were the key to getting on the podium.

►With a return to winter like conditions, the Frensham Centennial pool was greatly appreciated by all the water polo players and officials on November 4. More here.

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

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

WEATHER: A partly cloudy day with a high chance of showers, becoming less likely late this afternoon and evening, the chance of a thunderstorm near the coast during the morning and inland during the afternoon, winds S 20 to 30 km/hand a daytime maximum temperature of 16 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. Here’s a wrap of what has been grabbing the interests Highlanders.

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