Highlands Rise and Shine| December 7, 2017

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

Who’s otterly besotted?

►What were you doing in December 2010?

Maybe your photo is featured in this week’s Throwback Thursday collection.

►The Christmas period brings increased traffic with it.

Increased traffic often means more road kill and injured animals. 

South Coast Wildlife Rescue volunteers have asked road-users to be wary of wildlife while on the roads. More here.

►In 1916, Eileen Watts and Neville Somerville were given an August Foster piano on their wedding day.

On Saturday December 2, 2017, the son of that union, 95 year-old Jim Somerville, was reunited with the very same piano he played as a child, which had been restored after years of neglect. 

The piano now lives in the house of Craig and Hannah Hawkins at Arboath Farm in Medway. More here.

►Information on mental health services is now just a swipe away.

A new app developed by South Western Sydney PHN and One Door Mental Health will provide easier access to information as well as a directory of programs and services.

The app, Recovery Point, provides information specfic to South Western Sydney and has been developed to assist people who are experiencing mental health concerns and need support, as well as their friends, family and carers.

►Find out more about the Mittagong Lions’ plans for the 2018 season this weekend.

The presentation will be held at Mittagong RSL Club from 4pm on Sunday, December 10. The talk will cover the club’s expectations for members in the 2018 season as well as plans for new leadership groups.

►Despite a late scare the HDCA Under 16 players finished victorious over arch rivals South Coast on the weekend.

The team played away at Keith Grey Oval for the Southern Zone Cricket Champions

Once again a determined and courageous effort by both the bowlers and batters, supported by some excellent fielding.

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 cloudy day with a high chance of showers, most likely during the morning and afternoon, the chance of a thunderstorm from the late morning to the early evening, light winds becoming W 20 to 30 km/h in the early afternoon and a daytime maximum temperature of 19 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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