Highlands Rise and Shine| September 15, 2017

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

Happy Friday.

►Twenty-two Tudor House students showed off their skills on the slopes at the NSW Interschools State Championships recently.

The Perisher mountain slopes were awash with the Tudor House red jackets and helmet covers, as students participated in racing lessons specific to their discipline and competed in a variety of events. 

The division four cross country freestyle event was hotly contested with a lot of schools vying for poll position. 

►Do you love wandering through a garden? 

Well the Southern Highlands has an abundant selection of stunning gardens to view this spring.

Our interactive map will help you find your way around the region providing you with the chance to take many a garden stroll. More here.

►Stealing from a retail store is on the decline but domestic violence incidents are on the rise, according to the latest quarterly data from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR).

Southern Highlands crime figures are down in eight of 16 recorded categories in the 24 months to June 2017, while crime has risen in seven of the categories. 

The biggest downward trend was in stealing from a retail store which is down 40.4 per cent, falling from 94 to 56. 

►One year after its inception, the Bowral Classic has been crowned Australian Event of the Year. 

Australia's newest cycling event beat all-comers to win best new event and best community event at the hotly contested Australian Event Awards for 2017.

Two separate judging panels each determined that the Bowral Classic was a stand-out in its category, beating hundreds of entries received from every state and territory, when handing out two of the coveted awards.

►Year 12 students will have exclusive after-hours access to Bowral Library to prepare for their HSC exams. 

Wingecarribee Public Libraries will host their sixth annual HSC Night Shift study lock-in on Tuesday 26 September at Bowral Library to help students prepare for their exams.

Students will have access to the library from 6.30pm until the lock-in concludes at 10pm.

►It’s been a dry winter and it is time to prepare for the fast-approaching bush fire season.

The season will officially commence on October 1 and residents have been urged to take appropriate measures to protect themselves, their pets and property. 

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 mostly sunny day with winds W 30 to 45 km/h 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. Here’s a wrap of what has been grabbing the interests Highlanders.

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