Highlands Rise and Shine| October 11, 2017

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

This is one strong-willed cat.

►After a 60-year music career and at nearly 83 years of age, the man who is famed for his 1975 hit song ‘The Elephant Song’ and trademark phrase, “Why are people so unkind?” is still working his charm. 

Kamahl, born Kandiah Kamalesvaran, performed a series of his hit songs in his characteristic deep baritone at Abbey House on Tuesday afternoon, October 10, to an adoring crowd. More here.

►LIFE is full of little mysteries, isn’t it?

Like how important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?

Or when does a mass murderer become a terrorist?

And why does a round pizza come in a square box? Geoff Goodfellow ponders life’s mysteries.

►Councillor Garry Turland wants the EPA to pay back millions of dollars he believes it owes Wingecarribee Shire Council.

Council pays a metropolitan rate for its EPA waste levy.

The metropolitan rate is almost 74 per cent more than the regional rate.

►Councils, public land managers and community groups can now apply for a share of half a million dollars in grants to help tackle illegal dumping. 

Member for Wollondilly Jai Rowell announced the grants on Friday, October 6. More here.

More than 170 riders participated in the Australian MTB Orienteering Championships on October 7 and 8.

The event was held at Wingello State Forest and attracted competitors of all abilities from across Australia and New Zealand.

Participants used a map and a compass to ride courses through parks, forests and built-up areas.

►Peggy McDonald has spent more than 20 years working with sick birds of prey to ensure their safe and healthy return to the wild. 

Her hard work has earned her the opportunity to travel throughout the world in search of new ideas, innovation and excellence. 

Peggy has received the prestigious Churchill Fellowship to ‘advance and exchange our knowledge of Australian raptor rehabilitation and release techniques (USA, Canada, UK, United Arab Emirates, South Africa)’. 

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 cloudy day with early fog patches, a slight chance of light showers or drizzle in the morning and early afternoon, winds N/NE 20 to 30 km/h and a daytime maximum temperature of 22 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


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