Highlands Rise and Shine| October 13, 2017

Photo by Deb Coulthard
Photo by Deb Coulthard

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

A good steak meal is just out of reach.

Northbound lanes of the Hume Highway in Berrima are still closed. 

Crews have continued to work through the night to ensure the northbound lanes of the Hume Motorway across Wingecarribbe River Bridge at Berrima are reopened as soon as possible after a truck crash and fire on Wednesday morning. 

Roads and Maritime Services Executive Director Regional and Freight Roy Wakelin-King said Roads and Maritime and NSW Fire and Rescue crews had been working through the day and night to address the impact caused when the truck rolled and caught alight, blocking the corridor.

►The state health minister has agreed to take further steps to ensure Highlands renal patients are adequately supported. 

Southern Highlands Renal Appeal (SHRA) members met with NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard, Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell and Goulburn MP Pru Goward on Wednesday, October 11 to discuss creating a renal unit at Bowral and District Hospital.

At present, Highlands dialysis patients have to travel out of the shire to hospitals, such as Fairfield, Liverpool or Campbelltown for treatment. 

►In 2014 Lucinda O’Brien’s mother Sue Sweeney was diagnosed with brain cancer- Glioblastoma Multiform 4.

Sue was one of the many people from the area who have battled the disease.

She passed away last year.

Currently there is no cure for Glioblastoma Multiform 4. 

►The public exhibition for the Station Street upgrade has finished but the conversation surrounding the proposal is far from over.

Members of the community remain concerned about the impact the upgrade could have on businesses during construction, with a timeline yet to be determined.

Barry Anstee, who attended the public meeting about the upgrade held on September 20, believes there needs to be another meeting for business people.

►Artist Barbara Trapnell has been painting life as she sees it in vivid colourscapes for the past 60 years. 

Her latest exhibition, ‘A Celebration of Life in Colour’ is, in essence, her life collection. 

It features almost 200 artworks produced over the past 40 years. 

Highlands cricketer Lauren Cheatle has landed an unexpected Ashes call-up as one of six Breakers named to take on World Cup winners England this summer.

The young left-armer joins South Australian all-rounder Tahlia McGrath in the squad, both having recently returned from injury.

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 sunny day with medium chance of showers late at night, light wind 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.

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