Highlands Rise and Shine| November 15, 2017

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

Pandas are so good to watch.

►There was a touch of Hollywood in the Southern Highlands last Wednesday night, for the second annual Oxley College Film Festival. 

The Empire Cinema once again played host to the event, which was resplendent with red carpet, Oscar statues, ‘live TV’ reporters and ‘paparazzi’.

Eight films were shown in front of a packed house, including judges Anita Sheehan (producer, Porchlight Films), Nigel Christensen (Academy Award winning sound designer on ‘Mad Max, Fury Road’) and renowned Australian artist, Tony Albert. 

►The Moss Vale showground was host to the annual Southern Highlands Outdoor Recreation and Adventure Show on the weekend.

From November 10 to 12, more than 200 exhibitors displayed everything from 4WDs, aircrafts and adventure cruisers to hats, luxe tents and clever cooking gear.

►Now in it’s fourth year, the Expect Respect golf day is a great way for men to become involved in saying ‘No’ to violence against women while enjoying a sport they love.

Organised by the Southern Highlands Domestic Violence Forum, the event to be held on November 25 and 26 aims to “keep relationships on par”

►The Southern Highlands Textile and Fibre Network network transformed the Bowral Art Gallery into a wearable-art runway on the weekend. 

On Saturday, November 11 the network held an art-to-wear parade as part of the opening of their latest exhibition, ‘Pushing the Boundaries’. 

►Bowral High School’s Georgie Lewis is kicking goals.

The 16-year-old has been accepted into the San Diego Surf College Cup Showcase.

Lewis will be one of the youngest players to travel to the United States with the NSW under 17s team. More here.

►“Almost an Austrian,” said I, handing my Australian passport across the counter to the immigration officer at Vienna Airport last Friday night before the long flight home.  

Huge mistake. He didn’t say a word. Just gave me a death stare and as everyone knows, a death-stare from a person of Germanic stock is impressive. Perhaps the best death-stare on the planet.

What I was trying to suggest was that Austria and Australia sound sort of similar.  More here.

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

TRAINS: Commuters on the Southern Highlands line should allow extra time to travel due to urgent power supply repairs at Picton. Buses may supplement some services.

WEATHER: A sunny day with winds N/NE 15 to 25 km/h and a daytime maximum temperature of 24 can be expected in the Highlands today.

Here's a look at what the local weather is doing right now.

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