Highlands Rise and Shine| December 6, 2017

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►The Bowral RSL sub branch held their annual Christmas luncheon on Tuesday, December 5 at the Bowral Bowling Club.

More than 60 people attended the event, including 21 widows of past members, who were provided free transport to and from the venue on the day. 

►It’s been just over a week since the new train timetable has come into play, and many commuters aren’t happy. 

Community rail-users group 80by20 said feedback about the new timetable had been “mainly negative.” 

“This relates to slower journeys, inconvenient connections and the deletion of the popular 6:19pm service from Campbelltown to Moss Vale,” co-founder Adam Jacobson said. 

►Last month, Bundanoon’s Thomas-Andrew Baxter retired from his position as president of the Wingecarribee Volunteer Centre (VolWing).

After six years of management, Mr Baxter decided it was his time to bow out.

With a decades-long background in executive and senior management positions in commerce, government and not-for-profit sectors, Mr Baxter had recently become disillusioned with the state of community volunteering. 

►Students from Bowral High School are getting ready to rock the Highlands in May 2018 with their next musical production. 

The school will perform ‘The Great Australian Rock Musical’, that they described as “a fun show with loads of Aussie humour and a ton of great Australian classic rock songs”.

Student auditions were held during Term 4 and rehearsals will begin early next year. 

►For the first time in its short history, PCYC Southern Highlands will look to participate in the 2018 Nations of Origin tournament.

The tournament has run for the past five years, with more than 1000 young people taking part this year.

Three sports are open to players- rugby league (under-16), futsal (under-14) and netball (under-14)- with clubs needing both a male and female team to take part.

►Exeter Public School student Hilary Swan continues to shine on the cricket field.

Swan participated in the NSW PSSA Primary Girls Cricket Championships in Maitland recently.

The cricketer competed as a part of the South Coast under 12s team.

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.

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