The South Coast Brekkie Wrap | Monday, August 29, 2016
Good morning here’s your headlines from around regional Australia and beyond. Scroll down and refresh for weather, road reports and more.
8.30am: That’s a wrap for this morning. Remember to check in on your local paper’s website for breaking news throughout the day.
8.29am: Ray Brown has been the Illawarra Grevillea Park manager for many years but he has never seen it look as good as it does now.
‘’The park is looking stunning. It’s the best it has looked for years,’’ he said.
‘’We’ve had a brilliant year and it is only going to get better.’’
The park, nestled at the foot of the Illawarra escarpment at the rear of Bulli Showground, will show its 300 types of grevilleas and hybrids at its spring open days from 10am-4pm on September 3 and 4 and again on September 10 and 11. Find out more.
8.26am: Here’s a wonderful way to see how people spent their time in the Bega district last week. Click through.
8.23am: Trying to be healthier? Kick this out of your pantry.
8.13am: A swamp wallaby joey nicknamed Jules, whose mother was hit and killed by a car in Narooma is now safely in care with local WIRES local volunteer, Beris Jenkins. Find out more.
7.58am: Shoalhaven City Council elections are fast approaching and a community meeting has been organised to give residents a chance to meet the ward three candidates and Mayoral candidates ahead of the September 10 vote. Full story.
7.55am: Riders and supporters gathered at the Tathra Country Club on Sunday for the announcement of the winners of the Tathra MTB Enduro.
Owner of Tathra Beach and Bike Aaron Bashford said it was a great event. See the photos.
7.52am: Five Illawarra mates have confessed to launching a planned axe attack on two unsuspecting men at Dapto, one of whom they believed was responsible for a violent robbery involving one of the friends a month earlier. Full story.
7.48am: Batemans Bay High School students are preparing to wow the crowd at the 2016 Southern Stars extravaganza in Wollongong.
The circus and dance crew will go onstage on the evening of Friday, August 26 and again on Saturday. See more.
South Coast weather
Becoming cloudy. Areas of morning frost about higher ground. Light winds. Daytime maximum temperatures between 15 and 20.
Roads and rail
It’s a great start to the week on the roads and on the trains so far. Enjoy your commute.
State of the nation
Need a national news snapshot first thing? Well, we have you covered.
► WOLLAR, NSW: Wollar resident Bev Smiles describes herself as a woman who lives in the middle of an open cut coal mine. Surrounded by the giant Wilpinjong, Ulan and Moolarben mines, in an area between Denman and Mudgee, Ms Smiles is one of the last remaining residents in a village eaten up by coal. On a heritage train trip between Maitland and Gulgong on Sunday, she spoke about the death of Wollar caused by expansion of Wilpinjong mine to provide coal for Bayswater power station at Muswellbrook. Read more.
► WODONGA, VIC: Bush cabbies are being punished for the shortcomings of their city counterparts, Wodonga’s taxi chief believes. The Victorian Government moved last week to buyback taxi licences as part of legalising ride-sharing services. The action has angered cabbies who say their licences have been devalued and they stand to lose millions through the change in system. Read more.
► TASMANIA: A new report has detailed the economic and social benefits of raising the age Tasmanians leave foster care from 18 to 21. Half of all state care leavers will be unemployed, in jail, homeless or a new parent within a year of leaving the system. Anglicare Victoria has released research to back its push for people in state care to voluntarily stay in the system until their 21st birthday. Read more.
► WAGGA, NSW: A writer challenging the ‘official’ history of Indigenous land management shared his work in Wagga on Saturday. Bruce Pascoe, an award-winning author and great-grandson of an Aboriginal woman, helped start the Gurandgi Munjie project, aimed at recovering the continent’s traditional plants and agriculture. Speaking to a group of agriculture students, Mr Pascoe said he had found references in diaries by early Australian explorers of vast cultivated fields of yams and grains across the continent, which were soon destroyed by settlers’ sheep and cattle. In stark contrast to the history taught in schools, the author believes there was a great network of nations growing crops and managing animals on the continent for many thousands of years. Read more.
► LODDON, VIC: Climate change was real to Loddon mixed farmers the Hooke family, who run three properties Willera, Serpentine Park and Sangus Creek. The operation, cropping, wool and prime lambs – on the Loddon River floodplain north of Bendigo – was run by brothers Karl and Will Hooke, with assistance from their father Robert. “The general consensus now is to look 100km north at their average rainfall, and that is what we have to consider as our average rainfall, for the next 15-20 years,” Will Hooke said. Read more.
► MANDURAH, WA: Stark new figures have emerged showing Mandurah has the second highest unemployment rate in the nation – with a further seven areas across the state with jobless rates above the national average. Overall, Australia’s unemployment rate fell to 5.72 per cent in July, continuing a downward trend seen since the beginning of 2015 and standing at its lowest level since September 2013. Read more.
► TASMANIA: A recently announced sponsorship deal between AAT Kings and the Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal will help the continuing research into the deadly devil facial tumor disease, ahead of vaccine trial release this week. Read more.
► MOREE PLAINS, NSW: Moree Plains Shire Council has approved a $6m solar farm near Boggabilla, but it will need approval from the Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel before it goes ahead. The 4-hectare proposal is located along Kentucky Ln, near the Macintyre River, and opposite Goondiwindi. Once fully operational, the solar farm will produce 3.6 megawatts of power. Read more.
► It’s a long way from the depths of a Canberra winter to the iron harvest of Flanders’ fields but that’s the journey that will be on Merrin Boyer’s mind when she speaks at the national launch of Legacy Week at the Australian War Memorial on Monday. The 24-year-old Canberra Institute of Technology student from Coombs lost her father, Brigadier Rohan Boyer, in 2010. Legacy came to the party in the wake of his death, assisting Ms Boyer and her younger brother, Matthew, with practical and emotional support. Read more.
► A Roxburgh Park man involved in a car crash north of Melbourne on Sunday was found bleeding from gunshot wounds sustained prior to the collision. Two sedans collided at the corner of Cooper Street and Edgars Road in Epping just before midday on Sunday, police said. Read more.
► They are 18 years old and have been running their cupcake business for almost three years. Brisbane twins Samantha and Kaitlin Stanton took the entrepreneurial plunge while in year 11 in December 2013 along with another student friend and started Miss Mixed Cupcakes. The Stanton twins are among a number of students at St Paul’s School in Brisbane who have become entrepreneurs while still at school. Read more.
National weather radar
► Singapore: Singapore health authorities have warned the Zika virus, which has been linked to a rare birth defect, is spreading in the affluent city-state. Read more.
► United States: Newly declassified United States foreign intelligence documents from the late 1960s and 1970s have stopped short of issuing fully uncensored briefings about the Whitlam dismissal and Indonesian invasion of East Timor. The daily briefings from the Central Intelligence Agency to presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford provide a summary of national security threats and opportunities from 1969 through to early 1977. Read more.
On this day
August 29, 1898: Got Goodyear tyres? The company was founded on this day 118 years ago. While these days the brand might be best known for its car tyres – and the Goodyear Blimp! – the company originally manufactured bicycle and carriage tyres, rubber horseshoe pads, and poker chips. Goodyear started with 13 employees and now has about 67,000. See one of the company’s blimps take flight in 2014:
The faces of Australia: Jim Whitbourne
On August 29, 1916 Jim Whitbourne entered the world at the small country town of Kyabram in the Goulburn Valley.
One hundred years later, and in a very different world to the one he took his first breath, Jim reflects on a good life filled with laughter and love.
Port Macquarie’s newest centenarian will be joined by family and friends to celebrate this momentous life event and acknowledge all that Jim has brought to their own lives over the years.
Jim was the first of two children for Jessie and Arthur Whitbourne. His brother Ernest was killed in March 1940 as an airforceman serving in England. Read more.
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