The South Coast Brekkie Wrap | Wednesday, October 19, 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.
8.28am: A three-metre tall, $7 million microscope which will help fight superbugs, Alzheimer’s and heart disease at a molecular level will be at the core of a futuristic medical research hub at the University of Wollongong.
Unveiled on Wednesday at Parliament House in Canberra, the $80 million Molecular Horizons building will be designed to put the university – and city – at the forefront of biomedical research. Read all about it.
8.22am: Take note, Kingsford-Smith. Listen up, Tullamarine. This is how you do airports right.
Most travellers have a love-hate relationship with airports. We love going there, because it means there’s a holiday happening. We hate being there, however, because most airports are soulless, expensive and uncomfortable. Full story.
8.19am: Launched in 1996 and run by South Coast Regional Tourism Organisation, the awards aim to celebrate ‘innovation and outstanding operations in the visitor-based economy’ and is the principal tourism industry event on the South Coast.
Finalists include Coastlife Adventures in the Adventure category, Best Western Fairway Motor Inn in the Executive Accommodation category, Nethercote market in the Festivals and Events’ category, Sapphire Waters Motor Inn in the Budget/Backpacker category and Merimbula Visitor Information Centre in the Visitor Services category. Find out more.
7.59am: Good morning, if you’ve just joined us scroll down for weather and road conditions. Refresh the page to see the latest updates.
7.53am: Wapengo Lake was the meeting place for oyster farmers from estuaries along the South Coast to gather and discuss their work.
A large group of people from various agencies attended the Wapengo Oyster Estuary Tour on Friday, as well as oyster farmers from estuaries between Shoalhaven and Wonboyn. Find out more.
7.49am: Hi mum, my birthday’s coming up…
7.43am: A search for missing man Ray Speechley organised by his family took place on Saturday west of the Princes Highway, Dalmeny.
His daughter Nikii Smith said about 45 volunteers searched bush in the vicinity of the power lines but no traces of Mr Speechley were found. Searchers came from as far as Canberra and Eden, and several had expertise as RFS or SES volunteers. Find out more.
7.39am: A man in his 50s has been killed after the bicycle he was riding was hit by a car on Wattle Road, Shellharbour. Full story.
7.32am: What do a new wharf for Nowra and some of the worlds best wakeboarders have in common. Find out here.
South Coast weather
Mostly sunny. Slight (30%) chance of a shower along the coastal fringe early this morning. Near zero chance of rain elsewhere. Winds NW/SW 15 to 20 km/h becoming SW 15 to 25 km/h in the morning then becoming light in the evening. Daytime maximum temperatures between 16 and 21.
Roads and rail
For those hitting the road this morning we’ve got a clear run so far. Good news for train commuters, there are no delays on the South Coast line.
State of the nation
Need a national news snapshot first thing – well, we have you covered.
► MYALL LAKES: It was just hours following the accident, and Clayton Curnow was being released by police after being charged with being drunk behind the wheel of a utility when his best mate, Jake Collins, fell from the roof and died. More here.
► ORANGE: They might be direct, but Darryl and Vicky Prestwidge say the signs outside their home needed to be in order to make a difference to the greyhound ban. More here.
► ST ARNAUD: A man has been remanded in police custody after hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cannabis plants and hydroponic equipment were seized from a house on Friday. More here.
► MANDURAH: Motorcycle fatalities in the Peel-Mandurah region account for one fifth of WA’s motorcycle-related fatalities since the start of the year. In the wake of recent fatal motorbike crashes, acting road safety commissioner Chirs Adams has urged riders to take more responsibility and precautions on the road. More here.
► SCONE: Family and friends of Scone real estate agent Adam O’Regan have paid tribute to him a day after the Gundy car accident that claimed his life as well as those of two passengers. More here.
► BATHURST: The Wiradyuri community has called on Bathurst mayor Gary Rush to live up to what they say was his promise to add the word “Wahluu” to Mount Panorama. More here.
► DUBBO: A greater supply of resources and a different structure in the police force could help combat the rural crime epidemic in the central west. Member for Dubbo, Minister for Police and Justice and Deputy Premier Troy Grant said the current police model, Local Area Commands (LACs), may not be the best way to run police stations in western NSW. More here.
► HEATHCOTE: A footballer is fighting for his life in a Queensland hospital after overdosing on a powerful synthetic drug while on an end-of-season trip. Rikki Stephens, 27, was admitted to the Gold Coast University Hospital over the weekend after reportedly consuming the drug “flakka” and remains in a critical condition. More here.
► Two government MPs, including the deputy speaker, have joined calls to allow the rapid-fire Adler shotgun to be imported into Australia, just hours after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declared the ban was “set in stone.” More here.
► Australia lacks adequate protections for human rights defenders and has created “an atmosphere of fear, censorship and retaliation” among activists, according to a United Nations special rapporteur. More here.
► Australia is about to launch a fresh diplomatic drive to expose Japan’s claim to kill whales in the name of science, but a threat of further international legal action appears to be on hold for now. More here.
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► BALI: Accused Australian paedophile Robert Andrew Fiddes Ellis has insisted he does not deserve jail for allegedly molesting Balinese children, saying “it was not a serious thing” and he “paid them generously”. More here.
► JAKARTA: Maverick Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, or Ahok, as he is known, has never had a filter. Impulsive and polarising, the city’s first Christian and ethnic Chinese governor – a double minority in Indonesia – seems to court controversy. More here.
►Julian Assange claims his internet connection was intentionally cut “by a state party”, at the end of a weekend in which he was visited by Pamela Anderson and published a series of cryptic, coded tweets. More here.
On this day
The faces of Australia: Kate Delaney
FAMILY day care educator Kate Delaney admits she is big on communication – both with her young charges and their parents.
It means that when a child in her care has a breakthrough moment, she likes to deliver the happy news to the parent, along with the evidence, as soon as she can.
“It might be that a child has been trying to learn how to ride a bike with pedals. If they manage to do it while they’re here with me, I’ll video it, and send it along to their parents at work, along with a short message saying: ‘We did it!’” Read more here.
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