The South Coast Brekkie Wrap | Friday, December 23, 2016

Good morning here’s your headlines from around regional Australia and beyond. Scroll down and refresh for weather, road reports and more.

8.01am: Find out what’s making front pages around the nation from the comfort of your own home. Or phone. Show me the news.

7.54am: Former Tathra surfer Kai Otton has suggested his surfing career could be coming to an end after failing to re-qualify for the 2017 World Tour. More here.

7.52am: A Nowra man charged with trying to import three Glock pistols, a Beretta and 400 rounds of ammunition has appeared in Nowra Local Court. Full story.

Koa McClelland, Gemma Still (underwater, left) and Maddie Tully hit the water at Bass Point on Thursday. Warm Christmas Day temperatures are forecast, with hotter weather to arrive next week. Picture: Sylvia Liber

Koa McClelland, Gemma Still (underwater, left) and Maddie Tully hit the water at Bass Point on Thursday. Warm Christmas Day temperatures are forecast, with hotter weather to arrive next week. Picture: Sylvia Liber

7.45am: Wollongong is on track for its warmest Christmas Day in about a decade.

The Bureau of Meteorology’s latest forecast predicts a partly cloudy Sunday with a maximum of 26 degrees on the coast. More details.

7.38am: Meanwhile in Jervis Bay.

Most of the assistance the volunteers of Marine Rescue Jervis Bay (MRJB) provide to water users occurs out of sight in the bay, but on Monday evening the unit put on a grandstand performance for the tourists and locals in Huskisson when a vessel ran aground on the reef. Full story.  

7.30am: A yacht being towed to Bermagui by water police on Thursday has sunk about two nautical miles off Murunna Point. Find out more.

South Coast weather

 Partly cloudy. Slight (20%) chance of a shower about the Southern Highlands this afternoon. Near zero chance of rain elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm inland this afternoon. Light winds becoming NE 15 to 25 km/h in the middle of the day. Daytime maximum temperatures in the low to high 20s.

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.

Regional

BENDIGO | Latrobe LGBTI group Rainbow Eagles funded to provide mental health support

The queer collective at Bendigo’s La Trobe University campus has won state government funding to provide mental health support to LGBTI students. More here.

VIC | Government moves to encrypt country police radios

People tapping into the police scanner will be barred from doing so by mid-2017, as the government moves to encrypt country police radios. More here.

Gull founder Fred Rae with then New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark in 2007. Photo: NZPA

Gull founder Fred Rae with then New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark in 2007. Photo: NZPA

PERTH | Never heard of the Rae family? They just made over $300m

It is one of the richest families in the country, and now the low-profile Rae family of Perth has pocketed more than $300 million from the sale of its New Zealand fuel retailing business to Caltex Australia. More here.

National news

Irish tourist Brendan Hickey, pictured with girlfriend Julia Szymanska, died after falling into the water at Darling Harbour during the 2014 Vivid Festival. Photo: Facebook

Irish tourist Brendan Hickey, pictured with girlfriend Julia Szymanska, died after falling into the water at Darling Harbour during the 2014 Vivid Festival. Photo: Facebook

NSW | Vivid Festival accused of ‘obvious deficiencies’ in planning after drowning

Permanent fencing may be erected around Darling Harbour’s waterfront after a drunk tourist toppled into the water and drowned during the Vivid Festival light show. More here.

Chad Robinson, pictured with his sister Monique Brennan. Photo: Facebook

Chad Robinson, pictured with his sister Monique Brennan. Photo: Facebook

SYDNEY | Body of former NRL player Chad Robinson found

The body of former NRL player Chad Robinson has been found inside his car in Sydney’s north-west.

Police said the 36-year-old’s body was found by electricity workers at Kenthurst at 12:30pm Thursday and initial inquiries suggest no suspicious circumstances. More here.

Resources and Northern Australia Minister Matthew Canavan. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Resources and Northern Australia Minister Matthew Canavan. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Cabinet minister Matt Canavan accuses ABC of publishing ‘fake news’ in bizarre Adani interview

A Turnbull government minister has accused the ABC of running “fake news” in its coverage of the Adani coal mine and treating regional Queensland like “flyover country”. More here.

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International news

Donald Trump and Carl Icahn at an election event in April. Photo: Victor J. Blue

Donald Trump and Carl Icahn at an election event in April. Photo: Victor J. Blue

Billionaire Carl Icahn tapped as Trump’s special adviser on regulatory issues

Billionaire Carl Icahn will advise Donald Trump on rescinding what the activist investor called “excessive regulation” on business, the president-elect’s transition team announced on Wednesday. More here.

A taped-off area in the street in Ubud, Bali, where a suspicious backpack was recently found. DFAT has warned of an ongoing terror threat across Indonesia, including Bali. Photo: Supplied

A taped-off area in the street in Ubud, Bali, where a suspicious backpack was recently found. DFAT has warned of an ongoing terror threat across Indonesia, including Bali. Photo: Supplied

Three alleged terrorists shot dead in Indonesia

The Australian government has issued an updated travel warning to Indonesia as three suspected terrorists were killed after a bomb was thrown at police officers during a raid of a house in South Tangerang, about 25 kilometres south-west of Jakarta. More here.

On this day | December 23 

1919 – The first ship designed to be used as an ambulance for the transport patients was launched. The hospital ship was named USS Relief and had 515 beds. 

1931 – The first experimental TV broadcast from a transmitter atop the Empire State Building took place. The transmitter was put up by NBC on October 30, 1931. 

1972 – John Lennon’s film “Imagine” premiered on national TV. 

1986 – Joe Paterno was named Sportsman of the Year by “Sports Illustrated” magazine. It was only the second time a coach had won the award.

1995 – The bodies of 16 members of the Solar Temple religious sect were found in a clearing near Grenoble, France. 14 were presumed shot by two people who then committed suicide. 

Busy Ben: Ben Keenan (centre) enjoying shearing with wool handler Amanda Davis and shearing trainer Kevin Gellatly. Photo: Supplied

Busy Ben: Ben Keenan (centre) enjoying shearing with wool handler Amanda Davis and shearing trainer Kevin Gellatly. Photo: Supplied

The faces of Australia: Ben Keenan

A 32-year-old former Bridgetown resident has proved that his disability will not stop him from learning new skills, such as how to shear sheep.

As a person living with Down Syndrome, Ben Keenan has shown his perseverance when it comes to overcoming obstacles or achieving goals. More here.

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