The South Coast Brekkie Wrap | Monday, December 26, 2016

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

8.14am: Eight people have died in NSW coastal waters since July.

Add to that the hundreds of surf rescues that have already been performed this season – including one at a Wollongong beach recently.

As thousands of people flock to Illawarra beaches on Boxing Day, the region’s surf lifesavers have issued a plea to ensure you don’t become one of those statistics. Find out more.

Jake (right) and Toby Wachsmuth get into the Boxing Day spirit with a game of beach cricket at North Wollongong beach. Picture: Sylvia Liber

Jake (right) and Toby Wachsmuth get into the Boxing Day spirit with a game of beach cricket at North Wollongong beach. Picture: Sylvia Liber

7.50am: South Coast surfer Owen Wright has been named as a wildcard for the 2017 Championship Tour.

Wright is one of two wildcards accepted into the field of 34 surfers. Read all about it.

WILDCARD: Owen Wright gets a position on the 2017 Championship Tour.

WILDCARD: Owen Wright gets a position on the 2017 Championship Tour.

7.32am: Swimmers have been cleared from the water off Hyams Beach at Jervis Bay after seven sharks were seen lurking nearby on Saturday morning.

The juvenile great white sharks, all about 2.5 metres long, were spotted 50 metres off the beach by an aerial surveillance helicopter. Find out more.

A shark, one of seven spotted by an aerial surveillance helicopter, at Hyams Beach on Saturday morning. Picture: Twitter / @NSWSmarkSmart

A shark, one of seven spotted by an aerial surveillance helicopter, at Hyams Beach on Saturday morning. Picture: Twitter / @NSWSmarkSmart

South Coast weather

Mostly sunny morning. Medium (40%) chance of showers this afternoon. The chance of a thunderstorm during this afternoon and early evening. Light winds becoming NW/NE 15 to 25 km/h in the middle of the day. Daytime maximum temperatures around 30.

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.

Lake Bumbunga, South Australia, on Christmas day. Photo: @rindasalubkaew on Instagram

Lake Bumbunga, South Australia, on Christmas day. Photo: @rindasalubkaew on Instagram

Regional news

GOULBURN | Man pinned under car Christmas Day

Emergency services were called late Christmas Day, to an address in Crestwood, Goulburn, where a man was trapped under a car.

Police, NSW Ambulance paramedics and the Snowy Hydro Southcare doctor at the staging point on Gibson Street with at least one the patients from the incident in Crestwood, Goulburn on Christmas night. Photo: Darryl Fernance

Police, NSW Ambulance paramedics and the Snowy Hydro Southcare doctor at the staging point on Gibson Street with at least one the patients from the incident in Crestwood, Goulburn on Christmas night. Photo: Darryl Fernance

ULVERSTONE | Man charged after double Christmas arson attack

A 53-year-old Ulverstone man has been charged with two counts of arson following a pair of fires in Ulverstone over the Christmas period. 

BENDIGO | Hundreds gather for community Christmas lunch

The conservatory at the All Seasons Hotel was brimming with Christmas spirit on Sunday with the annual City of Greater Bendigo Community Christmas Lunch in full swing.

Roxee, Emily and Danielle Polinelli sit down to Christmas dinner at the All Seasons Hotel.

Roxee, Emily and Danielle Polinelli sit down to Christmas dinner at the All Seasons Hotel.

Across the nation many more similar community events were staged with similar events in LauncestonPort Macquarie, Ballarat,

BALLARAT | New parents welcome Christmas baby

New mum Ebony Baker didn’t realise how strong she was until Sunday.

Thomas Beaumont was born on Christmas morning at Ballarat Base Hospital at just 36 weeks.

“I thought I couldn’t do it, it was very terrifying coming to the fact of natural labour but I got through it,” Ms Baker said.

Thomas Beaumont. Pictures: Dylan Burns.

Thomas Beaumont. Pictures: Dylan Burns.

WOLLONGONG | ‘Don’t take a chance’: volunteer lifesavers’ Boxing Day beach plea

Eight people have died in NSW coastal waters since July.

Add to that the hundreds of surf rescues that have already been performed this season – including one at a Wollongong beach recently.

As thousands of people flock to Illawarra beaches on Boxing Day, the region’s surf lifesavers have issued a plea to ensure you don’t become one of those statistics.

National news

Laiken Turner, 11, and Summah Arnold, 7, with (back, from left) Damian Evans, Duane Arnold, James Brighton and David Mewett. All are from the North Wollongong Surf Life Saving Club and played a role in the December 18 ocean rescue. Picture: Robert Peet

Laiken Turner, 11, and Summah Arnold, 7, with (back, from left) Damian Evans, Duane Arnold, James Brighton and David Mewett. All are from the North Wollongong Surf Life Saving Club and played a role in the December 18 ocean rescue. Picture: Robert Peet

Spike in NSW road deaths despite record government spending

The NSW government spent a record $309 million to reverse the rising road toll in 2016 but has been left with a death count even worse than 2015.

Highway patrol police will review parts of their strategy next year after the worst road toll in six years.

Shark sightings confirmed off Great Ocean Road beaches

Police speak to a driver caught doing 199km/h in a 100 km/h zone in Beecroft on Christmas Eve. Photo: NSW Police

Police speak to a driver caught doing 199km/h in a 100 km/h zone in Beecroft on Christmas Eve. Photo: NSW Police

Sharks have been reported off three beaches along the Great Ocean Road and a surf beach on the Bellarine Peninsula, with three confirmed sightings in less than an hour.

Life Saving Victoria reports the sharks were spotted by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter during flights around Aireys Inlet-Fairhaven, Anglesea and Collendina, near Ocean Grove.

National weather radar

There have been three sightings of sharks offt popular beaches along the Great Ocean Road and on the Bellarine Peninsula. Photo: Ben Anderson

There have been three sightings of sharks offt popular beaches along the Great Ocean Road and on the Bellarine Peninsula. Photo: Ben Anderson

International news

Millions in path of typhoon Nock-ten spinning towards the Philippines

The most powerful late-season tropical storm in the north-west Pacific in decades is spinning towards the Philippines, potentially crossing near the capital Manila on Boxing Day.

Christmas brings change to Royals tradition

Typhoon Nock-ten, also known as Nina, strengthens as it approaches the Philippines. Photo: Himawari-8

Typhoon Nock-ten, also known as Nina, strengthens as it approaches the Philippines. Photo: Himawari-8

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Kate and William, and their children George and Charlotte did not attend the traditional royal family Christmas church service near Sandringham – instead opting for a local church closer to her family.

It is only the second time since the Cambridges’ wedding in 2011 that they have not attended, the BBC reported.

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Prince William and Kate arrive at the church with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Photo: Andrew Matthews

Prince William and Kate arrive at the church with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Photo: Andrew Matthews

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The faces of Australia: Kim Blieschke

A simple, quiet knock on the door could shatter your Christmas.

It could be the police calling to tell you that a loved one has been killed on the road this festive season.

The thought is almost too terrible to contemplate, but, remember, there are those in the community who will be at the frontline of car crashes fighting for the survival of injured victims. Kim Blieschke, for one.

Kim Blieschke has been staffing ambulances for 27 years after an initial career as a nurse. Medical professionals are bracing for the festive season when deaths and injuries on the roads usually increase.

Kim Blieschke has been staffing ambulances for 27 years after an initial career as a nurse. Medical professionals are bracing for the festive season when deaths and injuries on the roads usually increase.

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