The South Coast Brekkie Wrap | Monday, January 2, 2017

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

8.00am: Thousands of families and New Year's revellers packed Merimbula's Ford Park on Saturday night. See the pics.

7.53am: A man charged over an assault at a Wollongong caravan park in the early hours of New Year’s Day has been released from custody after a series of police attempts to determine his identity. Full story.

7.46am: They say life can change in an instant.

Never is that more true than when the clock struck midnight on December 31.

Along with hangovers and dark circles under their eyes, Australians will awake on Sunday to a host of increased fees, charges, changed regulations and reduced benefits. Find out more.

7.38am: In case you didn’t make it to the Nowra Rodeo we’ve got a stack of pics right here.

Action at Nowra Rodeo. Photo Robert Crawford.

Action at Nowra Rodeo. Photo Robert Crawford.

South Coast weather

Partly cloudy. Medium (40%) chance of showers. Winds S/SE 15 to 25 km/h. Daytime maximum temperatures 22 to 27.

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. 

REGIONAL NEWS

Warrnambool's Sam Astbury and Rochelle Greene at a festival together.

Warrnambool's Sam Astbury and Rochelle Greene at a festival together.

WARRNAMBOOL, VIC: Warrnambool’s Rochelle Greene believed she was going to die as she was crushed and trampled in the Falls Festival stampede that injured more than 60 people over the weekend. Read more

► WAGGA, NSW: A cabbie has described a terrifying hour-long stand-off with two foul-mouthed patrons and said customers have verbally abused him and his colleagues on a daily basis during the festive season. Read more

Precision: Ivan Huston from Redesdale breaks through a log in the wood chopping event at the Glenlyon Sports Club's Mixed Sports Day on Sunday. Picture: Kate Healy.

Precision: Ivan Huston from Redesdale breaks through a log in the wood chopping event at the Glenlyon Sports Club's Mixed Sports Day on Sunday. Picture: Kate Healy.

GIPPSLAND, VIC: Witnesses have told how there was little ambulance officers could do to save a North East man fatally injured by a fire cracker. Read more

► BALLARAT, VIC: Mineral water drinking and bull boar eating competitions might not be the most common spectator sports, but again were the crowd favourites at the annual Glenlyon Mixed Sports Day on Sunday. Read more

Police would like to speak to anyone who witnessed an incident outside Port Kembla's Commercial Hotel on Christmas Eve.

Police would like to speak to anyone who witnessed an incident outside Port Kembla's Commercial Hotel on Christmas Eve.

 WOLLONGONG, NSW: What killed Ico Trajanovski? Child witnesses could unlock mystery of man's death on Wentworth Street, Port Kembla, at the weekend. Read more

GRIFFITH, NSW: A teenager has been airlifted to Sydney’s St George Hospital after being thrown from a vehicle in Griffith on New Year’s Eve. Read more

Joan and Colin Woods outside their Ellis Road home. An initial investigation has found contamination in the topsoil. Picture: Simone De Peak

Joan and Colin Woods outside their Ellis Road home. An initial investigation has found contamination in the topsoil. Picture: Simone De Peak

NEWCASTLE, NSW: Waratah was a haven for Colin and Joan Woods – their new home was across the road from shops, five minutes from the city and close to their grandchildren. But lurking underneath was the toxic secret of the suburb’s former gasworks – a secret only revealed in the months after they moved in. Read more

► SHEPPARTON, VIC: After playing the same lotto numbers for 30 years, a Shepparton woman has won $1.34 million in a $31 million New Year’s Eve megadraw. Read more

► WOLLONGONG, NSW: Acting Opposition Leader Michael Daley says the Australian dream of home ownership is "fast becoming a nightmare" in Sydney and nearby regions, with the metropolitan housing crisis now spreading to major centres north and south of Sydney, particularly the Illawarra and Central Coast. Read more

ON SCENE: Paramedics and firefighters rescue a man injured when his boat crashed on Logan River. Photo: Redland Bay Coast Guard

ON SCENE: Paramedics and firefighters rescue a man injured when his boat crashed on Logan River. Photo: Redland Bay Coast Guard

►REDLAND BAY, QLD: Coast Guard volunteers helped to rescue a man injured in a boat crash on the Logan River on Saturday afternoon. Read more

MARYBOROUGH, VIC: Maryborough was filled with the sounds of bagpipes yesterday as the town celebrated its traditional Highland Gathering on New Year's Day. Check out the photos here.

HUNTER, NSW:  A man has been killed and a second may lose his sight after separate fireworks accidents during New Year’s Eve celebrations. Read more

NATIONAL NEWS

► Disgruntled Qantas passengers who were stuck in transit in Dubai on New Year's Eve have finally landed in Sydney, after spending the first bit of 2017 in the sky. Read more

► The Victorian Ombudsman has called into question the effectiveness of drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs for ex-prisoners in Victoria. Read more

Christine Guzara at her community housing home in Little Bay in Sydney's eastern suburbs. Photo: Louie Douvis

Christine Guzara at her community housing home in Little Bay in Sydney's eastern suburbs. Photo: Louie Douvis

► Christine Guzara is among thousands of injured workers who will be cut off the NSW workers compensation scheme this year despite it posting a record $1.4 billion surplus. Read more

►Parents helping their kids  buy a first car should be spending that "little bit more" to ensure the vehicle has at least some up to date safety features, the federal transport minister has warned, speaking against the backdrop of a sharp spike in road deaths particularly among the young. Read more

WORLD NEWS

The Zahro Express ablaze at sea about 20 minutes after leaving port in Jakarta on New Year's Day. Photo: Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management/Twitter

The Zahro Express ablaze at sea about 20 minutes after leaving port in Jakarta on New Year's Day. Photo: Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management/Twitter

INDONESIA: Twenty-three people have been killed and 17 injured in a ferry accident off the coast of Jakarta. Read more

LONDON: Islamic State will likely attempt more terror attacks and morph into a counter-insurgency group as it faces the loss of its Iraqi stronghold in 2017, the US spokesman for the global coalition has warned. Read more

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…

1869: The world's first traffic light explodes, injuring the policeman operating it.

1920: Chemist and science-fiction writer, Isaac Asimov, is born.

1955: South Australia's Vice-Regal Summer Residence, Marble Hill, is destroyed by bushfires.

1971: 66 die in a crowd crush at a football match in Scotland.

FACES OF AUSTRALIA

Kevin Atteridge has won rural championship awards over the years in his role as Springhurst CFA coach, but also helped many junior firefighters.

Kevin Atteridge has won rural championship awards over the years in his role as Springhurst CFA coach, but also helped many junior firefighters.

Kevin Atteridge

A volunteer who has dedicated 50 years of his life to the CFA has been given a prestigious award for outstanding service.

Kevin Atteridge has been involved with the Springhurst brigade for 32 years, serving as captain for 18 years, but he is most well-known for his role in fire brigade competitions. Read more

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