The South Coast Brekkie Wrap | Tuesday, December 20, 2016

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

8.28am: Mollymook Surf Club will hit the pavement for the annual Surf Life Saving Foundation door knock appeal on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 from 5-7pm. Read all about it. 

8.25am: Shoalhaven Police are seeking information from the public after two youths broke into a home at Culburra Beach on Saturday night and stole from an elderly resident. More details.

8.21am: A MAN who delivered thousands of Shoalhaven babies has passed away on the Gold Coast.

Former local obstetrician and gynaecologist Brian Hoolahan died on Friday night. Read on.

HOOLY DOOLY: Local obstetrician and gynaecologist Doctor Brian Hoolahan with another Shoalhaven new arrival, AJ Campbell. Photo: ADAM WRIGHT (Photo taken 2013)

HOOLY DOOLY: Local obstetrician and gynaecologist Doctor Brian Hoolahan with another Shoalhaven new arrival, AJ Campbell. Photo: ADAM WRIGHT (Photo taken 2013)

8.02am: Over the past few days a number of handbags and wallets have been stolen from elderly females in the Pambula, Bega and Narooma areas.

Far South Coast police say there is no evidence to suggest that these stealings are linked. Find out more.

7.56am: Now hear this.

Town Crier Alan Moyse has won his first crier award representing the Bega Valley Shire, at the Australasian Guild of Town Criers’ event in Creswick, Victoria, earlier this month. Read all about it.

Here ye, here ye: Town criers from interstate gathered at the Australasian Guild of Town Criers’ event in Creswick, Victoria, on December 4. Bega Valley Shire Town Crier Alan Moyse is ringing his bell at front left. Picture courtesy Susan's Photographics SA

Here ye, here ye: Town criers from interstate gathered at the Australasian Guild of Town Criers’ event in Creswick, Victoria, on December 4. Bega Valley Shire Town Crier Alan Moyse is ringing his bell at front left. Picture courtesy Susan’s Photographics SA

7.47am: Confessed paedophile Maurice Van Ryn has had his sentence reduced on appeal due to a clerical error. Full story.

7.40am: There is a push from the Tuross Head Progress Association and others for major safety changes at the intersection of Hector McWilliam Drive and the Princes Highway. Find out more.

Emergency crews direct traffic at the scene of the two-vehicle accident at the Tuross turn off, Princes Highway on Tuesday, December 8, 2015.

Emergency crews direct traffic at the scene of the two-vehicle accident at the Tuross turn off, Princes Highway on Tuesday, December 8, 2015.

7.36am: Wollongong police have put a warning out via social media over a number of gift card scams circulating at the moment.

The scams are being sent via SMS and claim to be from a well-known and reputable retailer, with a link offering a “$50 Christmas Gift Card”. Full story.

South Coast weather

Sunny morning. Slight (30%) chance of a shower this afternoon. The chance of a thunderstorm during this afternoon and evening. Winds N/NW 15 to 25 km/h increasing to 35 km/h before shifting S/SE 20 to 30 km/h in the evening. Daytime maximum temperatures in the low to mid 30s.

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.

National news

Still swinging: Brad Haddin of the Sixers. Photo: Mark Kolbe

Still swinging: Brad Haddin of the Sixers. Photo: Mark Kolbe

NSW | The BBL manipulates us – and we love it

Six years in, I am still unsure whether the Big Bash League is a genius-level cricket innovation, a sleight-of-hand trick of marketing flimflam, the perfect wallpaper for summer evenings, a fluke of Cricket Australia riding its own coat-tails, a competition more important than life or death, a complete waste of time, or all of the above. More here.

Life in prison for child killer

A cheer and round of applause rang out across Wangaratta Supreme Court on Monday when child killer Bowe Maddigan was sentenced to life in prison. More here.

VIC | Buddy the rescue dog saves Red Range family from house fire | Video

A rescue dog has saved a Northern Tablelands family after alerting them to a fire in the early hours of Friday morning. More here.

Buddy the hero: Red Range resident Judy Scrivener with her hero Buddy after fire tore through their home on Friday.

Buddy the hero: Red Range resident Judy Scrivener with her hero Buddy after fire tore through their home on Friday.

National weather radar

International news

Members of FPI, the Islam Defenders Front, take to the streets in Jakarta. Photo: Michael Bachelard

Members of FPI, the Islam Defenders Front, take to the streets in Jakarta. Photo: Michael Bachelard

JAKARTA | Emboldened Islamic hardliners seek to enforce fatwa on Christmas costumes

Indonesian police have been accused by mainstream Muslim groups of weakening the rule of law by providing security for Islamic hardliners who visited shopping centres in the nation’s second-largest city urging them not to ask Muslim shop assistants to wear Christmas costumes. More here.

The Thai resort island of Koh Larn. Photo: Ilya Plekhanov

The Thai resort island of Koh Larn. Photo: Ilya Plekhanov

THAILAND | Body of mystery ‘Western’ diver in wetsuit found tied to post off Thai beach

The body of a diver believed to have been a Westerner has been found with his throat slit and tied to a concrete post in waters off the resort city of Pattaya in Thailand. More here.

Alexander during his four-minute video on the BBC.

Alexander during his four-minute video on the BBC.

LONDON | Alexander Downer’s bizarre BBC video urging Britain to get on with leaving the EU

Australia’s High Commissioner to Britain, Alexander Downer, has appeared in a self-narrated and often wooden short documentary on the BBC to urge Britain to “get on” with leaving the European Union. More here.

On this day | December 20 

1963 – The Berlin Wall was opened for the first time to West Berliners. It was only for the holiday season. It closed again on January 6, 1964.

1979 – ESPN televised its first NHL game. The teams were the Washington Capitals and the Hartford Whales. 

1989 – Off Las Palmas, Canary Islands, an explosion aboard the Iranian supertanked Kharg-5 caused 19 million gallons of crude oil into the Atlantic Ocean. 

1994 – Marcelino Corniel, a homeless man, was shot and mortally wounded by White House security officers. He had brandished a knife near the executive mansion. 

The story The South Coast Brekkie Wrap | Tuesday, December 20, 2016 first appeared on South Coast Register.

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