Good morning here’s your headlines from around regional Australia and beyond. Scroll down and refresh for weather, road reports and more.
8.00am: Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward today announced that the New South Wales Government is this week installing the first of five new shark listening stations on the NSW South Coast.
Narooma already has a series of listening devices strung out between the mainland and Montague Island that picks up all tagged ocean creatures, including sharks. Find out more.
7.55am: This is a cute one.
Imlay House residents had a special guest on Wednesday, November 9, when young Lucy Morris paid a visit.
Lucy is a five-year-old from the local community who decided she wanted to raise some funds for the residents of Imlay House. Full story.
7.44am: dress by a designer from Quaama has been shortlisted for the Miss World National Costume Competition.
Polls have opened for the public to decide which of four should be worn by this year’s Miss World Australia Madeline Cowe at the international competition in the USA next month. See more.
7.39am: So this happened in Jervis Bay yesterday.
THE 2016 Adventure Racing (AR) World Series championship got under Thursday, November 10, with the event starting in Huskisson.
The race involves 97 teams from more than 20 countries and entails multiple grueling challenges. See the video.
7.32am: Do you need to head to a polling booth on Saturday?
If you are one of the 59,660 electors enrolled in the state seat of Wollongong, then the answer is yes. Find out more.
South Coast weather
Partly cloudy. Light winds becoming E/SE 15 to 20 km/h in the early afternoon then tending E/NE in the late afternoon. Daytime maximum temperatures 21 to 26.
Roads and rail
A truck breakdown on the Princes Hwy at Browns Road is affecting southbound traffic. Police are directing traffic around the truck. North of Wollongong there is a truck accident at Cataract on Picton Road and the Princes Highway. One of two westbound lanes is closed.
Good news for train commuters, there are no delays on the South Coast line.
On the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, we pause to remember those who died fighting to protect our country. Today, commemoration services will be held across the nation to mark Remembrance Day. Lest we forget.
State of the nation
Need a national news snapshot first thing – well, we have you covered.
► BALLARAT: Victoria’s anti-corruption watchdog has called for immediate action at Ballarat police station to reform the culture that lead to a high rate of complaints and alleged excessive use of force incidents. More here.
► BENDIGO: As the nation bows its head in reflection on the service of Australians who fought in more than 100 years of war and conflict at 11am on Friday, one thing will be front of mind for returned service men and women. Those who never made it back. More here.
► HUNTER: The day after Donald Trump won the White House, Joeanne Dawson bought a lunchtime beer at the Spinning Wheel Hotel in Raymond Terrace and mulled over a hard week. More here.
► WANGARATTA: Bowe Maddigan snuck into the bedroom of 11-year-old Zoe Buttigieg before he sexually assaulted and strangled her to death, a court has heard. More here.
► TAMWORTH: A Tamworth-based police officer has been named the force’s role model of the year at a ceremony in Sydney. Senior Constable Nicole Burley edged out finalists from across the state to win the 2016 Role Model Award in the Police Commissioner’s perpetual awards for the advancement of women in policing. More here.
► WAGGA WAGGA: Underage victims of sexual abuse are being forced to endure waiting lists up to six months long to access Wagga’s support services because of a federal funding shortfall. More here.
► WARRNAMBOOL: Amy Phillips knows how it feels to face the final weeks of life, despite being just 27. Surrounded by family and friends, Ms Phillips is coming to terms with news the rare form of cancer she has been fighting has spread to her brain. More here.
► MANDURAH: Health authorities are warning residents of an increasing mosquito disease risk over coming weeks and into summer, with the 2016 ‘Fight the Bite’ campaign starting on Thursday. More here.
► LAUNCESTON: Five thousand dollars-worth of equipment has been stolen from a Launceston outreach centre, forcing workers to use their hands for hard jobs instead of machinery. More here.
► MOUNT GAMBIER: The hunt for escapee Lachlan Mitchell appears to have headed across the South Australian border. It’s believed the black ute involved in helping the Warrnambool man flee from Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre was involved in a carjacking at gunpoint at Mil-Lel, north of Mt Gambier. More here.
► Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has emerged from his first post-election conversation with Donald Trump to reassure Australians that the rogue Republican’s record as an entrepreneur means he will be more interested in closing deals than hardline ideology. More here.
► Hold on for a wilder ride but don’t hit the panic button just yet. That seems to be the prevailing message coming from defence and security experts who spoke to Fairfax media following the shock Trump victory. The ANZUS alliance, the cornerstone of Australian security for the last six decades, will not and should not fray overnight, they say. More here.
► In the early hours of the morning, and after years of silence and denials about his boyfriend’s disappearance, Michael Atkins pointed police to the Royal National Park. It had been nine years since Mr Atkins was last seen leaving Sydney nightclub ARQ with his boyfriend, 20-year-old Matthew Leveson, on September 23, 2007. More here.
► Justice Elizabeth Hollingworth said it from the start of the case. This was no ordinary trial. Any case that involves the death of a child will capture the public’s attention. But this was a real “whodunnit”. More here.
National weather radar
► LONDON: There’s a whole lot of word-eating going on right now in the UK political classes. Various British politicians – of all political flavours – have called US president-elect Donald Trump such things as “wazzock”, “poisonous”, “buffoon”, “repellent”, “demagogue” and “out of his mind”. More here.
► PARIS: The Turnbull government has ratified the Paris climate agreement, formalising Australia’s commitment to a global effort to curb carbon emissions and reduce the risk of dangerous climate change. More here.
► AFRICA: he family of a Melbourne woman who was killed while travelling in Africa has been told she was raped and murdered after becoming separated from her tour group. Elly Warren, from Mordialloc, was killed in Mozambique on Wednesday while on a diving trip. More here.
On this day
11 November is universally associated with the remembrance of those who had died in the First World War. This conflict had mobilised over 70 million people and left between 9 and 13 million dead and as many as one third of these with no grave. The Allied nations chose this day and time for the commemoration of their war dead.
At 11 am on 11 November 1918, the guns on the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. The allied armies had driven the German invaders back, having inflicted heavy defeats upon them over the preceding four months.
In November, the Germans called for an armistice (suspension of fighting) in order to secure a peace settlement. They accepted the allied terms of unconditional surrender. The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month attained a special significance in the post-war years and became universally associated with the remembrance of those who had died in the war.
The faces of Australia: Cliff Charter
Tales of pain and courage are common in the Charter family. Descendant of 15 Inverell born and bred soldiers, Cliff Charter has a deep respect for the men and women who serve our country, and said he loved unlocking the mysteries within his own family. Read more here.
The story The South Coast Brekkie Wrap | Friday, November 11, 2016 first appeared on South Coast Register.