Good morning here’s your headlines from around regional Australia and beyond. Scroll down and refresh for weather, road reports and more.
8.22am: Repairs have begun on parts of Kiama’s Black Beach which were damaged by the June storms.
The repairs, which council estimates will take between three and four weeks, will mean reduced access for pedestrians and cyclists. Find out more.
8.18am: Tilba couple and keen bikers Tony and Di Pye are calling on local councils to do a better job with road surfaces after they were involved in accident at Candelo recently. Full story.
8.15am: Much-loved entertainer Rikki Organ has been awarded Corrimal citizen of the year award, at the 35th annual Spring into Corrimal that was a celebration of northern suburbs personalities. Full story.
7.57am: On Thursday, September 8, Lumen Christi Catholic College secondary students enthusiastically danced the night away at Club Sapphire, Merimbula. See the video.
7.49am: A chemical spill was reported at part of the Bega Cheese factory on Friday morning. Find out more.
7.42am: Shoalhaven voters have delivered an emphatic message to council, walking away from Team Gash.
The mayoral contest is between incumbent Joanna Gash and Greens candidate Amanda Findley and will be decided by the flow of preferences and the postal vote. Full story.
7.38am: A 14-year-old boy has been charged after a 16-year-old wasallegedly stabbed during a scuffle at a high school in North Wollongong.
Emergency services were called to Keira High School on Lysaght Street just after 1.30pm on Friday following reports that a teenager had been stabbed. Full story.
7.33am: As counting continues in the Bega Valley Shire local election, it is clear that Tony Allen will once again be a councillor. Read all about it.
South Coast weather
Mostly sunny. Slight (20%) chance of a shower in the south this evening. Winds W 15 to 20 km/h becoming light in the morning. Daytime maximum temperatures between 16 and 21.
Roads and rail
We’re all clear on the roads and on the trains so far this morning. Enjoy your commute.
Need a national news snapshot first thing – well, we have you covered.
► WODONGA: Police resorted to firing weapons during a violent chase in Wodonga on Sunday afternoon that saw three police vehicles rammed as a man tried to flee in a stolen car. Read more
►PORT MACQUARIE: September 12 marks two long years of anguish since young William Tyrrell went missing from his grandmother’s home at Kendall. Read more
►NSW: The counting continues across the state after ratepayers headed to the polls to elect their new councils. Updates here
►MAITLAND: Seventeen-year-old Maddison Elliott will swim for Paralympic gold in her pet event, the 100m freestyle, this morning. Elliott is a clear favourite to take our her first individual Paralympics gold after winning gold as a 13-year-old in London in the 4x100m freestyle relay. Read more
►WOLLONGONG: An animal rights group has called on Wollongong City Council to ban circuses with live animals to stop organisations like Stardust – currently performing at Warrawong’s Kully Bay – from visiting the city. Read more
► ARMIDALE: A three-year-old girl was unresponsive when she was pulled from an Armidale waterway on Sunday afternoon. Onlookers desperately performed CPR on her until paramedics arrived. Read more
► WAGGA: As the river is expected to peak again tomorrow, the State Emergency Service (SES) is reminding Riverina residents not to dive through flood waters. The SES attended 71 jobs from Friday until Sunday with most occurring during heavy rainfall and flash flooding. Read more
► WARRNAMBOOL: People need to be careful after a string of warm days has brought snakes out of hibernation earlier than usual, trained snake catcher Neville Suter says. Read more
► HUNTER: New population figures show the Hunter is set to be home to 165,000 more people by 2036, outstripping previous growth estimates for the region. Read more
►NEWCASTLE: A man who allegedly fired a shot into the air after a fight with his neighbour at Tomago on Saturday has been granted conditional bail. Read more
►LEETON: The Leeton community has banded together to support a family that lost their son in a house fire last week, which also destroyed their home. When fire crews found the home well alight and the man’s father trying to get in to save his son on Thursday, they quickly doused the flames, but it was too late to save the young man’s life. Read more
► WANGARATTA: A chicken has been decapitated, a greenhouse set on fire and vans used to transport handicapped children damaged during a late night rampage at a special school. Read more
►Wayne Greenhalgh would walk the same route through the quiet streets of Minto almost every day with his dog. Known to most residents along the way, the 59-year-old father-of-two would wave to people or stop for a chat about his beloved Parramatta Eels. However, on Saturday, someone unexpected was waiting for him – and a terrorist attack on Sydney’s streets ensued. Read more
► “I’m into religion, science and politics. Soccer, table tennis and swimming. Spending time with family. I have one wife and three children. My wife also greatly supports this lifestyle and is wanting a co-wife to be a part of our family.”
The profile is just one of thousands on a match-making website for Muslim men and women looking for a second spouse. And it is rapidly gaining traction in Australia. Read more
►Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is coming under renewed pressure to drop plans for a plebiscite on same-sex marriage as prominent LGBTIQ Australians join a new campaign calling for Parliament to block a national vote. Read more
►The Coalition and Labor are inching towards a deal to pass the $6 billion so-called omnibus savings package, Treasurer Scott Morrison says. Read more
National weather radar
►UNITED STATES: Fifteen years after the September 11 strikes on New York and Washington, the staging of terror attacks is dramatically altered. But the essential element is unchanged – whatever weapons are used, the objective that counts is instilling fear. Fear of the unimaginable in the wake of the spectacular collapse of the Twin Towers and the gouging of the Pentagon has been supplanted by fear of the believable: the target could be an airport from which people travel; the club where they catch up with friends; the shopping centre at which they get groceries. Read more
►INDIA: India’s cow-and-beef politics have just taken a new twist. After receiving a complaint that beef was being used in biryani – a rice and meat dish – police officers in a historic north-western town have been trawling through food served by street vendors, and seizing samples of meat they suspect are beef. Read more
►NORTH KOREA: North Korea says it is now capable of mounting nuclear warheads onto its arsenal of ballistic missiles after it conducted its fifth and most powerful atomic test to date. Read more
On this day
1854: Australia’s first steam train makes its maiden voyage in Melbourne.
1878: Cleopatra’s Needle, an ancient Egyptian obelisk, is erected on London’s Thames Embankment.
1892: Ambulance services commence in Queensland, Australia, the first such service anywhere in the world.
2001: US President George Bush declares war on terrorism.
The faces of Australia: Joel Harrison
Our make-ups, break-ups, relationships and friendships are what make us who we are – and Joel Harrison is happy to chronicle them all in song.
The Wagga musician has released a song about proposing to his wife, from whom he has since separated.
And he had two cute little counterparts to help him film the video for his new song, Do Ya?
The story The South Coast Brekkie Wrap | Monday, September 12, 2016 first appeared on South Coast Register.