Good Morning Border
Incredible sunset last night and sunrise this morning … did you happen to catch it? Mostly cloudy across our region today and 15 in Albury-Wodonga. Max temps: Corowa 15, Culcairn 14, Wangaratta 15, Corryong 12, Bright 13, Falls Creek 4.
Catch up on news here:
Student numbers set to rise
La Trobe University expects up to 100 students to enrol in a new degree it will offer at its Wodonga campus from 2018 onwards. More here
Hospital bed blocking poses worrying risks
This week on Tuesday night in Albury, one paramedic and one ambulance were left responding to emergencies for about 90 minutes. More here
The Shed share deal secures crucial cash
Thurgoona Men's Shed has opened the door for a newly formed women's shed to share its facility once an expansion has been completed in 2019. More here
Eden Sanctuary Youth Camp seeks public support
Eden Sanctuary Youth Camp was hit by three robberies last summer and now needs public help to continue operating fully. The North East camp is appealing for donations of money, skills or time to overcome the impact of the break and enter incidents. More here
Albury Thunder sign new player head of crunch Group 9 match
Only days after axing Tuki Jackson as coach, Albury Thunder has swooped on New Zealander Daniel Johnson who played with Andrew Smith at Leeton earlier in his career. More here
State of the nation
Need a national news snapshot first thing - well, we have you covered.
Deaths confirmed in 'unprecedented' tower inferno
►LONDON: Hundreds of people lived in the 120 four-bedroom Grenfell Tower, a 1970s-era concrete council building in west London. At least 50 were taken to hospital with injuries or suffering from smoke inhalation...full coverage here.
► QUEENSLAND: Condamine producers called in the help of a chopper last week to try and alleviate the pressures of feral pigs in the area which is making it difficult for them to keep crops alive...read on.
► TASMANIA: It has been a week since he was relieved of 38 kilograms of fleece after he was discovered stranded on a ledge at Heybridge and now...“Everyone is interested in him. He’s a famous sheep."
► Native animals have been left traumatised and injured following a weekend-long bush doof near Cessnock. Intense noise distressed and disoriented wildlife in the area, prompting dangerous and erratic behaviour resulting in injury.
►Telstra is set to slash up to 1400 jobs across the country as part of a deep cost-cutting drive that could wipe out nearly 5 per cent of its workforce...read on.
► Who wouldn’t want to buy the Barossa? Or maybe a vineyard in regional NSW? You can with the latest Australian edition of the popular board game, Monopoly. Orange has been announced as one of only two NSW destinations to win a place
► Respected lawyer and president of the Australian Law Reform Commission, Rosalind Croucher, is tipped to replace Gillian Triggs in her controversial role as head of the Australian Human Rights Commission.
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► Embattled British prime minister Theresa May has called for a "spirit of national unity" - but still lacks the vital Northern Irish votes she needs to save her government. "People shouldn't regard [the peace process] as a given. It's not certain, it is under stress, it is fragile," warned former Tory prime minister John Major.
► A top US Republican congressman is in a critical condition after he and several others were shot by a lone gunman who ambushed a Republican politician and staffer baseball practice session in the early hours of Wednesday morning in a Washington DC suburb...read on.
FACES OF AUSTRALIA: Annabella Lewis
Annabella Lewis is unusual – she loves public speaking when most people’s greatest fear is having to address an audience.
The Ballarat Grammar year 10 student finds it thrilling to talk to an audience about subjects she is passionate about.
Today she will address the judges and audience about education in the semi finals of the 2017 Plain English Speaking Award...read on.