Good Morning Border
It's a winter wonderland in our alpine region. This bird's eye view is from Mt Nelse near Falls Creek. Morning fog, partly cloudy and 15 in Albury-Wodonga. Max temps: Corowa 14, Culcairn 15, Wangaratta 14, Corryong 13, Bright 14, Falls Creek 5.
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Key members of Federation Council missing for Howlong hearing
Federation Council senior figures including administrator Mike Eden were notable no-shows from the Joint Regional Planning Panel hearing on the Howlong compost facility on Thursday. More here
Victorian Crime Statistics 2017: municipality by municipality
Crime in Moira has jumped 26.7 per cent despite offences decreasing across all other municipalities in Wangaratta and Wodonga police service areas. More here
Productivity Commission report on NDIS flags possible worker shortfall
A new analysis of the National Insurance Disability Scheme, which starts in Albury on July 1, predicts a future shortage of people able to supply services. More here
Murray Goulburn board election nominations open
Nominations are open for two northern region supplier directors on the Murray Goulburn board. More here
Lady Bandits: young squad has tools to go far
The Lady Bandits are in sync – but will it be enough to lift them to new heights in the second half of the season? Star import Toccara Ross believes so. More here
State of the nation
Need a national news snapshot first thing - well, we have you covered.
► NSW: Former Newcastle Knights star Alex McKinnon shares his thoughts in an emotional Foxtel interview, three years after the tackle that changed his life.
► QUEENSLAND: It is said that five servings of vegetables a day are needed to maintain a healthy diet. Well now you can get your daily dose of carrots in your evening’s stiff drink...read on.
►VICTORIA: Wangaratta’s mayor is keen for his council to buy the block which hosted the Kelly Gang’s infamous Glenrowan siege in 1880. The Siege Street land that once housed Ann Jones’ Glenrowan Inn, but has been empty of buildings since 1976, is up for sale for the first time since 1952.
►The Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, joined the worldwide lampooning of US President Donald Trump, roasting him over fake polls and having "a Russian guy" as a helper...full story here.
► New South Wales and Victoria will be hit the hardest by the 1,400 job cull flagged by Telstra, a move unions describe as an "ambush" on workers. The telco giant has announced it will sack around 1,400 employees within the next six months.
►A push by Labor and the crossbench to set up a banking commission of inquiry has fallen just short, after a tied vote in the lower house helped the Turnbull government stymie the move...read on.
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► Hollywood: star Rebel Wilson has won her high-profile court battle against the publisher of Woman's Day, Bauer Media. An all-female six-person jury deliberated for two days over their verdict.
►London: Muslim residents of London's Grenfell Tower, who were awake during the night because they were observing Ramadan, helped save lives after a deadly fire tore through the block witnesses said.
► Singapore: Lee Kuan Yew would turn in his grave if he knew about the feud that has broken out publicly in his family, two years after his death...read on.
FACES OF AUSTRALIA: Mark Doherty
It was a weekend patrol on Newcastle’s beautiful Bar Beach, and just like every other until the moment it wasn’t.
Veteran lifesaver Mark Doherty, in his fourth decade patrolling the city beach, had kept his eyes on the surf throughout the day, even after the late afternoon southerly change blew most of the summer crowd off the beach.
The flags came down, and he headed upstairs into the club to rest his eyes and watch the sun droop over the horizon.
It was roughly 5.30pm when a few people noticed two children snared in the beach’s gutter, bobbing 200 metres and headed away from the shore.
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.
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