Today’s Instagram #picoftheday is by @genyanagihara – Walked for 60 minutes in forest in this morning. Here is beginning of summer in Australia. Very comfortable weather.
Good morning everyone!
A chance of a shower or two today, with a max of 25 degrees.
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Drugs rife on the BorderDrug dealers and users havebeen more prominent in the Wodonga criminal system in the past year than atany time over the past five.More here.
Passengers face police dog’s nose for drugs | PhotosTrain passengers rolling into Albury on Thursday were greeted with a force of police officers and their special weapon: Amber. The five-year-old black labrador looked adorable, but she was trainedto sniff out any form of hidden drugs. More here.
Bendigo cycling identity faces corruption chargesBendigo International Madison chief executive officer Rik William McCaig has fronted court charged with four counts of corruption. More here.
The faces of Ballarat’s victims of crimeA single mum, a hardworking businessman, a young tradie, children, toddlers, grandparents and retirees. These are the people whose everyday lives are torn apart by senseless petty crime.More here.
Wimmera crimes increaseHorsham Rural City has the fourth highest crime rate of any Victoria municipality, despite being the only Wimmera area where offencesdecreased. More here.
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►MAITLAND:An Abermain resident who nearly lost his property in this week’s blaze says anyone who intentionally starts a bushfire is “sick”.
Police say the fire, which burnt more than 800 hectares of land at Abermain as it headed towards Kurri Kurri, was deliberately lit. Investigators are looking for two men, about 183cm tall, and a juvenile who was seen leaving the area on a trike.
Escape: Allan Stacey and dog Indiana. Picture: Perry Duffin
►BENDIGO:Bendigo International Madison chief executive officer Rik William McCaig has fronted court charged with four counts of corruption.
McCaig, 47, appeared at the Ballarat Magistrates’ Court on Thursday following an investigation by the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission.
Rik William McCaig
►WOLLONGONG:Nicolas Saravanja may have won a Pacific island resort in a raffle earlier this year but he wasn’t going to miss hisdate to graduate from a commerce degree – with his proud family watching on.
Here today: Although Nicolas Saravanja owns an island resort he is concentrating on his financial planning career. Picture: Adam McLean
►BALLARAT:Ballarat had one of the worst theft rates in regional Victoria, according to the latest official crime data.
The statistics from the Crime Statistics Agency, which werecollected fromOctober 1, 2015, to September 30, 2016, showed a 12.7 per cent increasein the number of thefts in Ballarat.
►JIMBOOMBA:A south-east Queensland councillor has been charged and stood down after being accused of defrauding a Brisbane business of more than $180,000.
Police allege Logan City Division 6 councillor Stacey Lee McIntosh,34, stole more than $180,000 from an engineering company in Coopers Plains.
►ORANGE:For the convenience of paying for a sandwich or a pie at Orange High School’s canteen with an EFTPOS card, it will cost you.
Logan City Council
National news►CANBERRA:Two Liberal MPs who lost their seats at the federal election and a former Labor speaker are among those tapped for plum positions in George Brandis’s latest round of appointments.
Former Liberal MPs Russell Matheson and Andrew Nikolic, who were voted out at the 2016 elections, former Labor Speaker Anna Burke and retired Labor Senator Linda Kirk were among the 17 appointees to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
►MELBOURNE:The concrete silos beneath the Nylex sign could be saved as the site’s developer revises plans to placate the state’s heritage authority.
Attorney-General George Brandis has previously come under fire for appointments he has made. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Heritage Victoria is considering removing an exemption for the site that would have allowed the 1962 silos to be knocked over.
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The plan for Richmond’s Nylex site. Photo: supplied
International news►BANGKOK:The chairman of Australian gold miner Kingsgate says the forced shutdown of its mine in centralThailandhas sent a “horrendous” message to potential foreign investors in the military-run nation.
LONDON:Rolf Harris will be a ‘virtual defendant’ at his sex assault trial next year, in what a judge said may be a British legal first.
In a pre-trial hearing on Thursday at Southwark Crown court, judge Alistair McCreath ruled that given the age and health of Harris, who is 86, exceptional circumstances justified his attendance by video link.
Thailand has reaped tens of millions of dollars in taxes and royalties from Thai Stock Exchange-listed Chatree. Photo: Craig Skehan
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The faces of Australia: Frances JardineFor 26 years, Frances Jardine has helped the community organisation make life a little easier for the widows and children of deceased service personnel.
Now the administration officer is retiring to enjoy more time with her own family, which includes nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
“You’ve got to make a decision sometime, haven’t you?” she said. “And I would like to leave on a happy note. It’s just been so much fun.”
Administration officer Frances Jardine has helped hundreds of war widows since she began with Albury Legacy in 1990. Picture: SIMON BAYLISS
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