North-West weatherA ridge of high pressure lies over Tasmania, with high centres to the east and west of the state. The eastern high centre will become dominant during Friday as a cold front approaches from the west. The front will cross Tasmania on Saturday bringing a cooler southwesterly airstream. Another high is expected to move over the state during Sunday, then out to the east early on Monday ahead of an approaching cold front.
North-West news►Devonportratepayers have subsidised the operation of the Julie Burgess to the tune of almost $400,000 overfour years. The Devonport City Council-operated historic ketch recorded an accumulated operating loss of $392,456since 2012when it wasrelaunched as a tourist attraction in Devonport. Read more.
►Energy Minister Matthew Groom remains confident that Tasmania will receive a second nationally-funded Bass Strait interconnector following a COAG energy ministers meeting on Wednesday. Hesaid the meeting widely acknowledgedthat Tasmania was well-positioned to address some of the country’s energy security concernsand switch to renewable energy facilities. Read more.
►NURSES and midwives at the Mersey Community Hospital have temporarily stopped work to protest what they say is a lack of a reasonable enterprise bargaining agreement offer from the state government. About 50nurses and midwives stood in the sunshine outside the main entrance of the hospital at 2.30pm on Thursday. Read more.
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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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