Good morning Ballarat, today's news headlines:
Teenage ice user crashes at high speed while fleeing police
A 19-year-old man was allegedly driving an unroadworthy and unregistered car when it was involved in a high-speed crash in Wendouree in February. Read more.
Ballarat cyclists slam government over safety law
Leading Ballarat cyclists have slammed the Victorian government for rejecting a one-metre overtaking law following two serious crashes that sent shock waves through the city. Read more.
Question on Eureka Stadium costs
Ballarat Residents and Ratepayers Association has taken aim at uncertainty over the value of the redeveloped Eureka Stadium. Read more.
Victoria’s biggest wind farm gets green light
Victoria’s biggest wind farm to date has been given the green light by the state government. Read more.
Phoenix putting the high school in to High School Musical
Phoenix College is putting the high school in to High School Musical. Read more.
Mostly cloudy and a top of 12 degrees today.
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.