Ballarat breakfast report | Thursday, June 15, 2017

PIC OF THE DAY: @mitchell_harris "Some gorgeous winter light over the Waubra hills tonight... #Ballarat"
PIC OF THE DAY: @mitchell_harris "Some gorgeous winter light over the Waubra hills tonight... #Ballarat"

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.

Weather

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.

A huge fire engulfed the 24 story Grenfell Tower in Latimer Road, West London.  Photo: Getty Images

A huge fire engulfed the 24 story Grenfell Tower in Latimer Road, West London. Photo: Getty Images

Regional news

► 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. 

Jake Hamilton, Burradoo, Condamine with a mob of feral pigs which were killed in the aerial pig shoot. Picture: Rebecca Bidstrup

Jake Hamilton, Burradoo, Condamine with a mob of feral pigs which were killed in the aerial pig shoot. Picture: Rebecca Bidstrup

► 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."

Cecil the sheep searches for a forever home in Tasmania

Cecil the sheep searches for a forever home in Tasmania

► 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.

Cedar Creek Wombat Rescue co-founder Roz Holme treating an injured kangaroo at her animal hospital on Monday. Picture: Supplied

Cedar Creek Wombat Rescue co-founder Roz Holme treating an injured kangaroo at her animal hospital on Monday. Picture: Supplied

National news

►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.

Union officials said workers had been left in the dark, and had only learned of the looming job cuts through media reports.

Union officials said workers had been left in the dark, and had only learned of the looming job cuts through media reports.

► 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

Port Lincoln, declared the most liveable city on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula and home of the magnificently named Tunarama, is included

Port Lincoln, declared the most liveable city on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula and home of the magnificently named Tunarama, is included

► 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.

Attorney-General Senator George Brandis during Senate Budget Estimates at Parliament House, Canberra on Wednesday 24 May 2017. Photo: Andrew Meares

Attorney-General Senator George Brandis during Senate Budget Estimates at Parliament House, Canberra on Wednesday 24 May 2017. Photo: Andrew Meares

National weather radar:

World news:

 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. 

Theresa May's Irish deal hits a Major snag.

Theresa May's Irish deal hits a Major snag.

► 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.

President Donald Trump confirmed the gunman died of his injuries several hours after the attack, which has raised fresh questions about gun violence and the vitriolic tone of American political debate.

President Donald Trump confirmed the gunman died of his injuries several hours after the attack, which has raised fresh questions about gun violence and the vitriolic tone of American political debate.

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.

The Ballarat Grammar year 10 student finds it thrilling to talk to an audience about subjects she is passionate about.

The Ballarat Grammar year 10 student finds it thrilling to talk to an audience about subjects she is passionate about.