Good morning Ballarat, today's news headlines:
Hoon driver crashes, almost hits family
A hoon driver who crashed his car 80 metres from a family of five walking along a Scarsdale road has been sentenced to jail. Read more.
Shanahan Cup aim is to spark talk
John Shanahan wants Buninyong’s football and netball uniforms to really get people talking about post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide. Read more.
Tributes flow for Ballarat leader
Ballarat horse racing identity and solicitor Geoff Torney has been remembered as the “go-to person for everyone from the front-desk girls upward”. Read more.
Ballarat’s early leavers cost millions
Ballarat’s early school leavers are costing the country $62 million based on figures in a new report into youth disengagement. Read more.
Surge in aggravated burglaries
City of Ballarat has recorded one of the biggest spikes in aggravated burglaries across Victoria, according to the latest crime data. Read more.
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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.