Ballarat breakfast report | Friday, June 16, 2017

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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.

Weather

Foggy then a sunny top of 13 degrees.

State of the nation

Need a national news snapshot first thing - well, we have you covered. 

Regional news

► NSW: Former Newcastle Knights star Alex McKinnon shares his thoughts in an emotional Foxtel interview, three years after the tackle that changed his life.

TRUE LOVE: Alex McKinnon will marry his fiancee, Teigan Power, in October.

TRUE LOVE: Alex McKinnon will marry his fiancee, Teigan Power, in October.

► 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.

WHAT'S UP DOC: Jason Hannay of Flinders Peak Winery and Gen Windley of Kalfresh Vegetables with the newly-created Carrot Vodka.

WHAT'S UP DOC: Jason Hannay of Flinders Peak Winery and Gen Windley of Kalfresh Vegetables with the newly-created Carrot Vodka.

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 site of the Kelly Gang siege is on the market for the first time in 65 years (left photo Garry Nash Real Estate).

The site of the Kelly Gang siege is on the market for the first time in 65 years (left photo Garry Nash Real Estate).

National news

►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.

Malcolm Turnbull mimics the US President at the Midwinter Ball in Canberra. Photo: 9news.com.au

Malcolm Turnbull mimics the US President at the Midwinter Ball in Canberra. Photo: 9news.com.au

► 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.

Andy Penn said Telstra could succeed but "cannot afford to operate as we have always done". Photo: Jessica Hromas

Andy Penn said Telstra could succeed but "cannot afford to operate as we have always done". Photo: Jessica Hromas

►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.

Labor-crossbench push for banks commission of inquiry falls just short.

Labor-crossbench push for banks commission of inquiry falls just short.

National weather radar:

World news:

 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.

ebel Wilson. Photo: Getty Images

ebel Wilson. Photo: Getty Images

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.

Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

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.

Yang Lee Hsien Yang is a Singaporean business executive. He is the current Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.Photo Supplied

Yang Lee Hsien Yang is a Singaporean business executive. He is the current Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.Photo Supplied

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. 

Cooks Hill SLSC director of lifesaving Mark Doherty accepting the National Rescue of the Month Award. Picture: Surf Life Saving Australia.

Cooks Hill SLSC director of lifesaving Mark Doherty accepting the National Rescue of the Month Award. Picture: Surf Life Saving Australia.

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. 

Read the full story here.