Ballarat breakfast report | Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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Good morning Ballarat and happy Tuesday, today's news headlines:

Rainbow Serpent responds to increased police controls

Organisers of electronic musical festival Rainbow Serpent near Beaufort have argued plans to widen police search powers will risk the safety of young festival-goers. Read more.

Art Gallery of Ballarat's new yellow look

A fresh paint job on a historic Lydiard Street North building has brought a bright, new look to Art Gallery of Ballarat. Read more.

Ballarat City Council warns dog owners to obey laws

Ballarat City Council has issued a warning for pet owners to be aware of their obligations when walking their dogs in the municipality’s parks and gardens. Read more.

Winter dishes up thick pea soup fog in Ballarat

Have you noticed more fog than usual around Ballarat lately? Read more.

Ballarat welcomes refugees

Ballarat has a long history of welcoming refugees and that positive past was celebrated at yesterday’s Refugee Week launch. Read more.

Weather

Sunny and a top of 12 degrees today.

State of the nation

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

Regional news

Albury: A rare albino wallaby and her joey has been spotted out and about near the Border. Parks Victoria ranger John McDonald said the wallaby had been living in the same region for five years. Read on.

► Tamworth: TWO Tamworth schools are set to benefit from a multi-million-dollar cash windfall to be announced in Tuesday’s state budget.

The Leader can reveal Tamworth Public School and Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School will receive funding for extensive upgrades including new classrooms and learning centres. Read on. 

FUNDING: Farrer's Latrell Allan, Austin Scrivener, Jai Gilmore, Patrick Hickey, Fletcher Shearman and Jack Dawson are looking forward to the new buildings. Photo: Peter Hardin

FUNDING: Farrer's Latrell Allan, Austin Scrivener, Jai Gilmore, Patrick Hickey, Fletcher Shearman and Jack Dawson are looking forward to the new buildings. Photo: Peter Hardin

► Mount Isa: The office of Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove has released a Facebook video of his visit to the Cloncurry Show on the weekend.

The video features some aerial shots of Cloncurry and surrounds plus highlights from his speech formally opening the pavilion on Saturday. More here.

SPECIAL GUEST: The Governor-General and his wife get a tour of the Cloncurry Showgrounds with Mayor Greg Campbell. Photo: Samantha Walton.

SPECIAL GUEST: The Governor-General and his wife get a tour of the Cloncurry Showgrounds with Mayor Greg Campbell. Photo: Samantha Walton.

► South Australia: A man has died after a quad bike crash at Wompinie near the New South Wales border.

Just before 11pm on Sunday, June 18, police were called to a private road on Wompinie Station near Cockburn after a 37-year-old man from the station had crashed while riding the bike. More here.

National news

► Port Macquarie engineer and surfer Dale Carr has a joke about how he got bitten on the "fart gun".

But there was nothing very funny about his experience one August afternoon in 2015, when he was attacked by a 2.7 metre shark, about 150 metres from the shore at Lighthouse Beach.Read on.

► Australians fear foreigners and robots, the governor of the Reserve Bank says, creating the "real crisis" in the economy of record low real wage growth through increased competition.

Speaking at the Crawford Australian Leadership forum in Canberra on Monday, Philip Lowe also took aim at the ongoing gridlock of the Australian political system, blaming it for lost opportunities and stifling economic growth. Full report here.

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World news:

► London: One man has been killed and eight taken to hospital after a van was used to drive into people at Finsbury Park in north London.

Police say one man has been arrested and there are a number of injured people being treated at the scene.

Metropolitan Police said it was dealing with a "major incident". Read on.

Jewel Topsfield These are photos of Ardi Rizal, the Indonesian toddler who started smoking when he was two and kicked the habit when he was four. I took the photos. Some of them are holding up a YouTube video of his younger smoking self and some are with his mother Diane.

Jewel Topsfield These are photos of Ardi Rizal, the Indonesian toddler who started smoking when he was two and kicked the habit when he was four. I took the photos. Some of them are holding up a YouTube video of his younger smoking self and some are with his mother Diane.

London: It began with a sudden, frantic knocking on a door, late at night.

On the fourth floor of Grenfell Tower, a block of flats in west London, pregnant Maryam Adam, 41, had been deep in sleep when the loud banging woke her. The clock told her it was just after a quarter to one in the morning.

She went to the door. It was her neighbour, identified by one newspaper on Thursday as a 44-year old taxi driver from Ethiopia. Read on.

Firefighters inspect the remains of Grenfell Tower from a cherry picker. Photo: Getty Images

Firefighters inspect the remains of Grenfell Tower from a cherry picker. Photo: Getty Images