Good morning Ballarat!
We're in for a partly cloudy day. Expect a top of 17 degrees in Ballarat.
Catch up on news here:
A man and a woman have been killed after their car hit a kangaroo and flipped onto its side near the small town of Denver north of Daylesford last night. Read more here.
The Catholic Diocese of Ballarat has publicly declared its support for the federal government’s national redress scheme for clergy sexual abuse victims. Read more here.
The election of controversial billionaire Donald Trump as United States president has sparked a strong reaction from Ballarat politicians. Ballarat federal MP Catherine King said: “I'm not going to lie - this is devastating.” Read more here.
Ballarat will need to more than double the amount of waste the city generates to make a proposed waste to energy plant financially viable, a waste management expert says. Read more here.
AFL Goldfields female playing stocks are poised to double next season. Regional operations manager Aaron Nunn is predicting up to 50 teams competing across seniors, youth girls under-18s and under-12s. Read more here.
Need a national news snapshot first thing - well, we have you covered.
► KATHERINE: The NT Department of Health dropped the bombshell Wednesday morning, saying Katherine’s town water is contaminated with chemicals as well. It came the day after the Department of Defence said it had found worrying contamination levels in a bore and surface water surrounding the Tindal RAAF base. More here.
► NEWCASTLE: It was a split-second decision to throw a drunken punch at a mate that had devastating consequences. But just how devastating the long-term prognosis is for victim Peter Small, 46, will determine how long his former “best mate”, Jeffrey Paul Drysdale, will spend in jail, Newcastle District Court has heard. More here.
► MT LYELL: Two West Coast miners would not have plunged to their deaths if their employer had spent just $1787 on a safer work platform, a court has heard. More here.
► SINGLETON: Kim Tuckwell was just as surprised as police to learn the snake that he had been keeping in his Singleton Heights backyard was a boa constrictor. He was even more surprised to learn that it had apparently eaten a dog and tried to kill him. More here.
► BUNBURY: Staff at the Dolphin Discovery Centre are keeping a close eye on Lego the octopus's eggs which hang in a lacy curtain at the back of her cave. Now that she has laid eggs, her days are numbered. More here.
► TASMANIA: Denison independent MHR Andrew Wilkie has compared Tasmania’s salmon industry to the state’s troubled forestry industry in a speech to Parliament. Mr Wilkie came under fire last week for proclaiming that he would boycott state salmon products, and encouraged others to do so, following a Four Corner’s expose on the industry and its environmental impacts. More here.
► WODONGA: Swimmers and water sport lovers rejoice: the likelihood of another blue-green algal bloom along the Murray River is unlikely this summer. Wodonga-based CSIRO scientist Darren Baldwin said given Lake Hume was almost full, the chance of another bloom was negligible. More here.
► BENDIGO: About 100 permanent residents of a Bendigo caravan park will be left no choice but to relocate after the business’ owners were unable to negotiate an extension of their lease. More here.
► Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has sought to reassure Australians its alliance and deep relationship with the US will continue after the shock election of Donald Trump as its next president. More here.
► Crime figure Hamad Assaad was stealing drug rips with a well-known Hells Angels bikie before he was killed in a hail of bullets outside his south-west Sydney home. More here.
► A man who only wants to be known as "Tim" has admitted he was part of a team that flew a drone to pick up a sausage from Bunnings and deliver it to a friend waiting in an outdoor spa in Sunbury. More here.
► Labor is claiming the Turnbull government has broken its pre-election promise to review a car industry agreement on data-sharing that could push down car repair costs. More here.
► BALI: A teary Sara Connor told a panel of judges she was innocent at the opening of her murder trial over the death of Bali police officer Wayan Sudarsa. More here.
► INDONESIA: A 20-year old man from the Netherlands has broken the Rubik's Cube world record, solving it in 4.74 seconds - that's less than the time that it takes most of us to even begin. More here.
“FOR some reason I have a death wish and want to put my body on the line!”
Jodie Mullinger is explaining why she plays the position of ‘jammer’ in roller derby, which is arguably the most hard-core role of the bunch.
Richmond locals might recognise her from behind the counter at the Beta-Care Pharmacy on Windsor Street, where she works as an assistant.
But when she’s playing roller derby, she is Chemical Fog - an alias or ‘player name’ coined from an amalgamation of her chemist background and her nickname back at WSU. Read more here.
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