Good morning. Start your day with an update on what's happened overnight around the region and around the world in our Brekkie Blog.
8.30am Harden: There has been a changing of the guard at the Harden Shire Council with long-term mayor Chris Manchester being replaced by Cr John Horton in last week's mayoral election and shire general manager Max Kershaw announcing this week that he will retire in November.
Former Canberra Scout master sentenced for historic sex offences http://t.co/1YWV3VeeRS— Canberra Times (@canberratimes) September 24, 2014
8.00am Cooma: There was a mix of confusion, concern and alarm as Cooma man Tony Nassar drove his convertible straight into Lake Burley Griffin on Sunday... until people realised he planned to, and that there was absolutely nothing to worry about.
7.46am Sydney: Okay, the below tweet isn't from a Fairfax newspaper, but it IS a cool retro graphic of Member for Goulburn Pru Goward..
7.40am Burrawang: If you like Opera and live in the Southern Highlands or within driving distance, you'll be pleased to hear that the 7 Sopranos will be appearing in Burrawang in October.
Not long 'til the Great Southern Blues Festival in Narooma! Want to win a FREE double pass? Click through and... http://t.co/3SayBmIfSi— Narooma News (@NaroomaNews) September 24, 2014
7.30am Canberra: Anyone who throws a lit cigarette out a car window could face an on-the-spot $300 fine under new measures to be introduced by the ACT Government on Thursday ahead of the bushfire season.
'Get set for bumper show' http://t.co/vlRB97tWNZ— Junee Southern Cross (@JuneeSthnCross) September 24, 2014
7.15am Goulburn/Crookwell: Residents of Crookwell who use public transport to Goulburn have expressed their concern about the recent removal of the bus shelter and amenities building in Cartwright Place in Goulburn at the rear of the Dimmeys Building.
7.00am Boorowa: 120 women participated in this years 26 kilometre walk from St Patrick's Boorowa to St Clements Galong, raising $12,000 in the process for Karinya House, a refuge for mothers and babies - 70 per cent of which are directly impacted by domestic violence.
Good morning. Need a national news snapshot first thing - well, we have you covered.
A suspected plot to behead two police officers by an 18-year-old terror suspect with links to international group Islamic State has elevated fears of further terrorist attacks just days before AFL grand final weekend.
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6.55am: Summer's warm weather is on its way, but with the sunshine comes the all-too-familiar threat of fires. Read more
6.53am: If you are a little squeamish, don't read about one man's injury after his foot was crushed in the grab of a bobcat bucket in a workplace accident. But if you do, you'll appreciate the quick-thinking of his workmates. Read more
6.50am: The West Australian Parliament has heard that the niece of convicted paedophile David Farnell contacted the Department of Child Protection to report that her uncle had a child in his custody months before the baby Gammy saga hit the headlines. Read more
6.46am: The next step in the redevelopment of the Ballarat Railway Station precinct was announced on Wednesday with $5.3 million committed to the project. Read more
6.43am: Back in December 2008, a community wondered whether an abandoned yacht, moored among the pine trees on the edge of the Penrose State Forest, was an early indication of rising sea levels threatening the non-coastal idyll. Now the mystery has taken another turn. Read more
6.40am: That old poker machine gathering dust in the garage or standing pride of place in dad's man cave could cost you a five-figure fine. Yes, really. Read more
6.37am: Tasrail is set to cut 14 train drivers and rail officers because of stalled mine projects in the state’s North-West. Read more
6.35am: Hunter rugby league legend and Maitland councillor Brian Burke has slammed the end-of-season tradition of mad Monday after vandals damaged two of the city’s sports facilities this week. Read more
6.32am: If the internet loves cats then these two are stars in the making. Lion cubs Chitwa and Zuri are a school holiday hit at a NSW zoo. More photos
6.30am: Talk about #firstworldproblems ... Dubbed "bend-gate", some iPhone 6 Plus owners have discovered their new phone's aluminium body literally bending in their pockets. Read more
6.25am: Calls for burka bans by Tasmanian MPs Jacqui Lambie and Brett Whiteley have been controversial, but a majority of Australians agree. Read more
6.22am: Northern Territorians should welcome, not worry about, foreign investment in the region’s agricultural sector, according to Primary Industry and Fisheries Minister Willem Westra van Holthe. Read more
6.20am: Yikes! Two men have been convicted and fined $32,000 for crabbing offences in Queensland. Read more
6.17am: A Horsham teenager put her vocal skills to the test when she had the opportunity to sing on stage with Australian performer Reece Mastin. Read more
6.14am: Twelve artists are taking part in 'The f Word' project, a multi-disciplinary project exploring contemporary feminist art in regional Victoria. Read more
6.08am: A woman was involved in a naked romp, had her breasts fondled and took part in group sexual activities in the early hours of the morning at a Finley hotel in April, a court has been told. Read more
6.04am: Jetstar will consider raising airfares and cutting flights that could lead to local job losses if Newcastle Airport doesn’t back down in a stoush over landing fees. Read more
6.02am: Victorian police uncovered a massive cannabis-growing operation at Sebastopol on Tuesday night after being called to the property on a burglary tip-off. Read more
6am: We hope you're ready to jump into Thursday. Maybe don't take it to this extreme ... or you could take a leap from the top of the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa. Click below
BENDIGO: A NSW man has been charged over allegedly making a death threat against Bendigo councillor Mark Weragoda. Read more
DUBBO: Seems there's nothing quite like a certain cut-price supermarket chain to attract a crowd. There were balloons, bargains and ... oh, yes, queues too! Read more
WARRNAMBOOL: After cogitating about "over-ratedness" recently, the Super Terrific Happy Hour podcast turns its gaze on the under-rated. Listen here
NEWCASTLE: Mobile food truck vendors are feeling left in the lurch – and that the city is missing a valuable new opportunity to reinvigorate city life – by inaction on a council policy. Read more
SYDNEY: Telstra chief executive David Thodey has warned there is "a long way to go" before renegotiations of its $11.2 billion deal with the government and NBN Co are finished, despite both parties signing a non-binding commercial framework. Read more
CANBERRA: A deal to resettle refugees in Cambodia will be signed by Immigration Minister Scott Morrison on Friday, a statement from the Interior Minister of Cambodia has confirmed. Read more
► He was the former deputy chief of the all-powerful agency tasked with steering the world's second-largest economy, brought down for corruption by a jilted mistress who blew the whistle. Read more
► This coalition building is a devilish business. As US President Barack Obama launched missile strikes against the so-called Islamic State from air and sea in the early hours of Tuesday, five of his usually skittish Arab allies were at his wing tips – but none of his allies from Europe and elsewhere. Read more
► UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has painted a grim picture of the world noting that 100 years on from the start of World War I, the "horizon of hope" is once again darkened by war, intolerance and widespread violence against women. Read more
► Most Americans did not even know that the Khorasan group existed, let alone of its alleged plans to blow up Western passenger aircraft with explosive clothes, before a volley of US Navy Tomahawk missiles hit the group in Syria. Read more
A less famous picture of the Rockefeller Center workers. - Now that's what we call a fashionable safety helmet. pic.twitter.com/SAeZwAvts4— Cool Old School (@CoolOldSchool) September 21, 2014
Like many local footballers, former North Ballarat Rebel Jake Lloyd dreamt of hitting the big league. But even he finds it hard to believe this week he will play in the AFL grand final. Read more
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