Southern Inlands Brekkie Blog | Friday, September 26

Good morning, and welcome to the Southern Inlands Brekkie Blog. Each morning we'll keep you up to date with what's happening around the region, including the latest local news as it breaks and the best of what's happening around Australia and around the world.

8.30am Yass: A truck containing 47 double stacked pallets of Paddy’s pies overturned on the Hume Highway just north of Graces Flat Road on Tuesday night.

8.15am Goulburn: Goulburn Mulwaree councillors will next month discuss local government reformThe October 7 workshop aims to establish a direction for talks with surrounding councils. It follows the government’s ‘Fit for the Future’ reforms, challenging the state’s councils to become more efficient.

7.30am Queanbeyan: Member for Monaro John Barilaro is calling on his government to purchase NSW homes containing Mr Fluffy (or loose fill) asbestos at the market rate and knock them down as a final solution to the ongoing public health issue.

7.15am Cootamundra: Every farmer in the Cootamundra district was hoping this week’s predicted 20mm would come and while the rain didn’t quite meet expectation, most areas got around the 10mm mark and the common theme is that it was still welcome. A dry September has put a bit of stress on crops, however the district is still heading for a good harvest. 

7.00am Goulburn: A man has been stabbed during a domestic dispute with his former de facto partner at Goulburn. 

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

As the footy-lovers wish away Friday, we have AFL coverage galore. You can send your team a message, find out who's playing where, or take our quiz. But first: Friday.

► To check out the front pages of Fairfax publications for today, click here

6.55am: Jody Balbi can’t bear to think what might have happened if two strangers had not leapt to the rescue when her daughter fell onto the tracks at Thirroul station. Read more

6.50am: There are fans and then there is Gavin Francis. For the past 49 AFL grand finals, the Victorian solicitor has taken his place in the crowd. Nothing will change on Saturday. Read more

Special day: Ballarat solicitor Gavin Francis will mark a milestone by attending his 50th AFL grand final on Saturday. Pic: Justin Whitelock

Special day: Ballarat solicitor Gavin Francis will mark a milestone by attending his 50th AFL grand final on Saturday. Pic: Justin Whitelock

6.48am: A multi-agency search failed to find any trace of a base jumper who reportedly hit a cliff face after jumping off a lookout yesterday. Read more

6.46am: A woman  who forced her babysitter into a ‘‘threesome’’ with her and her partner will be eligible for release today after having her sentence reduced in the Court of Criminal Appeal. Read more

6.45am: Economist Ian Harper's review into competition across the nation found that Queenslanders should be allowed to shop until they drop – but the state government is still not so sure. Read more

6.43am: A move to do more quarantine screening at Port Melbourne will reduce wait times for Spirit of Tasmania passengers leaving the ships when they arrive at Devonport, according to the state government. Read more

6.40am: Plans for a $38 million goat abattoir has upset neighbouring residents, who have voiced concerns about possible noise, smell and traffic problems. Read more

6.36am: One Victorian council has more than two dozen unfinished projects on its books, worth more than $30 million, which it has pushed into this year’s budget. Who? Read more

6.34am: AC/DC co-founder, guitarist and songwriter, Malcolm Young, whose retirement from the band was announced on Wednesday, has been moved into fulltime care in a Sydney nursing home which specialises in dementia. Read more

6.30am: Do you have relos visiting for the school holidays? Are the kids already bored? Why not be a tourist in your own backyard? Read more

6.27am: We'll be fair - one for Sydney, one for Hawthorn. And while you're there, why not test your AFL knowledge? Take our quiz

6.25am: A man man who put petrol in a beer stubby and used it as a Molotov cocktail to cause about $80,000 damage to a house was sentenced to two-years’ jail yesterday. Read more

6.22am: A leading university has vowed that its students will not suffer exorbitant fee increases under a deregulated system, with course costs for prestige degrees such as law and business remaining well below $100,000. Read more

6.20am: Phew. Central Oval will still be called Central Oval after naming and branding options were considered by Port Augusta City Council. Read more

6.18am: The six-month freeze on NSW petroleum exploration licences has been extended for an additional year. This means what? Read more

6.15am: One of today's big questions ...

6.08am: The Grampians is open for business these school holidays after the completion of rebuilding works. The $3.25 million upgrade comes after some of the area's tourist assets damaged by bushfires in January had been completed. Read more

6.06am: Patients are having to fork out additional money on top of their private health insurance for procedures at a new Wagga surgery. Read more

6.03am: Air passenger services are set to return to Warrnambool with Sharp Airlines in final negotiations with the city council. Read more

6am: Is this your antique watch? Police are looking for the owner of a 290-year-old watch recovered during a raid on a  Queensland house this week. Read more

The suspected stolen antique watch recovered during a police raid in Thornlands. Photo courtesy QPS Media.

The suspected stolen antique watch recovered during a police raid in Thornlands. Photo courtesy QPS Media.

► Auskick young gun Flynn Rowbottom hopes to be hanging a premiership medal around the neck of Lance Franklin on Saturday afternoon. He's a gem. Read more

► Police are warning that drink spiking can be potentially fatal as they investigate an incident where a local teenager was found semi-conscious in a toilet at a Bathurst hotel. Read more

► It was the photobomb pulled off with perfect precision, but this groom took a 'no bull' approach when it came to his wedding photos and his blushing bride. Check out more photos

Pic: Rachel Deane

Pic: Rachel Deane

► One of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's MPs has lashed green groups, including Greenpeace, as "terrorists" and in a bizarre speech to Parliament has declared radical green groups as the greatest terror threat to North Queensland. Read more

► Some asylum seekers could eventually be given permanent residency in a deal reached between Clive Palmer and Immigration Minister Scott Morrison to allow the reintroduction of temporary protection visas and remove all asylum seekers from Christmas Island. Read more

► Trade Minister Andrew Robb has leapt to the defence of Victoria's brown coal industry, labelling it a resource that is often demonised by people who oppose growth and development. Read more

► US President Barack Obama has told Russia to get back to behaving within international norms or face push-back from NATO countries and the wider international community. Read more

► The UN Climate Summit has been graced by the likes of actor Leonardi DiCaprio and US President Barack Obama, but the haunting words of a young mother from a tiny Pacific Island nation have made the most lasting impression. Read more

► And for something different, watch Ellen introducing kids to the technology of yesteryear:

A simple phone and tablet invoicing app is making a fortune for former Ebden resident Chris Strode by paying other people’s bills. The former Wodonga Catholic College student created Invoice2go in a bid to make invoicing easy for small businesses in Australia and, increasingly, around the world. Read more

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