Good morning here’s your headlines from around regional Australia and beyond. Scroll down and refresh for weather, road reports and more.
Start your day with a laugh –
7.40am: QUEANBEYAN. Water craft of all colours and sizes will sink or swim at the annual River Festival boat races.
Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council is partnering with The Cancer Support Group in support of the boat races at the Queanbeyan River Festival on Saturday 29 October. Read more here.
7.35am: GOULBURN. A Christian Brother will spend at least 18 months in jail following his sentence on Thursday.
William John Obbens, 70, of Ryde had pleaded guilty in May to three counts of aggravated indecent assault of three boys under his authority. Find out more here.
7.30am: BOWRAL. If you see a neon yellow heart surrounded by a pink border, it means Michael and Mel have walked past.
The pair are walking from Sydney to Canberra to raise awareness about parental alienation. Find out more here.
7.25am: CANBERRA. Auctions are a common sight on Canberra streets during spring, but few have the importance of one in Deakin early next month.
Two neighbouring homes on Buxton Street will go under the hammer together, with all proceeds going towards charity. Read more here.
7.20am: YASS. Pru Goward has defended her stance over the State’s greyhound racing ban but has admitted the government “did the wrong thing.”
The Goulburn MP, after Premier Mike Baird’s decision on Tuesday to reverse the industry racing ban early next year, says that she hopes to rebuild the faith of Yass greyhound trainer Neil Stains.
Meanwhile, MP Katrina Hodgkinson, who was sacked via press release for crossing the floor over the ban, is relieved by the decision. Read more here.
7.15am: BRAIDWOOD. It's fair to say Jembaicumbene's historic flour mill has been dealt a few hard knocks since it began life as a ''cutting edge'' steam-powered plant in 1859. Read more and see the photos here.
7.10am: GOULBURN. The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined the Common Street waste facility in Goulburn $7,500 for failing to submit a volumetric survey of the waste stored at the site. Read more here.
Roads and Rail –
There is nothing to report on our roads and the Southern Highlands rail line does not have any disruptions this morning.
Southern Inland NSW weather –
A Blackbutt woman who swindled almost $70,000 from the public purse in a Medicare scam that lasted more than two years may avoid a full time jail sentence.
Yarloop residents have raised concerns over toxic waste left lying around in the wake of the WA government's co-ordinated clean up of their devastated community.
It seems even mother ducks have the chore of getting new school shoes for the kids each year.
Attorney-General George Brandis has attempted to hose down claims he is seeking to "shackle" the government's chief legal adviser as he faces a growing backlash over his move to stop colleagues seeking advice without his approval.
Proposed loosening of NSW's land-clearing controls could leave more than a third of the state's woodlands exposed to bulldozers including prime koala habitat, a report commissioned by WWF-Australia has found.
Tony Abbott has defended Donald Trump and taken a swipe at Hillary Clinton, saying the Republican nominee's positions are "reasonable enough" and his supporters are "not deplorables" but voters simply seeking change in America.
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The British government will inevitably grant citizenship to European "rapists and murderers" while kicking out "hardworking, upstanding people" in the Brexit shakeout, a respected migration expert has warned.
Hong Kong's newly-elected breed of pro-democracy legislators have used the legislature's opening session to stage symbolic protests, unfurling banners and distorting parliamentary oaths in open defiance of Beijing.
Donald Trump had shown himself to be a "fascist threat" who posed the gravest risk to the United States since that country's Civil War, a top-ranking US Democrat warned in Sydney on Thursday.
On this day | October 14
1322 | Robert the Bruce of Scotland defeats King Edward II of England at Byland, forcing Edward to accept Scotland's independence.
1884 | The American inventor, George Eastman, receives a U.S. Government patent on his new paper-strip photographic film.
1926 | The children's book Winnie-the-Pooh, by A. A. Milne, is first published.
1979 | The first Gay Rights March on Washington, D.C., the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, demands "an end to all social, economic, judicial, and legal oppression of lesbian and gay people", and draws approximately 100,000 people.
1984 | "Baby Fae" receives a heart transplant from a baboon.
The faces of Australia: Bill Sweetenham
In October 2011, Mount Isa was humbled by the return of one of itrs most famous sporting identities – Bill Sweetenham, former swimming head coach for Australia, Britain, Spain and now Argentina. Over a weekend Bill ran a world-class swim clinic covering all four strokes, starts and turns, with information sessions. Every athlete walked away with a wealth of knowledge, honoured they had learnt from the best, who was one of their own.