Photo by Judith Conning. Today is ORRCA’s annual community whale census.Your news snapshot from across regional Australia and beyond:
State of the nationNeed a national news snapshot first thing –well, we have you covered.
► NSW:A lonesailor watched his yacht burn and sink after a fire ripped through the vessel north of Port Macquarie yesterday. Fortunately he escaped any serious injury.
Photo: Marine Rescue Port Macquarie.
► VICTORIA: RyanMargetts was a peopleperson. Fiercely independent, a hard worker, a keen sportsman – and with a knack for inappropriate comments –but he was facing challenges few truly knew about.
He leaves behind his family and communities within his home town of Dimboola, his footy club at Pimpinio, his home in Horsham and friends all over the world asking why.
► TASMANIA:The Marakoopa Caves at Mole Creek were formed by water, and in 2016 water again torrented through the cave system, hurling rocks, dumping gravel and carving paths. After extensive repair works the caves were once again opened for tourists, but how much have they changed?
REFURBISHED: Senior cave guide Haydn Stedman in the newly refurbished Marakoopa Caves. Pictures: Scott Gelston
►QUEENSLAND: Thehotel that is home of one of the ”big Bundy” bottles is up for sale, along with four other iconic regional pubs that make up the portfolio of long-time hotelier Tony Prentice…read on.
The Sundowner Hotel, home of one of Queensland’s two ”big Bundy” bottles, is for sale. Photo: Supplied
National news►OnMonday, June 26, the littleboy who has captured the attention of a nation will have been missing without a trace for more than 1000 days.It also marks William Tyrrell’s sixth birthday.
William Tyrrell went missing from his grandmother’s Kendall home in 2014 when he was just three years old. He has not been seen since. The photo depicts an impression of what William might look like today.
►A woman who stepped on a grape in the Coles fresh produce section has slipped once and fallen twice – first to her knees and elbows and again, later in her attempt to sue the supermarket giant.
Fatma Abdul Razzak’s lawsuit failed on Thursday when the District Court ruled Coles had exercised reasonable care in cleaning its floors and had not breached its duty of care.
National weather radarInternational news►America’s allies should not be guided by President Donald Trump’s at-times erratic Twitter posts, according to former US General and CIA director DavidPetraeus…read on.
General David Petraeus has moved to reassure Australia and other allies about Donald Trump. Photo: Wayne Taylor.
Faces of Australia:Laura Ellison Kabira, Kabelo and Laura taking a quick nap break during their morning walk.
LAURA Ellison’s heart belongs to an animal most would find intimidating.
Laura knows there is a softer side to rhinoceros and she is sharing this with the world.
The former Forster resident has just spent the last three years living in South Africa as a veterinary nurse at The Rhino Orphanage.
Read her full story here.
Laura with Tshidi (2 months) during her treatment at Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital.