The South Coast Regional Wrap | Friday, September 23, 2016

Here’s your headlines from around regional Australia and beyond. Scroll down and refresh for weather, road reports and more.

8.11am: The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is wrapping up the formal collection period for the 2016 Census on Friday September 23. More details.

8.06am: Wollongong’s inaugural Fringe Festival kicks off Friday night with a free opening party from 5pm in the Arts Precinct between the IPAC and Town Hall. Read all about it.

7.56am: The wet weather is set to continue throughout September to November after the State saw the wettest August in 13 years. More details.

7.48am: Remember yesterday morning I mentioned the NBN man was here to install the service at my house. Bad news – he said I there was no signal. So this is going well!

Meanwhile what’s happening further down the coast? The government’s NBN project has struggled to avoid headlines this year.

Putting the national news aside, at what stage is the installation of the project sitting in the Bega Valley?

NBN spokesperson Marcela Balart said the publicly owned company expects all “locals will be able to connect from early 2018”. Find out more.

7.44am: Sporting clubs are reminded to put in their expression of interest by 5 pm today, to be in the running to obtain $5,000 of equipment sponsorship as part of the Shoalhaven City Council Report Illegal Dumping (RID) Community Champions programRegister at www.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/RIDCommunityChampions

7.39am: It has been a while in the planning but finally, it’s underway. Bega Valley Shire Council is forging ahead with vital repair works to the Tathra Wharf following significant damage caused during June’s major storm. Read on.

Contractors, GPM Constructions start repair works on the Tathra Wharf. It will take about eight to 10 weeks, but is dependent on weather and coastal conditions.

Contractors, GPM Constructions start repair works on the Tathra Wharf. It will take about eight to 10 weeks, but is dependent on weather and coastal conditions.

7.34am: Heavily-armed police stormed a Warilla house on Thursday evening, shocking neighbours in the suburban street. Full story.

South Coast weather

Partly cloudy. Slight (30%) chance of a shower in the south, becoming less likely this evening. Winds S/SW 25 to 40 km/h becoming S 20 to 30 km/h in the middle of the day then becoming S/SW and light in the evening. Daytime maximum temperatures between 14 and 20.

Roads and rail

Apart from surfaces there are no issues to report on the roads and the trains are offering good service.

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

Regional

Stanley Forward was sentenced to a minimum of 15 years' jail. Photo: Fairfax Media

Stanley Forward was sentenced to a minimum of 15 years' jail. Photo: Fairfax Media

SYDNEY: "Do you mind if it's messy?" said one killer to another. The answer was no. So nine days before the murder Stanley Forward, 23, and Donald Cameron, 64, drove to Bulahdelah State Forest, north of Newcastle.

They brought a mattock, two spades and three pairs of gloves and set about digging a shallow grave for their victim. More here.

Lachlan Smith, 24, had a lucky escape after he accidentally rode his motorbike into a 12-metre deep mine shaft at Sunny Corner. Photos: CHRIS RYAN

Lachlan Smith, 24, had a lucky escape after he accidentally rode his motorbike into a 12-metre deep mine shaft at Sunny Corner. Photos: CHRIS RYAN

BATHURST: A man has spoken of his miraculous escape after plunging down an abandoned 15-metre mineshaft with his motorbike while on an endurance ride near Bathurst on Saturday.

Lachie Smith, 24, was taking part in the Yamaha-sponsored Sunny Corner Rally, when he attempted to take a shortcut over a hill in the pine forest area on the enduro but instead plunged into an abandoned mine shaft. More here.

Marcus Stanford admitted he'd done a 'really stupid thing'. Photo: Emma Partridge

Marcus Stanford admitted he'd done a 'really stupid thing'. Photo: Emma Partridge

LEETON: The man who helped his twin brother conceal the murder of NSW school teacher Stephanie Scott has apologised to her family.

Marcus Stanford, 25, who pawned Ms Scott's engagement and graduation rings, delivered the apology on television shortly after he was released from prison. Read on.

► ULTIMO: A "pop-up" primary school for 300 children at Wentworth Park in Ultimo will escape environmental scrutiny, despite the discovery of lead contamination at the site and the takeover of public recreation space. Read on.

Beagle Max after the acid attack. Picture: Facebook

Beagle Max after the acid attack. Picture: Facebook

► CESSNOCK: Acid was poured on the back of a dog last weekend in the latest horrific act of animal cruelty in the Hunter Valley.

Cessnock resident Carly Anderson said that “some low life scum” went into her Vineyard Grove backyard on Saturday night and attacked her unsuspecting beagle Max. Read on.

► CRADLE MOUNTAIN: A 71-year-old Victorian woman has been airlifted to hospital after falling on a day walk near Cradle Mountain.

Emergency services were called to the scene at the peak of Marion's Lookout about 4.50pm, where the woman was found with a suspected broken wrist and minor head and neck injuries. Read on.

OVERFLOW: Residents in the village of Beckom have been isolated by the Mirrool Creek bursting its banks after Wednesday's deluge. Picture: SES

OVERFLOW: Residents in the village of Beckom have been isolated by the Mirrool Creek bursting its banks after Wednesday's deluge. Picture: SES

BECKOM: While communities in the east of the region count the cost of Wednesday’s deluge, western towns are bracing for swollen water systems to reach their peak.

Some residents in Beckom, north-east of Ardlethan, have been isolated from the flooding of the Mirrool Creek, and other towns downstream, including Yenda and Griffith, face a nervous wait as the peak moves towards them. More here.

Black Caviar's latest foal - a filly by Arrowfield's Snitzel. Photograph Georgie Lomax.

Black Caviar's latest foal - a filly by Arrowfield's Snitzel. Photograph Georgie Lomax.

 HUNTER: Now described as a full-time Hunter, resident the former champion racehorse Black Caviar, is fast becoming a super mum following the birth of her third foal. More here.

National news

Newcastle foreshore on September 23, 2009. Picture: Kitty Hill

Newcastle foreshore on September 23, 2009. Picture: Kitty Hill

► It had barely been seen before, and has not been seen since. The red dust storm that descended on NSW in 2009 was exactly seven years ago. Take a look.

British-trained plastic surgeon Patrick Tansley says he was threatened by Australian plastic surgeons. Photo: Jason South

British-trained plastic surgeon Patrick Tansley says he was threatened by Australian plastic surgeons. Photo: Jason South

► A Fairfax Media investigation has found two overseas-trained surgeons with compelling claims of bullying, professional mobbing and anti-competitive behaviour that reach into the powerful college of surgeons – a secretive group that largely controls the supply of surgeons in Australia, and allegedly, the level of competition and fees they can charge. Read on.

► Victoria must get all the funds it is entitled to from the Turnbull government for the sale of the Port of Melbourne, despite Treasurer Tim Pallas' "buffoonery", Opposition Leader Matthew Guy says. More here.

► Huang Xiangmo, the Chinese businessman who paid a personal legal bill of Labor senator Sam Dastyari, has resigned as chair of the Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI) at UTS over "coverage about political donations and supposed Chinese influence".

Mr Huang, the head of property developer Yuhu and a prolific political donor to both sides of politics, gave $1.8 million to set up the ACRI in 2014. Read on.

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International news

The wing impact missed the pilot's head by centimeters. Photo: Supplied

The wing impact missed the pilot's head by centimeters. Photo: Supplied

NEVADA: A stunt plane pilot has narrowly escaped serious injury after his plane was hit by another one at an air show in the United States.

Thom Richard was preparing to take off in the Gold Formula One event at the National Championship Air Race in Nevada on Sunday when his engine started sputtering. Read on.

Acid attack survivors participate in a candlelit vigil protesting violence against women. Photo: SAURABH DAS

Acid attack survivors participate in a candlelit vigil protesting violence against women. Photo: SAURABH DAS

DELHI: Dating for a young Indian woman is like Russian Roulette. If they show an interest in the "wrong man", stalking, abuse, violence and death may be in store.

The "wrong man" can turn out to be someone like Surender Singh, 34, who on Tuesday stabbed Karuna Kumar, a school teacher, more than 20 times in a busy street in north Delhi – people passing by did nothing – having stalked her relentlessly for more than a year. Read the full story.

OTTAWA: The theft of about $180,000 worth of gold came from within the Royal Canadian Mint, investigators said on Tuesday. Leston Lawrence, a 35-year-old employee of the government mint in Ottawa, has been accused of foiling the facility's high security through a back-end exploit.

Lawrence smuggled out gold nuggets inside his rectum, prosecutors alleged. Read on.

On this day

1884: American Herman Hollerith patents his mechanical tabulating machine, the beginning of data processing

1889: Nintendo Koppai (Later Nintendo Company, Limited) founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce and market the playing card game Hanafuda.

1939: Sigmund Freud, known as the founding father of psychoanalysis, died age 83.  

1942: The 'Manhattan Project' commences, under the direction of US General Leslie Groves: its aim - to deliver an atomic bomb

Facts supplied: onthisday.com

The faces of Australia: Holly Johnson

YOUNG VOICE: NSW Volunteer of the Year for the Murray region was won by Billabong High's Holly Johnson, 14. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORG

YOUNG VOICE: NSW Volunteer of the Year for the Murray region was won by Billabong High's Holly Johnson, 14. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORG

Holly Johnson missed her favourite subject at school on Tuesday, but it was all worth it after she received the Murray region Volunteer of the Year award.

The 14-year-old Billabong High School student had to forego visual arts to attend the ceremony at the Albury Club. Holly is a strong advocate for human rights and volunteers with Amnesty International.

Raised in Gerogery, Holly said she didn't expect to win the student category, let alone the overall region-wide gong, in the 10th annual NSW regional Volunteer of the Year awards. Read her story.

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