@ellielnoon: Rain makes canola!Looking for a news fix from around the country and the world this morning? Well, we’ve got you covered. But first, around the Riverina we go…
►A woman suffered burns to 70 per cent of her body after an explosion at a Tumut caravan park. FULL STORY
►Adisqualified driver has been told to choose between kids and going to jail. FULL STORY
►Waggamotorists continue to be slugged with sky-high petrol prices, but less than an hour up the road some of the cheapest fuel in the country can be found.The price of E10 fuel in Temora has plummeted to below $1 a litre –presenting value for motorists not seen in the Riverina for several for years. READ MORE
►In the poker fraternity, to wina World Series of Poker gold bracelet is a sign thatyou’ve made it.Next year, Griffith man Anthony Smith will have that chance. FULL STORY
►A prisoner’sadvocate group has labelled the decision to ban smoking in Junee’s jailas“deliberatetorment”. READ MORE
►Education Minister Adrian Piccoli has confirmed he met with parents over concerns about Yanco Agricultural High School’sfinancial position.Last monthThe Irrigatorrevealed a commissionedreport into the boarding school showed it was losing $1 million a year.The Department of Education denied the school was in financial trouble. FULL STORY
►30 BC: Cleopatra commits suicide following the defeat of her forces against Octavian.
► 1824: New South Wales was constituted a Crown Colony. The Colony as it was established in 1788 was a penal colony. Crown Colony status was the first step towards responsible government; NSW had more freedom but the administration and legislature was still controlled by the British Crown.
►1999: Up to 350 million people watch the last total solar eclipse of the 20th century.
► BIRTHDAYS: Chris Hemsworth (1983), Hulk Hogan (1953), Viola Davis (1965), Enid Blyton (1897)
Need anational newssnapshot first thing – well, we have you covered.
► TASMANIA: A formerRisdon inmate who suffered from gallbladder attacks says he stockpiled Panadol to avoid seeing doctors in prison, but the Health Department insists the service is well-resourced and of a high standard. FULL STORY
►DUBBO: Dubbo has made a not-so-flattering13th-worst place in NSW for domestic violence – a crime which occurs so frequently women’s advocates thought the ranking would be even closer to the top. READ MORE
► RIVERINA:Waggamotorists continue to be slugged with sky-high petrol prices, but less than an hour up the road some of the cheapest fuel in the country can be foundThe price of E10 fuel in Temora has plummeted to below $1 a litre –presenting value for motorists not seen in the Riverina for several for years. FULL STORY
►BALLARAT: ProminentBallarat Aboriginal elder Ted Lovett believes a decision to name the city’s newest suburb Winter Valley instead of Mullawallah is race-motivated. Mr Lovett has dismissed excuses by a number of residents for not wanting the original name, saying it was nothing but racist.READ MORE
Ballarat Aboriginal elder Ted Lovett is one of many disappointed Ballarat’s newest suburb won’t be named Mullawallah as originally proposed.
►ILLAWARRA:A driver has punched a motorcyclist in his helmet in a mystifying road rage incident captured on film at Warrawong.The footage, filmed on dashcam, shows a Toyota exiting the Warrawong Westfield car park onto Northcliffe Drive shortly before 11am Saturday, in between two motorcycles. What comes next is shocking. WATCH, READ MORE.
►MANDURAH: Foodiesand amateur cooks have the opportunity to create a meal using the State’s best fresh produce in a bid to win the title of WA’s Signature Dish for 2015. FULL STORY
►ORANGE: Seekingrefuge in the old Orange Base Hospital site, under bushes and on other people’s couches – homelessness in Orange is an invisible problem that community organisations say needs to be recognised. READ MORE
Fusion Central West team leader Bev Rankin says homeless people are known to use the old Orange Base Hospital site as a shelter. Photo: JUDE KEOGH
►TASMANIA:‘‘I am a senator of Australia and I have a 21-year-old son that has a problem with ice, and yet even with my title I have no control over my son.”
SenatorJacqui Lambie has revealed her son’s ice addiction in Parliament in an impassioned speech arguing for involuntary detox for children. FULL STORY
►ALBURY-WODONGA: A Border church leader has hung posters supporting gay marriage. READ MORE
►Hangovers are causing 11.5 million ‘‘sick days’’ a year at a cost of $3 billion to the Australian economy, new research suggests.There are also fears that people who are mixing alcohol with amphetamines on the weekends are experiencing ‘‘Weepy Wednesdays’’ because of the delayed effects of their drug use. FULL STORY
Excess drinking at weekends puts a tax on a body’s immune system. Picture: Simon O’Dwyer
►Police are searching for a man who tried to have sex with a dog in front of two dog owners in Sydney’s west on Sunday. READ MORE
►The Department of Finance will keep secret the outcome of its investigation into the questionable use of taxpayer-funded entitlements by three prominent federal politicians. FULL STORY
► CHINA:China has handed former senior military officer Gu Junshan a suspended death sentence in the latest milestone of President Xi Jinping’s campaign to root out corruption in the country’s armed forces. FULL STORY
►LONDON:Australian flight safety experts will examine a reconstruction of part of the MH17 plane to test their theory on why it crashed.
The experts have joined colleagues from five nations in the Netherlands to discuss their report on last year’s MH17 disaster. READ MORE
► SYRIA:Medical care in besieged Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria has gone back to the “Stone Age”.Anaesthesia, antibiotics, blood, saline, replacement joints, frames: none of these basics have been available in Yarmouk or the surrounding towns for almost a year. FULL STORY
Australian Federal Police officers and their Dutch counterparts collect human remains from the MH17 crash site in the self proclaimed Donetsk Republic, Ukraine on 2 August, 2014. Photo: Kate Geraghty
AS a 15-year volunteer firefighter, Nathan Rogers has faced and overcome many challenges.
Next month he will tackle arguably one of his biggest.
The father of three, who is stationed at Eaglehawk Fire Brigade, will be one of 400 firefighters from across Australasia to battle it out in the second annual Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb.
Eaglehawk CFA volunteer Nathan Rogers is preparing for the Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb on September 5. Picture: Emergency Services Photography – Emily Rogers