State of the nation
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► WOLLONGONG: The Illawarra’s iconic red and yellow shark-spotting planes were back in the sky on Saturday following a brief hiatus caused by internal turbulence.
The Australian Aerial Patrol (AAP) was grounded last month after the resignation of its chief pilot left the service without the operating licence required by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).
► BENDIGO: WITH just a few kilometres left to go in one of Victoria’s toughest endurance events, Golden Square man Bruce Wright thought he could battle through crippling stomach pain.
The 50-year-old had already made it past 17 kilometres of the 2015 Tough Mudder event on Phillip Island in October, battling through thick mud and some of the toughest obstacles on earth. More here.
►BARNAWARTHA: It was a spectacular sight – 110 trucks, polished to the very last wheel nut, lined up for kilometres along Plunketts Road in Barnawartha.
The drivers were friends, colleagues, some just acquaintances – united to pay tribute to Barnawartha man Wayne ‘Marto’ Martin.
The truck driver, who died in a head-on collision with another truck on the Riverina Highway, touched so many people his family had to put a cap on the number of trucks convoying in his honour to the funeral on Saturday. More here.
► BALLARAT: The Montague Street bridge is a light rail overpass, the lowest point of which is only three metres off the road. In the last six years, it has knocked the top off, knocked over, trapped and even exploded the canopies of 99 trucks and buses that were too tall to pass safely underneath. More here.
► DUBBO: DUBBO now has two world records under its belt after more than 1000 women and their bikes gathered on Saturday.
In 2014 the 2WheelBabes set a record for most women on bikes (221) at Ballina for the annual Babe Raid, but this record was beaten in August 2015 by a group of 246 women in the UK.
now has two world records under its belt after more than 1000 women and their bikes gathered on Saturday.
In 2014 the 2WheelBabes set a record for most women on bikes (221) at Ballina for the annual Babe Raid, but this record was beaten in August 2015 by a group of 246 women in the UK. More here.
► NOWRA: Personnel from 808 Squadron returned to HMAS Albatross after a five-week deployment on Operation Fiji Assist.
The aircrew, engineers and three MRH90 helicopters formed part of the Australian Defence Force’s humanitarian assistance relief to Fiji in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Winston. More here.
► QUEENSLAND: Every dog has its day and a 31-year-old Mudgeeraba man found that out the hard way.
Police spotted an allegedly stolen car in Eudlo on Saturday night and attempted to intercept it before a man fled the vehicle. More here.
► LAUNCESTON: Engines were revving at Symmons Plains on Sunday as motorsport legends gathered to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Targa Tasmania.
Infamous duo, driver Jim Richards and his navigator Barry Oliver, prepared to take on their 24th Targa Tasmania together.
Over the years the pair have won eight Targa Tasmania's through a combination of skilled driving, great machines and local road knowledge. More here.
► BLANEY: Outgoing member for Calare John Cobb has hit back at allegations he has endorsed Nationals Bathurst branch candidate Sam Farraway, but says he has a right to have his own view and exercise it.
Nationals sources have contacted the media expressing concern Mr Cobb is showing favouritism to Mr Farraway because he placed a picture of him, at the Gulgong show, on the front page of his four-page newsletter. More here.
► BUNDANOON: The annual Brigadoon festival brought together Scottish and Southern Highlanders for a fun family day out.
Attendees were treated to performances by the official Brigadoon Ceilidh, Mary Kiani, the String Loaded Celtic Fiddle Band, Bundanoon Primary School choir, Bob McInnes, Jane Ellis and Jacob Casey as the Lone Piper. See the photos.
► An Australian television crew detained in Lebanon have not been charged and there is not expected to be movement in the case until Monday night Australian time, according to the Nine Network. More here.
► Seven Australian frog species are on the brink of extinction and will be wiped out by a killer fungus without immediate action, biologists have warned.
The scientists, from the University of Melbourne, Taronga Zoo, Southern Cross University (Lismore) and James Cook University, said that Australia still had a chance to save the frogs with a relatively small injection of funds for research and disease management. More here.
► Extra buses to Sydney Airport for people wanting an alternative to the city's most expensive train trip remain a pipe dream, more than two years after the state government unveiled long-term plans to "improve bus access".
The lack of any new buses comes as road traffic in and around Australia's busiest airport continues to worsen. More here.
► Sheep enthusiasts made their way to a small town just outside of Hay in Western NSW in record numbers on Saturday for the 18th Booligal Sheep Races.
Nomad travellers, locals from the region and even families from Victoria were some of the 700-strong crowd that pitched their tents in Booligal, which usually has a population of 15.
► SINGAPORE: An unprecedented family feud between Singapore's prime minister and his sister over the death of their father Lee Kuan Yew has burst into the open in the strictly-controlled city-state. More here.
► CHINA: Malcolm Turnbull is often fond of pointing out he and Chinese President Xi Jinping share an interest in the history of the Peloponnesian war and the Thucydides Trap. More here.
► NEW DELHI: India's transgenders are so despised that they use a little psychological trick to prevent their sense of worth being crushed under the weight of contempt. More here.
2013: Kate Bush received her CBE for services to music from the Queen at an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle, England. The singer-songwriter, who was catapulted to fame in 1978 when Wuthering Heights topped the charts, said she was "incredibly thrilled". The 54-year-old dedicated the award to her family and joked that it would have pride of place at the top of her Christmas tree.
Two little white balls of fluff are bringing smiles to elderly people around Nowra.
Caddie and Robert, a mother and son duo are trained therapy dogs and make it their mission to bring happiness to nursing homes.
Handler Di Milne said the pedigree shih tzus are loved by many for their kind hearts and calm nature.
‘There was a lady called Marjorie in Bupa who we visited for three years and she adored Caddie,” she said.
“Caddie knew where Marjorie was so she used to march into Marjorie’s room and Marjorie would put her hands either side of her face and kiss her and say ‘I love you Caddie.” Read on.