HAPPY HUMP DAY central Victoria - how are you this morning?
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast partly cloudy conditions and a top of 29 degrees for Bendigo today - with Echuca expected to reach a high of 32 degrees and Kyneton 25 degrees and a possible shower.
Here is what is making news:
- Bendigo-based Reuben Beazley Builders has gone into liquidation, owing creditors more than $600,000. Chartered accounting firm Sellars Muldoon Benton was appointed administrators last Friday, the same day Reustructure Pty Ltd – trading as Reuben Beazley Builders - closed the doors to its office and display home at Imagine Strathfieldsaye Amenities. Full story HERE.
- Police are investigating if drugs were the cause of a firey car collision near the One Tree Hill lookout. A 22-year-old male from Ascot was driving his white Mazda RX8 uphill when he lost control, veered to the wrong side of the road, over-corrected and collided with a tree at 2.45pm. Full story HERE.
- VIDEO: The familiar sights and sounds of fire-fighting choppers are once again filling the skies over Bendigo. Bendigo Advertiser video journalist Leigh Sharp caught up with the big birds and the people that control their missions. Full story HERE.
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Have a brilliant day.
For news from across the nation continue reading below:
► To check out the front pages of Fairfax publications for today, click here
► David Warner moved into the company of Invincibles on one of Australian cricket's hardest days. He held himself together and honoured his friend and he did it in the blazing style he knows best with his 10th and greatest century at Adelaide Oval. Read more
► Older Australians are capturing a growing share of the nation's wealth, while the wealth of younger Australians has stagnated according to a new report . The promise of each generation enjoying higher living standards than its parents' generation is at risk in Australia, partly due to ballooning spending on older people funded by deficit budgets, the new Grattan Institute report says Read More
►The final show for long running At the Movies show with Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton ended fittingly with an accidental homage to one of history's greatest flicks. "I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship," was the final line in Casablanca, but as Pomeranz and Stratton walked arm-in-arm into the darkness on Tuesday night it was clear this was the end, at least for us on this side of the screen. Read more
► Former NRL player Craig Field has been found not guilty of murder but guilty of the manslaughter of farmer Kelvin Kane outside a north coast pub.
► A man who died after a six-metre fall at King Island Airport at Burnie on Monday when visiting to conduct renovations on the facility has been described as hero by his sister.
MOREE: A court has been told a police officer was allegedly in pursuit of a motorcyclist without permission before he hit the bike in Moree. Read more
ALBURY: A NORTH Albury man was punched to the face and choked while his two children slept in nearby bedrooms in a savage home invasion, a court heard yesterday. Read more
NEWCASTLE: THE Hunter health district paid out almost $28 million in overtime last financial year, with one doctor claiming a whopping $220,000 worth of additional hours. Read more
REDLAND CITY: A Queensland Supreme Court jury has found former Redland high school teacher David John Hunt guilty of the murder of Angelia Michal Moore in Thornlands two years ago. Read more
The faces of Australia: Ross Bower
► The Volunteering Redlands - Greg Cook Volunteer Recognition Award winner went to former Redland Museum president Ross Bower taking the top gong for his "unwavering commitment, tireless dedication and outstanding leadership".
Volunteering Redlands chairwoman Patsy Wilshire said Mr Bower's colleagues had nominated him for "his exceptional work ethics and inspiring professionalism".
"On his own time and cost, he completed a degree in Master of Museum Studies from the University of Queensland," Ms Wilshire said.
"Strategic planning for the museum's extension and encouraging community engagement have been some of Mr Bower's key achievements."
In accepting the award, Mr Bower, who was the museum's president for seven years, said he was thrilled to receive the acknowledgment.
"Sometimes I feel that I work much harder at this volunteer role than I did in my 40 years of engineering career, but I enjoy it much more too," he said.
The award is organised by Volunteering Redlands and supported by Victoria Point Community Bank branch of Bendigo Bank to recognise excellence in volunteerism in the Redlands.