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‘Fake au pair’ fronts court on child abduction charges

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A woman accused of stealing two young children in regional Victoria has fronted court on 53 charges, including claims she falsely posed as an au pair.

‘Let us know you’re okay’: Man missing in Daintree for weeks

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The mother of a man who went missing in the Daintree last month has made an emotional appeal for information after another search today turned up no sign of him.

Struggling Australian retailer Bardot to close dozens of shops

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Stricken women’s retailer Bardot will close dozens of stores across Australia as it struggles to find a buyer.

Cygnet Folk Festival has landed

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The Cygnet Folk Festival enters its 38th year this weekend, full of promise, as locals and visitors feel the buzz and excitement of this mainstay Tasmanian festival. Despite the festival’s age, the towns reference to a baby swan keeps the youth appeal of the town, attracting people of all ages to celebrate with a spring in their […]

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Billionaire ‘Twiggy’ Forrest donates $70m for bushfire fund

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Mining billionaire Andrew Forrest has made a donation of $70 million in the wake of the bushfire crisis.

US man who claimed to be missing boy gets two years in prison

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An Ohio man who claimed to be a child who disappeared at age 6 pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated identity theft and will serve two years in prison, minus time served.

Man Who Lost Family Home In Bushfires Will Use $1M Lottery Win To Rebuild His Life

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An Australian man who recently lost his home in the Northern New South Wales bushfires has said his $1 million lottery win on Wednesday couldn’t have come at a better time, declaring it a “miracle”. 

The Redlands resident, who has chosen to remain anonymous, said he would use the cash winnings to rebuild the family home that wasn’t insured when it was destroyed in the ravaging fires that crept up over the New South Wales/Queensland border.

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When a lottery company Golden Casket representative broke the news to the man, he emotionally said, “This really has come at the most incredible time.

“All that was left of the home was a few charred teacups. We didn’t know if we would ever be able to rebuild but now we definitely can. This is amazing. I can’t get over it.” 

An Australian man who recently lost his home in the Northern New South Wales bushfires has said his $1 million lottery win on Wednesday couldn’t have come at a better time

While the man from Mount Cotton in Queensland held the only division one winning entry nationally in Monday and Wednesday Gold Lotto draw 3937, other Australians are not so fortunate as they face the devastating aftermath of the country’s worst bushfire season.

On Thursday the NSW Rural Fire Service confirmed 1,870 homes had been destroyed, with a further 753 damaged. 

The death toll stands at 26, 10.3 million hectares of land has been burnt, and a billion animals are feared to have perished, thousands of people have been evacuated from holiday beaches.

Building Impact Assessment teams continue assessing damage to properties. This season 1,870 homes destroyed & over 22,000 buildings saved. Teams assessed over 10,000 buildings since 1 January, confirming the loss of 954 homes. This figure is likely to increase. #nswrfs#nswfirespic.twitter.com/TcBKPg8700

— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) January 8, 2020

New South Wales on Thursday announced new funds of A$1 billion to rebuild infrastructure and communities in the state affected by the bushfire.

“We don’t want simply to rebuild the communities, we want them to thrive. And this $1 billion investment will do just that,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters in a briefing.

The Bureau of Meteorology said it saw no sign of cooler weather or significant rainfall in the next few months, adding that 2019 was the country’s hottest and driest on record.

A warning for residents of Victoria’s northeastern region to leave after fires escalated overnight was downgraded to “wait and watch” as authorities monitored conditions. A town on Kangaroo Island, which was ravaged by the fires, was being evacuated over fears bushfires still burning there may escalate

Australia’s bushfire season started earlier than normal following a three-year drought that has left much of the country’s bush land vulnerable to fires.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison visiting Kangaroo Island following the devastating bush fires which have burnt a third of the island. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday urged foreign tourists not to be deterred by deadly bushfires, fearing holiday-makers staying away could hurt the economy, as some normally crowded resorts have already turned into ghost towns.

Celebrities who have donated to firefighting services and wildlife shelters include Elton John and Chris Hemsworth with $1 million each, as well as billionaire James Packer ($5 million), singer Pink ($500,000) and comedian Celeste Barber who has helped raise over $40 million through her fundraising page.  

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Four hurt by falling tree branch in Melbourne suburb of St Kilda

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Two people are in a stable condition in hospital after being hit by a falling tree branch in Melbourne’s inner southeast, with another two people injured.

‘How the heck did your house survive this?’

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When Jesse and his parents arrived back to their property two days after the devastating fire in Batlow, they were confronted with a grim and heartbreaking scene. 

Man who lost family home in bushfires wins the lottery

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A Queensland man who lost his home in the recent bushfires has been shocked to win $1 million in the lottery.

Fresh charges for UTS academic accused of fake harassment

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Dianne Jolley, the Dean of Science at UTS was first arrested in November.

Iconic Australian winery goes into administration

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Australia’s sixth-largest wine company has gone into administration after significant financial struggles.

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