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Melbourne Express bushfire updates: Wednesday, October 7, 2015

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Deborah Gough 11:43 AM   Melbourne Express is a live blog bringing you what you need to hit the day running - news, weather and transport updates, and compelling content from The Age and beyond.

Bushfires: Missing man found, 200 properties in danger zone

A burnt-out home on Three Chain Road, near Lancefield.

Marissa Calligeros, Alana Schetzer, Aisha Dow 11:16 AM   Fears more homes have been lost as Victorian's bushfire emergency enters its second day.

Former jockey Danny Nikolic's racetrack ban lifted

Former jockey Danny Nikolic is allowed back at racetracks.

Mark Russell 11:14 AM   Racing Victoria decided not to re-licence Nikolic, saying one of the reasons for the decision was his racetrack ban. Nikolic may now appeal.

Police officer charged with murder

The scene of the police shooting in Windsor in 2013.

Cameron Houston, Chris Vedelago 11:06 AM   A veteran police officer has been charged with murder over the fatal shooting of a driver during a routine traffic stop in Windsor in 2013.

What happened to Penelope and Stephen?

Police outside the Bailey residence in Mont Albert.

Marissa Calligeros 10:45 AM   Homicide detectives are investigating the suspicious disappearance of a Melbourne mother and son.

Woman killed after car carrying nine crashes in Mount Evelyn


9:05 AM   A passenger has died and eight people are injured after a car carrying nine people crashed in Melbourne's outer east.

Examiners reveal secret VCE exam tips

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Students sitting an exam.

Timna Jacks 9:01 AM   Year 12 students have been advised to take a deep breath, visualise success, and the the obvious: read the exam question carefully. 

'I realised I could forgive my past'

Poet Abe Nouk: taught himself to read and write three years ago.

Beau Donelly 7:32 AM   Three years ago Abe Nouk taught himself to read and write. Next week he will perform at the Sydney Opera House, competing for the national title of the Australian Poetry Slam.

Victoria could fire up desal plant to beat the heat

 Victoria's Desalination Plant, near Wonthaggi, could be turned on for the first time.

Josh Gordon 7:00 AM   Victoria's $4 billion desalination plant could be switched on for the first time as parts of the state experience the driest conditions on record.

Bushfire out-of-control as state swelters in record heat

An out-of-control bushfire is threatening the towns of Benloch and Nulla Vale.

Alana Schetzer, Aisha Dow 1:18 AM   Victorians have been urged to brace for a "long, hot and dangerous" bushfire season, as more than 100 fires raged throughout the state on Tuesday.

New TPP deal brings fairer trade, says Victorian dairy farmer

Dairy farmer John Versteden.

Darren Gray 12:15 AM   In the eyes of Longwarry dairy farmer John Versteden it's more of "fair" trade agreement, than a free trade agreement, but one he welcomes all the same.

Young man with lymphoma needs $800,000 for another shot at life

Joey Lynch.

Julia Medew 10:13 PM   Joey Lynch thinks he is an unlikely character for a cancer story.

The best thing to do if a disaster hit Melbourne

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Aisha Dow 8:31 PM   Workers and residents in Melbourne's central business district could be forced to walk en masse to the outskirts of the city in the aftermath of major natural disaster or deliberate attack.

Green light for Haileybury College's high-rise plan

383 King Street, Melbourne, purchased by Haileybury collage for $52m for a new CBD campus

Timna Jacks, Education Reporter 7:53 PM   Haileybury College's proposal for a new high-rise CBD school with a rooftop play area has been unanimously approved by the Melbourne City Council.

Albion Hotel fire probe to begin

The sunrise in Melbourne and smoke from the South Melbourne fire at The Albion rooftop.

Rania Spooner and Tammy Mills 6:21 PM   The charred remains of what would have made South Melbourne's new Albion Rooftop venue a summer favourite – the open terraces and retractable awnings – are left hanging from the frame of its heritage-listed skeleton.

Court protest over OPP treatment of staff

Police Association secretary Ron Iddles commended social workers who support victims and witnesses.

Cameron Houston and Chris Vedelago 6:10 PM   The Office of Public Prosecutions faces a public backlash on Thursday when staff and several unions protest against the contentious decision to discipline three social workers for preparing a statement for Victoria's Royal Commission into Family Violence.

Catholic adoption agency wants exemption from same-sex laws

Carers are angry at Canberra court delays for adoption processes.

Benjamin Preiss, Richard Willingham 6:03 PM   A Catholic welfare agency has warned it could have to stop providing adoption services under new laws that allow same-sex couples to jointly adopt children in Victoria.

Give police spy cars, says traffic camera boss

The camera on top of the Manchester police smart car can swivel 360 degrees and zoom in on offending drivers.

Tom Cowie 6:01 PM   Victoria Police should incorporate smart cars mounted with CCTV cameras in a bid to catch distracted drivers using mobile phones, the road safety camera commissioner says.

Welcome to Richmond Hill: traders try to reverse struggling strip with new name

The retail strip on Bridge Road, Richmond, has suffered in recent years as shoppers desert it for other destinations.

Clay Lucas 6:00 AM   It should be one of Melbourne's premier retailing strips - close to the CBD, brimming with cafes, lots of young residents with disposable incomes - but instead it has for years languished, with businesses on it struggling to make ends meet.

Mediators to resolve toxic disputes in schools

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Henrietta Cook 5:43 PM   Independent mediators will be rolled out in Victorian schools to help settle toxic disputes between parents and principals.

Cool change sweeps Melbourne CBD

Taylor Zanetic, Emmerson Zanetic and Georgia Owen from Perth in St Kilda Beach on Monday.

Robyn Grace, Marissa Calligeros, Nick Toscano 5:36 PM   Melbourne temperature drops 10 degrees in a matter of minutes.

Infrastructure Victoria chairman named

New Chairman of Infrastructure Victoria, Jim Miller.

Richard Willingham 12:15 AM   A former executive director of Macquarie Capital will head Victoria's promised new infrastructure body.

RMIT teachers to strike over new pay offer

RMIT teachers are set to walk off the job on Thursday after rejecting the university's pay offer.

Timna Jacks 5:20 PM   Up to 600 RMIT teachers will walk off the job on Thursday, leaving two out of three classes without a teacher.

Cool change sparks bushfire fears

An Emergency warning has been issued for the Lancefield area, north-west of Melbourne.

Allison Worrall, Robyn Grace 4:25 PM   Almost 200 properties are under threat from an out-of-control bushfire burning about 80 kilometres north-west of Melbourne.

Netball administrator stole $209,000, court told

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Adam Cooper 4:12 PM   A netball administrator siphoned $209,000 of money earmarked for junior and social players into her own bank accounts because she felt the sport owed her, a court has heard.

Victoria to grow its own medical marijuana

A strictly controlled licensing scheme to produce medicinal cannabis in Victoria now only needs sign-off from the federal government.

Josh Gordon 3:11 PM   Victoria is set to become the first state in Australia to legalise marijuana cultivation to treat serious medical conditions including cancer, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, epilepsy and chronic pain.

Accused murderer talked about werewolves, court told

Homeless man Wayne 'Mousey' Perry before his death.

Mark Russell 2:25 PM   A former Melbourne Grammar student had been acting strangely talking about werewolves before killing a homeless man, a court has heard.

Man accused of preparing to fight in Syria not a weirdo, court hears

Amin Mohamed denied wanting to go to Syria to fight on the frontline.

Mark Russell 12:50 PM   A man accused of preparing to fight in Syria did not tell his work colleagues what he was doing because he did not want them to think he was a weirdo, a court has heard.

Missing 73-year-old bushwalker found

Burrowa-Pine Mountain National PArk

Marissa Calligeros, Allison Worrall 12:12 PM   An eagle-eyed Police Air Wing pilot spotted the missing walker sitting on a rock


Open letter to Gillon McLachlan

Victim of Brownless' "strippers" comment says the AFL chief should use his power to change the culture of The Footy Show.

Don't be fooled by Andrews' port trickery

Privatising the port to pay for level-crossing removals is a modern version of the pea and thimble trick.

Dan's cunning play

Meet Daniel Andrews, the premier salesman trying to spruik Victoria on the world stage.

Better get used to it ... Melbourne is strike city

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union's  march towards industrial action is not an isolated movement.

We must double our refugee intake

Our intake of Syrian refugees is not generous by world standards. Australia should double its intake.

Victoria: the education state, or ghetto?

Daniel Andrews needs to show that he cares about state schools.

Get on board, get on the bus

Driving to work is a tedious affair, but it has its compensations.

City's rail system is broken but who will pay to fix it?

Yes, the system is broken, but it is difficult to know who to blame for breaking it.

Why Melbourne's growth  is outpacing Sydney's

People could be flocking here for the coffee and cool bars. Or something else entirely.


V/Line conductor filmed punching man

Passenger films a V/Line employee as he repeatedly kicks and punches a 46-year-old man at Broadford station.

Andrews wants Melbourne Metro cash from Turnbull

Daniel Andrews wants the allocated $3 billion for East West link to fund the Melbourne Metro.

Inside Australia's goat farming industry

We export the largest quantity of this meat in the world, but most Australians know little about goat farming.