State of the nationMonday, October 31, 2016

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Here’s your headlines from around regional Australia and beyond. Scroll down and refresh for weather, road reports and more.

RACV declares Portland roads the worst in VictoriaEvery few minutes a giant freight truck, a bus or a car swerves –often across double lines –to avoid smashing its wheels into cracked-up sections of highway or large potholes jagged enough to shatter rims.More here.

Zombies shuffle their way down Port Fairy streetDozens of zombies shuffled their way down the main street of Port Fairy during what is set to become an annual event.More here.

Fresh five for WodongaFive newcomers will be on Wodonga Council after Kat Bennett, Danny Lowe, Tim Quilty, Libby Hall and Ron Mildren were elected.More here.

Past mayor proves hit for voters at age 80City voters in Wangaratta have turned to an 80-year-old former mayor to help lead the council after three years of administration.More here.

Four new faces voted inBallarat’s new council has been revealed.Previous mayor Des Hudson will retain his seat on south ward, along with fellow incumbent Jim Rinaldi and newcomer Ben Taylor, pushing out Peter Innes.More here.

Contaminants found in railway station soilSections of the Ballarat Railway Station car park have been fenced off amid fears elevated levels of contaminants have been found in the soil.More here.​

New Bendigo council revealedIt hasbeen an exciting weekend for the nine candidates who have been elected to the City of Greater Bendigo council.More here.

Mosquito coil sparks house fire at MandurangPeople have been urged to ensure mosquito coilsare not left unattended after a destructive house fire on Saturday afternoon.More here.

Man dies in HorshamA Horshanman, aged 32, has died after his four-wheel-drive hit a tree due to losing control on the Urquhart Street andKalkee Road overpass. More here.

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State of the nationNeed a national news snapshot first thing –well, we have you covered.

► WOLLONGONG:Wollongong has welcomed its first cruise ship with Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas docking in Port Kembla on Sunday. Read all about it.

► NOWRA: A man has died and two people have been hospitalised after a crash near Nowra on Sunday. Full story.

► Mandarang:People have been urged to ensure mosquito coilsare not left unattended after a destructive house fire on Saturday afternoon. Full story.

► BALLARAT:A massive tree fell down along the Ring Road to the west of Ballarat, causing power lines to fall across the Ballarat rail line on Sunday. More details.

► NEWCASTLE:A MAN has been charged with breaking the wrist of one police officer before punching and spitting on a female officer after he attempted to intervene in the eviction of a young woman at the popular Jazz In The Vines festival. Full story.

► EDEN:The annual Eden Whale Festival attracted thousands of visitors to the Far South Coast. See the photos.

National news

► SYDNEY:Once a week, Diane Wilson would take her daughter Bronwyn to a rectangular plot of land, strewn with pipes and machinery, in the gaze of the Mounties club in Sydney’s south-west. Full story.

► EMPLOYEMENT:There is now only one job advertised for every six low-skilled job seekers who are increasingly excluded from the workforce, raising concerns about a growing number of Australians forced to live below the poverty line. Full story.

►DARWIN:Former trade minister Andrew Robb has accepted a job with the Chinese companythat has a 99-year lease of the Darwin Port. Full story.

Former trade minister Andrew Robb at his appointment ceremony. Photo: ABC News

National weather radarInternational news► BEIJING:Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has confirmed the detention of a fourth Australian in China in connection with the nationwide blitz on Crown Resorts’ activities on the Chinese mainland. Full story.

► JAKARTA:I’m trying to get through the front door of the biggest and most important scientific experiment of the 21st century. Full story.

►FRANCE:I’m trying to get through the front door of the biggest and most important scientific experiment of the 21st century.

It’s not working. I wave at the automatic door-opening sensors and the people at reception wave back at me. Eventually they find a button to press to get me in. Full story.

Faces of Australia:Betty Shepherd Betty Shepherd reminiscing in front of the stable where Trevors used to live. Picture: Kriston Harris

AS we head into the heart of the Spring Carnival, 2016 sparks many memories for Scone residentand local icon Betty Shepherd.

This year celebrates the 50th anniversary since Betty was the firstlicensed female trainer to have a runner in the Caulfield and Melbourne Cup with her horseTrevors.

Believed to be the first ever woman to be granted a training license in Australia, Betty considered itmore of a hobby, keeping only two or three horses in work at a time. Read all about it.

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