Motorists face higher fuel prices as excise cut ends but farmers, trucking industry expect relief

A temporary cut to a government fuel tax ends this week, but industry figures say the ensuing price rises will not necessarily be bad news for farmers and truck drivers. Key points: A temporary halving of the fuel excise ends this week, driving up fuel prices at bowsers Truck operators say changes to fuel tax … Read more

Ballarat school warns of fake crowdfunding campaign in wake of ‘horror’ bus crash filled with 27 teenagers

Loreto College has warned of an “unaproved” crowdfunding campaign created to “support” the students and adults affected by a bus crash this week. Key points: Ballarat college warns of “unapproved” crowd sourcing campaign which has since disappeared from website Eight people remain in hospital after horror crash on Western Freeway on Wednesday NASA space camp … Read more

School bus driver involved in horror crash at Bacchus Marsh praised for his selfless actions

The driver of a school bus that crashed down an embankment west of Melbourne has been praised for his selfless actions after the accident, as 12 people remain in hospital. Key points: Thirty-three people, mostly students, were taken to hospital after a school bus collided with a truck near Bacchus Marsh A tow truck driver … Read more

Two seriously injured after school bus and truck crash at Bacchus Marsh, leaving 33 in hospital

A major collision between a school bus and a truck at Bacchus Marsh, west of Melbourne, early this morning has left more than 30 in hospital, with at least two suffering serious injuries. The crash happened on the Western Highway near the intersection of Condons Lane at about 3.15am. One teenage girl has been flown … Read more

Lauren Grainger found guilty of helping to kidnap school teacher Anthony Stott

A woman has been found guilty of helping to kidnap a Brisbane school teacher. Key points: A Brisbane teacher was tied to a chair after wandering onto a rural property at Cudgera Creek Anthony Stott died after being hit by a track soon after it was released Lauren Grainger was today found guilty of kidnapping-related … Read more

Uluru mass murderer Douglas Crabbe’s parole hearing delayed as more information sought

A Northern Territory mass murderer will remain behind bars in Western Australia for at least a few more months, after his parole review was delayed while authorities dig for more information. Key points: Douglas Crabbe is serving five consecutive life sentences for killing five people near Uluru He’s been in prison since 1983, and his … Read more

Earthquake damage a lingering problem for isolated farmers in eastern Victoria

Truck access to farms in a remote part of Gippsland has been curtailed, with an earthquake-damaged road yet to be repaired. Key points: The Jamieson Licola Road was damaged by a magnitude 5.9 earthquake last year Farmers say the detour is dangerous It has hampered their ability to get trucks to their properties A 5.9-magnitude … Read more

Vintage fire truck with Indigenous history found by chance and returned to Bellbrook for restoration

A rural fire brigade captain was driving through a forest in northern New South Wales when a flash of color caught his eye. He was compelled to investigate and was thrilled to discover it was a vintage Bedford fire truck. The 1960s vehicle had belonged to the remote Bellbrook Rural Fire Brigade, west of Kempsey … Read more

Quick-thinking driver saves more than 100 head of cattle from Tanami Road truck fire

A quick-thinking truck driver saved more than 100 head of cattle after one of his trailers caught fire while he was traveling on one of the Northern Territory’s roughest and most remote roads. Key points: The Tanami is a vital connection from Central Australia to WA’s Kimberley region Road train driver Cory Stirling was able … Read more

Queensland man arrested over South Eastern Freeway crash in Adelaide foothills

A Queensland truck driver has been charged over a freeway crash in the foothills of Adelaide that injured nine people. Key points: Police have charged a man over a crash on the South Eastern Freeway that injured nine people The 60-year-old Queensland man was charged with numerous offenses including driving unlicensed He will appear in … Read more