Good morning. Here are your headlines from around regional Australia and beyond. Scroll down and refresh for weather, road reports and more.
ESPERANCE: Teen surfer Laeticia Brouwer, who sadly died after a shark attack near Esperance, ‘died doing what she loved’ according to her family.
The 17-year-old was surfing with her father at Kelp Beds at Wylie Bay, when the attack occurred around 4pm on Monday, April 17. Read more.
BUSSELTON: Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said it would be counter-intuitive for Main Roads to trial closing an overtaking lane on Bussell Highway during peak periods and the proposal would not be supported by her agency.
Ms Saffioti said she would advise Main Roads not to proceed with its proposal to close the overtaking lanes between Busselton and Capel on long weekends. Read more.
MANDURAH: In a bid to bring mothers together and make a difference in the community, Mandurah mother of two, blogger and good Samaritan Melanie Edge has brought Babes + Picnics Australia to Mandurah. Read more.
BUNBURY: More than 100 public submissions have been considered for the adoption of a new planning scheme and strategy that is expected to open Bunbury to more diverse development and drive growth over the next 20 years. Read more.
State of the nation
► Tasmania: Police have so far banned five individual firearms based on their appearance, according to newly-introduced guidelines.
Assistant Commissioner Richard Cowling said following a review of the Sydney Seige in 2014, the nation’s police services agreed to review their own data.
► Wagga, NSW: A mother was told her missing child had been “raped and dumped in the bushes” during a sickening phone call hoax on Easter Monday.
Lisa Moellers spent seven hours desperately searching Glenfield Park for her son Mason Stuart, 9, when an anonymous “creep” sent her into a state of hysteria.
► Jimboomba, QLD: Motorists are being warned to slow down and be extra vigilant in school zones when school returns in Queensland from Tuesday, April 18.
► Northern Territory: NT Police say they have had a lot of questions from the public about where you can and can’t ride quad bikes/buggies.
Police said the basic answer was that any motor vehicle driven in any public space has to be registered.
► Newcastle, NSW: Once the scourge of the Newcastle defence, former Mariners striker Roy O’Dovonan will now have the chance to be the Jets' saviour in front of goals.
O’Donovan has agreed to terms on a two-year deal and is expected to put pen to paper on Wednesday.
► Victoria: A teenager who allegedly assaulted a man in the Ballarat Police Station cells has been charged and remanded into custody.
An Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman said paramedics were called to the Dana Street cells at midday on Sunday April 9 to treat a man with upper body injuries.
Eye on the weather
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► Bangkok: No visit to Thailand is complete without eating at street stalls. Papaya salads, braised duck, steaming noodles and grilled whole fish are among exciting and bewildering choices.
Ever tried giem ee, the hand rolled noodles doused in long-simmering chicken broth and topped with peanuts, julienned green beans and chicken wings braised overnight?
► London: British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a snap election, to win a mandate for her vision of a "hard" Brexit.
The election will take place on June 8, assuming she wins a vote in the House of Commons on Wednesday.
"It is necessary to secure the strong and stable leadership the country needs to see us through Brexit and beyond," the Prime Minister said, in an unusual statement on the steps of 10 Downing Street.
Faces of Australia
War-time stories and tales about his welcoming nature were all the talk at Neville Davis’ 105th birthday party.
Mr Davis served in World War II and was a Royal Navy bomb disposal officer in Ceylon as the war ended.
He was badly burned by explosives during this time, but was still required to diffuse a bomb washed up on a beach.
► INSTAGRAM: “These days, people want what’s real." @youngparis is a triple threat rapper, dancer, and model who is bringing Congolese style to his music.
His latest EP, "Afrobeats," is a mashup of modern African music that’s equal parts R&B, EDM, and hip-hop. After his father passed away, Paris made the decision to start wearing maquillage — traditional face paint — everyday as a tribute to him.
“It’s my way of keeping him with me wherever I go. I have a very strong culture dynamic, so my goal is continue to instill that self-love in people of color.” Head to @thecut to read more. Photo by: Bryan Derballa, via New York Magazine.
On this day …
1770 British explorer Captain James Cook first sights Australia
1775 American Revolution begins - Lexington Common, shot "heard round the world"
1909 Joan of Arc receives beatification by the Roman Catholic Church
1995 Oklahoma City bombing - a truck bomb at Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building kills 168 & injures 500
2011 Fidel Castro resigns from the Communist Party of Cuba's central committee after 45 years of holding the title.