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Cold change on the way for south east

A cold change is on the way for parts of Australia's south east today after an unseasonably warm day yesterday. A front and troughs are generating gusty winds, showers and highland snow in parts of New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a strong Wind Warning for the Eden Coast with temperatures expected to dip a couple of degrees since yesterday. READ MORE: High-risk locations across NSW on exposure sites list Sydney will stay relatively warm although today's maximum will be 5C below yesterday with a top of 21C and minimum of 14C. The city's temperatures peaked at 24.2C yesterday - more than double the average for August. Strong winds are also expected across Victoria today with gale warnings for Central Gippsland Coast and East Gippsland Coast. A strong wind warning has also been issued for the West Coast and Central Coast of the state. Canberrans will get a rude shock with a minimum of 4C today after it hit its highest temperature ..

South Australia offer Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines to over 16s

South Australia has announced a major step forward in its vaccination rollout, offering both Pfizer and AstraZeneca to anyone aged over 16. The two vaccines will be available at state-run clinics from Monday. The state will become the first in Australia to make both vaccines an option for those over 16. LIVE UPDATES: Melbourne's protests arrests, tougher rules for Sydney Premier Steven Marshall confirmed the news on social media. "Vaccination is our pathway out of the pandemic & will help keep our state safe and economy strong," Mr Marshall wrote on Twitter. It's understood 127,000 booking slots would open from Monday to give younger South Australians the opportunity to get vaccinated. The appointments will be for September and October, when Pfizer supplies become available. READ MORE: Major changes to NSW public health orders expected after a crisis cabinet meeting https://twitter.com/marshall_steven/status/1425547850365112320?ref_src=twsrc%5EtfwMore details on the announcem..

Police arrest 73 protesters for Melbourne anti-lockdown rally

Police have descended on Melbourne's CBD to shut down an anti-lockdown rally, arresting 73 protesters. Officers swiftly stopped the unlawful gathering in the city last night, hours after an extension to the state's sixth coronavirus lockdown was announced. Melbourne will remain under stay-at-home orders for at least another week after 20 new infections were recorded. READ MORE: Melbourne lockdown extended amid new mystery cases Last night, police were seen patrolling the steps of Parliament before taking the protesters into custody after they were caught in breach of the Chief Health Officer's directions. Police are expecting to charge at least 69 people or issue infringement notices. Last night's attempted rally follows another, larger protest, in the city two weeks ago when the sixth lockdown was announced. Victoria's current lockdown is due to end at 11.59pm next Thursday. READ MORE: Man impersonates Victorian authorised officer, demands woman in home quaran..

Two-thirds of Afghanistan is now under the Taliban’s control

The Taliban has seized three more Afghan provincial capitals and a local army headquarters to complete a blitz across the country's north-east, giving them control of two-thirds of the nation as the US and NATO finalise their withdrawal after decades of war. The fall on Wednesday of the capitals of Badakhshan and Baghlan provinces to the north-east as well as Farah province to the west put increasing pressure on the country's central government to stem the tide of the advance, even as its lost a major base in Kunduz. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani rushed to Balkh province, already surrounded by Taliban-held territory, to seek help in pushing back the insurgents from warlords linked to allegations of atrocities and corruption. He also replaced his army chief of staff. READ MORE: Afghanistan military release video of air strike against Taliban While the capital of Kabul has not been directly threatened in the advance, the stunning speed of the offensive raises questions of how..

Quokka forced to vape in disturbing online video

Disturbing video has been shared on social media of a teen appearing to force a quokka to smoke an e-cigarette on WA's Rottnest Island. The picturesque location is known worldwide for people sharing selfies with the friendly animal, but the recently uploaded footage has experts slamming the animal cruelty, calling for the culprits to come forward. "It's completely and utterly irresponsible and unacceptable for this poor defenceless, vulnerable animal to be subjected to that kind of cruelty," RSPCA WA's Hannah Dreaver told 9News. READ MORE: Quokka filmed drinking from goon bag on Rottnest Island The quokka seems to think it is being given food as the young girl appears to force the purple vaping pen down its throat in the video. The footage has outraged experts and prompted an investigation from authorities. It is the latest in a series of sickening attacks on the Rottnest Island local, a 32-year-old man was fined after he was filmed feeding a quokka alcohol in 2018 and a..

Queensland authorities slam ‘disturbing’ act of forging mask exemption badges

Queensland authorities have today taken aim at those evading the state's mask mandate by wearing fraudulent exemption badges and attempting to fake medical conditions. The "irresponsible" stunt has both police and disability advocates concerned that the misuse of the badges may harm the credulity of those who have legitimate reasons not to wear masks. Queensland Health Minister Yvette D'ath today labelled it as "disturbing". READ MORE: Sydney man with COVID-19 charged for 'leaving lockdown for Byron Bay' "People shouldn't be finding ways to work around the rules," Ms D'ath said. "If you don't have a mask on, you are risking yourself getting the virus; it is not worth trying to come up with a fake excuse not to wear a mask." Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski echoed the Health Minister's stance, suggesting those who legitimately struggle to wear masks should stay home. "For those that are so vulnerable that they can't wear a mask, ..

Australia’s newest guide dog trainees go on ‘Paw Patrol’ with new names

Queensland's newest trainee guide dogs have had their big naming day with the litter adopting the names from the popular children's television show 'Paw Patrol'. While the likes of Marshal, Chase, Skye, Liberty, Rubble and Zuma are names you'd typically associate with animated rescue dogs – their real-life counterparts are putting the slogan "no job too big, no pup too small" into reality. Guide Dogs Australia CEO Karen Hayes said the seven-month-old pups have "a big role" ahead of them. READ MORE: Dingo puppies go on adorable excursion "They set off of Guide Dogs Australia's training program, which will see them go into make a difference in the lives of people in the community," Ms Hayes said. You can donate to your favourite Paw Patrol Guide Dog Pup as part of Pawgust, the foundation's annual fundraising event.

Queensland mowing company employs goats as business booms

A Queensland lawn mowing company has taken up a new clean, green and adorable alternative to its typically human employees. Maudsland Lawn Mowing owners Michael McConnell and Allison Gleeson have employed the services of Salt and Pepper, their "kids" who are more than happy to help when it comes to the big jobs. Mr MConnell told 9News Salt and Pepper even sort the grass from the weeds, so customers don't need to use herbicides. READ MORE: Patients receive 'ultra-low dose' of COVID-19 vaccine at Brisbane hub "People don't have to come and use herbicides and things like that; the goats come in, take all the bad stuff and put the good stuff back into the soil," Mr McConnell said. "You can set them up for the day, and we'll go off and do the hedging and everything, so you're doing two things at once," Ms Gleeson said. "They've got enough food in there; they're happy to stay in there and get the job done for us."

Patients receive ‘ultra-low dose’ of COVID-19 vaccine at Brisbane hub

Six people may have received an ultra-low dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine following an "administration error" last week at a Brisbane clinic. Health Authorities have contacted 66 people who received the Pfizer vaccine at its Kippa-Ring Vaccination Centre before 9.30am on Saturday, August 7. The error comes nearly two weeks after a similar mistake was made at Rockhampton Hospital, where up to six people also received an ultra-low dose of the jab. READ MORE: Sydney man with COVID-19 charged over allegedly 'leaving lockdown for Byron Bay' Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said an ultra-low dose of the vaccine is not harmful but could impact the person's immunity to COVID-19. "We are working with those impacted to ensure optimal immune response to the vaccination is achieved," Dr Young said. "Of those 66, 26 were receiving their first dose and 40 were receiving their second dose. "Those affected will be offered a new appointment to receive a repeat dose to ensure t..