Flash flooding warnings for Victoria, NSW | Live radar AMAZING: This stunning picture was taken by Rhys Llewelyn in Albury-Wodonga.
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AMAZING: This stunning picture was taken by Rhys Llewelyn in Albury-Wodonga last night.

TweetFacebookTHE Bureau of Meteorology has released severe weather warnings for parts of Victoria and NSW.

Thunderstorms and heavy rain could lead to flash floodingin the South West Slopes forecast district, along withparts of the Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands and Riverina forecast districts.

There is also a severe weather warningfor heavy rainfall for people in theNorthern Country, North Central, North East, South West, Central and West and South Gippsland forecast districts in Victoria.

Thunderstorms and heavy rain could leadto flash flooding.

The State Emergency Service advises people should:

Keep clear of creeks and storm drainsDon’t drive, ride or walk through flood waterIf you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescueFor emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500


Region’s talent on display The 2015 Southern Ocean Art Prize opening night was a great success, with over 160 entries on display by artists of all ages.
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The 2015 Southern Ocean Art Prize opening night on Friday was a great success, with over 160 entries on display.

The 2015 Southern Ocean Art Prize opening night on Friday was a great success, with over 160 entries on display.

The 2015 Southern Ocean Art Prize opening night on Friday was a great success, with over 160 entries on display.

The 2015 Southern Ocean Art Prize opening night on Friday was a great success, with over 160 entries on display.

The 2015 Southern Ocean Art Prize opening night on Friday was a great success, with over 160 entries on display.

The 2015 Southern Ocean Art Prize opening night on Friday was a great success, with over 160 entries on display.

The 2015 Southern Ocean Art Prize opening night on Friday was a great success, with over 160 entries on display.

The 2015 Southern Ocean Art Prize opening night on Friday was a great success, with over 160 entries on display.

The 2015 Southern Ocean Art Prize opening night on Friday was a great success, with over 160 entries on display.

The 2015 Southern Ocean Art Prize opening night on Friday was a great success, with over 160 entries on display.

The 2015 Southern Ocean Art Prize opening night on Friday was a great success, with over 160 entries on display.

The 2015 Southern Ocean Art Prize opening night on Friday was a great success, with over 160 entries on display.

The 2015 Southern Ocean Art Prize opening night on Friday was a great success, with over 160 entries on display.

The 2015 Southern Ocean Art Prize opening night on Friday was a great success, with over 160 entries on display.

The 2015 Southern Ocean Art Prize opening night on Friday was a great success, with over 160 entries on display.

The 2015 Southern Ocean Art Prize opening night on Friday was a great success, with over 160 entries on display.

The 2015 Southern Ocean Art Prize opening night on Friday was a great success, with over 160 entries on display.

The 2015 Southern Ocean Art Prize opening night on Friday was a great success, with over 160 entries on display.

The 2015 Southern Ocean Art Prize opening night on Friday was a great success, with over 160 entries on display.

The 2015 Southern Ocean Art Prize opening night on Friday was a great success, with over 160 entries on display.

The 2015 Southern Ocean Art Prize opening night on Friday was a great success, with over 160 entries on display.

The 2015 Southern Ocean Art Prize opening night on Friday was a great success, with over 160 entries on display.

The 2015 Southern Ocean Art Prize opening night on Friday was a great success, with over 160 entries on display.

The 2015 Southern Ocean Art Prize opening night on Friday was a great success, with over 160 entries on display.

The 2015 Southern Ocean Art Prize opening night on Friday was a great success, with over 160 entries on display.

The 2015 Southern Ocean Art Prize opening night on Friday was a great success, with over 160 entries on display.

The 2015 Southern Ocean Art Prize opening night on Friday was a great success, with over 160 entries on display.

The 2015 Southern Ocean Art Prize opening night on Friday was a great success, with over 160 entries on display.

The 2015 Southern Ocean Art Prize opening night on Friday was a great success, with over 160 entries on display.

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Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame chairman David Brook and Dick Smith with some of the stockmen and women who starred in the museum’s new film.Australian entrepreneur and philanthropist Dick Smith was in Longreach on Friday to take part in the official launch of the new feature film shown to the 50,000 people who visitthe Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame.
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Made by well-known Australian film producer Bill Bennett and narrated by actor Jack Thompson, the 12-minute film was made possible by a $100,000 donation from the Dick Smith Foods Foundation.

It also enabled a refurbishment of the theatrette at the Hall.

Mr Smith said he was a great supporter of Australian farmers and the work of people who toiled on the land.

“I learnt plenty about stockmen today. All the stars in the movie are wonderful,” he said.

The feature is titledI Am a Stockmanand features a dozen Longreach and Barcaldine locals working on horseback, on motorbikes, in cars and helicopters, to celebrate the role they have played and continue to play in the development of Australia.

Some of the film was shot using a drone.

They included Boyd Webb from Weewondilla, north of Longreach, who said there was nothing more real than working with stock.

The contribution of women was recognised a number of times, particularly by Muttaburra’s Jaye Hall, commenting that women weren’t as gung ho in a mustering team but looked at the overall picture.

It contained an excerpt of RM Williams speaking that was from an earlier film shot by Bill Bennett to raise money to built the Stockman’s Hall of Fame, also made possible by Dick Smith’s generosity.

Tim Rayner represented the expert aerial musterers, and the ongoing role of Aboriginal stockmen was given lots of coverage.

Barcaldine’s Jack Moody spoke for the young people in the industry. When asked if there was a future for him, he replied “You’ll always need meat on your plate”.

ASHOF general manager Lloyd Mills told the group gathered at the Hall for the official launchthat it painted a picture of what the Stockman’s Hall of Fame was built for.

Speaking on behalf of the stockmen and women gathered for the launch, Ron Beezley thanked Dick Smith for recognising that stockmen have a place in Australia.

Sue Moody and Keith Saffy at Hathaway, Barcaldine, taken during the making of the film.

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FLYING ACROSS THE TASMAN: Skydive the Beach chief executive Anthony Boucaut started skydiving over North Beach in Wollongong and now the business he started it extending its reach by flying into the South Island of New Zealand. Picture: Greg Ellis.The sky is proving no limit for a Wollongong founded tourist business that is now operating in four Australian states and soaringinto New Zealand.
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Skydive the Beach, alreadythe largest tandem skydive operation in the Southern Hemisphere, isextendingits footprint into New Zealand with theacquisition ofNZone Skydive and Skydive Paradise now complete.

It is the first international business aquisition for theskydive operation that started in Wollongong 16years ago.

It means Skydive the Beach Group is now able to operate inQueenstown.

It already has16 drop zones inAustralia.

The ASX (Australian Stock Exchange)confirmed on Friday that the deal betweenSkydive the BeachGroup (SKB) andSkydive Queenstown Group is now finalised.

It is a strategic move for Skydive the Beach because Queenstown is such apopular international travel destination.

The Skydive Queenstown Group is itself a significant operation.

During the last financial year itconducted more than 23,000 tandem skydives.

And theWilliams family, one of the two Skydive Queenstown Group founders, will retain an interested byacquiringSKB shares in lieu of a NZ$500,000 cash consideration.

SKB chairman Beerworthdescribed the acquisition as an important step in the group’sstrategic expansion.

Mr Beerworth said it was a significant milestone in Skydive the Beach’spenetration into the international adventure tourism and leisure market.

Skydive the Beach was founded by chief executive Anthony Boucaut in 1999 and the tandem jumpbusiness has been growing on average around 30 per cent a year.

It has grown to the point where in the present financial year it expects to make over 130,000 skydives.

The company offers a complete range of skydiving services to the public, agents and media including tandem skydiving, night skydiving, and helicopter jumps as well as courses and skills development courses.

Skydive the Beach Group has has more than 370 staff and contractors and owns 26 aircraft.

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Rickey Caton was arrested after he pointed a toy dinosaur at police. Photo: Andrew MearesThe police case against Rickey Caton started with a “roaaaar!” when he was forcibly arrested by two officers after jokingly producing a toy dinosaur during a roadside car stop.
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But it ended with a whimper on Friday when a magistrate ordered the police force to pay more than $100,000 after finding the matter should never have gone to court.

The police are facing even more financial pain over the ill-judged prosecution, with Mr Caton and his mateset to launch a claim for hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages for assault, wrongful arrest and malicious prosecution.

“The [police] proceedings should not have been brought,” Magistrate Mark Douglass told Kiama Local Court on Friday, as an inspector from the police force’s Professional Standards Command looked on.

“The prosecutor failed to reasonably investigate relevant matters …which might have suggested that the accused was not guilty.”

The magistrate was referring to the evidence of the third officer present on the night of the arrests – Lucie Litchfield – who said that far from assaulting police as her colleagues had claimed, it was Mr Caton and his mates who had been the victims of aggression.

Former police officer Lucie Litchfield outside Kiama Local Court. Photo: Sylvia Liber

Ms Lichfield said that when police stopped Mr Caton and his mates in Queanbeyan in late December 2013 and asked if they had any weapons, the local fatherhad cheekily pulled out the toy and declared “I’ve got a dinosaur – roaaaar!”.

She said one of the officers, Senior Constable Todd Finnegan, had subsequently forced Mr Caton from the car, pushed him to the ground and handcuffed him. Her other police colleague, Senior Constable Patrick Hicks, had then crash-tackled Mr Caton’s friend, Adam Antram into a retaining wall.

The police prosecutors in the case were aware that Ms Litchfield had contradicted her colleagues’ version of events, but they failed to question her about it and continued with the prosecution.

On Friday Magistrate Douglass described her evidence as “cogent and compelling”.

Ms Lichfield told Fairfax Media that the magistrate’s comments had been “extremely satisfying”.

“If the police had done their job properly they would have questioned me about my evidence before it went to court,” she said.

Ms Lichfield says she was subjected to bullying and isolation at workafter blowing the whistleand has since resigned from the force.

Magistrate Douglass upheld the application for legal costs by Mr Caton’s barrister, Steven Boland, ordering the police to pay costsafter finding that the prosecution had been conducted in an “unreasonable manner”.

The police had strenuously opposed the costs application.

Mr Caton and Mr Antram are expected to file civil claims next weekagainst NSW Police in the District Court.

Fairfax Media understands the menwill claim that the police committed the civil tort of “trespass to a person” during the arrest andthen concocted the assault claims in a bid to coverup their behaviour.

The men are expected to allege that police then pursued a malicious prosecution, deliberately ignoring the evidence of Ms Lichfield that contradicted her fellow officers’ claims.

Fairfax Media understands that the matter is now the subject of an internal police investigation involving the Professional Standards Command.

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