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(generated from captions) in north-west New South Wales. It's disaster on a grand scale as the waters rise. Hundreds evacuating their homes we're live from the flood zone. This morning on Sunrise, of an Indian student in Melbourne Also ahead - the death

leaves grief and a rift. about being crime targets. We'll hear from the community who can't stay between the flags. Plus, the call to fine swimmers a second 'Avatar' movie? And will there be dominate movie screens this year. Sequels and re-makes already Welcome to Monday on Sunrise. # Reach up for the sunrise... # here's Mel and Beretts. VOICEOVER: Live from Brekky Central, Hello and thanks for joining us. for many people today Things start getting back to normal after the Christmas/New Year break. as they head back to work for the residents of Coonamble But things are far from normal in north-west New South Wales. with the locals, Our James Tobin is there rise through the town. watching the water We'll check in with him shortly. And the flooding leads our news and Sarah has the details. in central-west New South Wales The Castlereagh River is still rising of the town of Coonamble. after forcing the evacuation fled their homes last night About 1,200 people as the town was surrounded by a rising tide. at 5.5 in a few hours, The river's expected to peak just 4cm below the levees. The levee banks are about 5.9m for comfort. and that's just a bit too close out of the floodwaters yesterday, Horses and cattle were herded has been reported. but, so far, no major damage Perth and surrounding areas today A total fire ban is in force for north-east of the city as a bushfire continues to burn out of control. Residents were forced to run threatened homes as the fast-moving fire yesterday afternoon. at Brigadoon and Millenden got changed into fire-friendly gear We just bundled things up, and we got my dog and we took off. has been destroyed Around 100 hectares of bushland but no homes were lost. say they're scared Indian students in Melbourne a 21-year-old on his way to work. after the stabbing murder of work at a Yarraville Hungry Jacks Nitin Garg was just metres from his when he was attacked. doesn't appear racially motivated Police say the killing but his friends aren't sure. weren't stolen. His wallet and mobile phone as an accountant. Garg recently graduated on the nation's roads It's been a deadly Christmas season with New South Wales recording its worst road toll in years, with 23 people killed. and the highest in the country,

A mother still fighting for life

of this fiery crash is now the sole survivor last week, on the State's south coast died in hospital yesterday. after her husband were killed instantly. Their daughters, aged 11 and 13,

the national road toll to 68 David Bridge's death lifted ending last night. for the holiday period and bonuses has been scaled back A scheme to rein-in executive pay by the Productivity Commission. from interfering with the committees Directors will be prevented that set their salaries. a key proposal But the commission's softened to face immediate relection to force executives their packages. if shareholders reject and bonuses A report into executive pay to be released today was commissioned by Canberra global financial crisis. following the will have to dig deeper From today, Queenslanders to pay for public transport. by up to $1 for a single journey. Paper tickets will rise journey will increase by 38 cents. An automated Go card for the same by 15% a year until 2014. Fares will continue to rise have become millionaires Some lucky punters and they don't even know it. to check their lotto tickets People are being urged $30 million superdraw after Saturday night's prize winners, resulted in 18 first division eight in New South Wales. prizes are yet to be claimed. But several of the $1.4 million their embassies in Yemen The US and UK have closed over threats by the al-Qaeda group plane bombing. linked to the failed Christmas Day British Prime Minister Gordon Brown are working together says both countries their counter-terrorism operations. to strengthen like Somalia, to be one of the areas Yemen has been recognised,

keep an eye on, where we've got to not only but we've got to do more. Christmas day terror attack A Nigerian man accused of the failed he trained with al-Qaeda in Yemen. told US investigators have escaped uninjured More than 170 passengers and crew a runway in western Germany. after an Air Berlin jet skidded off forced the pilot of the Boeing 737 A technical irregularity to abort take-off. the runway due to heavy snowfall. The aircraft braked but slid off and no-one was hurt. The plane wasn't damaged In finance news: It's a new year with a bumper financial week ahead. but there's no rest for investors joins me now. Craig James from Commsec this week? What are you keeping an eye on

Any investor hoping for an easing

into 2010 will be disappointed.

There is something like half a dozen

indicators and today we get

manufacturing figures and then

Tuesday on home sales and Wednesday

building approvals and then Thursday

retail trade. In terms of retail

trade peel will want to know how

Christmas sales went. They should be

pretty good. We are looking for 0.

pretty good. We are looking for 0.5%

increase. The Dow Jones was down

significantly on Friday. It was

basically due to a lot of people

cashing in their chips and I think

investors will shake that off and it

will trade higher. Thank you. greenest wicket ever. Soon on Sunrise - excuses for their batting collapse. But the Aussies says they have no and the rest of this morning's sport Simon checks the fallout

in just a moment. for Brisbane. Fine in Sydney. Sunny Clear conditions and Melbourne. for Canberra and Adelaide. Fine for Hobart for Perth. A windy morning Darwin will have storms. James has the weather live from the flood zone when Sunrise continues. Thank you for making Sunrise

Australia's number one breakfast show for the sixth year in a row. Now comes our biggest yet with an all-new look from January 25. Australia is refusing to blame the green SCG wicket for its embarrassing capitulation in the second Test. The home side was rolled for a paltry 127. Pakistan skipper Mohammad Yousuf couldn't believe his luck when Ricky Ponting won the toss and decided to bat, admitting he was hoping to bowl anyway. Mohammad Asif relished the swing-friendly conditions, taking career-best figures of 6/41. I don't think it was a 127 all out pitch where credit is due they did bowl very well. It's Australia's worst batting performance at home in 13 years. South Australia remains unbeaten in the Twenty20 Big Bash after a 4-wicket win over Queensland at the Adelaide Oval overnight. A half-century from James Hopes helped the Bulls post a competitive 4/156 but the Redbacks were untroubled in the run chase thanks to a quickfire 34 from Dan Harris

at the top of the innings. An unbeaten 43 from Mark Cosgrove got the Redbacks home with an over to spare. Alicia Molik has set-up a blockbuster meeting against another comeback queen, Kim Clijsters, after winning her opening round clash at the Brisbane International. Molik downed Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 1-6, 6-4, but faces a steep class rise against Clijsters, who took less than an hour to dispose of Italian Tathiana Garbin, 6-2, 6-1.

Justine Henin returns to singles action today against Nadia Petrova and Jelena Dokic takes on Ana Ivanovic. All the action is right here on Seven. Check your local guides. World number four Andy Murray will kick off his Australian Open campaign at the Hopman Cup tonight when Great Britain meet Kazakhstan. The Scot is teaming with 15-year-old Laura Robson. Spain made the perfect start to its Hopman Cup quest yesterday, with Jose Maria Martinez-Sanchez defeating the USA's Melanie Oudin in straight sets. Tommy Robredo clinched the tie with a 3-set win over John Isner. Manchester United is out of the FA Cup after a shock 1-0 loss to third-tier side Leeds United at Old Trafford this morning. It's the first time in 26 years that United has crashed out in the third round.

Meanwhile, unwanted Socceroos striker Scott McDonald has starred on the biggest stage in Scottish football, scoring in Celtic's 1-1 draw with Rangers in the Old Firm derby.

We have fires on the west coast and

floods on the east coast. James is

in the thick of it this morning in

Coonamble. Yes, good morning, Simon.

Good morning to everyone in

Coonamble but not a lot of people

went to bed last night. Yesterday at

7pm the evacuation orders escalated.

It was an area incorporating 124

residents to an area of over 1,000

residents. Police from Dubbo and

Wogga helped with the evacuation. At

the moment we are fine. This is

the moment we are fine. This is the Catlereagh River. At 5pm water

levels were 5 metres. The leave Lee is 5.

is 5.9 metres. Hopefully we won't

reach that level. I spoke to

residents downstream and they feel

it is a foot away from breaking. The

latest news from the SES we are

expecting the river to peak from now

to 9am. If anything happens, I will let you know. Sunrise weather for Beacon Lighting. Around Queensland - fine for Cairns. Showers for Townsville. A storm for Mount Isa and Bundaberg. Across New South Wales - a shower for Coffs Harbour. Fine for Orange and Broken Hill. Mostly sunny for Canberra. Sydney will be fine. Around Victoria - sunny in Mildura. Partly cloudy for Warrnambool. Fine for Bendigo. Across Tasmania - sunny in Launceston and Swansea. Showers for Strahan. Hobart will be clear. Around South Australia - fine for Mount Gambier. Sunny in Port Lincoln and Ceduna. Across the Northern Territory - fine for Alice Springs. Storms for Katherine. Darwin will be wet. Around WA - morning drizzle for Albany. Fine for Bunbury and Kalgoorlie. Sunny in Geraldton and Karratha.

To just explain the situation a

little better, this the Catlereagh

River. On the other side

River. On the other side of Catlereagh River is the

north-eastern part of Coonamble and

then the Warren river. The concern

is that these two rivers will rise

and con venge on the north-eastern

side of Coonamble. If anything

occurs, I will talk to you. 5 metres

high. Seeing it wash away - you want

to bottle it up. Ahead this morning - is it time to wrestle control back from computers? Qantas passengers surely think so after some long weekend delays.

But next, what exactly does regular mean? The row over standard sizings for coffee. (ORCHESTRA IMITATES WHALE SONG) (WHALE SONG) People will save a lot of money just coming to one shop. All the product is here. And the lowest prices. I wouldn't shop anywhere else. Pope garden hose with timer, just $29.99. Ryobi 18V ONE+ blower, $99. 4-litre Cabot's natural decking oil, $53.90. Arlec White Pointer torch with batteries, only $9.90. We have the biggest range and the lowest prices. SONG: # Bunnings Warehouse! # Lowest prices are just the beginning. What if an education system started with the idea you were different? What if you didn't have to fit the system, but could make the system fit you? What if doors didn't have to close for others to open and fate was something you could change? Open Universities Australia gives you access to courses from leading Australian universities online so you can fit your studies around your life. The E-File on Sunrise with the all-original Nelson Aspen brought to you by 'New Idea', for all the latest celebrity news and more. Tiger Woods has checked himself into rehab over the holiday period. But his estranged wife, Elin, is finding her own path to recovery. Showbiz editor, Nelson Aspen, has more details. Good morning. Where's Elin?

It sounds like living well is the

best revenge but we should point out

where is Tiger also. We heard

stories he is in rehab, we heard

stories he is getting treated for

sexual addiction. And then we hear

that he has taken a whole floor

that he has taken a whole floor of Donald Trump's hotel. 'People'

magazine found Elin and her twin

sister celebrating their birthday in

the French Alps at a luxury, 7-room

chalet and she has been seen hitting

the slopes and is said to be doing

pretty well under the circumstances,

whatever that means. Tiger got her a

very nice lovely Christmas gifts.

All the gifts for the kids had to

come through the post because he has

been separated from them. Even

Tiger's mom had to mail her gifts to

the kids. Elin's gift came in the

amount of $

amount of $300 million. That is the

quota tributed to her. Could be more

down the line. Charlie Sheen's wife wants him back into the family home?

She has been in Aspen with the

children and protective services has

deemed they are safe there but

Brooke wants to come back to Los

Angeles and Charlie goes back to

work on his tomorrow but it is up to

the judge on a monitoring service.

It would be to make sure that Brooke

is safe. If the prosecution goes for

abuse charges, they have to make

sure that Brooke is safe in the

home. A lot of family dramas in

Hollywood. Thank you. We will check

in with you in an hour. Beretts,

where are you? I am at the McCafe.

Brewers are in debate about the

sizes. Amy, this is a regular? Some

call it standard. What does regular

mean? What happened to small, medium

and large? We all know what that

means. When you go to a coffee store

and they offer you a regular. If you

want to test the person serving you,

ask for an irregular. Small medium

large, and now it is regular. Coffee

drinkers are saying "

drinkers are saying "We have had enough. drinkers are saying "We have had

enough." If you had to order your

coffee in some gobblelygoop term. I

went to get a jumbo and it had three

shots in it. By the time I got to

the end of the supermarket, I was on

top speed. I always ask for small

even if it is regular or something.

Small. And there is grand and tall.

Grand? Grand. That is big. This push

is being led by the plain English

campaign. They say enough is enough.

Just give us

Just give us something simple,

small, medium and large That is a

challenge for you. Plain speaking

coffee. Give us your experiences.

Have you been confused. Coming up, the wake-up call on sleep. Why teenagers need to get to bed.

And big Sam Kekovich drops by with our joke of the day. But next, our continuing coverage of the flood emergency in New South Wales. James Tobin is on location. Mr Smither? Yeah?

Our records indicate that you spent last Australia Day... Well, I... Not a fan of barbecues, are you? (FLIES BUZZ) (SIGHS) Listen, Australia Day is your chance to say thanks

for beaches, lamington drives, Kylie and our democratic right to give dead arms. Come on, Australians, get involved this Australia Day. Find out about events near you at: Good morning, Brisbane. Mostly fine and 28 degrees for another big day of tennis there. Today - Ana Ivanovic takes on Jelena Dokic. That's all part of Seven's Summer of Tennis. Very excited because the legendary Sam Kekovich is almost here. He'll be doing this morning's joke of the day. And we'll find out why he's off the United Nations.

Funny. Compared to normal? No, on a

different scale. Plus, are we too reliant on computers? It was a shocking weekend for malfunctions.

First though, here's Sarah with the latest news.

Good morning. Floods and fire have sparked major emergencies threatening homes. on both sides of the country, about 4,000 homes. In Queensland, storms blacked out Castlereagh River is still rising. In New South Wales, the

the town of Coonamble 1,200 people were ordered to flee lapped at their doorsteps. as the rising tide and this is as high as I've seen it. I've lived here 60 years raging out of control In the west, a bushfire is still after coming within metres of homes yesterday. at Brigadoon and Millenden This time, homes were spared, destroyed 37 homes at Toodyay. less than a week after a blaze an explosion in shark activity Rainy conditions have caused along the east coast. this 2m whaler shark Tourists were shocked to see at Stradbroke island. swimming in knee deep water another shark Yesterday, lifesavers there spotted from swimmers and kayakers. just metres Authorities say heavy rain out of the rivers into the ocean. is flushing the predators not to go in water when it's murky. It's a good policy Don't swim after dark, don't swim early morning. Experts say bull sharks are the biggest problem close to shore. Hundreds of protesters will march on Parliament house today Peter Spencer. in support of hunger-striking farmer from the Cooma district The 58-year-old in southern New South Wales has been up a pole for 43 days. a decision by Canberra He's protesting into a carbon sink, to turn his property from clearing his land. preventing him with Kevin Rudd will bring him down. He says only a personal meeting has released a statement In a rare move, Prince William of him becoming a shadow King. hoping to put to rest any rumours any public duties The Prince says he will not adopt

father's role as heir to the throne. that might undermine his he'd like to serve in Afghanistan Royal sources say

on his charity work. and spend more time later this month Prince William will visit Australia on his first solo royal tour. In finance news: is again being called into question Ricky Ponting's judgement first innings collapse after Australia's limp in the second Test against Pakistan. greenest SCG pitch in recent memory Ponting's decision to bat on the has been roundly criticised after the home side slumped to 127 all out. Mohammed Asif bagged a career-best 6/41 on the swing-bowlers paradise. of live green grass on that pitch. There's quite a lot enough balls in that right area, So I'm confident that if we do bowl we will create enough chances. In the Twenty20 Big Bash overnight, on the ladder South Australia moved into top spot with a 4-wicket win over Queensland. is through to the second round Alicia Molik of the Brisbane International over Ekaterina Makarova. after a 3-set win is Kim Clijsters, Molik's next assignment in straight sets. who cruised past Tathiana Garbin against Nadia Petrova Justine Henin is in action today takes on Ana Ivanovic. and Jelena Dokic men's top seed Andy Roddick tonight. Aussie Peter Luczak takes on Andy Murray hits the court tonight At the Hopman Cup, against Kazakhstan. for Great Britain Manchester United Premier League champions are out of the FA Cup to third-tier outfit Leeds after a shock 1-0 loss at Old Trafford this morning. It's the first time since 1984 the competition in the third round. that United has exited a narrow 2-point lead And Graeme Brown will take into today's twilight round of the Bay Cycling Classic. Controversy erupted after race two yesterday

when Brown accused Baden Cooke in the closing stages of the race, of intentionally slowing the pack won by Kiwi Matt Henderson.

In the women's event, a 6-point lead Rochelle Gilmour opened up her second straight race. after winning How

James is in Coonamble. It is strange

to wake up to a beautiful day and to

find the rivers are rising. Erin,

how is everything going? At the

moment we are still looking at the

river rising. It is sitting at 5.

river rising. It is sitting at 5.1

and still rising. This area went

from an area encompassing 400 people

to 1200 people. Is everyone safe? We

went doorknocking those 1200 people

and at the moult they are safe.

There were a couple evacuation

stations set up, is that where

everything is staying? We had

go to the bowling centre and only 30 everything is staying? We had people

people presented to the school. The

rest stayed with family and friends.

How are you holding up? We have been

the checking the river rising and then

For residents of Coonamble, if

anyone has concerns there is a

number. They with

number. They with reef us at 132500.

For everyone else around the

country, we will keep you up to date

if anything happens Hopefully

everyone has plans for the day

because a lot ahead. Time

because a lot ahead. Time for Thought of the Day. Nelson has sent

this in. Adversity doesn't build

character - it reveals it. He is the

deep and meaningful one on the team.

Here's Beretts. Joke of the Day

today being a Monday we brought in

the big guns. It is not a joke. It

is a true story. On the way here I

was confronted by two Joe hof awe's

witnesses. Foie I have to

Beretta. Do you have it with sugar? witnesses. Foie I have to meet Mark

How do you have a jam or Marmite. I

remember looking at my watch and I

realised I was self-indulgent. You

have been here for seven minutes and

what are you doing. And the guy

turned around and said stuffed if I

know, I never got this far before.

Mel, Sam is back shortly with a big announcement. the United Nations. Believe it or not, he's off to front We'll find out why.

Can't wait. Thank you. heading your way in 2010. Also ahead, the big movies need more sleep. But next, why teenagers You need to see these findings. when you joined them? Yes. And park in dangerous places. They'll pay for that. (ALL LAUGH) a quote for you. Call 13youi (MEN LAUGH) # No-one move # No-one speak # Please don't say that it's just me... # Two planes crashed into the World Trade Center. # It's not just me... # and smoke and screaming. All I can remember is blood of my spine I got a tingle up the back

"Whoa, this is a tidal wave." and I just went, Australians have answered the call. donate more than $15 million The spirit that has seen you in just a few hours. Have you seen Tina? Have you seen Tina? Kochie, I'm just... that we've been hearing all morning. ..it's just the same story needs more than anything right now What Far North Queensland is tradespeople. to put together Operation Sunrise. So we've teamed up that answered the call to help. It's just terrific the people sweat and tears. I got tears in my eyes, look, It is 4:50 in the morning and Todd Russell and Brant Webb have been released.

I'm looking at Barack Obama. In fact, I'm waving to Barack Obama. This is just extraordinary. We've conquered it. How about we do Kosciuszko next? Thank you, that's lovely. Do you want to come into our studio? You really do forget how much you've done. They were the moments we'll never forget. Can I be on your show forever now? Now, prepare for our next chapter - an all-new Sunrise from January 25. Under

Let's talk about the Sanitarium

wheat Bix triathlon record. This summer thousands of Aussie kids will be out to achieve something most sports champions dream of - setting a new world record

As it aims to be the largest under

16s triathlon on the planet. I am

encouraging all parents to encourage

your kids to a world record attempt.

If your child is under 16, register

at Weet-Bix.com.au. Any parent of a teenager will tell you it's hard to get them to go to bed at a reasonable hour. But new research has found

a lack of sleep could be making them depressed. The Columbia University Study reveals that teenagers who go to sleep after midnight are 24% more likely to suffer lows. They're also 20% more likely to have suicidal thoughts. And look what happens to those who sleep fewer than five hours a night. A 71% chance of depression and a dramatic rise in thoughts of death. Dr Ginni Mansberg is with us. Why is sleep so important for teenagers?

We don't really know. Isn't that

crazy? We have done so much research

on what the down sides are of not

getting sleep but what sleep does we

are not 100% sure. This study has

shed some light. It hes deal with

stress and even out those mood

swings. I know personally if I

haven't had enough sleep I get tired

and grumpy and you lose perspective.

With teenagers is that even bigger

for them? They are so stressed now.

Compared when we were teenagers it

is so on. Even if they don't get the

basic sleep, which is five hours, is

nothing. What is the amount? Nine

hours would be the absolute minimum.

What is your advice to parents?

Particularly with mobile phones and

computer form such a major part of

their life. It is all well and good

to say go to sleep, they don't

respond like little kids. Teenagers

are so smart and you don't need to

go punitive. "

go punitive. "Look at this study.

go punitive. "Look at this study."

They don't want suicide or

depression. If you say "

depression. If you say "This is why

I want you to et head to bed

earlier" and they were finding that

a quarter of parents to say "

a quarter of parents to say "It is

OK for you to go to bed past midnight. OK for you to go to bed past

midnight." 10pm the outside

especially when kids are getting up

at 6:30 for school. Dr Ginni Mansberg, thanks for your time. Coming up -

is it time to fine beachgoers who refuse to swim between the flags? And we're minutes away from Sam Kekovich's big news. You're watching Sunrise, with continuing coverage this morning of the flood emergency. When we need a car, we call Thrifty - Australia's best-valued car and truck rental. It was quite the weekend for computer malfunctions across the country. Air passengers faced delays when the check-in system at Qantas stalled. Hey, bit disappointing to get delayed but that's computers for you. And retailers lost thousands of dollars when a computer glitch prevented shoppers from using Bank of Queensland EFTPOS terminals. The machines skipped ahead six years, meaning they considered all cards to be out of date. It did get us thinking - are we too reliant on computers these days? Let us know your experiences and views.

If you were caught at Qantas

yesterday, love to hear your story. One man who believes in the old-fashioned way of doing things is Sam Kekovich.

He's a straight talking, meat-loving, Aussie ambassador. And for years now he's addressed the nation calling on us to eat more lamb.

My fellow Australians, these

incidents of un-Australian behaviour

has been enough to make me choke on

my lamb chops. Australian models in

Asia would get in a lot less trouble

if they had lamb chops in their

handbag. We might not have lost the

Ashes if our cricketers picked up

lamb chops instead of mobile phones.

A lamb chop on the barbie, don an

apron. Lamb chops on the barbie and

invite everyone else and celebrate

living in the best country on earth.

Have lamb chops on Australia Day.

You know it makes sense. I'm Sam Kekovich. And big news -

Sam has just been made Australia's 'Lamb-bassador'. That means spreading the love for lamb not only across Australia but around the world. Sam joins us now. What does this prestigious title entail?

I will give you a postage stamp p

what it means. We are going to a

global stage. We are going to the

united nations New York and lobby

political leaders right you through

Hollywood and LA and have them have

a lamb chop barbecue and do all the

Australian things, start behaving

like Australians. Popular belief

that global warming is a threat to

our existence. There is a greater

fear. But it is all about have being

a barbecue, getting your mates

together and good values

together and good values and spreading the gospel. All those

political and social and business

leaders will see fit so we can

announce on Australia Day the

announce on Australia Day the united Australia Day. The United Nations,

that is big. It is big. That is the

sort of bag I am taking. If that

fails, I have to - if this fails, I

might have to apply as Tiger Woods's

caddie. We enjoy it every Australia

Day but taking to the big world

stage is a big move. A bit of

irreverence and tongue-in-cheek but

we forget. We had the financial

meltdown, who cares. The more

important things are the sense of

barbecue, the sense of family and

the rest of the world may get rid of

the things encroaching on us. What

are you laughing at? Can I reveal

the logo. Tony Bourke officially

endorsed my pill

endorsed my pilgrimage. Unveil it.

That the official seal? Yes, it is. It That the official seal? Yes, it is.

It is fancy. That is the official

seal that we will be going to

seal that we will be going to the United Nations with and hopefully it

will be ratified. If you know the

content of United Nations, there are

a few dodgy ones and the lamb chop

will get us over the line. I like

your pin. The pin is outstanding.

Hopefully when I come back I can

reveal the fact that it has been

supported by all. On Australia Day

we can put our hands up and join

together. Thank you. Delight to have

me. Quarter to 7:00. I can't think

of anything better to do. You are

out of here? Yes. I am on a plane. I

better not say which airline. Stay

with us. Sarah's news is coming up. Then, evacuations and inundations. James Tobin is on location for the latest flood emergency. Plus, on holidays with the Obamas. How Hawaii is cashing in.

And is there an 'Avatar' sequel on the way? Sunrise has the upcoming movies to watch.

The view over the Coonamble region

at the moment. That is

Catlereagh River expecting more at the moment. That is the

showers in the region today and a

top of 31 degrees. At the moment you

can see the huge involve water

flowing down the Catlereagh River

and that is important for people

further downstream. We will get the

latest from weather watch and James

is covering it this morning. of an Indian student in Melbourne Also ahead, the death leaves grief and a rift. community about being crime targets. Shortly we'll hear from the who can't stay between the flags. Plus, the call to fine swimmers On holidays with the Obamas. turns Hawaii on its head. Their spot of R&R of the sequel. And 2010 will be the year

South Wales and Queensland. That is very slow moving trough through New very slow moving trough a couple weeks ago. It produces this Laurence that crossed Australia from the effects of tropical cyclone Well, basically we are still feeling and how long will the rain last? What's causing the downpour this morning. to reach almost 5.5 metres The Castlereagh River is expected Good morning, Anthony. from central-west New South Wales with hundreds evacuated on either side of the country has sparked emergencies Fire and rain Here's Sarah. on Sunrise. Right now it's news time of Sunrise continues. Find out soon as the Monday edition So, what's on the way back? as flooding threatens the town of Coonamble. For more on what's causing the extreme weather, we're joined by meteorologist Anthony Cornelius.

from Weather Watch. Anthony Cornelius the week. Thank you, Anthony. is expected to continue for much of Yan coast. The overall hot pattern slow-moving trough sitting on the the low to mid 30s. We got another relief and see temperatures dip to that way? There will be slight in WA, is there any relief heading term have lessened in that area. And heaviest falls at least in the short showers and thunderstorms but the coast S we will see some isolated have a ridge push up through that expecting rain to ease and we will central New South Wales we are what is bringing the rainfall. In

have worked through the night Firefighters in Western Australia north-east of Perth. battling a massive blaze The fire, which damaged properties yesterday, at Brigadoon and Millenden is still burning out of control. on Perth's north-eastern outskirts. The blaze started mid-afternoon Within a few terrifying minutes, of Brigadoon and Millenden. it roared up the hills and ran. Residents grabbed what they could We just bundled things up,

fire-friendly gear and some boots got changed into some sort of and we took off. and got my dog hottest day this summer. It was Perth's As temperatures hit 40 degrees,

strong ocean winds pushed the flames to the very edge.

Firefighters attacked from every direction. A verandah, some fences and a few sheds were lost but miraculously, no homes.

Hopefully, we'll knock out the head fires then we can start working on dampening down or blackening out the rest of it. The fire has destroyed 100 hectares of bushland and is still burning out of control. And while conditions have eased, the threat is not over. A total fire ban is in force today for the Perth metropolitan area and surrounding shires. 11 people have been injured, two seriously,

in a gas explosion north-west of London. The blast demolished a number of apartments and a shop at Shrewsbury. A woman suffered serious burns for spinal injuries. and a man is being treated the force of the explosion Witnesses say triggered heavy smoke and flames. shook neighbouring buildings and has watered down a scheme The Productivity Commission executive pay and bonuses. to rein in outrageous

recommends handing greater control A report to be released today to shareholders of directors' salaries but it's softened a key proposal to face immediate re-election to force executives their packages. if shareholders reject was commissioned by Canberra The report the global financial crisis. following centre is nearing full capacity The Christmas Island detention

head there. as 76 more asylum seekers The boat, with four crew on board,

near Christmas Island yesterday. was intercepted this year It's the first illegal arrival after 62 were caught last year. pitched their tents south of Sydney Around 13,000 scouts have which kicks off today. for the Australian Jamboree, is 'test your limits' This year's theme

as far as the US and New Zealand. and the scouts have come from at Chowder Bay, We've got water activities on site, we've got a high-ropes course we've got a giant swing, we've got a low-ropes course,

we've got Cirque du Soleil. will eat their way through During the Jamboree, the Scouts and 140,000L of milk. 1 million slices of bread

their embassies in Yemen The US and UK have closed over threats by the al-Qaeda group Christmas Day plane bombing. linked to the failed British Prime Minister Gordon Brown working together says both countries are counter-terrorism operations. to strengthen their like Somalia, to be one of the areas Yemen has been recognised, not only keep an eye on, where we've got to but we've got to do more. Christmas day terror attack A Nigerian man accused of the failed

he trained with al-Qaeda in Yemen. told US investigators have escaped uninjured More than 170 passengers and crew a runway in western Germany. after an Air Berlin jet skidded off forced the pilot of the Boeing 737 A technical irregularity to abort take-off. the runway due to heavy snowfall. The aircraft braked but slid off

and no-one was hurt. The plane wasn't damaged the world's tallest building After six years, today. is preparing to open its doors almost 1km into the sky The Burj Dubai reaches floor takes about two minutes. and an elevator ride to the 160th it would take eight weeks to clean. There's so much glass reinforcing it And there's enough steel

around the world. to stretch a quarter of the way In finance news:

the green SCG wicket Australia is refusing to blame in the second Test. for its embarrassing capitulation was rolled for a paltry 127. The home side couldn't believe his luck Pakistan skipper Mohammad Yousuf

and decided to bat, when Ricky Ponting won the toss anyway. admitting he was hoping to bowl the swing-friendly conditions, Mohammad Asif relished of 6 for 41. taking career-best figures it was a 127 all out pitch. I don't think and credit, you know, They did bowl well, where credit is due, they did bowl very well. performance at home in 13 years. It's Australia's worst batting

of the Twenty20 Big Bash table South Australia has moved to the top over Queensland with a convincing 4-wicket win at the Adelaide Oval overnight. got the Redbacks home An unbeaten 43 from Mark Cosgrove with an over to spare. Alicia Molik has set up a blockbuster meeting against another comeback queen after winning her opening round clash at the Brisbane International. Molik downed Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 1-6, but faces a steep class rise against Clijsters, who took less than an hour to dispose of Italian Tathiana Garbin, 6-2, 6-1. Justine Henin returns to singles action today against Nadia Petrova, and Jelena Dokic takes on Ana Ivanovic. All the action is right here on Seven. Check your local guides. Manchester United is out of the FA Cup

after a shock 1-0 loss to third-tier side Leeds United at Old Trafford this morning.

It's the first time in 26 years that United has crashed out in the third round. Meanwhile, unwanted Socceroos striker Scott McDonald has starred on the biggest stage in Scottish football, scoring in Celtic's 1-1 draw with Rangers in the Old Firm derby.

James, I know you have serious

matters Coonamble but Christine in

Launceston wants to know why you are

wearing the same shirt that you wore

yesterday? I was doing Weekend

Sunrise in Melbourne and Sunrise in Melbourne and then come

up to Coonamble where the Catlereagh

River is flowing and we hope it does

not burst levees. My luggage went

wrestling and I apologise to

wrestling and I apologise to everyone who watched Weekend

Sunrise. What we are talking about

today is very serious news.

Catlereagh River is up around 5.

today is very serious news. The Catlereagh River is up around 5.1

metres. The banks of the levee are 5. metres. The banks of the levee are

5.9 metres. Hopefully we don't see.

If we reach that peak,

If we reach that peak, it will

happen quickly and it will hit the

north-eastern side of the river. Around Queensland - fine for Cairns. Showers for Townsville. A storm for Mount Isa and Bundaberg. Across New South Wales - a shower for Coffs Harbour. Fine for Orange and Broken Hill. Mostly sunny for Canberra. Sydney will be fine. Around Victoria -

sunny in Mildura. Partly cloudy for Warrnambool. Fine for Bendigo. Across Tasmania - sunny in Launceston and Swansea. Showers for Strahan. Hobart will be clear. Around South Australia - fine for Mount Gambier. Sunny in Port Lincoln and Ceduna. Across the Northern Territory - fine for Alice Springs. Storms for Katherine. Darwin will be wet. Around WA - morning drizzle for Albany. Fine for Bunbury and Kalgoorlie. Sunny in Geraldton and Karratha.

Mel, not only

Mel, not only did Qantas lose all my

luggage but we had a big trip from

Melbourne to Sydney but there was a

bit of water about and it got scary

when we passed a truck. I felt like

I was in the tube. In the green

room, is that what they said on

Point Break. Those water levels

raised and lowered as the day went

on. The car got washed out on the

road. Lucky it didn't happen to us.

It was a bit of a thrill going past

the semi on the way to Coonamble.

Look after yourself. I sound like a

mum now. Thanks for the update. We

will check in with James in

Coonamble in a little while. Melbourne's Indian community is on edge this morning after the murder of a student. 21-year-old Nitin Garg was fatally stabbed on his way to work in Yarraville on Saturday night. For the latest we're joined by Seven News reporter Ben McNair. Good morning. Ben, have police ruled out racial motivation for this attack?

Good morning, Mel. Police have

certainly ruled out a racial

motivation. They say there is no

evidence to support that whatsoever

and that claim could harm their

investigation. It comes as little

comfort to Nitin Garg's friends. His

wallet or phone or personal wallet or phone or personal effects

were taken. Police are saying he was

at the wrong place at the wrong time. You've met Mr Garg's friends. What sort of a person was he?

His friends remember him as an

incredibly kind man who would do

anything for a friend in need. He

just finished an accounting

just finished an accounting degree

and as we understand it, his brother

will be coming over in the next few

days. The police are doing all they

can and if anyone has information,

please contact them. Gautum Gupta joins us now from the Federation of Indian Students. Good morning.

Good morning. You've also spoken to Mr Garg's flatmates. How are they coping after this attack?

I think they are in extreme, as we

can understand, this is a very

serious issue for them and they are

in trauma. When I met them yesterday

they were pretty sad, frustration,

anger, very emotional for all. We

went there and ever oed them some

support and trauma counselling sand

hopefully they can get on with their

life. They are only young people in their life. They are only young people in

their early 20s living with a lot of

anger. Anger and fear. The

investigation is under way. Police

are saying there is no evidence that

the attack was racially moat

the attack was racially motivated.

Is that reassure you. In all these

attacks the police say they were at

the wrong place at the wrong time. I

don't understand, how can so many

people be at the wrong place at the

wrong time. Number one. Number two,

there is no evidence. How can they

eliminate racism as one of the

factors on this attack. If police

focus on whether it is racist or

not. They should do their job and

leave racism to the courts to decide

and other bodies can decide. I

agree. It is up to the courts that

agree. It is up to the courts that they decide. Obviously the police

are doing the best they can and we

wish they can find someone ASAP but in the

in the meantime what can we do? Be

accountable to the promises made

last year. They were going to create

a one-stop shop and we have not seen

the delivery on that promise, we

don't know when they are going to

start. In the past week I have med

five victims. Three

five victims. Three familiarlies of

assault in the last week. There is

no one to work with them. We don't

have any funding to any Government

body of the the Government must take

responsibility for it. Billions of

dollars is coming into the kitty

dollars is coming into the kitty add people are saying

people are saying why do you have

tight wok ot. Things can be out

there and campaigns that

highlighting contribution that

migrants make to the community. They

talk about migrants taking the job.

That is not a fact. Migrants bring

jobs to Australia. We have highest

employment in the world. You will

find that it is a very, very small

minority that allude to that.

Thank you for talking with us.

Please pass on our sympathies to the

victim's family. Thank you for

having me on your show. Australia is famous for its beautiful beaches and bronzed bodies. But this image could soon change if the number of coastal drownings continues to grow. From 2008 to 2009 there were 94 beach drownings. That's up 7 deaths on the 5-year average. But not one of these drownings occurred between the red and yellow flags. Now, this raises the question - should beachgoers who do the wrong thing and don't swim between the flags be fined? I'm joined now by Peter Agnew from Surf Life Saving Australia.

Do you think fining bad beachgoers is an option?

It certainly always is an option and

we are all looking at ways to

improve the local Government act. At

this stage the focus of lifeguards

is on prevention and get people to

understand the

understand the dangers of the beach

before going there? Why It

increased, the condition of the

beach on the day. Really need to

check the weather guide and check

out the sea

out the sea conditions and

out the sea conditions and consciously look for a patrolled

beach. Aussie men are more likely to

drown than women? Yes, taking a lot

high ir risk than the female

counterparts. Particularly men aged 25 and

25 and 34. They are looking for a

bit of adventure and a thrill.

Certainly take more caution in that particular age group. And

particularly at this time of the

year. What are the tree safety rules year. What are the tree safety rules?

If you do get in trouble, raise your

arm and if you get caught in a rip,

swim parallel to the beach. Have a

chat to the lifeguards. Swimmers in South-East Queensland have something greater than fines to worry about. Recent rains have caused an explosion in shark activity along the coast. Renae Henry has the pictures that prove it. This was one photo opportunity Yolande Chumbley couldn't pass up - a 2m whaler shark swimming in knee-deep water on Stradbroke Island's shoreline. We've gone holidaying a lot before

and the whole time we've never seen anything like that. The mother-of-three immediately thought of her children's safety. Nothing happened on that day thankfully but yeah, you've always got to be aware. Authorities say downpours are flushing the predators out of the rivers, into the ocean. It's good policy not to go in the water when the water's murky.

Fishermen say bullsharks are thriving in murky and debris-filled waters like the Logan River. I mean, if you're out putting your boat in the water - this is deep enough. The bullsharks come right into this shallow water, chasing baitfish. Brett Karene has been catching at least one of the aggressive predators a week, usually juveniles, in the shallows.

Exact depth where I'd have my kids swimming in the water.

There have been sightings near the Maroochy River mouth. Bullsharks have got very, very bad eyesight so they tend to feed by feel. The Gold Coast's canals are also hot spots. Fishermen fear populations will become out of control unless the State Government relaxes its restriction of one shark per angler. The best advice - don't go in the water around feeding time. Don't swim after dark. Don't swim early in the morning.

It's one of the film industry's most prestigious award ceremonies - the Screen Actors Guild Awards, also known as SAGs, will be announced on January 23rd. Our very own showbiz editor Nelson Aspen is taking part in the awards. Hello again.

You are a judge and you need some

help. I am

help. I am a voter. Who am I to

judge. I have the ballot and I

thought we could go through some of

these T these may sometimes

determine who will go you for Oscar

gold. Outstanding performance by a

male actor. Email or

Email or SMS us what you think. For female: I I

I I do have a fondness for Meryl

Streep for playing child ya child.

The best cast:

If any of your Sunrise viewers have

seen those, email me and help me out here.

Do you have any opinion for me?

'Inglourious Basterds', it was a

great cast. I would be happy with

that. Talk to you later. Thank you. Drop

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But hurry, the deal is only available for the first 200 viewers. In our next half hour - the places where it's easiest to find a home for rent. Plus, the year of the sequel. What 2010 is offering up for movie-goers. Also ahead, where President Obama goes on holidays and what a trip away entails for America's leader. But now it's over to Sarah for a news update.

The Castlereagh River's still rising in central-west New South Wales, threatening to spill over into the town of Coonamble. The river's expected to peak at 5.5 metres in the next hour or so just centimetres below the town's levees. But emergency crews aren't taking any chances

and evacuated about 1,200 people last night.

We were getting our crews out on the

ground last night doorknocking those

1200 people. They are safe at the moment, yes. In Queensland, power's been restored to about 3,000 homes after wild storms yesterday. Residents in and around Perth are on high alert today as a bushfire north-east of the city continues to burn out of control. Residents were forced to run as the fast-moving fire threatened homes at Brigadoon and Millendon yesterday afternoon. We just bundled things up,

got changed into fire-friendly gear and boots

and we got my dog and we took off. Around 100 hectares of bushland has been destroyed but no homes lost. A total fire ban is in force today for Perth and surrounding areas. It's been a deadly Christmas season on the nation's roads with New South Wales recording its worst road toll in years, and the highest in the country, with 23 people killed. A mother still fighting for life is now the sole survivor of this fiery crash on the State's south coast last week after her husband died in hospital yesterday. Their daughters, aged 11 and 13, were killed instantly. David Bridge's death lifted the national road toll to 68 for the holiday period ending last night. British airports are the latest to install full-body scanners in the wake of the failed Christmas Day plane bombing. The technology, which civil liberty groups claim is invasive, has already been ordered for Heathrow airport. The British Prime Minister has also announced all passengers passing through the UK

will have their hand luggage tested for explosives. But Gordon Brown admits there's still no guarantee the new technology will stop an attack. In finance news: Ricky Ponting's judgment is again being called into question after Australia's limp first innings collapse in the second Test against Pakistan.

Ponting's decision to bat on the greenest SCG pitch in recent memory has been roundly criticised after the home side slumped to 127 all out. Mohammed Asif bagged a career-best 6/41 on the swing-bowlers paradise.

There's quite a lot of live green grass on that pitch. So I'm confident that if we do bowl enough balls in that right area,

we will create enough chances. In the Twenty20 Big Bash overnight, South Australia moved into top spot on the ladder with a 4-wicket win over Queensland. Alicia Molik is into the second round of the Brisbane International after a 3-set win over Ekaterina Makarova. Her next assignment is Kim Clijsters, who cruised past Tathiana Garbin in straight sets. Justine Henin is in action today against Nadia Petrova and Jelena Dokic takes on Ana Ivanovic. Harry Kewell and Mark Viduka's old club, Leeds United, has pulled off a massive upset in the FA Cup this morning,

downing Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford. It's the first time since 1984 that United has exited the competition in the third round.

My neighbour Tom will not be a happy

man today. With the weather here is James

James in Coonamble. The predictions

for the peak for the Catlereagh

River keep ongoing out. Last night

we were hearing that the river was

going to peak at 3am and now 6am to

9am and they pushed it out to 12pm. This

This pressure of not know if the

levee sl break. There is a lot of

confusion and disappointment because

the river has got to similar heights

before. But precautions are being

made just in case that levee does

bust. We have been told there bust. We have been told there are

problems with it and we want to make

sure that our communities are safe

and the emergency services if they

are rescuing people. If it breaks,

it has nowhere to go. Have you

spoken to the 1200 residents

evacuated? Yes, I stayed up until

evacuated? Yes, I stayed up until midnight helping people at

evacuation centres. There are a lot

of people who have gone to

evacuation and registered. A lot of

people stayed with family and

friends on the other side Seven

town. Unfortunately there has been

some people who stayed inside the

home. All I can do is take

You may have noticed that since last

half hour I changed outfits. I lost

all my luggage, Qantas lost my

luggage on the way here yesterday.

Someone was watching from the ka

unanimous blah bears.

unanimous blah bears. What are they

- Kanamble bears. How are they? They

are pretty good. We had swags

brought for us so we were

comfortable overnight. It is not

uncommon to have floods. That is

exactly right. Does the community

band together? Yes w we rerelying

obsess, the rotary and they are out

and about. We had communities come

in and distribute the evacuation

centres. If someone is in trouble I

am not surprised at all that they came out

came out and looked after you.

Before the morning is out, you will

be playing for them. Thanks, James. Coming up on Sunrise - the remakes and sequels hitting movie screens this year. Nuala Hafner has the best of them at 7:50. But in a moment, on holidays with the Obamas and your guide to finding a rental house. We've got the best and worst areas for vacancies when we return.

For the Sanitarium

For the Sanitarium Weet-Bix

triathlon it is important to train

before the event. Here are some tips

prepare by swimming, riding and

running. Putting your helmet on

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at Weet-Bix.com.au. If you think buying a home can be difficult, renting one can be just as hard. Vacancy rates in most capital cities are very tight. The rise in the median house price and changes to the first-home buyers grant have made the rental market more competitive. How can you secure the rental property you want? Louis Christopher is a property forecaster from SQM Research. Good morning. Across the country just how tight is the rental market at the moment?

Across the country the national

capital city average for the vacancy

rate is 2%

rate is 2%. That is slightly easing

up over the course of 2009. It is

still quite

still quite tight and tenants are

having difficulties finding property

to rent. What are some tips you can

give to find the right place and

secure it. Firstly, research the

market. Go online, look at the

online liftings. Everybody does

that. Speak to real estate agents

that. Speak to real estate agents and find out what is coming up. If

you are good to someone, they are

good to you and he you out. On top

of that, perhaps not look in your

ideal location but look further

afield. You might find at the upper

end of the market, if you have a

little money to spend, at the little money to spend, at the upper

end of the market, markets the CBD,

there are a few have a kapsies

there. We will break it down city by

city with Brisbane. It is running at 2. city with Brisbane. It is running at 2.9% city with Brisbane. It is running at

2.9%. Where you will find vacancies are:

We are finding vacancies in the AFL

fluent parts of the city. Where it

is tight is in in the south-west and

we need to address that. In

Melbourne? There are vacancies in the

the ipper west and Southbank and

docklands we see vacancies at 3% or 4% docklands we see vacancies at 3% or

4%. At the upper end of the market

you will find vacancies. ? Hobart?

The general vacancy is 1.

The general vacancy is 1.9%

The general vacancy is 1.9%.

Heading across to Adelaide. Is this

the tightest in the country? It is

certainly tight. It is running at 1. certainly tight. It is running at 1.1% certainly tight. It is running at

1.1%. The tightest is Canberra. It

is under 1%

is under 1%. Going back to Port

Adelaide is where you will find a

number of vacancies.

number of vacancies. And Perth and

Darwin, their vacancy rates are

pretty big in the C B D. Why? It say

combination that we had the downtown

and what happened in 2008 and 2009

is that a lot of white

is that a lot of white collar jobs were lost in

were lost in those cities and the

global economic downturn created

vacancies in the middle of town. In

Darwin it is a seasonal city and

seasonally you see more have a kabsies.

seasonally you see more have a kabsies. That is one where we are

kabsies. That is one where we are cautious on. Thank you for doing

that research. Thank you. One place famous for its beaches is Hawaii. It now has something other than tropical shirts to mass market. Barack Obama calls the place home. So when he comes back for a holiday, it's a very big deal. NBC's Lee Cowan has more.

The mere mention Seven Hawaii for

those not here - mention of those not here - mention of Hawaii

for those not here brings jealousy.

A good portion of his tile was spent

working. Hawaii is not just a

get-away - it is coming home. The

locals here know a local. A lot

welcomed the President and some

holding sa low ha signs an sitting

holding sa low ha signs an sitting out in the yards with snacks and

drinks. The pecuiliars of the

islands are his. Shaved ice is not a

novelty. He grew up on the stuff. It

has a nickname. The Snowbama. He has

been a knick-knack which is almost

as popular as the hula girls. Very

popular. Obama, let's buy this.

Obama comes second to ohana. Make hg

his childhood landmarks to naming

schools after him. It makes coming

home awkward. A foursome on the golf

course is as public as

course is as public as he has been.

The Honolulu lights are a glaring

flash of bulbs instead of the surf.

His time is secluded with the

family. Whisked in and out of the

island's treasures before they are

open to the public. Unlike the time

he was candidate Obama, there is no body

body surfing. Hawaii may be his home

but his address is 1600

but his address is 1600 is Pennsylvania Avenue. Eastbound where

he is rarely truly escape. The

Snowbama will catch on. Later this morning - the search for two Kiwis who took off with millions from Westpac. Plus, the man planning to row solo across the Tasman just like his Dad did. And in a moment, the new movies you'll be seeing this year but with some familiar characters. The details next on Sunrise.

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