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Good morning and welcome to Weekend Breakfast, I'm Gemma Veness.I'm Richard Davies. Making news this morning, homes affected by fire on Victoria's Surf Coast to be checked for asbestos later today. Live by CSI Australia
This Program is Captioned Live by CSI Australia Also ahead, doctors fight to save the arms of a spear fisherman mauled by a shark in waters off central Queensland.People in Saudi Arabia defy a ban on public protest demonstrating over the execution of a prominent Shi'ite cleric. And record crowds for the Big Bash with more than 80,000 fans filling stands at the MCG. Hello, thanks for joining us, it is Sunday the 3rd of January.Plenty coming up on Weekend Breakfast, including a remarkable solo flight by a British adventurer who has followed in the footsteps of one of the wakes.Tracy Curtis Taylor has flown from the UK to Darwin.She retraced parts of Amy Johnson's famous flight from Britain to Australia in 1930 and she completed her journey at the same spot in Darwin. Pretty amazing to complete that journey, even with modern technology, she is still in that very old plane with an open cockpit. It is just - it's bad enough doing the flit from Britain to Australia any way these days.In economy class. I loved that she retraced those steps. It's a lovely story. Looking forward to that one.That's coming up later but first we will check the weather in the capitals: Victoria's Country Fire Authority says areas affected by the bushfire on the Surf Coast must be checked for asbestos before people can return to their homes. A Apollo
meeting will be held today at Apollo Bay. 116 homes were Separation
destroyed in Wye River and Separation Creek and fire crews continue to battle the out of control fire in the Otway Ranges. A number of permanent residents and tourists are still trying to get back into communities they have been forced to evacuate over Christmas. This afternoon, a concert will be held at Lorne to raise money for the victims. Doctors are trying to save a spear fisherman's arms after he was mauled by a shark. The Miall Island
31-year-old was diving off Miall Island when a three-metre long shark attacked him before midday on Saturday. The man told the Queensland Ambulance Service he punched the shark repeatedly before he was able to swim back to his boat.Surf Life Saving SA says it will look into whether signage is needed on Glenelg breakwater. Five children were playing on the breakwater when they slipped off the rocks. Three children were pulled from the water but two 11-year-old boys were found unconscious a short time later. One died at the scene and one at Hospital.A woman has been released from hospital after a drug overdose at the Field Day music festival. The 23-year-old was taken on St Vincent's Hospital in a critical condition. During the festival, 212 people were treated by paramedics and five taken to hospital. Police charged almost 200 people with drug-related offences at the event.Two Australian climbers have been killed after falling from a mountain in New Zealand's Mount Cook National Stuart Hollaway
Park. The bodies of 42-year-old Stuart Hollaway and 35-year-old Dale Thistlethwaite were found on New Year's Day but weren't identified for 24 hours. Authorities believe the experienced climbers fell from near the top of the 3,300 metre peak.There has been condemnation across the Middle East after Saudi Arabia executed 47 people including a Saudi
prominent Shia Muslim cleric. Saudi Arabian demonstrators in the city of Qatif are defying a ban on public protest to oppose the execution of cleric Nimr al-Nimr. The decision to kill the cleric has been condemned by many Muslim figures including the Ayatollah of Iran and Germany says it's concerned by the extensive use of the death penalty in Saudi Arabia.Indian security forces say they have secured an Air Force base near the Pakistan border after heavily armed militants attacked the military station. Officials say five attackers and three soldiers have been killed in the fire fight that lasted several hours. It's the second militant attack in the border state of Punjab in the past year and comes days after there were renewed peace talks. Militant groups in Pakistan continue to demand Kashmir's independence.French prosecutors say there is no evidence a man who drove his car into troops in a mosque has connections to terrorism groups. He said he wanted to kill troops because they killed people. Prosecutors say he had been unemployed for several years and there were no signs of mental illness. The attacker was shot by security forces soldier
during the incident which saw a soldier and a bystander injured.Dubai authorities say they are working to determine the cause of the fire that quickly took hold of a 63 storey luxury hotel on New Year's Eve. Officials say the blaze began on the terras of the 20th floor but some witnesses report the fire started on the ground floor. Commander of the Dubai Civil Defence, Hussein al Rahoumi says everyone was evacuated in record time. Authorities in the American state of Illinois say dams and levees are coming under stress as floodwaters move down the Mississippi river. Days of rain have swamped Illinois in the neighbouring State of Missouri killing 23 people. Thousands of people have been evacuated.A search has resumed for a man missing in floodwaters. Specialist rescue teams spent the day searching the Leichhardt river searching for a man they believe was swept away. Witnesses said they saw a man swimming upstream but never come out. There are flood warnings for a large number of rivers through the outback of the State.Health authorities say they are not sure how a patient at Brisbane's Wesley Hospital tested positive with a Legionella bacteria. Queensland Health is testing the hospital's water supply and ice making machines after a patient tested positive to the bacteria. It follows an incident in 2013 after a patient died after contracting it.Terrence Seymour said the bacteria were found in an ice making machine but it may not be the source.We don't know where the Legionella bacteria has come from. A fire display has marked the end of the 30th Woodford Folk Festival. More than 2,000 performers from across the world took place on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. A lantern parade led the way through the forest. It focused on the story of an ancient giant trying to save the last tree in the world.We were interested in looking at wisdom of elders, the idea of things that take a long time to grow which this festival embodies, that planting a seed and waiting over 30 years for things to come to fruition.Organisers say Woodford made more than $6 million in box office sales.Now it's time for the sport with Niav Owens who Cricket
joining us from the Sydney Cricket Ground. Good morning, Niav.Good morning Gemma, good morning Richard.How is it looking down there?We have been surrounded by members this morning. The gates have just opened for the members here at the Sydney Cricket Ground. There was around 500 or 600 people here queuing to get in for the first day of the Third Test against the West Indies. NSW spin bowling pair of Stephen O'Keefe and Nathan Lyon have been selected to play today for Australia. Stephen O'Keefe will be very keen to cement his spot as Nathan Lyon's back-up in this Australian side and it will be his First Test match on home soil today. The pitch at the Sydney Cricket Ground is expected to offer plenty of turn when the third and final Test in the series gets underway this morning. In the Big Bash League, the Perth Scorchers have flashed the Sydney Sixers at the WACA, losing one wicket in their run of the
chase to move back to the top of the BBL ladder. As you mentioned earlier, it was a record crowd of over 80,000 who turned out at the MCG last night. They saw the Melbourne Stars claim a 7-wicket win over their rivals the renegades. Englishman Luke Wright smashed 109 off 63 balls. He was in incredible form. He led the Stars to that victory.To be honest, the first half Sydney had a lot of chances and we were struggling to get into our game and we had a lot of changes and it took time to get that out, sorted and I think the second half we did a lot to
better.Brisbane Roar has gone to the top of the A-League ladder with a 2-1 win over Perth Glory last night. Goals to Jamie MacLaren and Henrique got the team over the line. Melbourne City has salvaged a on the
draw to hold on to third spot on the table. It was an exciting game in Melbourne, plenty of goals. Sydney FC had an opportunity to win it right at the end of. Shane Smeltz missed what was essentially an open goal. Plenty of A-League action overnight as well as huge crowds at the Big Bash. They will be hoping that here at the SCG this morning they get a big crowd in for day one of the New Year's Test with Australia taking on the West Indies. We will have the coin toss for you later on. We will also be joined by Glenn McGrath later this hour. It is of course the pink Test. Day three is known as Jane McGrath Day and Glenn will join us later on to tell us all about it.Thank you.We look forward to hearing all about it.Thanks for your company here on Weekend Breakfast. Still to come, anger grows in the Middle East and around the world over Saudi Arabia's execution of a prominent Shia cleric.And British soldiers may face prosecution for war crimes.Two Chinese warships sail into Brisbane and Brisbane's Chinese community turns out to welcome them.Saudi Arabia has executed 47 people for terrorist offences, including a high profile Shia cleric involved in anti-Government protests during the Arab Spring.Nimr al-Nimr was arrested after criticising the monarchy and calling for elections. His death has sparked an angry reaction in Shia majority countries, including Iran. As news of the execution of Nimr al-Nimr spread, protesters took to the streets of Saudi Arabia's Shia city of Qatif, an act of defiance in a kingdom where public dissent is not tolerated.The Sheikh was a leader in this country where they see themselves as leaders of Sunni Islam. As the Saudi authorities cracked down during the Arab Spring on Shia attempts to bring calls for political reform into the kingdom itself, Sheikh Nimmitabel was arrested. He had defied the Saudi authorities to prove their charge that he was acting on behalf of Iran, the leader of Shia Islam and regional rival for power to Saudi Arabia. The Iranian reaction to the execution has been angry. The Foreign Saudi
Ministry in Tehran accused Saudi Arabia of supporting extremism abroad and open resting its critics at home and said it would pay a heavy price. That religious fault line is a dangerous division in the modern Middle East. Sunni fighters are pitched against Sia in the fighting from Syria, to Yemen, to Iraq. TRANSLATION: I think Saudi Arabia made a big mistake when executing Nimmitabel.Saudi Arabia's execution of Nimr al-Nimr will deepen those tensions at a dangerous moment. A search is resuming today for a man who disappeared in floodwaters in north-west Queensland on Friday.The man was last seen diving into Mt Isa's Leichhardt River. The man believed to be middle Mt
aged was seen crouching beside Mt Isa's swollen Leichhardt River.Crouched into a swimming position, ready to swim into the current up river and he disappeared in a split second.All river crossings were closed last night due to recent rains. The floodwaters were moving very quickly and witnesses say it was impossible to help. One man flagged down a passing car who called the police. Emergency services and swiftwater rescue crews were called to the scene but were unable to find the missing man.Five of those were a level 2 swiftwater rescue technicians. They ter the waterways. They are trained for these conditions.Police say the man has been described as tall and possibly indigenous.We have no further details about this. No persons have been reported missing to any police out here and it's unknown who this person is.This isn't the first time a person has gone missing in the Leichhardt River. Last year a 60-year-old man drowned when crossing this.It's not the worth the risk and not worth the risk to our emergency service workers either. Israeli police are continuing to search for a gunman who opened fire on a popular pub in Tel Aviv. Two people were killed and seven wounded before the shooter fled the scene.The gunman has been identified as an Israel-Arab. Sophie McNeil New Year's
reports from Tel Aviv. New Year's Day and the busy pub on one of Tel Aviv's main streets was packed with young people. Security camera footage from the supermarket next door his
shows the gunman calmly opening his backpack, pulling out an automatic rifle and firing at the crowd before fleeing the scene. TRANSLATION: We were shaking, there were eight of us in the storage room. We leaned against the door.A distraught father rushed to the scene of the attack to find his son amongst those shot. TRANSLATION: As soon as the ambulance arrived and I saw the kid, I fainted because I saw that the kid was not alive.A few hours later and the city was still in lockdown. The main streets of Tel Aviv are now crawling with Israeli security forces as they try and hunt down the attacker. They have they
told locals to stay inside and they have been going house to house to try and find this shooter.My house has been searched three times, my neighbourhood. There is policemen everywhere, Special Forces.The shooter has been identified as a 29-year-old of
Israeli Arab man from the north of the country. But police haven't said what motivated the attack. They are trying to determine if the gunman had any links to terrorist groups or had radical tendencies. Local media reported that a copy of the Koran was found in a backpack left at the scene. A family member of the suspect went on local television to say that he had a history of mental illness and was not stable at the moment. Police have reportedly seized a computer from the man's house for more clues. British soldiers who served in Iraq are being warned they could face prosecution for war crimes, including unlawful killing.The UK ministry for defence is looking into allegations some civilians were mistreated during the conflict. The investigative unit will look at whether legal action should be taken. Claims of mistreatment of Iraqis by British personnel have been rife in the aftermath of the Iraq war. So much so, the Government has set up a team to investigate historic allegations and today its head said there could be criminal charges. Mark Warwick told a newspaper there are serious allegations that we are investigating which incorporate rates homicide, where I feel there is significant evidence to be obtained to put a strong case before the authorities to prosecute and charge. This historic allegations team is costing a total of £57 million and is examining more than 1,000 cases. It's not due to finish its work until the end of 2019. Lawyers representing alleged victims say it's taking too long and won't confront systemic abuse.They were established in 2010 and we are now at the beginning of 2016 and there has been a single prosecution as a result of the work. When we look at it like that, there isn't much to indicate that we're going to get very far any time soon in terms of prosecuting Defence says it
soldiers.The Ministry of Defence says it takes all allegations of abuse or unlawful killing very seriously but the vast majority of those in the armed forces conduct themselves professionally. Some have expressed frustration at continued claims against military personnel and doubt British
over the sheer numbers.The British Army has an incredibly effective depis Palestinianary chain of command which makes sure this thing does not happen on a frequent basis. Our system prevents it from happening. That's why I say house of cases couldn't happen, it's fiction.Critics say fear of future prosecution could prevent soldiers operating effectively. The Defence Secretary has criticised ambulance-chasing law firms. Two previous public inquiries looked at claims against UK troops in Iraq. Now almost 13 years since the war there started, the military is still having to confront this dark side of its involvement. The Kenyan President has ordered a major crackdown on alcohol and drugs.One of the biggest concerns is Chang'aa, an illegal brew so strong it can kill. Martin Cuddihy It's
reports. It's a huge undertaking, so big in fact a local sports ground has been converted into a camp where people try and get sober. I wanted to come and transform my life, bodily, my soul and in my mind.Of the 900 addicts here, most say alcohol has been their drug of choice and some good hooked very young.I was quit school because of drugs.Richard Macharia is just 18 years old.It's a terrible life. I used to take drugs. I wasn't good with communication with my mum.The camp provides one-on-one sessions to people with mental health problems because they have struggled with addictions to alcohol, hard drugs and marijuana, known locally as bung.I had consumed a lot of bung. Midnight I tried to shoot myself.Having worked in former programs, I found it a challenge at the beginning to have such large numbers. Then because of being a community person, I realised it is the only way to reach as many people as possible.It's not just the pubs at fault. Illegal alcohol, known as Chang'aa is a problem. It literally means "Kill me quick". In this country, Government officers tipped out three million litres. This camp is the first of its kind and it's part of a nationwide crackdown on drugs and alcohol. If it is successful and the graduates stay sober, there will be plenty more like this one rolled out across the country. Millions of low-wage workers in the US are beginning their New Year with a pay rise.The move comes after two years of protest and national debate about keeping people above the poverty line. Campaigners are calling for the nationwide minimum wage to be set at $15 an hour. This man lives with his parents. Even though he has held down a full-time job at McDonald's by three years. His pay is going up more than $1 an hour, to $10.50 thanks to a nationwide campaign to raise the minimum wage.Basically, me and my workers, we got fed up and an organiser came to talk to me and said enough is enough.New York fast food workers started a fight for $15 an hour two years ago. They walked off the job in protest. Some were even arrested. Others from home health workers to college professors joined the campaign highlighting the struggles of all low wage owners. They have convinced the cities of Seattle, San Francisco, and New York to adopt a $15 minimum wage over time, with smaller increases taking effect in 15 states. Businesses argue it will force them to cut jobs. McDonald's is the world's largest fast food hamburger restaurant, one of the most successful and recognisable global brands and yet economists say that corporate profits per worker have been rising much faster than workers' wages. According to one study, more than half of all fast food workers require some form of public assistance to get by.What that indicates is that taxpayers, through the public benefit programs, are subsidizing the low-wage cost model, the low wage model of operating a business.Dural says he's happy to have more money to spend in 2016, even though it will take two more years to reach $15 an hour.If you work a full-time job, you should have a Living Wage.He is vowing to continue that fight. Australia has been given a rare glimpse of China's military might.Part of its Navy fleet has docked at Brisbane's port. The Australian and Chinese navies have been on a joint training mission. Port of
The two warships docked at the Port of Brisbane for a goodwill visit to Australia. Soldiers and sailors were greeted at the wharf by Brisbane's Chinese community. Under the watchful eye of officers, locals were invited to see the destroyer and frigate up close. Cannons, machine guns, missile silos, they impressed many.The ship is awesome. In my life, the first time I saw the ship huge like this.The ship is amazing, a big one, a stronger, I think it is exciting.Some weren't concentrating on the military hardware.A lot of nice Chinese people, so excited and we can see these handsome soldiers, very cool, yeah.Australian naval officers were also given the opportunity to learn more about the visiting world power.It's great to see visiting Navy ships and always interesting to see when they come into town.The Chinese task group has been on a global deployment for about five months and will spend a number of days in Brisbane before returning home. Uber prices surged up to eight times the usual fare on New Year's Eve.The ride sharing app allows prices to rise in times of high demand. Uber says the users knew what they were signing up for. Celebrating the New Year turned into an expensive night out for Jacob. He paid $384 for a trip that would normally cost him just over $44.We were informed there was going to be a higher charge so we accepted that, got home thinking you know, might be 80, 90 bucks maximum and then 15 minutes later we got the bill for $380. It was pretty ridiculous.Many passengers who got caught out took to social media to vent their anger.

Uber says users were warned about the price surge when it booked. It says of the trips that were charged at surge pricing, 90% were charged at three times or less and 70% of trips on New Year's Eve had no surge at all. But many users were taken by surprise. And the taxi industry says it will push customers back into Yellow Cabs.This surge pricing is definitely going to do damage to Uber's marketing strategy and customers will definitely be voting with their feet and their wallets as well.The consumer group Choice says overall Uber is cheaper than taxis but users need to make sure they understand surge pricing.Before using services like Uber, which have surge pricing, check the price before you go. Get a fair estimate and split the price with friends.Buyer beware for a happier New Year. Taking a look at the satellite and a broad area of low pressure is bringing areas of rain and storms to Queensland. A trough extending over NSW and Victoria is triggering scattered storms, some severe. Another trough over WA is causing showers and storms. A high is gusting south-easterlies along the South Australian and Victorian coast. Around the country:

The top stories from ABC News - a spear fisherman is in a stable condition after being mauled by a shark off Yeppoon in central Queensland. The 31-year-old suffered serious injuries to his arms when a three-metre shark attacked him off Miall Island. The man has told the Queensland Ambulance Service he punched the shark repeatedly before he was able to swim back to the boat. There has been condemnation across the Middle East after Saudi Arabia executed 47 people, including a prominent Shia Muslim cleric. Saudi Arabian demonstrators in the city of Qatif are defying a ban on public protest to oppose the Nimr
execution of Shia Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr. The decision to kill the cleric has been condemned by many figures including the Ayatollah of Iran. New data shows the closure of a loophole which allowed childcare providers to receive subsidies for minding their own children is saving $8 million a week. The Government closed the loophole in October last year. And a record crowd of over 80,000 turned out at the MCG to see the Melbourne Stars claim a 7-wicket win over the renegades. Englishman Luke Wright finished 109 not out off 63 balls. Time for a look at the front pages of today's newspapers. Queensland's 'Sunday Mail' reports households with solar panels could lose generous tariffs if they install systems to prevent blackouts. Plus celebrations across the State with a deluge of rain hitting 'Sunday
drought-stricken areas.The 'Sunday Telegraph' focuses on Steve Smith who is set to break records today. Plus a warning to festival promoters who don't crackdown on illicit drugs.The 'Sun Herald' says a former 90s TV dance star is facing child pornography charges. Plus a Big
record crowd for last night's Big Bash.The 'Herald Sun' has a report on fining tail gating motorists and an exclusive with Lleyton Hewitt ahead of his 'Sunday
last Australian Open.The 'Sunday Age' has a feature on the couple that fell to their deaths while climbing a mountain. And Paul Dale has lost a bid for compensation for trauma he claims was suffered in prison.The 'Sunday Tasmanian' has a plea from conservation ists to be more save
cautious on the roads to help save the Tasmanian Devil from extinction.WA hospitals face big cuts as the State Government looks to cut funding to health funding. And Nick Kyrgios says he is going to clean up his act.Lleyton Hewitt, you would think he could crash into the top 10.He has to keep his eye on the game.That's it.Now it's been one year since a devastating in
fire ripped through communities in the Adelaide Hills destroying homes and leaving a trail of destruction. It's still fresh minds of many. It came on fast and soon was too mighty to control, leaving many unprepared for what was about to hit them.It was frightening, the glow of the fire coming over the ridge behind us and we knew we were in for it.27 homes were lost during that week in January, leaving a charred landscape in its wake. Thankfully no lives were lost but the widespread devastation it caused was huge, especially for producers.There's a few like this one here that will just have to be removed. Everything was gone but the house. The fire had literally stopped at the sprinkler line and so we still had a house.Marlene remembers returning to her farm at Millbrook. She lost her orchard, hives, fences.This is the leftover from our John Deere tractor motor.The clean-up is still ongoing. Getting back to where she was will take years.The fire passes but the work afterwards starting
is, you know, you are basically starting from scratch.The year has been busy rebuilding, looking after our environment and looking after the horses.Nicki Stuart has had to leave her horses behind when the fire became too big to fight. Four were burnt.That was the worst time, not knowing what was going on, on your property, seeing billowing black smoke on your horizon, not knowing whether we had water bombers.Her horses have recovered and slowly plants are coming back to life. A familiar scene right across the fire ground. Yet the wounds, a year on, are still very much evident. I came through this area of Kersbrook the day after the fire swept through and everything was blackened. The house on this property was lost as well as the one across the valley. But, as you can see, families are slowly rebuilding their lives. A job which takes strength and time.Recovery can take years, depending on individual circumstances and it's something that just doesn't go away. It's there confronting them every single day.A time that, for many, will never be forgotten but beside the loss grows optimism.One of my earlier thoughts was what can I do to come out of this better on the other side and happily I think we've achieved that with a lot of help. But we're just about there.Community spirit shining through. The Sydney Festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary later this week. Local and international theatre, dance and music acts are among the huge line-ups for January. To talk us through the highlights we are joined by the director, Lieven Bertels. Thanks for joining us in the studio, 40th anniversary, a big one, you have got the badge on. What can we expect?We have always embraced family programming and we are a summer festival. We have high art content, we have got great theatre from around the world and Australia, and family programming where people can see a show together with their kids. We acknowledge the school holidays are sometimes, it's getting tedious to entertain the kids. What we try and do is get people out and about and let them take part, not just in shows, theatre, dance, but also in free activities. We spend half of our programming budget on free activities.What are the standout things people can expect, celebrating 40 years?One of the things people should discover is the family village in Hyde Park. It's open every day except mon days from the 6th, next Thursday, until Australia Day, the 26th, on Tuesday until Sunday, with a special family week, as I said. Then we spread throughout Sydney. We have a lot of activity going on in Parramatta, very important for us in Western Sydney, where we have a family circus show with a beautiful circus from Switzerland coming in and a mini village behind the Riverside where people can enjoy ferry rides - fair ground rides rather, that the kids get to enjoy and the parents have to operate which is fun.We are seeing cool footage from festivals past. But the festival draws on acts from across the globe. How does it celebrate Sydney? I know you mentioned Parramatta being included as well?One of the things festivals can do is let people discover their city in a way they have never discovered it before. One of the new spaces that has opened up to us is Barangaroo. They have opened a beautiful headland park. We will be the first major arts organisation to embrace that headland park and the beautiful art space, the cut away with an amazing free project called 'The ephemeral city'. A French architect will ask Sydneysiders to build a city with giant boxes. We will have 80 metre buildings indoor. Everybody can come and help, whether it's with your family or friends or work mates, you can come for after work drinks and build one of those buildings. The idea is we assemble this giant city, move it around and there will be a flying Fox zip line through it.Sounds great, especially after Friday night drinks. Is it hard trying to cater for everyone when putting on a festival, trying to balance the high arts with other interactive displays and getting everyone involved, not just certain sections the of the community?It's the goal of the festival. I think the festival reflects the diversity of this city. It's what makes the festival special. It makes it very accessible in every possible way. We try and have a diversity of ticket prices, there are tickets that are prefer and we have particular he et cetera for nix and we make as much available for free as well.It's a place where you can classical music and a giant rubber ducky.And free domain concerts, one of the big traditions. We will celebrate them bigger than ever, starting on the 9th with a beautiful performance by the Flaming Lips from the US. And symphony in the Domain and we will do a special 40th anniversary program there, on the 15th. That's what we do.This is your fourth and final year at the helm. This is a hard question I'm sure but do you have the highlights that can you tell us about that time?I think such
putting on that festival is such a wonderful thing. It's so hard to pick any particular highlight. I was happy and proud when that giant rubber ducky sailed into the Harbour. It nearly failed on us because the monorail didn't want to open for us, it got stuck. But there are so many wonderful things. Whenever I see happy faces in the audience, that's what's a highlight.Any big failures?There is always little disasters back stage. We don't tend to think too much of it. It's such a professional team and a pleasure and privilege to be working with them. We've had a great four years.Even though you won't be at the helm, how do you see the Sydney Festival evolving in the future?I think it will reflect the evolution in this city. If I see how the city has transformed over the last 15, 20 years, that will continue. Things like the change in George Street which is a to be
physical change. There is going to be a public plaza in front of Town Hall, that will become a place of celebration for us. I think that's also the role of the festival, to develop together with the city.Lieven Sydney Festival
Bertels, the director of the Sydney Festival which opens on Thursday, we wish you luck and your final year, well done.Thank you. Now a British adventurer has to
flown a bi plane from Australia to the UK.Tracy Curtis-Taylor says she knows what Amy Johnson went through. After flying across 23 countries, the Boeing 1942 Stearman finally reaches Australia. Touching down in Darwin, the vintage plane has flown over the Arabian desert, to seeing the mountains of Myanmar from above. The woman in the open cockpit thrilled with what she's achieved.Just the joy of being able to fly an aeroplane like this at low level, halfway around the world in some of the most epic terrain on the planet has been beyond anything.Tracy Curtis-Taylor has been retracing parts of Amy Johnson's famous flight from England to Australia in 1930. After 20 days of flying, Amy Johnson made Darwin her first stop in Australia, helping put the city in the spotlight.It's a 9 cylinder radial engine.The modern aviatrix paid homage to Amy Johnson who was the first woman to attempt the flight.She was a Twentieth Century icon in terms of what she achieved. My flight is a tribute to her T is celebrating what the pioneers achieved and what women achieve now in aviation as well.Although decades apart, both women made the journey across open seas and in dangerous conditions without modern comforts.As you can see, it's fairly devastating on the skin and the hair and so forth. It's tiring, it's really tiring, it's the noise, the vibration, the exposure.The Palestinian's technology is from the 1920s and it has a simple stick and rudder for control. It cruises about the speed of a fast car and for most of the trip it's been at an altitude of 1,500 feet. Tracy Curtis-Taylor said flying over Darwin's coastline was euphoric but the weary pilot is happy to have her feet on the ground. Certainly an epic journey.I would like to see what she saw without having to go through it solo.For such a long time with that open cockpit, as she said, takes a bit of a toll on the hair and the skin. You just think in the elements, travelling all that way.Very uncomfortable and happy to have her feet back on the ground. Mary Leigh leafic spends her life in search of the perfect shot.She was She has found unexpected success.It's just different. It makes you stop and think about that beautiful place.I do think we do see things differently, like for me in particular, I look for detail.It's not about the sharpness and the perfect picture, it's about the essence of the image. Initially I let the tremor go and whatever came out, came out. Now I feel like I'm focusing on something and I can see the photograph even with Mary-Louise was
the tremor component of it. Mary-Louise was 30 and just beginning to explore her passion for photography when she noticed something wasn't right.I started off with a tremor in the thumb and my GP referred me on to a neurologist. After about three years, I started having trouble writing and I mentioned this in that visit to that neurologist. He said now I start to suspect it's Parkinson's.Self conscious and afraid, she took a while to come to terms with her new reality.I spent the first five years worrying about where I'd be, particularly now. That's the hardest thing for any neurologist to be able to tell you as well because everyone's different and everyone's progress is at a different rate.Most people are aware of the tremor but there is a slowness of movement and stiffness and often problems with balance, speech and swallowing as well.But gradually, Mary-Louise began to fight back.I'm probably a good news story as far as Parkinson's goes because my progress has been very slow and I think that's due to doing a lot of exercise at that stage and Parkinson's exercise, that was shown it had good results for Parkinson's, like boxing, like weight training, like core strength.Activity combined with drug treatment and more recently deep brain stimulation has given her a new lease on life.A lot of the symptoms, people need to understand that it doesn't stop you from doing a lot of stuff, it's just a hindrance.That's photographer
excellent.Professional photographer Marcus Bell met Mary-Louise about six years ago.There was something about Mary-Louise, when I met with her, because here is someone had all these challenges ahead of her but she wanted to use that and use it as a tool in her photography and have that part of the vision. I thought that was just amazing.Bell's family had also been touched by Parkinson's. Meeting Mary-Louise sparked an idea.We started talking about the Parkinson's side of things and how it would affect my photography into the future. That's when he told me, go with it. He said if you want to stand out in the crowd, you've got to come up with something different.I was there to teach her what you're supposed to do and I was able to point out, OK, this is how you can break those rules and do something different and make it your own.Levic style, the Parkinson's or PD effect was born.I can't control my tremor, sometimes it goes like this, sometimes it goes like that and they're the things you can't plan. The effects that come out are always quite interesting.Irena has an eye for detail. The owner of Brisbane's only photographic gallery, she knew the work had a special energy.I can see the can
technique but I don't think it can be reproduced by a person without Parkinson's. I think the unintentional movement is so unique that I don't think you could reproduce it.When you're using lights in photography particularly, you know as soon as you move the camera, you've got lights, you get a pattern. When the tremor goes, I produce it almost like a treble cleft.Her work had the most successful opening in the gallery's history.You see the beauty in the world and looking at Mary's images, you do see that.I thought her passion and her enthusiasm for life was just something incredible and something to show to everybody.Especially other people looking for hope.Beyond what we as a medical profession can tell patients and explain to them about Parkinson's Disease, it's helpful to know there are other people going through the same things they are. To know other people are going through it and have gone through it and can achieve as much as people like Mary with symptoms is inspiring.It takes a lot of mental power to get yourself up every day and out into the world and, you know, you start to think I could miss out on something really good. You've got to change the way you think.It's time to talk sport now with Niav Owens who is at the Sydney cricket ground. The crowd's starting to build there?It is, Richard. We've seen the members start to stream through the gates. There's always a bit of a rush once those members gates open, New
especially on day one of the New Year's Test here at the SCG. It's also the pink Test. It's become an iconic part of the Australian sporting landscape and the man behind that is Glenn McGrath, the McGrath
co-founder and President of the McGrath Foundation. Thanks for joining us.Thank you, great to to be
be here.It is an exciting Test to be a part of. It's the 8th pink Test we've had and looking to raise $380,000 for the Jane bit
McGrath Foundation. Tell us a bit about that?It's great to be at the SCG, my favourite ground in the world. To think we've been here for eight years is special. I think back to the first one and the support from everyone from Cricket Australia, SCG Trust, the sponsors, plus the crowd, it's been absolutely amazing. Here we are again, fronting up again. We've set a target of $380,000 which equates to one McGrath breast care nurse over a three-year period. That's what we are looking to have here. We started with four nurses and now we have 110 and supported 40,000 families in Australia. We have still got a long way to go.One of the major things with the breast care nurses is that you are looking to have them all over Australia, in the regional areas, not just in the cities?Exactly right. Being a country boy myself, the bush is very important and it's tough enough going through breast cancer but to travel and not have to move, it is a driving foundation, that every breast cancer patient have access to a breast cancer nurse no matter what your financial position. We have done a needs assessment. We are about 85 nurses short of covering the whole country. We have a bit of work to do but the support has been incredible.One of the things you notice here at the SCG and throughout the pink Test is that the pink has expanded beyond day three, Jane McGrath Day throughout the whole Test. We've seen plenty of pink on the concourse this morning. But Jane McGrath Day itself on day three where the entire SCG is bathed in pink is a special sight?It is a very special day and special day for my family. My two children or I should say three children now are coming along and my beautiful wife Sarah. We are bringing Madison along for the first time. Day three is a big day for me and fairly busy but I take a bit of time to stop and take it in. The enormity of it is amazing, to see everyone awash with pink is something special that's been created.An absolute sight to behold. There this afternoon,
is dodgy weather forecast for this afternoon, and tomorrow. Will we make the five days?I think we'll make the five days. I was happy that the West Indies showed a bit of fight down in Melbourne. They took it deep into day four and showed they are not going to lie down and make it too easy for the Australians. That was a positive sign. Unfortunately there is a fair bit of rain around here over the next few days. Fingers crossed we won't get too much. I would much rather send it to the country areas where it's needed. I They have
think it will go into day fie. They have showed ticker down in Melbourne, hopefully the same it will
here, compared with wet weather it will go into day five.The bowling attack is something you are familiar with. Two spinners chosen for this Test. Huge opportunity for Stephen O'Keefe here on his home ground?Proud of him to make your debut at your home ground is something pretty special. Sydney e-Val ved, was a turning track. I like every wicket in Australia to have a different character. Sydney has always been renowned for a turning track. I think it's a good sign for cricket.I know it's a busy few days for you. The people here at the SCG will see the buckets. What about people at home?They can jump online. We have pink, a website for this Test match where you can make a donation. If you make a donation between now and 13 January, you go in the running to win half a million Qantas points. If you make a donation today, Cricket Australia have given us a special treat for today, so you have a chance to win that. I will tell you more about that later. Jump on the website, make a donation, it's going to a great cause.Thanks for joining us this morning. I hope the Test is a wonderful pink one for you.Thank you very much.Glenn McGrath joining us today outside the SCG. The general admission gates will open shortly. We will have the coin toss results for you after 10. Plenty happening here at the SCG today, guys. Hopefully those grey clouds will remain exactly where they are, we won't see any further action from them at all.We don't want to see any on the
clouds coming down and raining on the parade at all there. I think everyone is really looking forward to this?Yeah, absolutely. You can see that this morning with the members crowds already. There were 500 or 600 in the queue outside the gates as you so often see for the New Year's Test. You can feel the anticipation at this stage as the crowd starts to come in and make their presence felt. We'll hear more from the Australian side and the West Indies a little bit later on. We will be joined by Gerard Whately as well, part of the ABC 'Grandstand' commentary team. He will be able to cast his eye over what he thinks the next few days holds for all of us. Plenty of action from the Sydney Cricket
SCG.Niav Owens in pink at the Sydney Cricket Ground, thank you for joining us. We will speak to you shortly. Coming up on Weekend Breakfast...The search resumes for a man missing in floodwaters in Queensland's far west. We will have that plus the rest of the day's news, sport and weather coming up in a couple of minutes. Stay with us.

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This Program is Captioned Live by CSI AustraliaGood morning and welcome to Weekend Breakfast. I'm Gemma Veness.And I'm Richard Davies. Making news this morning - homes affected by bushfire on Victoria's surf coast to be checked for asbestos ahead of a community meeting today.Also ahead - doctors fight to save the arms of a spearfisherman mauled by a shark in waters off central Queensland.People in Saudi Arabia defy a ban on public protest demonstrating over the execution of a prominent Shi'ite cleric.And record crowds for the Big Bash with more than 80,000 fans filling stands at the MCG. Hello, thanks for joining us. It's Sunday, 3 January.Plenty coming up on