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Wayward Whiskers uses one of his nine lives

Whiskers was in great condition when he was brought into the Longreach veterinary clinic. Photo supplied.Three months after he ran away from his owners in Winton, a lucky ginger cat called Whiskers has been reunited with them.

The family was on the move from Western Australia to Toowoomba when the ginger ninja escaped and no amount of searching could locate him.

They eventually had to hit the road in the belief that their beloved pet was lost forever.

The good news story of how Whiskers is finding his way home after three months living on his wits around Winton was shared by the Longreach Veterinary Services on Facebook today, when thefurry feline was brought in by a caring tourist couple.

Whiskers’ good luck was all down to his owners’ diligence in getting him microchipped.

“We scanned him for a microchip and bingo! He was chipped! We rang the phone number on his registry details and a man answered…They were thrilled and couldn’t believe that he was still alive and someone had brought him in!” said the post.

The story unfolds in a good way from there, as relayed by vet, Laura Azsentieff, who put out the social media call for help to get Whiskers back in the arms of his family.

He left Longreach and was taken to Dalby before being delivered to Toowoomba,” she said.

Laura said he’d be going back in a very healthy state.

“He turned up at a traveller’s campsite at a truck stop at Winton and was drinking out of their dog bowl for a few days.

“He’s in fantastic condition –I think tourists must have been looking after him.

“He’s so friendly, cuddly and smoochy so it’s no wonder.”

Laura said they’d handled a few lost animals before but they were mostly local ones that had wandered off, never an animal that had become stranded midway through a journey across Australia.

“It proves the importance of chipping,” she said. “Without it, the end of the story may not have been so happy.”

Queensland Country Life

Greg Norman’s life is like Goop for senior citizens

Greg Norman taking a bath after a two-day horse ride, 11,850-feet above sea level in the Colorado Flat Top Wilderness. Photo: Instagram/@shark_gregnorman

Greg Norman is the male version ofGwyneth ‘Goop’ Paltrowthe world never knew existed, needed or wanted.

Until now.

After the discovery of hisInstagram account, which documents everything from nude bathing and 10-hour hikes with his third wife, interior designer Kirsten Kutner, to his various business deals, The Shark is now back in the spotlight to share his wellbeing secrets.

In a new “guest editor” appearance for the latest edition ofAustralian Golf Digest, Norman has disclosed how he ruled the golfing world as No. 1 for 331 weeks during the ’80s and ’90s, and why now, at 62 years old, he is “ripped” and living his best life.

In a lengthy feature article in the magazine’s “Get Fit Issue”, The Shark shares his nine-part workout program that was devised by his former personal trainer of 20 years, Pete Draovitch.

When he’s not brokering calls between international leaders likeDonald Trump and Malcolm Turnbull, a normal day for the Shark starts with a 45-minute session on an elliptical trainer:”To get my heart rate up around 185-190,” he said.

He works out five days a week, sometimes seven if he’s “feeling a little lethagic”.

Tennis, as well as surfing and free diving, is one of his favourite sports these days. It’s agame he tries to practice daily.

Greg Norman works out everyday. His sessions include three sets of cable bicep curls, 12 reps each. Photo: Michael O’Bryon

“When I go out onto the tennis court, I can stand on the baseline and return balls to two professional tennis players at the net. I’m addicted to the cardio workout it gives me and I can do it for two-and-a-half hours.

“At 62 years of age, I take great satisfaction when guys half my age say they are struggling to keep up with me.”

It was during one of these two-on-one tennis matches that he tore some tendons in his lower leg earlier this year.

Not even a moon-boot stopped his routine. He took to performing leg raises while on crutches.

He even uses back-to-back meetings as excuses to work out.

“Even when I’m sitting in my office I’m doing some type of mini-workout, whether that’s working my hamstrings or firing my abdominal muscles. You can do leg raises sitting down…there’s always something you can be doing to fire up your body and then let it relax,” he said.

As well as fitness, and inspirational hashtags like “#attacklife”, Norman is also a nutrition nut.

Since experiencing “violent headaches” on course while competing professionally he now drinks three litres of water a day and has not consumed soft-drink in almost 25-years.

“My body was reacting badly to the sugar content in soft drinks out on the golf course so from August 1993 I made the decision to never consume a soft drink again,” he said.

“Back in those days a lot of tournaments were sponsored by soft drink companies and when I saw their products in Eskies on the tees, I naturally gravitated towards them as a refreshment.”

While he admits to loving Donna Hay recipes and cooks something from one of her books every night, he avoids “white foods” the same wayPaltrow refuses to eat octopus(because she says they are “too smart to be food”).

“I don’t eat white rice or white bread. I don’t avoid them 100 per cent – every now and then you can’t avoid them – but anything white, like potatoes, I keep to a bare minimum,” he said.

At the top of his game, after rising for at 4am for a 7.30am tee off, he would do a gentle gym session before tucking into a breakfast of low-fat steak and eggs drizzled with honey.

“I couldn’t afford to go through periods of peaks and troughs where my energy levels dropped. So I never ate anything with added sugar in it for breakfast,” he said.

However his signature morning meal, like his swing, required practice and the occasional dose of charcoal.

“The steak and eggs thing was trial and error. I realised when it came to my intestinal health, what you put into it is what you get out of it. I used to get bad gas pains because I was putting the wrong foods in my body and you simply can’t afford to do that out on the golf course,” he said.

Victoria vies for army’s $20b manufacturing boost

One of the world’s largestdefence companies is being urged to build anew fleet of combat vehiclesin Victoria if itsbid for the Australian Army’s most expensive acquisition contract in historysucceeds.

A letter signed by every federal Coalition MP in the state was sent this week to BAE Systems after the company was shortlisted to providethe first wave of 225 armoured reconnaissance vehicles under the Defence Department’s”LAND 400″ project.

Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne, in the turret of an armoured vehicle at Victoria’s Puckapunyal army base recently. Photo: Corporal Max Bree

The MPs saidVictoria’s manufacturing skills, workforce capacity, supply chain and infrastructure were”unmatched by any other state”.

The letter, sent to BAE Systems Australia chief Glynn Phillips, said the work would beespecially important to the state economy following the recent string of car company shutdowns.

“In light of the closure of automotive manufacturing which will impact most significantly in Victoria, the LAND 400 program presents Victorian manufacturing workers including those in regional Victoria with a very significant opportunity,” the letter said.

It is understood the project could generate up to 200 direct jobs and hundreds more in the wider supply chain.

Victoria’s state and federal political leaders are hoping BAE selects the stateas the headquarters for the project if it wins the contract, after its key competitor for the work, Rheinmetall, announced it would base its operations in Queensland.

Federal Corangamite MPSarah Henderson, who is leading the Coalition’s effort to lobby BAE to select Victoria, said there would no doubt be a “fierce battle” with Queensland, “but we are up for the fight”.

“Victoria’s manufacturing skills, including in the automotive sector, are the best in the country.”

The initial phase of the Land 400 project is valued at $5 billion, but the winning contractor would also be a front-runner for the remainder of the project, which could be worth another $15 billion.

BAE is proposing to the manufacture the new vehicles’ hulls in partnership with Victorian engineering company Marand.

Ms Henderson said she believed BAE’s tender would generate “more jobs on the ground” than Rheinmetall.

“Given the commitment to manufacture the hulls locally, this suggests that BAE is offering higher Australian industry content and more jobs on the ground,” she said.

BAE is yet to decide on its location, but a company spokesman said the project would boost local small and medium-sized enterprises.

“We’ve been delivering defence platforms and systems by Australians for Australians for 60 years and we will bring this history and strength of relationships with Australian industry to grow the capability of local SMEs throughout the life of the Land 400 program.”

The Andrews state government in Victoria said it remained in discussions with BAE, whichwould announce its preferred location soon.

“This is a two-horse race,” Industry Minister Wade Noonan said.

“With our outstanding track record in the design, development and manufacture of military vehicles for Australian and overseas customers, Victoria has the experience, expertise and supply chain to deliver this work.”

Federal opposition defence spokesman Richard Marles said Victoria certainly had the “know-how to deliver these crucial vehicles”.

“It’s important the government make the decision on where to build them in national interest, not in their political interest,” he said.

Senior climate scientist warns of potential Trump damage

Budget cuts to key US climate programs proposed by President Donald Trump are “frightening” for the global science community, threatening to set back recent advances, a leading international researcher says.

Valerie Masson-Delmotte, co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change workinggroup, said the planned cuts were “a major worry” given America’s outsized contribution to the global research.

“I cannot hide the huge anxieties about the strength of research capacities in the US in the coming years,” Dr Masson-Delmotte said.

Geosciences, including climate research, facecuts of as much as 40 per cent,including the scrapping for four climate-related satellites.

“It’s a major worry given the weight of the US scientific communities” in thisfield, she said.

USworkincludesas much as 30 per cent of ocean climate research, and running core data centres used by international researchers. Such cuts, if applied, wouldbe difficult for US universities – or other nations – to fill.

Cuts proposed by Australia’s CSIRO in monitoring of the Southern Ocean stirred similar concerns last year before a public outcry prompted the Turnbull government to step in to create a special climate centre with longer-term funding guaranteed.

Trillion-tonne Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica in February before it broke away earlier this month. Photo: British Antarctic Survey via AP

China has significantly increased its ocean monitoring and climate modelling work “but it is not sufficient to cover what would happen if such a big player as the US would reduce their effort”, said Dr Masson-Delmotte, who is also a senior scientist at France’s Laboratoiredes Sciences duClimatet del’Environnementat theInstitutPierre SimonLaplace.

While researchers continue to expand knowledge of how the rise in greenhouse gases is causing a build-up in planetary heat, important gaps remain.

More understanding is also needed about feedback processes, which could amplify climate changeand trigger abrupt shifts such as in ocean circulation patterns.

A third priority is the development of models that can correctly project the changes, particularly on a regional scale.

Southern Europe is expected to become hotter and drier, particularly in summers, increasing the risk of forest fires. Photo: ANSA via AP

The sixth IPCC assessment report is due to be completed in 2021, with special reports on the impacts of a 1.5-degree warming, the cryosphere,and climate change effects on land set for release in the next two years.

Watchdog cracks down on ‘misleading’ NBN speed claims

Telecommunications companies are misleading customers over broadband internet speeds and the worst offenders will likely face prosecutionover dodgy advertising by the end ofthe year, the consumer watchdog says.

Chairman Rod Sims said the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) would conduct “compliance sweeps” of broadband marketing and telco websites later this year in a bid to keep telcos honest about speeds available on the national broadband network.

“Right now, consumers are not getting the basic information they need to make an informed choice. Indeed, they are often being misled,” Mr Sims said on Thursday.

“We want to see consumers presented with information based on the realistic speeds they can expect to experience, particularly during busy periods. Not just best-case scenarios.”

Tensions are building between consumers and telcos over download speeds, particularly during peak evening periods. Photo: Glenn Hunt

Broadband wasan ACCC compliance and enforcement priority this year, he told a telco industry conference.

“We are investigating and expect to be taking action in respect of misleading conduct around broadband speeds,” he said.

As more Australians migrate to the government-owned NBN, tensions are building between consumers and telcos over download speeds, particularly during peak evening periods.

In turn, NBN Co and telcos are blaming each other for bandwidth pricing and provisioning, or pointing the finger at consumer equipment, modem placement and habits.

ACCC chairman Rod Sims wants consumers to have more information about actual broadband speeds, not just ‘best-case scenarios’. Photo: Ben Rushton

However, the government-owned NBN Co already knows exactly how much capacity each telco purchases and how often their network reaches congestion.

“We advise the [retailers] when they are hitting capacity levels but it is a matter for the [retailers] to decide whether to purchase more [capacity],” a spokesman said.

NBN Co also provides telcos with weekly reports on actual speeds being reached at each active copper connection on its fibre-to-the-node network, but does not share this information with consumers or the ACCC.

Mr Sims told Fairfax Media consumer expectations were shaped by marketing. If telcos told consumers a 12 megabit per second [Mbps] connection on the NBN was “superfast’, this could be considered misleading because it was similar to pre-NBN speeds.

“Of course, there is something lodged in the consumer mind that says ‘NBN is coming here to provide you with fast speeds’.”

But he told consumers not to expect faster speeds unless they were prepared to pay more.

The ACCC had the power to gather information for legal actions, but the upcoming broadband monitoring scheme was “the big hope” for solving the speed mystery, Mr Sims said.

He said telcos had told the commission they didn’t like selling faster plans because consumers expected to pay only $60 a month for internet, which was not enough to cover bandwidth fees.

However, one smaller retailer, Aussie Broadband, has a growing reputation for consistently delivering NBN speeds consumers had paid for. It does this by restricting excessive use and adding new customers only when sufficient bandwidth is available. And unlike some telcos, it does not offer unlimited plans.

“Unlimited service makes it very difficult for us to predict usage, and thus difficult to control the network quality,” acting managing director John Reisinger said.

“Unlimited services tend to attract people who use very large amounts of data, which can affect other users in their area.”

Aussie Broadband’s prices are higher for 100 Mbps speeds – ranging from $80 a month for 500 gigabytes to $170 a month with 3 terabytes of data. In comparison, TPG offers unlimited data at that speed for $100 a month while Optus charges $110 a month.

Market reports published by the ACCC show smaller telcos – outside the big four providers of Telstra, Optus, TPG (which owns iiNet and Internode), and Vocus (which owns iPrimus) – are growing their market share on the NBN.

“Other”providers increased their market share for fibre-to-the-premises connections from 2.4 per cent at December to 2.8 per cent in March, and on fibre-to-the-node connections it was up from 1.8 per cent to 2.1 per cent in the same period. The next ACCC report is expected before the end of July.

Can the Knights end cursed away-game record?

CHALLENGE: The Knights have lost 22 consecutive games on the road.THE Newcastle Knights hopeto cast aside theworst away-game record of any team in at least 40 years by upsetting high-flying Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium on Friday night.

Newcastle have not won on the road since a 20-6 boilover against Melbourne in round 24, 2015.

In the ensuing 697 days, they have lost 22 consecutive games on foreign soil, which surpasses now-defunct Newtown’s 21-game losing streak between 1976 and 1978. According to rugby league’s premier statistician and historian, David Middleton, the only team he could confirm who had lost more consecutive away games than Newcastle wereUniversity, who played all games at their opponents’ grounds and suffered 42 successive losses between 1934 and 1936.

Middleton said it was “difficult” to count away-team performances before 1974, because many match-of-the-round fixtures were staged at the neutral SCG.

Newcastle’s cursed run is nonetheless one of the most forlorn since rugby league’s 1908 foundation season.

In saying that, the Knights could, and should, have won their past two games in enemy territory, against St George Illawarra and Canterbury.

They led the Dragons 28-10 at half-time fourweeks ago before crashing to a 32-28 defeat, then appeared home and hosed a fortnight ago before the Bulldogs scored two tries in the final four minutes to win 20-18.

Knights playmaker Trent Hodkinson, who will make his 150thNRL appearance on Friday night, was confident his teammates were close to abreakthrough win.

“It’s a process of learning and finishing off games, but we’re getting there,’’ Hodkinson said.

The 3am duty that’s the most sombre of all

WHEN emergency workers –and particularly police –make claims against their employers after being diagnosed with post traumatic stress, it is often the car crashes they talk about.

When they wake in the middle of the night shaking and covered in sweat, or after nightmares, it is oftendetails of the most tragic crashes they can’t get out of their minds.

See too many horrific, and preventable, road incidents where average people going about their lives are suddenly lost, or where children have had no chance, or multiple teens have died because of speed or risk-taking, and it can change how you view the world.

It’s why NSW Police Highway PatrolDetective Chief Inspector Phil Brooks told reporters on Thursday that “police have had enough”, after eight people died on NSW roads in the space of 24 hours, two of them in a single crash onthe Thunderbolts Way, near Gloucester.

In the past week five people have died on Hunter roads.

Chief Inspector Brooks stated the obvious during a media conference: “There is never a more sombre duty for a police officer than knocking on the door of a family at 3am to tell them their loved one won’t be coming home.”

Across NSW local courts refer people to traffic offenders programs after they’ve been charged with a range of driving offences, and have pleaded or been found guilty, but before their matters are finalised and a sentence is given.

Traffic offenders are exposed to confronting information over a short course, including hearing from traffic victims and emergency workers. Some people are shocked into changing driving behaviour.

A small percentage of people will never acknowledge the need for reasonable behaviour on roads. They often end up in jail, severely injured, dead or responsible for death or injury to others.

The sad reality is that crashes occur because of deliberately dangerous driving behaviour by some, negligence by others, inattention, fatigue and, increasingly, distraction.

The more sophisticated and cluttered with technology our lives and vehicles become, the more likely we are to take our minds off the roads. And a crash at 110kph, or 80, or 60, or even less, can end withthe kind of incident Chief Inspector Brooks described.

Issue: 38,550.

Will SKD’s inside info come home to roost?

CENTRE OF ATTENTION: Shaun Kenny-Dowall will play his first game for Newcastle against his former club, the Roosters. Picture: Getty ImagesROOSTERS coach Trent Robinson hopes Shaun Kenny-Dowall’s loyalty to his former teammates will prevent him from sharing too much inside information with the Knights before Friday’s clash between the two teams at Allianz Stadium.

Kenny-Dowall, the Kiwi international utility back, parted company with the Roosters after an 11-season, 224-game stintthat featured121 tries and a grand final win in 2013.

He signed with Newcastle before the June 30 mid-season transfer deadline and will make his Knights debut against his old club, probably on the left wing.

Robinson, who coached Kenny-Dowall for four years, said he “was hoping Skids might be one more week” on the sidelines with a hamstring strain because he was a dangerous ball-carrier.

The coach said the first-up clash would be “strange for him andstrange for us” but part and parcel of modern-day rugby league.

“Natually he’s a Rooster at heart, but professional life, he’s had to go to Newcastle,” Robinsonsaid.

“He’s going to be there for a few years.

“He’ll be anxious, and then he’ll be professional. That’s how he’ll be.”

Knights playmaker Trent Hodkinson said Kenny-Dowall had given his new teammates “a lot” of insight into the Roosters’ playing style.

“Obviously Shaun coming from the Roosters, and knowing the guys there quite well, he’s chipped in at video sessions a fair bit this week,’’ Hodkinson said.

“Hopefully we can be ready for what’s to come.’’

Robinson washopeful Kenny-Dowall’s respect for his former teammates would limit the flow of inside information.

“There’s often a professional courtesy with players,’’ he said. “There’ll be some hints here and there, but also he won’t want to go into it fully, because naturally that’s what people do.

“They’re not going to ‘dob’ on their mates and say they do this and that.

“So there’ll be hints there but I don’t think he’ll be going into it play by play.”

Robinson was more concerned with the threat Kenny-Dowall would pose on the pitch.

“They’ve got a really strong back field, the way that they run with [Nathan] Ross, and [Dane] Gagai and [Chanel] Mata’utia and now Shaun coming in, Brendan Elliot,’’ Robinson said.

“They’ve got some strong carriers of the ball. Shaun adds a fair bit there.”

The coach said he had spoken to Roosters utility Connor Watson about reports he had signed a four-year deal with Newcastle, starting in 2018.

“We’ve talked about it, which I won’t go into, but we’ve talked about it,” he said.

Watson will play fullback in the absence of Michael Gordon, who along with Jake Friend and Boyd Cordner is unavailable with injury.

“Really good opportunity for Connor,” Robinson said.

“He’s practised there at fullback a lot and he’s played there a little bit, and I think he’s a natural fullback.

“So it’s going to be good to see him play there.

“He’s a ball of energy.”

Heading Outback for great opal hunt

LOST TREASURE: You can hunt for that famous pineapple opal on Graeme Dowton’s Red Earth Opal tours. Picture: John RozentalsHERE’S five great things to do in White Cliffs and Wilcannia.

1) Take a Red Earth Opal mine tour

Opal mining is White Cliff’s main reason for existence and a close-up look at the industry is the essential experience if you’re visiting. Red Earth Opal’s Graeme Dowton runs a great adventure, taking groups of people below the ground to show first-hand what the business isabout and why the hunt for that elusive opal pineapple has been so enticing. The above-ground café and showroom are also excellent and perhaps the best place in town to make that special purchase.

Red Earth Opal, 100 Dugout, White Cliffs, phone 08 8091 6900.

2) Stay at the White Cliffs Underground Motel

Overnighting in a disused opal mine -indeed in the world’s largest underground motel -is certainly a different experience, from the constant 22-23ºC temperature-day or night, summer or winter -to the lack of external light, which means you don’t really know what’s going on above ground, and the white-washed earthen walls. It’s great fun meandering along the tunnels of the motel to find your room, and the historical display is top-notch. Facilities such as restaurant, bar, etc, are what you’d expect or better than in most country motels, though I did find the lack of en-suites a trifle challenging. New owner Scott Smith is well aware of that and is looking at ways of overcoming theproblem. I just don’t think that chipping away at the walls will make you wealthy. The motel is set in what is also known as Poor Man’s Hill, so named because of its lack of opals.

White Cliffs Underground Motel, 129 Smiths Hill, White Cliffs, phone 08 8091 6677, undergroundmotel南京夜网419论坛.

3) Visit Bill O’Reilly Oval in White Cliffs

Legendary leg-spinbowler Bill “Tiger”O’Reilly is probably White Cliff’s most famous son.

The 188cm aggressive cricketer played 27 Tests between 1932 and 1946 and claimed 144 wickets at an average of 22.59.His career ran parallel with the legendarySir Donald Bradman, with whom he shared a sometimestempestuous, yet successful, relationship. Tiger’sbirthplace remembers him through Bill O’Reilly Oval.

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4) Stay at Warrawong on the Darling Caravan Park, Wilcannia

Warrawong on the Darling, located on the banks of the Darling River, three kilometres to the east of Wilcannia, is part of Scott Smith’s NSW Outback empire. It offers a genuinely comfortable taste of the Outback through a range of accommodation choices -modern cabins, caravan berths and camping sites, all serviced by a modern, state-of- the-art amenities block.

Warrawong on the Darling, Barrier Highway, Wilcannia, phone 1300 688 225,warrawongonthedarling南京夜网419论坛.

5) Stop and have a look at Wilcannia’s historic, now disused, bridge

The town’s original bridge over the Darling was built in 1896 in the unusual centre-left style that allowed it to be raised for the passage of paddle-steamers in the days when Wilcannia was a major river port. It is classified by the National Trust. The name “Wilcannia”means “a gap in the bank where the flood waters escape” in the Barkindji language of the local Aboriginal people.

Wilcannia Tourism Association, phone 08 8091 5294,wilcanniatourism南京夜网419论坛.

First to die, last named: Sixth victim of Bourke St tragedy identified

Hundreds of bunches of flowers were laid in Bourke Street in the wake of the tragedy. Photo: Chris HopkinsJapanese studentYosukeKannowas the first to die in the Bourke Street tragedy, but the last to be named.

Mr Kanno, 25, was walking outside the Royal Arcade in Bourke Street Mall on January 20, when a car allegedly driven byDimitriousGargasoulasbegan mowing down pedestrians.

Mr Kanno died at the scene.

He was named on Thursday during a coronial hearing into his death and the deaths of the five otherBourke Street victims: father Matthew Si, schoolgirl Thalia Hakin, Sydneywoman Jess Mudie, financial consultantBhavita Patel and three-month-old baby Zachary Bryant.

MrGargasoulashas been charged with six counts of murder and 27 of attempted murder.

Acoronial inquest will independently investigate Victoria Police’s response on January 20, and the events that led up to the tragedy.

The probe was due to runindependently of the criminal investigation, butcounsel assisting the coroner, Mandy Fox QC, said it was not possible for the inquest to proceed without compromising MrGargasoulas’ right to a fair trial.

Ms Fox said there wasa fundamental public interestin ensuring the criminal trial was not compromised by the inquiry.

State Coroner SaraHincheypostponed the inquest until the criminalcase had been dealt with. It is unlikely the inquiry will begin before the “later part” of 2018, the coroner heard.

The families of Zachary Bryant and Jess Mudie said they were grateful a thorough inquest would occur.

“Both families hope that the inquest will prevent anything similar ever happening again,” their lawyer Naty Guerrero-Diaztold reporters.

Ms Fox saidthe inquest would investigatehow much police knew aboutMrGargasoulas’ conduct beforethe tragedy,andwhat interaction they had with him.

She said it wouldinvestigate why Mr Gargasoulas was released on bail one week before the tragedy, and whether police adhered to pursuit guidelines.Police radio communications thatday will alsobe examined.

Ms Fox said the inquests’scope may be widened, depending on the results of a coronial brief, which was still being prepared.

During the hearing, she outlined the events leading up to the Bourke Street tragedy. She described the moment Mr Gargasoulasallegedly did doughnuts in the car outside Flinders Street Station,in front of scores of people.

Ms Fox said he then allegedlydrove into Bourke Street Mall during the busy lunchtime rush, under shop-front awnings, and injured several pedestriansbeforethefirst fatality happened.

“YosukeKannowas struck as he was walking near the Royal Arcade,” she said.

“He was a 25-year-old Japanese student, who was studying in Australia. He died at the scene.”

She alleged he then drove upthe Bourke Street footpath towards Williams Street, where along the way, the five otherfatalities occurred.

Mr Gargasoulas is due to face court again on August 1, while a criminal brief of evidence is due to be served tohis lawyers in October.

“The criminal proceedings will not be finalised for some considerable time,” Ms Fox said.

The inquiry was adjourned by the coroner for a “dateto be determined”.