Your morning news snapshot from around regional Australia and beyond.
There is little doubt Tasmania is experiencing its own version of A Tale of Two Cities.
The $60 million loan program could allow two public space redevelopments to be undertaken.
Dozens of Tasmanian students are missing more than 180 days of school each year.
School works, affordable housing, and road projects are amoung those being fast tracked.
Christian preacher Caleb Corneloup has been granted a permit to preach in public Launceston.
Tasmanian-born cricketer and footballer Max Walker has died aged 68.