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Melbourne Express, Monday, September 30, 2019

Just over 12 degrees now ahead of a chilly top of 15. That’s the last of winter for the rest of the week. We’re heading back into the 20s from tomorrow.

That’s it from us today. We’ll be back from 6am tomorrow. Have a fab day.

Helena Broadbent.

Helena Broadbent.

A 35-year-old man has been remanded over the death of a pregnant mother-of-two, who fell from a car in Melbourne’s north-west on Saturday. Neighbours remember 32-year-old mother Helena Broadbent on Sunday as beautiful mum, who always waved a friendly hello.

In other news:

  • The Reserve Bank is poised to take official interest rates below 1 per cent even as evidence grows its previous rate cuts have supercharged the Sydney and Melbourne property markets with values growing eight times faster than inflation.
  • Meanwhile, more Australian home-buyers are submitting false information in order to obtain mortgages despite banks and brokers promising tougher lending checks in the wake of the banking royal commission, a new survey by investment bank UBS has found.
  • And the chief executive of major property developer Caydon has claimed his signature was forged as part of an alleged $400 million fraud against a Korean investment house by another developer.

In case you missed it earlier, two people have died after a fiery crash in Melbourne’s south-east.

It’s believed that a Nissan Skyline and Mazda 3 collided on Ferntree Gully Road in Oakleigh East, one of them catching fire, about 8pm on Sunday.

The driver and only occupant of the Nissan, a man in his 20s, died at the scene. A girl in her late teens, who was a rear passenger in the Mazda, died overnight in hospital.

Another rear passenger from the Mazda remains in hospital in a critical condition. The Mazda driver and a front-seat passenger are assisting police.

The deaths bring the state’s road toll to 209, compared to 152 at the same time last year. Follow as the story develops today.

We have some winners. This morning’s road to Target word glory is paved with the following names: Susan Munday, Emily Timms, Anne Vranison, Angela Iles, Adrian Mason, Tam’sIN and Sher Shar Suri.

Congrats people. You can start your day with that smug feeling of intellectual justification.

We’ll print the solution for the rest of you tomorrow. 

Back to the Sunbury line, where they’re on the buses thanks to Metro Tunnel works. Commuters, we feel your pain. This post raises the eternal commuter question: is there actually such a thing as an “express” bus? Really?

Aaron WD tops our lateral-thinking Target-worders this morning, coming up with the made-up but nevertheless pleasing alternative solution CAKERATER. We’d like that role.

Check out this striking shot taken in Fitzroy North over the weekend:

Back to the roads and trains:

  • On the West Gate Freeway, two left lanes are closed inbound near the Bolte Bridge due to a multi-vehicle crash. A Transurban incident management crew is on site. Speed is down to 40km/h past the incident.
  • There’s a tradies RDO today. That’s helping traffic along.
  • And on the Alamein/Belgrave/Glen Waverley/Lilydale lines, there are ongoing minor delays due to an equipment fault near Melbourne Central. Services will run direct to Flinders Street.
  • That’s in addition to the buses dotted throughout the Metro and V/Line networks this morning.

Have you solved this morning’s Target word? Our resident clue provider says this one will look after you.

Send your answers via email or Twitter. We’ll print the names of the smartest among you just before 9am.

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