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More than 20,000 Melburnians vow to stand at their front doors and unleash a collective scream

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Frustrated Melburnians have vowed to stand on their front porches and unite in a chorus of collective screams as a bizarre way to deal with lockdown restrictions.

Residents of the nation’s coronavirus capital pledged to figuratively stand together and unleash a communal scream at 7pm on Friday as a way of venting pent-up rage while the city endures its second week of stage four restrictions.

It draws on the success of last Friday’s event called ‘stand on your front porch and scream’ which attracted a 24,000-strong group of Facebook users who marked themselves as ‘attending’ on the social media event page.

Organiser Tess Roberts created the movement as a lighthearted way for isolated residents to deal with the horrors of the pandemic.

Last Friday's event called 'stand on your front porch and scream' which attracted a 24,000-strong group of Facebook users (pictured: one of the participants)

Last Friday's event called 'stand on your front porch and scream' which attracted a 24,000-strong group of Facebook users (pictured: one of the participants)

Last Friday’s event called ‘stand on your front porch and scream’ which attracted a 24,000-strong group of Facebook users (pictured: one of the participants)

‘Covid’s s**t. Everyone’s a bit sad. Just stand on your porch and scream until you feel a bit better. Let’s all unite in our shared depression,’ she wrote in the description.

Enthusiastic wailers joined forces in a cacophony of high-pitched shrieks, with many uploading videos of their efforts.

One social media user captured chilling footage of the night sky punctuated by the howls of defeated Australians.

‘I could hear screaming for blocks,’ he wrote on Twitter.

‘Joining in was pretty cathartic too. After a few minutes, but for the sound of rain drops, life returned to eerie silence.’

The movement prompted music legend Jimmy Barnes to released vocal tips for keen screamers.

Enthusiastic wailers joined forces in a cacophony of high-pitched shrieks, with many uploading videos of their efforts (pictured)

Enthusiastic wailers joined forces in a cacophony of high-pitched shrieks, with many uploading videos of their efforts (pictured)

Enthusiastic wailers joined forces in a cacophony of high-pitched shrieks, with many uploading videos of their efforts (pictured)

‘I start off a little bit low and then I get higher as I go,’ he explained.

‘I find having a good scream really lets out a bit of tension, so it’s a good thing to do.’

Participants of last week’s event shared their experiences of shouting into the ether.

‘My throat hurts but my heart is happy,’ one woman commented.

‘I just yelled out and in the faint distance heard a couple more voices,’ another said.

Not all screechers were from metropolitan Melbourne, with one woman from Dandenong on the city’s outer limits joining the movement.

‘I did it. I screamed so loud people’s lights started coming on, I could hear doors opening, I ran back into my house and I just laughed my head off. I felt so good, I felt free, I could hear a couple of other people down the road … I think I’ve scared them.’

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Participants of last week's event shared their experiences of shouting into the abyss (pictured)

Participants of last week's event shared their experiences of shouting into the abyss (pictured)

Participants of last week’s event shared their experiences of shouting into the abyss (pictured)

Not all screechers were from metropolitan Melbourne, with one woman from Dandenong on the city's outer limits joining the movement. Pictured: A participant who videoed their scream

Not all screechers were from metropolitan Melbourne, with one woman from Dandenong on the city's outer limits joining the movement. Pictured: A participant who videoed their scream

Not all screechers were from metropolitan Melbourne, with one woman from Dandenong on the city’s outer limits joining the movement. Pictured: A participant who videoed their scream

But not everyone was aware of the event and took to social media to ask others.

‘Does anyone else hear a tonne of screaming?’ they asked.

‘Weird…also it’s not in my head, it’s definitely in Brunswick East.’

The second ‘stand on your front porch and scream’ event will take place at the same time this Friday, and has been organised by Sean Icon McVeigh.

The 35-year-old hopes to continue the event each week.

‘Since the last event was a success, I thought, ‘Why not keep it going every Friday night at 7pm at least until the lockdown is over?’ he told news.com.au.

‘Just for fun and to get some of that frustration out because of this stupid COVID. It’s simple, all you have to do is go outside and scream and let it all out.’

Pictured: very quiet Bourke Street is seen on August 11 as Melbourne ploughs through its second week of stage four restrictions

Pictured: very quiet Bourke Street is seen on August 11 as Melbourne ploughs through its second week of stage four restrictions

Pictured: very quiet Bourke Street is seen on August 11 as Melbourne ploughs through its second week of stage four restrictions

Thursday's fatalities bring the state's toll to 275 and the national figure to 360. A record 725 new daily infections were recorded on August 5

Thursday's fatalities bring the state's toll to 275 and the national figure to 360. A record 725 new daily infections were recorded on August 5

Thursday’s fatalities bring the state’s toll to 275 and the national figure to 360. A record 725 new daily infections were recorded on August 5

The stage four restrictions were initially put in place for six weeks and are expected to be lifted in mid-September if the succeeded in getting daily case numbers back toward double figures. 

Virus fatalities on Thursday brought the state’s death toll to 275 and the national figure to 360.

Premier Andrews was confident Victoria’s second-wave COVID-19 curve was flattening but said that was dependent upon ‘literally hundreds of millions of individual choices and decisions’. 

While noting Victoria’s seven-day case average was falling, Mr Andrews acknowledged Stage 4’s effects would not be known until next week.

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Scott Morrison reveals the first states to welcome Kiwis as part of the trans-Tasman travel bubble

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NSW and South Australia are set to be the first states to welcome New Zealand tourists as part of a travel bubble.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday the arrangement will initially be only one-way, allowing Kiwis to fly across the Tasman.

‘We’ll be able to move on that very soon,’ he told 5AA radio.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) said NSW and South Australia are set to be the first states to welcome New Zealand tourists as part of a travel bubble

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) said NSW and South Australia are set to be the first states to welcome New Zealand tourists as part of a travel bubble

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) said NSW and South Australia are set to be the first states to welcome New Zealand tourists as part of a travel bubble

The arrangement will initially be only one-way, allowing Kiwis to fly across the Tasman (pictured, Sydney International Airport on September 29)

The arrangement will initially be only one-way, allowing Kiwis to fly across the Tasman (pictured, Sydney International Airport on September 29)

The arrangement will initially be only one-way, allowing Kiwis to fly across the Tasman (pictured, Sydney International Airport on September 29)

‘New Zealanders being able to travel to Australia – that’s good for Australian tourism.’

The prospect of Australians travelling to New Zealand is further away.

Mr Morrison said South Australia and NSW would be the first to benefit because they have already removed domestic borders.

‘That would take a lot of pressure off at the airports for hotel quarantine, which frees up more places for Australians to come home,’ he said.

The prime minister explained states insisting on quarantine for domestic travel would not be included in the bubble.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (pictured) discussed the trans-Tasman bubble with Mr Morrison earlier in the week

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (pictured) discussed the trans-Tasman bubble with Mr Morrison earlier in the week

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (pictured) discussed the trans-Tasman bubble with Mr Morrison earlier in the week

‘We can’t have New Zealand tourists coming and taking up those quarantine places in those states,’ he said.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern discussed the trans-Tasman bubble with Mr Morrison earlier in the week.

‘There is a chance that we could have Australia simply open to New Zealand because of our status and where we are right now, which is pretty good,’ she told AAP on Wednesday.

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AC/DC announces new album with Brian Johnson returning four years after he quit

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After months of speculation, legendary rock band AC/DC has finally announced their new PWRUP album. 

The band had teased the big news for days, by uploading short clips of a neon lightning bolt to Twitter and Instagram. 

On Thursday, AC/DC finally shared what appeared to be their new album cover, confirming the return of lead guitarist Angus Young, 65, bassist Cliff Williams, 70, and rhythm guitarist Stevie Young, 63. 

Back in black! Legendary rock band AC/DC have finally announced their new PWRUP album

Back in black! Legendary rock band AC/DC have finally announced their new PWRUP album

Back in black! Legendary rock band AC/DC have finally announced their new PWRUP album

Also present on the cover is vocalist Brian Johnson, 72, who previously quit the band in 2016 due to hearing problems, and drummer Phil Rudd, 66. who left the group in 2014 amid legal troubles. 

In the black-and-white photo, Angus rocks his trademark schoolboy outfit. 

A release date for the new record has yet to be announced.  

Back again! AC/DC last toured Down Under in 2015 and 2016 for their Rock or Bust World Tour, in support of their sixteenth studio album, Rock or Bust. Pictured: Brian and Angus in 2000

Back again! AC/DC last toured Down Under in 2015 and 2016 for their Rock or Bust World Tour, in support of their sixteenth studio album, Rock or Bust. Pictured: Brian and Angus in 2000

Back again! AC/DC last toured Down Under in 2015 and 2016 for their Rock or Bust World Tour, in support of their sixteenth studio album, Rock or Bust. Pictured: Brian and Angus in 2000

AC/DC last toured Down Under in 2015 and 2016 for their Rock or Bust World Tour, in support of their sixteenth studio album, Rock or Bust.  

Brian’s hearing problems forced him to leave the band mid-tour in 2016.

He was temporarily replaced by Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose, who served as vocalist for the band’s remaining concerts.

Exciting! A release date for the new record has yet to be announced. Pictured: Brian Johnson (left) and Angus Young (right) in London on July 4, 2015

Exciting! A release date for the new record has yet to be announced. Pictured: Brian Johnson (left) and Angus Young (right) in London on July 4, 2015

Exciting! A release date for the new record has yet to be announced. Pictured: Brian Johnson (left) and Angus Young (right) in London on July 4, 2015

Doctors had advised the frontman to either quit performing live or face the possibility of ‘total hearing loss’.

‘That was the darkest day of my professional life,’ Brian said of the diagnosis at the time.

AC/DC was formed in Sydney in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young.

Following the death of lead singer Bon Scott from acute alcoholic poisoning at the age of 33 in 1980, Brian Johnson was hired to replace him.  

Rhythm guitarist Malcolm was diagnosed with dementia in 2014 and retired to a Sydney nursing home. 

He died on November 18, 2017 at the age of 64.    

Throwback! AC/DC was formed in Sydney in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. Pictured (left to right): Simon Wright, Malcolm Young, Angus Young, Cliff Williams and Brian Johnson on October 18, 1985, in Inglewood, California

Throwback! AC/DC was formed in Sydney in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. Pictured (left to right): Simon Wright, Malcolm Young, Angus Young, Cliff Williams and Brian Johnson on October 18, 1985, in Inglewood, California

Throwback! AC/DC was formed in Sydney in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. Pictured (left to right): Simon Wright, Malcolm Young, Angus Young, Cliff Williams and Brian Johnson on October 18, 1985, in Inglewood, California

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The reason fire crews were delayed in putting out a house blaze that injured a woman and two kids 

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A family caught in an inferno are lucky to be alive after fire crews were forced to tunnel into bitumen to access hydrants that were covered during recent road works.

A woman in her 30s and two young girls suffered injuries after their Coorparoo home, in Brisbane, went up in flames just after 3am on Friday morning. 

The mother was rushed to the Royal Brisbane Hospital with severe leg burns, while the father, 32, was treated at the scene for minor injuries.  

Their daughters were taken to Brisbane’s Children Hospital, where the five-year-old was treated for burns to the arm and the three-year-old with smoke inhalation. 

A women, aged in her 30s, and two young girls were injured when their Coorparoo home went up in flames just after 3am on Friday morning. Pictured: Emergency services at the scene

A women, aged in her 30s, and two young girls were injured when their Coorparoo home went up in flames just after 3am on Friday morning. Pictured: Emergency services at the scene

A women, aged in her 30s, and two young girls were injured when their Coorparoo home went up in flames just after 3am on Friday morning. Pictured: Emergency services at the scene 

The family of four escaped out of a window with the help of neighbours as the blaze engulfed their Kitchener St home, 9News reports. 

Queensland Fire and Emergency Service Inspector Rohan Wilschefsk said it was lucky everyone escaped before firefighters arrived as road resurfacing last week had blocked the hydrants.  

‘The pavement had gone over the top of the fire hydrants so when the crews arrived they were unable to find them or get access to them,’ he told the Courier Mail.  

 ‘It wasn’t until urban utilities came and told where the hydrants were located that we were able to dig them up and get access to those hydrants.’

‘We were just lucky enough that everybody go out before we got here.’ 

Inspector Wilschefsck said crews had to stretch their hoses to other hydrants in neighbouring streets, causing delays.

Despite their best efforts, the home was completely destroyed alongside two other units within the apartment block and an adjacent house was also damaged. 

The four families left homeless are being assisted by the Fire Service to find accommodation. 

Police have set up a crime scene and the blaze is being treated as suspicious.  

Investigations remain underway. 

The inferno (pictured) destroyed four properties, leaving several families now homeless

The inferno (pictured) destroyed four properties, leaving several families now homeless

The inferno (pictured) destroyed four properties, leaving several families now homeless 

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