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Informer: The one game that no one likes to play

The water on the way down Bathurst Street - under the historic rail bridge - on Tuesday. Picture Joshua Gavin 2LVR
The water on the way down Bathurst Street - under the historic rail bridge - on Tuesday. Picture Joshua Gavin 2LVR

You know what game isn't fun? The waiting game.

Whether it's pizza, an important phone call or the results of a test - it doesn't matter what you might be waiting on, the anticipation can become almost unbearable.

It's hard to imagine how the residents of Forbes in central NSW felt last night after being warned that a major flood could happen at any moment - with many being told to evacuate.

And then the very small sigh of relief when The Bureau of Meteorology revised its advice to say the Lachlan River would peak "near" the major flood level but below 2016 levels.

There is still flooding about in the region, however, Forbes mayor Phyllis Miller told AAP the flooding was not as bad as in 2016 and "we're looking pretty good".

Forbes farmers and residents alike are still waiting with bated breath as more rain is predicted for later this week.

Aussies are also on tenterhooks as we watch the William Tyrrell investigation unfold.

The investigation, dubbed Strike Force Rosann, took another turn today when it was announced that a car had been seized as a part of the investigation; and an item had been compared to a replica of the missing boy's Spiderman suit, but was subsequently ruled out of the investigation.

It's been a long seven years, and we can only hope that this renewed investigation will unearth some answers into how and why William disappeared back in 2014.

Territorians are also on edge after the NT recorded eight cases of COVID-19 - five of which are located in a remote community.

NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner told reporters today that he fears the virus will "take lives in the territory before the year is out."

The number of COVID cases in the Territory now sits at 19 with Katherine under lockdown until Monday night, at this stage.

Those of us living in VIC, QLD or NSW can attest to the fact that these things can change overnight - for good or bad.

Speaking of Victoria, protests are raging on in the state as parliament debates controversial pandemic laws.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the "small, ugly mob" of protesters who spent the night occupying parliament's steps would not stop the government's debate over the proposed laws, AAP reports.

Andrews also said his wife and children had been threatened and called the "appalling" behaviour "potentially criminal".

Protests in Australia are by-and-large mostly peaceful, but chanting for the death of politicians, hoisting up nooses and gallows and threatening children is more than a little extreme.

The anticipation, unknowns and fear surrounding the pandemic and its impacts cannot be understated - but I simply don't see the need for this level of anger. How about you?

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