Nine World War Two medals stolen during Frankston burglary

Source: State of Victoria Police

Thursday, 16 July 2020 11:52

Frankston Crime Investigation Unit detectives are investigating after nine war medals were stolen during a burglary in Frankston last week.

The burglary occurred at a Margate Avenue address sometime between 5pm on 8 July and 5pm on 10 July.

The victim, a 91-year-old man, returned home and discovered it had been ransacked with nine World War 2 medals stolen, including MBE and Citation medals.

It is believed a substantial amount of cash, jewellery, an army uniform, and other items were also stolen during the incident.

Detectives also believe the offender defecated at the side of the house and used some of the stolen clothing to clean themselves.

Investigators have released images of some of the unique items in the hope someone may recognise them and come forward.

Anyone with information or who witnessed suspicious activity in the area is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at

Nikki Ladgrove

Media Advisor


Site investigation work underway at Lakelands Station

Source: Government of Western Australia


As part of the planning and early works for the Lakelands Station project geotechnical site investigations are currently taking place at the future station site.

These studies include taking soil samples, drilling activity utilising some large vehicles and associated equipment in the area. The investigations will allow us to gain a better understanding of ground conditions in the immediate area, which will help to inform the final project design.

Once complete, the project team will have a better understanding of the properties of the soil and rock within the project area. Feature surveys have previously been undertaken to identify the physical features of the land and to confirm the location of any underground utility infrastructure such as water pipes, gas pipes and electricity cables.

These works, equipment and vehicle movements throughout the area may be noticeable to nearby residents. However, every effort will be made to minimise disturbance to the local community.

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Livestreaming boost to Australian fresh and healthy foods campaign in China

Source: Australian Trade and Investment Commission – Austrade

Livestreaming boost to Australian fresh and healthy foods campaign in China

16 Jul 2020
Throughout June, Austrade in Beijing partnered with one of China’s largest e-commerce platforms, JD.COM, to launch a digital promotion campaign — the ‘Australian Fresh and Healthy Festival’.
Each week of the month was dedicated to promoting one category of Australian food and beverage. The objective: to raise awareness and educate consumers on Australian fresh and premium products.
To support the campaign, guest speakers were invited to join our first ever livestreaming campaign utilising Austrade’s WeChat mini-program platform.
The four-week campaign started with ‘Chill Fresh’, which showcased information about Australian beef, lamb, seafood, yoghurt and fruit. Week Two was devoted to the ‘Aussie Brekkie’ and featured Australian cereals, milk, honey and nuts.
Week Three was called ‘Mum and Bub’, and covered infant milk formulas, baby food, maternity products and skincare. The last week in June was dedicated to ‘Healthy Boost’ products, and it focussed on all types of Australian health supplements.
A total of 600 SKUs were available on the JD.COM platform during the campaign, which resulted in strong sales of Australian products.
For further information, please contact Chuck Yang, Senior Business Development Manager.

Virtual Landing Pad helps Australian games developers play in China

Source: Australian Trade and Investment Commission – Austrade

Virtual Landing Pad helps Australian games developers play in China

16 Jul 2020
Australian games developers wanting to compete in China’s fast-growing digital games sector are sharpening their skills, thanks to Austrade’s virtual boot camps.  
From 20–26 May, Austrade’s Shanghai team delivered its first ‘Online Bootcamp for Games Developers.’ The five-day virtual Landing Pad program included market briefings from industry players and the opportunity to pitch ideas to industry representatives.  
Even before the home-lockdowns began, the Chinese games industry was growing fast.
According to digital games research company, newzoo, China’s games market is already worth US$40.8 billion.
The five-day boot camp kicked off with a workshop on intellectual property and brand protection. Market research company, Niko Partners, charted the growth of the world’s biggest gaming market and explained some of the regulatory barriers to entry.
Niko Partners’ brief included a deep dive into the current market dynamics of China’s games industry.
Representatives from Tencent Games, one of the world’s largest games companies, also made a virtual appearance – sharing ideas on how to enter the market.
Next up was the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association (IGEA), the peak industry body for video games companies in Australia and New Zealand. IGEA representative Jens Schroeder, Director, Industry & Member Relations and Raelene Knowles, COO, shared observations on how the gaming industry is growing and where opportunities are likely to emerge.  
Day Three delivered ‘how to pitch in China’ insights. Sessions focussed on the market and what makes for an effective pitch in China’s games sector. They were delivered by Josh Burns, Founder of DigitalDevConnect and a globally-recognised industry expert in exporting digital games into China.
The rest of the week was an opportunity to engage directly with industry. Companies prepared for pitches to some of the leading players in the market, including Tencent Games, TapTap, Kowloon Nights and China Telecom’s Dazzle Interactive.
Block42’s Chief Executive Officer, Charlene Hu, reckons the event will help her 3-D design and animation company spot opportunities in the Chinese market.
‘We learnt from many experts, built a better understanding of the Chinese multimedia industry and connected with some of the most impactful China media companies,’ she said.
Games-development platform,, was also a participant. The company’s technology helps developers to manage the storage and distribution of mods – or alterations in the look or behaviour of part of a game.
‘Thanks for running the program: it was very insightful and a fantastic opportunity for us growing Australian gaming companies,’ said Scott Reismanis, Co-founder,
Austrade’s Landing Pad in Shanghai helps Australian scale-ups to access the China market. 
To understand what the Landing Pad offers, please visit Austrade’s website. The Landing Pad team will organise the next tech boot camp from 20 July to 24 July. It will focus on innovative health technology.
For more information on the digital gaming market in China, please contact

Ongoing investment in our night-time economy As businesses slowly reopen their doors, the City of Sydney is supporting restaurants, bars and venues to get back into gear. 16 July 2020

Source: City of Sydney

As businesses slowly reopen their doors, the City of Sydney is supporting restaurants, bars and venues to get back into gear.

In its latest round of business support grants, the City has awarded 20 grants to night-time and live music businesses, worth a total of $222,334.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for Sydney’s night-time economy, which was only just beginning to breathe again after the lockout laws were lifted in January,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“Sydney’s core night-time economy is not only critical to our city’s future – generating more than $4.2 billion in revenue each year and employing more than 35,500 people across nearly 5,000 businesses – it is key to our vision for Sydney as a thriving global city.

“Businesses that operate at night were among the first and hardest hit by Covid-19 restrictions, with many hospitality workers and musicians not only losing employment, but also unable to access financial support from the Federal Government given many are casual or migrant workers.

“As we cautiously ease physical distancing restrictions and return to the wonderful restaurants, bars and venues around our city, it is critical that we do everything we can to support these businesses to get back on their feet and enter the recovery phase.

“We recently approved Covid-19 relief grants for 654 projects, worth a total of $8.85 million, which included 144 businesses operating at night.

“These grants announced today are on top of previously announced Covid-19 relief measures and are part of our long term investment in Sydney’s night time economy, supporting live music and performance venues to diversify or expand their programming and upgrade their equipment.”

Since September 2017, the City has approved more than $1.4 million in funding for over 80 grants to support local businesses through its night-time diversification and live music and performance grants.

These grants are helping businesses to upgrade their facilities and equipment, improve acoustics and minimise noise to surrounding properties or introduce live entertainment to their venues. For businesses looking to diversify, the grants are enabling them to trade later through creative programming and initiatives, attract new customers and create lively, safe and engaging city precincts after dark.

The latest round of live music and performance grants will help upgrade a range of venues including:

  • The New Theatre, Newtown
  • Griffin Theatre Company, Darlinghurst
  • Venue 505, Newtown
  • Dulcie’s Entertainment, Potts Point
  • Cricketers Arms, Surry Hills
  • Golden Age Cinema and Bar, Surry Hills
  • Yulli’s Brews, Alexandria
  • Giant Dwarf Theatre, Surry Hills
  • Gaelic Club, Surry Hills
  • East Sydney Community and Arts Centre, Darlinghurst
  • MoshPit, Erskineville

The latest round of night-time diversification grants will support a wide range of new evening events across the city, including literary dinners hosted by authors, dance workshops, cooking classes, filmmaker storyteller sessions, playwriting events, live music, pattern making and sewing workshops, tea appreciation events and fermentation classes where you can learn how to make breads, beers and wine, pickles and meat.

Sydney’s core night-time economy is critical to our city’s future – it generates more than $4.2 billion in revenue each year, with just under 5,000 businesses employing more than 35,500 people.

In the past eight years the City has spoken to tens of thousands of residents, workers, businesses and visitors about what they want to see in their city at night, and what kind of creative and cultural life they want for Sydney.

“People have told us they want to live in a city with a diverse and exciting nightlife with events and activities for people of all ages and interests,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Evidence shows that a diverse and thriving night-time economy creates new jobs, attracts and retains a talented workforce, boosts tourism, increases community resilience, improves safety and reduces crime.”

In addition to the night-time economy grants, a further 12 businesses representing 26 projects have been supported with grants worth a total of $350,000 through the City’s business support grants – place and industry program. Grants were awarded to not-for-profit, members-based organisations for projects that promote local economies, help increase footfall and spending in local retail precincts and improve access to industry information, upskilling and networking.

This includes $25,000 for the Haymarket Chamber of Commerce for a series of events featuring local performers, DJs and live music in Chinatown, and $24,000 for the Night Time Industries Association Incorporated for six events to increase the knowledge, skills and networks of existing or future night time businesses.

For media inquiries or images, contact Angela Salt (0455 958 503) or Roxanne Macara (0438 554 640) or email

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Julia Lenton. Phone 0410 748 039 or email

Man shot by police following assault on woman in Gladstone Park

Source: State of Victoria Police

Thursday, 16 July 2020 08:02

A man had died following a police shooting in Gladstone Park this afternoon.

About 3.30pm police were called to parkland in Katrina Drive after reports of a man assaulting a woman.

Upon police arrival, members have discharged their firearm resulting in the death of a male.

The woman is in a critical condition.

Homicide Squad detectives will investigate the incident which will be oversighted by Professional Standards Command, as per protocol when a police firearm is discharged.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at

Leading Senior Constable Rohan Imms

Media Officer



Source: Australian Capital Territory Policing

COVID-19 response

*** Information about COVID-19 and how to comply with the new directions can be found on the ACT Health website. ****

We want to reassure you all that ACT Policing is committed to keeping Canberra safe.

We’re doing our part to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community. We are taking precautionary measures and will continue to act on the most current health advice.

If you need to contact police, remember these numbers:

  • Triple Zero (000) – only in an emergency or life-threatening situation
  • Police Assistance (131 444) – when you require help but it’s not life threatening or a time critical emergency

In times like these we need to remain calm, be kind and respectful. We are all in this together.

Official ACT Policing information and updates will be announced on ACT Policing’s Facebook page.  

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Statement from ABF Commissioner Michael Outram APM

Source: Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

The Australian Border Force (ABF) has put in place comprehensive measures to protect those accommodated at immigration detention facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. No detainee in any of our facilities has tested positive.

The safety and welfare of detainees, staff and the Australian community is my top priority.

Claims that immigration detention facilities, including Alternative Places of Detention (APODs), lack appropriate health and safety measures are false. I also reject claims detainees are being put at risk or that workplace health and safety laws are being breached.

The ABF has implemented a range of protective and preventative measures in accordance with the Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA) National Guidelines for the Prevention, Control and Public Health Management of COVID-19 Outbreaks in Correctional and Detention Facilities in Australia.

Our management, planning and preparedness has been independently verified by the Commonwealth Ombudsman and Comcare.

In relation to recent incidents relating to COVID-19:

  • A staff member based in Brisbane tested positive to COVID-19 on 18 March, but had not worked in a detention facility for 11 days before the diagnosis. There have been no further cases linked to the staff member.
  • One individual who has not been in a detention facility since April 2018, and who has been living in the community in Melbourne tested positive to COVID-19 on 06 July 2020. The individual is self-isolating in line with current community health advice.
  • A staff member based in Melbourne tested positive for COVID-19 on 8 July after developing symptoms on 7 July. They had not worked at any detention facility since 4 July and did not have any symptoms until several days after that shift. There have been no further cases linked to the staff member.
  • A number of staff employed at VIDC who had recently been to the Crossroads Hotel in Sydney are currently self-quarantining in line with NSW Health guidelines. All have tested negative for COVID-19 and none have displayed any COVID-19 symptoms.

In all these cases, responses have been comprehensive and in line with state and federal health guidelines. Where appropriate, all necessary quarantining, testing, contact tracing and deep cleaning has been carried out.

The ABF’s meticulous adherence to expert health advice in response to cases where staff have been – or may have been – exposed to COVID-19 demonstrates our vigilance and commitment to the safety of our staff, detainees and the Australian community.

Extensive plans have been developed and are in place to manage any potential cases of COVID-19 among detainees or staff.

Any detainee who presents with flu-like or potential COVID-19 symptoms is being tested and quarantined, and receives appropriate medical care.

In addition:

  • Detainees in APODs, including hotels, are kept separate from other guests and the public.
  • Staff across all facilities receive daily temperature checks and briefings to ensure they adhere to hygiene procedures and escalate potential cases where required;
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is supplied to all staff;
  • Additional cleaning services are in place at all facilities, with a particular focus on communal areas, high traffic areas and common touch points;
  • Additional soap and hand sanitizer is available to all detainees;
  • Social distancing markers are  being used in all facilities;
  • Visits have been suspended to reduce the risk of visitors bringing the virus into facilities;
  • Extra health screening is in place for new arrivals into detention;
  • Separate accommodation and transport vehicles are being used for newly detained persons;

The ABF will continue to monitor and adjust its COVID-19 response arrangements to the advice provided by health officials and through any updated CDNA guidelines.  

Michael Outram APM
Australian Border Force