Update 3 – Missing person – Alice Springs

Source: Northern Territory Police

Northern Territory Police continue to search for missing man Daniel Plain.

Despite extensive aerial and land searches, Mr Plain has not been located since he went missing on Monday 23 March 2020. Mr Plain suffers from dementia and police believe he may have intended to travel to places from his past. Investigations suggest Mr Plain was last seen in the Larapinta area on Wednesday 25 March.

Sergeant Lee Bauwens said, “Police and the family of Mr Plain hold grave concerns for his welfare. We ask for the public to actively be on the lookout for Mr Plain. It has now been over a week since he has been sighted so no piece of information is insignificant.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 131444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Please quote reference number 9256042.

Update 3 – Missing person – Alice Springs

Source: Northern Territory Police

Northern Territory Police continue to search for missing man Daniel Plain.

Despite extensive aerial and land searches, Mr Plain has not been located since he went missing on Monday 23 March 2020. Mr Plain suffers from dementia and police believe he may have intended to travel to places from his past. Investigations suggest Mr Plain was last seen in the Larapinta area on Wednesday 25 March.

Sergeant Lee Bauwens said, “Police and the family of Mr Plain hold grave concerns for his welfare. We ask for the public to actively be on the lookout for Mr Plain. It has now been over a week since he has been sighted so no piece of information is insignificant.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 131444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Please quote reference number 9256042.

Charges – Assault with intent to steal – The Narrows

Source: Northern Territory Police

Northern Territory Police have arrested a youth for an alleged assault with intent to steal on Sunday 29 March 2020.

At around 11:40pm, two females youths allegedly approached a 24-year-old male taxi driver in a car park at The Narrows. One of the youth got into the passenger seat while the other went to the driver side window and demanded money from the driver.

The youth inside the car allegedly produced a knife. The victim sustained a small superficial wound that did not require medical treatment. Both youths fled the scene.

At about 9:20am today, detectives from Strike Force Trident arrested a 15-year-old female in relation to this incident. She was conveyed to Palmerston Watch House where she became aggressive and spat at a police officer.

The youth was charged with:

  • assault with intent to steal
  • possess controlled weapon at night
  • assault police.

She was remanded in custody to appear in Darwin Youth Justice Court on 3 April 2020.

 

Youths arrested following Burwood bus driver assault

Source: State of Victoria Police

Wednesday, 1 April 2020 08:16

Five teenagers have been arrested after a bus driver was assaulted in Burwood on Friday.

A group of youths allegedly attempted to rob several passengers before the driver intervened about 7.30pm.

He was struck with a glass bottle and fell to the ground where the assault continued.

The driver sustained facial injuries and was taken to hospital but has since been released.

Eastern Region Division 1 Crime Team and Whitehorse and Monash Crime Investigation Unit detectives jointly investigated the incident which resulted in today’s arrests.

The youths, four males and a female aged between 14-16, are in police custody assisting police with their enquiries.

Leonie Johnson

Media Officer

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Sexual Assault – Parap

Source: Northern Territory Police

Northern Territory Police are advising the public of an alleged sexual assault that occurred in the early hours of this morning, Wednesday 1 April 2020.

At around 12:20am, a 38-year-old female was at home in her first floor Parap apartment when an unknown male unlawfully entered the residence via an unlocked balcony door.

The male forced the victim into her bedroom where he assaulted her before fleeing the apartment.

The victim suffered lacerations and fractures to her face, a broken arm and cuts and bruises to her body. She remains in Royal Darwin Hospital for treatment.

Detectives from the Sex Crimes Unit are actively seeking the whereabouts of the suspect and are urging him to hand himself into police.

In light of this attack, police remind the public to be observant in locking doors and windows even when they are at home, and to report suspicious or concerning behaviour to police on 131 444 or anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Planning, Development and Consultation continues during this health emergency

Source: State of Tasmania Government

1 April 2020
Roger Jaensch, Minister for Planning and Minister for Environment and Parks

Tasmania’s recovery from the coronavirus emergency relies on our economy being able to return to normal as quickly as possible once the current restrictions ease.

All development projects have a lead-time in which essential design, planning and assessment processes, including public consultation, are conducted.

Some people are saying that the coronavirus restrictions will prevent these processes working properly, so they should be shut down for the duration of the emergency. Doing this would mean doubling the impact of the virus – a period of reduced economic activity, followed by a period of no activity while we wait for new projects to be assessed.

Tasmanians have been quick to adopt new ways of living and working to slow the spread of the virus. We believe they will be prepared to adjust to some new ways of dealing with planning and consultation that help keep Tasmania moving through this emergency period.

To this end, the Government will be working closely with councils and the independent Tasmanian Planning Commission to ensure all assessment and approvals processes can be kept open and applications can continue to be processed, consulted and assessed under modified processes that take account of coronavirus restrictions.

In the meantime, there are a number of documents already being exhibited online for public information and comment. Acknowledging that the coronavirus has caused significant disruption to businesses, organisations and individuals who have interests in these matters, the timeframes for public comment on these documents have been extended by five weeks.

The third round of consultation on the draft Major Projects Bill was due to close on 9 April 2020, but will now be extended to 15 May. The Department of Justice’s Planning Policy Unit will be available throughout this time to brief any person about the draft Bill. Information about the draft Bill, including the contact details for the Planning Policy Unit can be found at www.planningreform.tas.gov.au.

An independent review of the Tasmanian Planning Commission’s roles and functions is currently being undertaken by consultants Forward Thinking. The public consultation period for the review has now been extended until 15 May 2020, and the consultants will continue to conduct interviews on request. Information on the Tasmanian Planning Commission Review can be found on the Department of Justice’s webpage: https://www.justice.tas.gov.au.

The draft Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Tourism Master Plan was recently publicly released for consultation until 14 May 2020. The original timing of this release was driven by national and International agreements, over which Tasmania had little control. This consultation period has now been extended to 25 June and the draft plan can be found at: https://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/Documents/Draft%20Tourism%20Master%20Plan.pdf

Warning to consumers and advertisers about COVID-19 test kits

Source: Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration

Warning to consumers about self-test kits

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) warns consumers to be cautious when seeking to purchase products claiming to be home self-tests for COVID-19, either online or through other means.

In Australia, the advertising and supply of self-tests for serious infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, is prohibited under therapeutic goods legislation. COVID-19 tests are designed to be used under the direction of a health professional. Home tests may give a false positive or false negative result, which could be extremely dangerous for yourself and others if relied on.

Testing for COVID-19 should only be conducted in an accredited pathology laboratory, or by a healthcare professional at the point of care. This is so immediate clinical advice and treatment can be provided to the individual, and further information regarding possible limitations of the test, including the risk of false positive and false negative results, can be taken into consideration.

Warning to advertisers about test kits

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the TGA has taken measures to ensure Australia has laboratory and point of care tests available that are able to detect COVID-19 infections. These measures are designed to facilitate the legal importation, manufacture and supply of these tests. The measures do not exempt these test kits from the operation of the TGA advertising framework.

We remind advertisers of their obligations under therapeutic goods legislation. Specifically, compliance with the advertising framework including the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code (No.2) 2018 means that:

  • an advertisement for COVID-19 test kits when directed exclusively to health professionals is exempt from the legal requirements for advertising therapeutic goods to consumers. Appropriate measures must be in place to ensure the advertisement is only accessible by health professionals (e.g. use of firewalls, or a requirement to register to gain access to online advertising). If the online advertising can be viewed by the public, the exemption will not apply.
  • advertisements for test kits for COVID-19 infections cannot be directed to consumers. In Australia, the supply of self-tests for most serious infectious diseases, including self-tests for COVID-19, is prohibited under the Therapeutic Goods (Excluded Purposes) Specification 2010.

The TGA refers advertisers to its recent warning in relation to illegal advertising of therapeutic goods. The TGA will take action in relation to any advertisements that do not meet the requirements, including those that seek to mislead consumers. Penalties apply.

Search for missing boy Oliver Byrne

Source: State of Victoria Police

Wednesday, 1 April 2020 05:39

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing teenager Oliver Byrne.

The 15-year-old was last seen leaving his Heidleberg West address about 11pm on 28 March.

It is believed he may be travelling to New South Wales in a white Holden Barina bearing plates 1IT 4OT.

He also could be heading to Mount Gambier, South Australia or Malmsbury, Victoria.

Police have released an image of Oliver in the hope someone recognises him and can provide information on his whereabouts.

Oliver is approximately 168cm tall, with a medium build, blue eyes and blond hair.

He was last seen wearing a black hooded jumper, black tracksuit pants and black shoes.

Anyone who sights Oliver or has information on his current whereabouts is urged to contact Heidelberg Police Station on 9450 8000.

Nikki Ladgrove

Media Advisor

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Energy cost relief for Tasmanians

Source: State of Tasmania Government

Premier of Tasmania – Energy cost relief for Tasmanians

1 April 2020

Guy Barnett, Minister for Energy

Financial relief from energy costs is on its way for thousands of small businesses and individuals across the state.

From today, small business customers and community service organisations will have their next quarterly energy bill waived in recognition of the ongoing impacts that COVID-19 is having across the state.

In these difficult times, we want to do everything we can to help and this relief will make a difference to thousands of Tasmanians doing it tough.

Energy prices will also be capped for 12 months for all energy consumers, and Aurora is implementing a range of measures to help such as payment plans, freezing debt, bill relief, and waiving fees and charges.

In addition, Aurora Energy will not disconnect any residential or small business customers, without their agreement during this crisis.

We will continue to act in the interest of Tasmanians as we work through the ongoing impacts of COVID-19.

ABC expands education schedule to support students at home during COVID-19 crisis

Source: Australian Department of Communications

The ABC is launching an expanded schedule of free education content to support students, teachers and parents, with so many children forced to learn at home due to the coronavirus global pandemic.

To enhance its educational programming, ABC Education is working with state and territory education departments and other education providers to deliver additional curriculum-linked content to children of all ages.

ABC Managing Director David Anderson said the national broadcaster was ready to launch the extra resources, in line with its Charter requirement to broadcast programs of an educational nature. “With so many Australian children now studying at home or preparing to do so, the ABC is boosting its support for students, teachers and parents to help young Australians receive the education they need,” he said.

“Our expanded schedule will complement the many hours of education content already available on the ABC across multiple platforms and we will build on that programming as required.  Australians trust and rely on the ABC and this is another way we can contribute to and support the community.”

From Monday 14 April – with students having started Term 2 or readying to do so, depending on their location – the ABC will extend its educational programming on ABC ME to support children and caregivers at home, from 10am to 3pm each weekday. The expanded schedule moves from blocks of primary school content in the mornings through to secondary school content in the afternoons, featuring programs such as Ecomaths, ScienceXplosion, Numberblocks and English on the Go.

The ABC will offer additional online support through its portal ABC Education,  with access to more than 4000 free videos, interactive resources and games mapped to the Australian curriculum – across subjects such as English, maths, science, history, geography, media Literacy, financial literacy and the arts and technologies, including STEM. Sign up to the ABC Education weekly newsletter for engaging online resources, competitions, news and events to help teachers and parents.

Working in partnership with the states and territories, ABC Education will also create original teacher-led mini-lessons, which will be broadcast on the ABC Education portal and ABC ME, to support students learning at home. The NSW and Victorian education departments have provided initial financial assistance to help produce this content.

Behind The News is also ramping up its vital education offering to make sure parents and teachers have plenty of trusted, quality video content mapped to the Australian curriculum, including its daily and weekly programs Newsbreak and BTN Classroom.

BTN will expand its network of Rookie Reporters delivering news, views and opinions via mobile video, so that kids who are working remotely or in isolation will still have a voice in our news. Parents will also be able to access BTN’s teaching resources and lesson plans in the “Teachers” section of the BTN website.

ABC iview’s enhanced collection of carefully curated education content features informative and engaging programs across multiple subject areas, including BTN, The Storybuilding Tool Kit, This Place, Citizen Code and Teenage Boss.

Pre-schoolers are also in safe hands with trusted content on ABC Kids, ABC Kids listen and the ABC Early Education website, which includes Reflective Journal blog posts for educators and shows and podcasts across the five curriculum areas of family, community and culture, sustainability and nature, creativity and self-expression, STEM and health and wellbeing.

Special collections of learning content and family activities are also available on the newly enhanced ABC Kids app and ABC Kids Community Facebook page, which engages and inspires ongoing conversations with families, carers and educators.

James Merlino, Victorian Minister for Education, said it was great to partner with the ABC to ensure kids keep learning. “Learning from home is going to be new and challenging for everyone involved; students, their families and carers and for our teachers – it’s fantastic to partner with the ABC in expanding its educational programming.”

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Peter Munro, ABC Communications
munro.peter@abc.net.au