Firefighters contain Albanvale garage fire

Source: Government of Victoria 2

21 Jan 2020

MFB crews responded to Diamond Avenue just after 10:45pm, following a Triple Zero (000) call reporting a garage fire.

Firefighters arrived on scene at the Albanvale residence within seven minutes and found the garage heavily smoke-logged.

Approximately 25 firefighters began an aggressive attack on the fire, to prevent it spreading to the attached residence.

The fire was declared under control less than 20 minutes after firefighters arrived on scene.

Thanks to the quick work of MFB crews, the fire was contained to the garage.

MFB crews remained on scene for some time, ensuring all hot spots were extinguished.

Fortunately, no injuries have been reported.

The exact cause of the fire is not yet known, but will be investigated by MFB’s specialist Fire Investigation Analysis Unit.

At the height of the incident there were seven firefighting appliances at the scene.

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Missing Footscray man Dragan Grguric

Source: State of Victoria Police

Tuesday, 21 January 2020 17:37

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing Footscray man Dragan Grguric.

The 78-year-old was last seen leaving an address in Buckley Street, Footscray about 8am yesterday.

He was wearing a black hoodie, black pants and black shoes.

Police have concerns for Dragan’s welfare as he has medical conditions and due to the length of time he has been missing.

Dragan is known to frequent the Footscray CBD area as well as local parks.

He is described as 180cm tall with a slim build, short grey hair and grey/blue eyes.

Police have released an image of Dragan in the hope someone may have seen him and can provide information regarding his whereabouts.

Anyone who sees Dragan is urged to contact Footscray Police Station on 03 8398 9800.

Scout Rigoni

Media Advisor


Man dies following crash in Coomoora

Source: State of Victoria Police

Tuesday, 21 January 2020 17:03

A driver has died following a single vehicle crash in Coomoora this morning.

It is understood the man, who is yet to be formally identified, lost control of his vehicle on Ellis Road about 1.30am before colliding with a tree.

Emergency services were called but he was unable to revived and sadly died at the scene.

The investigation into the exact cause of the collision remains ongoing.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or with further information or dash cam footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at

Provisional Lives Lost:

2020: 15

2019: 9

Scout Rigoni

Media Advisor


Police search for missing 86-year-old woman Boja Vujicic

Source: State of Victoria Police

Tuesday, 21 January 2020 15:36

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing 86-year-old woman, Boja Vujicic.

It is understood Boja left a Walpole Street, Kew address for her daily walk about 5pm on 21 January and failed to return.

Boja is of medium build, with a fair complexion and has long grey hair.

She was last seen wearing a dark coloured cardigan, blue tracksuit pants and slippers.

She was also carrying a water bottle in a plastic bag and her walking stick.

Police have significant concerns for Boja’s safety and well-being due to the length of time she has been missing, and as she has medical conditions which can cause her to become disoriented.

Police have released an image of Boja in the hope that someone may have information on her current whereabouts.

Anyone with information about Boja is asked to contact the Boroondara Police Station on 03 8851 1111.

Scout Rigoni

Media Advisor


Police investigate series of cigarette burglaries in Bendigo

Source: State of Victoria Police

Tuesday, 21 January 2020 15:28

Bendigo Crime Investigation Unit detectives are investigating a series of burglaries at service stations in the Bendigo area since December.

There have been five incidents where an offender has forced entry, causing substantial damage.

The offender has been able to steal cigarettes on three of the five occasions, valued in the tens of thousands of dollars.

The incidents took place:

30 December 2019 – Napier Street in Epsom about 2.40am

7 January 2020 – McIvor Road in East Bendigo about 2.10am

14 January 2020 – Sandhurst Road in California Gully about 12.45am

18 January 2020 – Marong Road in Golden Square about 2.15am

20 January 2020 – McIvor Road in Bendigo East and 2.20am

The offender is perceived to be Caucasian with a solid build and short balding hair.

Investigators have released CCTV of a man they believe may be able to assist with their enquiries.

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

Belinda Batty

Media Advisor


Woman and three children injured following collision in Pakenham

Source: State of Victoria Police

Tuesday, 21 January 2020 14:42

Police are investigating following a hit-run collision which left a woman and three children injured in Pakenham last night.

It is understood a silver Toyota sedan, believed to be stolen and displaying stolen numberplates, collided head on with a blue Ford sedan on Toomuc Valley Road just before 10.30pm.

The driver of the Ford, a 37-year-old Pakenham woman, two girls aged 13 and 11, and a 10-year-old boy, all sustained non-life threatening injuries and were transported to hospital for treatment.

The driver of the Toyota did not stop to assist and fled the scene.

Investigators are urging anyone who may have witnessed the collision or with any dashcam footage to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at

Scout Rigoni

Media Advisor


Registration bans on the cards for offensive vehicles

Source: Government of Australia Capital Territory

Released 21/01/2020

Vehicles bearing indecent, insulting or offensive words or images may have their registration refused, cancelled or suspended in the ACT if the responsible person does not take action to remove the words or images.

Amongst other vehicles this regulation could apply to ‘Wicked Campers’.

In February 2017, the ACT Government announced that vehicles bearing offensive slogans de-registered in other states will not be eligible for registration in the ACT.

The ACT Government has now further stepped up its efforts to ensure that vehicles bearing offensive language or images will not remain or be able to be registered in the ACT and is committed to a national approach to ensure that these vehicles will find no ‘safe haven’ in any jurisdiction.

Examples of words or images that the new laws apply to are those that are morally unacceptable, sexual material that is used in an exploitative or degrading manner, or negative words or images about any religion, race or culture.

“The ACT Government is committed to ensuring all people are depicted in a respectful, empowering and dignified way, including people of different cultures, ages, genders and abilities,” Minister for Road Safety Shane Rattenbury said today.

“We have seen some extremely offensive slogans and images portrayed on vehicles in other States, and we want to ensure that these will have no place on ACT roads.”

Canberrans can report vehicles displaying offensive, insulting or indecent words or images to Access Canberra on 13 22 81 or via the Access Canberra website.

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ACT Corrective Services supporting bushfire aircrew staff

Source: Government of Australia Capital Territory

Released 20/01/2020

Detainees and staff at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) have been supporting bushfire aircrew staff in NSW by providing much needed meal supplies.

Since 3 January, detainees and staff have prepared lunch packs, dinners and breads at the AMC Bakery and Kitchen for air crews in Adaminaby, Moruya, Cooma, Batlow and Talbingo. Lunch packs include freshly made rolls with various fillings and fresh fruit, milk and bread. Dinner meals are snap frozen and include dessert.

“This has been a challenging time, and detainees at the AMC, like other members of the Canberra community, wish to contribute to the bushfire crisis effort,” said Minister for Corrections, Shane Rattenbury .

On Friday, ACT Corrective Services also celebrated its second National Corrections Day with awards to mark the occasion.

Two special commendations were issued to the AMC Stores Team and AMC Kitchen for their assistance in providing meal packs and other food items to the ACT Emergency Services Agency for distribution to frontline staff fighting the bushfires in the ACT region.

Other awards were granted to a variety of successful programs, including evidence-based sexual offender programs.

Minister Rattenbury said that the commendations were a way to highlight the extra effort that staff in ACT Corrective Services displayed to their community in often challenging circumstances.

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Woman charged following fatal collision in Caulfield South

Source: State of Victoria Police

Tuesday, 21 January 2020 10:31

Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives have charged a 30-year-old woman following a collision that claimed the life of a pedestrian in Caulfield South last year.

An 82-year-old man was crossing Hawthorn Road when he was struck by a car about 12.40pm on 24 August.

He was taken to hospital where he later died.

A Brighton East woman has been charged with dangerous driving causing death and will appear at the Melbourne Magistrate’s Court tomorrow.

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NSW Health advice to travellers returning from Wuhan, China

Source: New South Wales Health – State Government

Chinese Health officials have confirmed more than 200 cases of the infection, including people who travelled from Wuhan to other parts of China and to at least four other countries in Asia.
No cases of the novel coronavirus have been detected in NSW.
Director of Health Protection, NSW Health, Dr Jeremy McAnulty said advice is being provided to travellers who may have already returned to NSW from Wuhan as it can take up two weeks for symptoms to develop.
“Symptoms of the virus include a fever with respiratory symptoms such as a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath,” Dr McAnulty said.
“There is no need for alarm, but people should be aware of the emerging situation and if they develop symptoms on returning from affected areas overseas, they should call ahead before seeing their GP.
“This virus does not appear to spread easily between people, but anyone with symptoms should practise simple hygiene by covering their coughs and sneezes with a tissue or their elbow and washing their hands thoroughly.”
While the Australian Government Department of Health in consultation with the Australian Government Department of Agriculture has the lead for health matters at the Australian border, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said public health officials here are working with the Commonwealth and other jurisdictions to monitor the situation in China.
“Sydney is a popular destination for people travelling from China especially around the time of the Lunar New Year, so up-to-date health advice is paramount,” Mr Hazzard said.
Health workers in NSW public hospitals as well as community-based General Practitioners have already been issued precautionary advice to help them identify  any cases of the infection and to apply careful infection control measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. NSW Health will continue to update all relevant health professionals:
 NSW Health has made novel coronavirus 2019 a notifiable disease under the Public Health Act. Under this requirement, doctors and laboratories must report any suspected cases to NSW Health.
NSW Health has developed and exercised a range of procedures for case finding, diagnosis, and contact tracing for high consequence infectious diseases (such as pandemic influenza, SARS, MERS, and emerging infections) should they occur in NSW.People who are heading overseas should also check the advice on Smart Traveller ( General advice for overseas travellers includes avoiding animals (alive or dead) and animal markets, and avoiding close contact with sick people.