New Scheme To Restore Our Fire Affected Biodiversity

Source: Government of Victoria 2

The Victorian Government is continuing to support the recovery of the state’s devastated bushland and biodiversity with a new grants program to help fund rehabilitation works following the summer’s unprecedented bushfires.

The Biodiversity Bushfire Recovery Grants will provide a total of $900,000 for on-ground works, community education and capacity building projects.

The funding will support projects in the North East, East Gippsland and South West regions of the state where the fires had an unprecedented impact on Victoria’s precious plants and wildlife.

The program is unique because it not only provides funding for the rehabilitation of public land, it’s also available to fire-affected private landowners focusing on environmental conservation on their properties.

Successful applicants can access grants of up to:

  • $10,000 for eligible individuals
  • $30,000 for environmental volunteer groups
  • $50,000 for volunteer-based environmental networks.

In recognition that fire affected communities are also dealing with current public health measures, building projects that include online training to maintain skills and promote information-sharing are also eligible for grant funding.

The grants are in addition to the Government’s $17.5 million rescue package for fire affected wildlife and biodiversity, which is continuing to assist in recovery works.

The program will also contribute to the targets in Victoria’s Biodiversity 2037 plan – helping to stop the decline of our native plants and animals and improve our natural environment.

Grant applications close on 20 July 2020. For more information and eligibility criteria, visit

Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, the Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio

It’s great to be able to provide some extra support for our bushfire affected communities who are now dealing with the impacts of the pandemic on top of the fires.

Supporting these local projects will not only help the environment – it will go a long way to assisting in the recovery of fire affected communities and individuals.”

Many private landowners are champions for biodiversity, conserving bushland on their properties and protecting the environment – that’s why it’s important they have an opportunity to share in these grants.”

Appeal for information after body dumped in Mt Cottrell in 2015

Source: State of Victoria Police

Homicide Squad detectives are today releasing further information as part of their investigation into the death of Shu Jian Lim, whose body was found dumped in Mt Cottrell in 2015.

University students were conducting research at the creek at Cobbledicks Ford Reserve, near Dukelow Road, on 17 September, 2015 when they came across a black wrapped up plastic sheet on a sandbank about 1.15pm.

They contacted police, who subsequently determined the wrapped up sheet contained the body of an unknown person.

A post mortem was conducted and it was determined the body was that of an Asian male.

A number of public appeals were conducted in the days following the discovery, however police were not immediately able to identify the deceased.

Homicide Squad detectives made a number of enquiries to try and determine the identity of the body, including looking at the current missing persons cases.

In October 2015, a DNA test was conducted with a relative in Malaysia and the deceased man was formally identified as Shu Jian Lim.

The 26-year-old Point Cook man was reported missing by his sister in March 2015.

Lim was last seen at a friend’s house at Covent Gardens in Point Cook on 20 February, 2015.

Police have been told he left the property about 5pm in his silver Toyota sedan with Victorian registration XHS 070.

This car was later found on Allen Street, Laverton after it was reported to police by a local resident as being dumped there.

At this time, Lim had not been reported missing.

On 5 March, 2015 Lim’s vehicle was still parked in the street with registration plates 1EB 8ZD and was seized by police.

Police were told an unidentified Asian male, believed not to have been Lim, was seen parking the silver Toyota in the street on or around 20 February, 2015.

This date is the same date Lim was last seen alive.

That person then got into a light coloured small 4WD, possibly a Toyota, driven by another male.

Lim’s wallet and phone were not in the car and have never been located.

Despite a five-year investigation, no one has been charged in relation to Lim’s death and the investigation remains ongoing.

Detectives are today releasing CCTV from the nearby water treatment plant which shows vehicles travelling past one of the exit routes from the reserve.

They are hopeful that members of the public may be able to identify one of these vehicles and provide further information, including whether one of the vehicle’s belonged to Lim’s associates.

Police have also released images of Lim’s vehicle in the hope someone can provide information on it’s movements and who may have been driving it around the time of Lim’s death.

Officer in charge of the Homicide Squad, Detective Inspector Tim Day, said he was hopeful the passage of time would benefit this investigation.

“Five years is a long time to wait for a family to get answers, but we’re hopeful that five years is now the right time for us to get an answer,” he said.

“Investigators have conducted a number of enquiries over that time and spoken with a lot of people, however we haven’t reached the point where someone is able to tell us why Lim’s body was found wrapped in plastic on the side of a creek.

“This is a brutal way for someone to die and their body to be found.

“There are a number of Lim’s associates we have spoken to over the years and investigators are still not satisfied with their version of events.

“One avenue of enquiry for investigators has been that Lim’s death is possibly connected to a drug syndicate that was operating in the area at the time.

“Hopefully there is someone out there who feels that now is the right time to come forward and tell us why this happened and who is responsible.

“It doesn’t matter how insignificant your information might seem, it might be a critical detail for police.

“We do know that Lim was in Australia on an expired Visa and so if any of his friends or associates from that time are concerned about that fact, I would like to stress that information can always be provided anonymously via Crime Stoppers.”

Police are also releasing a photo of Lim which was posted on his We Chat on the day he was last seen in the hope someone recognises him and can provide further details about his last movements.

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

Natalie Webster

Media Officer


Police respond to speedsters on Victorian major arterials

Source: State of Victoria Police

Victoria Police is tired of intercepting drivers who think major arterials can be used as speedways, and as a result is launching a four-day road policing operation to get these hoons off Victorian roads.

As a direct response to the change in road policing environment from coronavirus, the State Highway Patrol, Heavy Vehicle Unit, Solo Unit and Road Policing Drug and Alcohol Section will be flooding main arterials in coming days as a part of Operation Sigma.

With vehicles travelling at higher speeds on the freeway network, both lawfully and unlawfully, police will take the opportunity of a concentrated presence to remind drivers of their responsibility behind the wheel.

Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Libby Murphy said reduced volumes of traffic did not give people an excuse to take risks.

“Conditions on the road have changed, and we need drivers to adapt,” AC Murphy said.

“Since coronavirus there has been less traffic on the roads. This has been steadily increasing, but it has not stopped people using our major roads as speedways.

“Drivers have been opportunistic and are utilising the fact that there are not as many of other cars on the road to keep their speed in check.”

Operation Sigma will focus on speed, impaired driving and movements of heavy vehicles.

“While there are less cars on the road, there are the same amount of trucks as before,” AC Murphy said.

“I want to be clear that we are not seeing an increase of truck drivers being at fault for collisions, but we know if a truck is involved in a collision the severity of the crash is generally a lot worse.

“We need drivers to acknowledge the change in road conditions and adapt their behaviour. This means giving enough distance between vehicles, looking ahead and not being distracted.”

The operation will run under a newly adapted model that uses a concentrated police effort as a general deterrence for bad driver behaviour.

The decrease in traffic volume means those who are breaking the law are more obvious to police, and should expect to get caught.

Operation Sigma is a four day operation that will run on Tuesday 2 June, Wednesday 3 June, Wednesday 10 June and Thursday 11 June 2020.

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Technologies for the post-COVID-19 healthcare sector

Source: Australian Trade and Investment Commission – Austrade

About event:
COVID-19 has focused the world on the critical role the healthcare sector performs in our economy and society. However, it has also put pressure on the healthcare sector’s ability to effectively deliver services in clinics and hospitals. Improvements are needed, and new technologies such as AI, 3D printing and mobile hospitals, can be applied to enable better patient outcomes.
Join us for a one hour webinar on the challenges facing healthcare, the technology companies driving improvements in the Australian healthcare sector, and their plans for overseas expansion.
Why attend?
Understand the broad impact of COVID-19 on healthcare workers, facilities and service delivery, and potential technology solutions
Meet four dynamic Australian enterprises and understand how their technologies are driving change in the healthcare sector
Gain insights into how these firms have approached overseas expansion, particularly in ASEAN.

Webinar: COVID-19 current impact and future outlook of Philippine industries

Source: Australian Trade and Investment Commission – Austrade

Who should attend:

Vocational education and training providers


Ms Elodie Journet – Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner, Austrade – Philippines and Micronesia
Ms Rosalina Constantino – Assistant Director, Planning Office, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority
Ms Lovelaine Basillote – Executive Director, Philippine Business for Education
Ms Kim Kraszula – Director, Australian New Zealand Chamber of Commerce (ANZCham), Director and Principal Consultant, Power in People Consulting

Please note:

Austrade is recording this webinar session and may make the recorded version of the webinar (including all audio and visual elements) accessible to internal Austrade staff and the general public via the Austrade website and other communication means.


These events are free, but participants must register. The registration confirmation email will include all webinar log-on information.


Register online using the ‘Start Registration’ button. If you experience technical difficulties, please contact Austrade on 13 28 78 (in Australia).

For more information please contact:

Grace HalconBusiness Development Manager – EducationT: +63 (2) 7902 5522E:

FTA Digital Seminar Series – Navigating the Export Journey

Source: Australian Trade and Investment Commission – Austrade

This webcast will focus on getting exporters started, including things to consider and where to go for help.
Not sure which markets might suit your product or service?
Take the journey with us to hear about the tools, tips and touch points to help your business.
Visit the Free Trade Agreements Seminars Page to learn more about the series and listen to past recordings.

COVID-19 update for cross border e-commerce by Alibaba Group focusing on beauty, personal care and home products

Source: Australian Trade and Investment Commission – Austrade

About event:
COVID-19 is affecting many e-commerce businesses and how consumers shop online. In this difficult time, many brick-and-mortar retailers are watching foot traffic and sales drop to near zero. The most significant shift in consumer behaviour is happening in e-commerce globally. In China, e-commerce platforms are reporting behavioural and demographic shifts. During Spring Festival, daily usage of e-commerce platforms grew 56% week-on-week. Two weeks later it was up a further 96%.
Austrade is working with a number of partners to share market insights on how COVID-19 has impacted cross border e-commerce in different aspects.
In this session, we invited Kevin Li, Business Development Director, from Alibaba Group and Keiko, Business Development Manager for beauty, personal care and home products to share:
Performance of beauty, personal care and home products in Tmall, Taobao and Kaola during COVID-19 in China
Performance of beauty, personal care and home products in Lazada during COVID-19 in ASEAN markets
How can beauty, personal care and home product merchants engage with online marketplaces in China and ASEAN
What are some of the regulatory requirements for beauty, personal care and home products on selling online in China and ASEAN

The Ewing Trust Writers’ Prize 2020 Winners Announced!

Source: State of Victoria Local Government 2

Monday 01 June 2020

Recently the Ewing Trust ran the inaugural Ewing Trust Writers’ Prize. The competition was open to writers in both English and Chinese languages. We received many submissions and the writing was of a very high quality – thank you to everyone who submitted a piece.

The Ewing Trust Writers’ Prize will run again in the future, so if you are a writer please consider taking part.

Here are the winners!

English Language

Winner: Tommy by Zoe Richards
Congratulations to Zoe! You can hear Zoe read her winning piece via the Yarra Libraries podcast. (Contains some adult language)
Read Tommy

Runner-up: Galaxies Collide by Amanda Baldwin
Read Galaxies Collide

Highly Commended:
Delivery by Louise Hopewell, Egg Donors from Canada by Julia Harari and My Superstar by Helen Hu

Chinese Language

Winner: Fitzroy, A 24 Hour Melody by Stephen Zhang
Congratulations to Stephen! This submission will be available to hear on the Yarra Libraries podcast very soon – stay tuned!

Runner-up: My Good Neighbors by Shun Lu

Highly Commended:
Smith Street by Helen Hu and Brunswick Street doesn’t believe in tears by Gracie Guo

Fitzroy Library is fortunate to have the support of The Ewing Trust and it’s commitment to literature, libraries and a lifelong love of learning in Fitzroy.

Man and woman to face court over child sex offences

Source: South Australia Police

Detectives from the SA Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (JACET), a partnership between SAPOL’s Public Protection Branch and the Australian Federal Police, this evening arrested a 38-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman from the northern suburbs for persistent sexual abuse of a child and aggravated indecent assault of a child.

The man and woman were refused police bail and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Members of the public who have any information about people involved in child exploitation are urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at You can remain anonymous

Search for missing woman Rose Giurleo

Source: State of Victoria Police

Monday, 1 June 2020 10:39

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing Kings Park woman Rose Giurleo.

The 42-year-old was last seen in Rex Street, Kings Park about 5.30pm on Sunday 31 May.

Police and family hold concerns for Rose’s welfare as her disappearance is out of character.

Police have released an image of Rose in the hope someone recognises her and can provide information on her current whereabouts.

Anyone who sees Rose is urged to contact Keilor Downs Police Station on 9365 3333.

Senior Constable Adam West

Media Officer