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

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Search for missing Lara girl Skye Reardon

Source: State of Victoria Police

Wednesday, 1 April 2020 04:08

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing girl Skye Reardon.

The 16-year-old was last seen at her home address in Lara on 9 March.

Police have concerns for her welfare due to her age and amount of time she has been missing.

Skye is described as Caucasian with brown shoulder length hair and was last seen wearing a black singlet, light blue jeans and a light blue jacket.

She is known to frequent the North Shore and Belmont areas.

Police have released an image of Skye in the hope that someone recognises her and can provide information regarding her current whereabouts.

Anyone with information about Skye is asked to contact Geelong Police Station on 5255 3100.

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Wantirna attempted armed robbery

Source: State of Victoria Police

Wednesday, 1 April 2020 03:58

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding an armed robbery which occurred in Wantirna on 21 December 2019.

It is believed the offender approached the café riding a bicycle along Selkirk Avenue where he discarded the bike and pulled a balaclava over his head before entering the premises on Wantirna Road at 7.05pm.

The offender proceeded to point a firearm at the victim before leaving the store empty handed

The offender is perceived to be of African appearance, 20 to 30-year-old with short black hair, brown eyes and wearing a black coloured hoodie, black pants and silver coloured Adidas runners with red laces.

The offender was carrying a large black bag with a white spotted pattern and was wearing one white and one black glove.

He was last observed leaving the scene on a bicycle riding in an easterly direction along Selkirk Avenue.

Investigators have released images of a person they believe may be able to assist the with their enquiries.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or with further information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

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Police investigate Glenroy credit card theft

Source: State of Victoria Police

Wednesday, 1 April 2020 03:49

Moreland Crime Investigation Unit are appealing for public assistance to identify a thief who used stolen credit cards across Melbourne’s northwest.

Investigators have been told credit cards were stolen during a burglary at Moonee Boulevard, Glenroy sometime between 10pm on 3 March and 4.30am on 4 March.

The victim’s credit cards were subsequently used at convenience stores in Niddrie and Tullamarine.

Police have released an image of a man they believe may be able to assist with their enquiries.

The man is described as being of Caucasian appearance, thin build and was wearing a black long sleeve top, grey puffer vest, black jeans, black beanie and black and white shoes.

Anyone who recognises this man is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Antoinette Pearse

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Firefighters remove car from front of house in St Albans

Source: Government of Victoria 2

01 Apr 2020

Approximately 15 firefighters responded to a crash in St Albans on Wednesday morning.

An occupant of a house on Sunshine Avenue called Triple Zero (000) just before 8:40am to report a car had crashed into a building.

Firefighters arrived on scene in seven minutes to find a car had gone through the front door and window.

Specialist MFB firefighters from the heavy rescue unit worked to reinforce the wall to stop it collapsing further and to remove the car from the house.

Fortunately, nobody in the house or the car was injured.

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Creative arts go online during COVID-19 pandemic

Source: State of Victoria Local Government

While the COVID- 19 pandemic has meant the shutdown of many venues and services, there are still opportunities for Greater Bendigo residents to get involved in the creative arts.

The City of Greater Bendigo’s Creative Communities team has created an online exhibition called ‘What I did last week’ which is open for everyone to contribute to and is accessible at https://www.bendigoregion.com.au/arts-culture-theatres/what-i-did-last-week

The City’s RAW Arts Awards are still going ahead and will be presented online this year. Winners will be announced on May 14 and there will be an online showcase of the work for all categories: visual art, literature, digital media and performing arts.

Entries for RAW are open until April 20 and young people are strongly encouraged to keep creating work for this event. For information and guidelines, go to www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/RAW

The EmergeD exhibition presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria’s Emerge Culture Hub Bendigo and supported by Bendigo Venues & Events is also available to view online. The exhibition features the work of First Nations and ethnically diverse artists.  To view the catalogue go to www.multiculturalarts.com.au and look under Events.

Bendigo Venues and Events Manager David Lloyd said the arts have always played a vital role in health and wellbeing, especially during times of crisis.

“We believe that staying connected and creative is really important,” Mr Lloyd said.

“We will continue working to find ways to support creatives and offer opportunities for our community to share their work during these changed circumstances.”

To stay up to date with creative arts in Greater Bendigo, follow facebook.com/BendigoCreativeCommunities or to be added to the City’s arts e-bulletin, email [email protected]

 

Giving Jobseekers A Fresh Start In Agriculture

Source: Government of Victoria 2

The Victorian Government is giving workers who have lost their jobs a fresh start in agriculture and ensuring primary producers have the workers they need to keep producing at high levels during the coronavirus pandemic.

Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaclyn Symes launched the $50 million Agriculture Workforce Plan today, which will provide practical support for critical food industries, helping the sector and regional communities.

The plan will match workers who have lost their jobs with employers in the agriculture sector, helping agribusinesses and primary producers to meet their labour and operational needs during this difficult period.

It’s part of the Government’s $500 million Working for Victoria Fund, established to help workers who have lost their jobs find new opportunities.

Agriculture Victoria and Regional Development Victoria are working together to match displaced workers to vital industries such as horticulture, dairy, meat and food production and manufacturing, as well as transport and logistics services.

The initiative will also help pay for training to ensure redeployed workers have swift access to any necessary upskilling.

It will aim to match workers to roles within their regions and towns, while looking across Victoria to fill unmet demand in food supply chains.

Workers will be given support to relocate if needed, which   will   provide   flow-on   benefits   for   the accommodation sector, which in some areas has been hit by the double impact of the coronavirus pandemic and bushfires. This will be done with the highest health and hygiene protections, and social distancing controls.

Employers and workers in the agriculture and food production sectors will also benefit from payroll tax refunds and deferrals contained in the Government’s $1.7 billion Economic Survival Package.

Other measures have been put in place to ensure business continuity, including lifting truck curfews to speed up restocking efforts and supporting important food processing facilities to continue safe production.

Individuals, farmers and businesses who wish to register for the Agriculture Workforce Plan can do so at vic.gov.au/workingforvictoria.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaclyn Symes

“Through no fault of their own, many people have found themselves out of a job and facing an uncertain future – this is about providing the chance of a new beginning for those workers.” 

“We can make sure that our amazing farmers have the workforce they need to keep producing for Victoria and for rookie agriculture workers, a new world opens up. It’s a win all round.”

Kwaka Bumblebee stolen from Prahran

Source: State of Victoria Police

Tuesday, 31 March 2020 23:20

Stonnington Crime Investigation Unit are investigating the theft of a Kawasaki motorbike stolen from Prahran over the weekend.

A 2012 Kawasaki ZX6R bearing Victorian registration 2F8YZ with a unique custom yellow and black paint job was stolen from Chomley Street sometime between 27 and 28 March.

Detectives believe the offenders entered an underground car park and may have used another vehicle such as a van or a vehicle with a trailer to steal the bike.

The motorbike is very distinctive and has a one of a kind paint job so will stand out.

Investigators have released images of the bike in the hope someone will see it or has information on its whereabouts.

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

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Huge Expansion Of Our Health System To Fight Coronavirus

Source: Government of Victoria 2

Victoria’s health system will receive a massive $1.3 billion injection to quickly establish an extra 4,000 ICU beds as we respond to the coronavirus pandemic and protect Victorian lives.

Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos announced the boost, which will secure the ICU equipment, staff and space we need to meet the expected surge in case load at the peak of the pandemic.

At present, Victoria’s public and private health services have approximately 450 fully equipped and staffed ICU beds, but we know that won’t be nearly enough if the spread of the coronavirus continues.

To be ready for the pandemic peak, we are ordering $1.2 billion worth of equipment and consumables we need, as well as investing over $65 million for capital works and workforce training – securing record capacity for our intensive care system.

The order will also see additional personal protective equipment (PPE) purchased, including 551 million gloves, 100 million masks and 14.5 million gowns.

None of us want to see the scenes from Milan, New York and other parts of the world happening here in Victoria.

This is a massive task, but we are preparing Victoria’s healthcare system to rise to the challenge.

Although we are acting quickly to slow the spread of coronavirus, the Government is ordering enough equipment to ensure we have supplies for the worst case scenario.

This investment follows the Victorian Government reaching an in-principle agreement with the state’s major private hospital operators so they can continue to care for Victorians during the coronavirus pandemic and ensure the entire health system is operating at full capacity.

This package is in addition to the $537 million the Victorian Government has already invested in our health system as part of our coronavirus response which has included more beds, ICU equipment and PPE to keep our dedicated health care workers safe.

More information can be found at www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“All Victorians have to play their part in helping to flatten the curve – everything we do now gives us vital time to prepare our health system for what is to come.”

“We are preparing for the worst – but if Victorians stay at home and protect the health system, won’t need all of this extra capacity, and we’ll save lives.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos

“This type of investment has never been made in Victoria before and shows the magnitude of what we are preparing to deal with.”

“We are making the investments we need to support our hospitals and our healthcare workers to save lives and help us get to the other side of this crisis.”

Police investigate Melton motorcycle crash

Source: State of Victoria Police

Tuesday, 31 March 2020 21:53

Officers from Melton Highway Patrol are appealing for information following a motorcycle crash in Melton yesterday.

It is believed a female rider was travelling north on Coburns Road, over the Western Freeway overpass, when she left the road about 3.15pm on 30 March.

The rider, a 44-year-old woman from Melton, was airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Investigators believe there may have been another motorcycle involved in the collision are appealing for anyone with CCTV or dash cam footage to come forward.

It is believed the motorcycle failed to stop and continued north bound.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or with footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Nikki Ladgrove

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