Breaking news | March 5

Winter housing crisis expected


The number of homeless people is expected to rise this winter now that two of the government’s main housing initiatives, Common Ground and Platform 70, are at full capacity.

The Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, called on all levels of government requesting further funding to accommodation as well as urging both Liberal and Labor to commit to stronger programs to deal with the crisis.

“The City is doing all it can to support the supply of new affordable housing stock, but we need a commitment from the state and federal governments to ensure everyone has access to a safe and affordable place to live,” the Lord Mayor said.

Figures from the annual Summer Street Count estimates that between 1am and 3am 269 people are sleeping on the street and in other public areas in the CBD. By 2030, the City hopes a target percentage of 15 per cent of all homes will be classified affordable or made into social housing in the local government area.

Three thousand new homes will be provided in accordance with the City’s Affordable Rental Housing Strategy, with 900 of these new housing units already finished or in the process of being built, including the Harold Park redevelopment.


Man assaulted, Batemans Bay


Police are investigating a home invasion where two men demanding money forced their way inside a granny flat on Gannet Place in Catalina near Batemans Bay.

A 34-year-old south coast man was left with serious head and facial injuries after being assaulted early this morning.

The man was forced to the take the offenders to the main house but managed to close the door, preventing the offenders from entering.

Whilst contacting triple zero the two men fled the scene.

The victim was taken to Batemans Bay Hospital with head injuries and a possible broken cheek bone.

Police expect to speak to the man later this afternoon to gather descriptions of the perpetrators. Anyone with information about this incident should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:


Police investigate after skull discovery


A skull found by a passing kayaker in shallow waters near Towra Point Nature reserve on Botany Bay is being investigated by the police.

Officers attached to the Marine Area Command conducted a search on Monday and retrieved the skull along with a number of other bones.

Miranda Local Area commander Superintendent Greg Antonjuk, said that although the bones were only recovered today it was too early to make any assumptions as to the cause of death or any confirmations to the identity of the person. “Investigators have, however, contacted the relatives of persons who have been reported missing in the local area over recent years,” Superintendent Antonjuk said.

A post mortem will be conducted on this week. Forensic analysis of the bones will also be carried out.

Anyone with information that may assist investigators should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:


Ride for freedom


Sydney Park Cycling Centre will hold this year’s Youth Week bike course next month, which will teach teenagers vital traffic and bicycle riding skills.

“The skills and habits young people learn now can stay with them their whole lives, which is why it is so important they are active and happy,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“These are our bike riders of the future – the ones who’ll benefit the most from Sydney’s growing bike network. Riding a bike gives you freedom. It makes getting between home, school, family and friends easier while keeping up fitness.”

More than 3,500 bike riders have taken part in the bike course over the past four years. The course is free but bookings are essential.


Further listeria casualties identified


A further seven cases of listeria have been identified to Jindi brand soft cheeses.

There are now 18 cases of listeria Australia-wide. Jindi is voluntarily recalling all of its manufactured soft cheeses.

Listeria is a bacteria that can affect a range of food products. It is particularly dangerous for pregnant women and elderly people with lower immunity. It can cause miscarriages in pregnant women and can lead to impaired immunity, septicaemia, meningitis or even death in people with weakened immune systems.

Listeria will cause minor or no symptoms of healthy people, but the symptoms can take up to 70 days to appear. Signs of Listeria include flu-like symptoms, fever, muscle aches, headache, and tiredness. It is advised for the elderly and pregnant women to avoid foods such as soft cheese, cold chicken, raw seafood, and dairy products, including raw goat’s milk.

The Jindi cheeses should either be discarded or returned to the retailer for a refund. It is advised the consumers to check the list of products or call the Jindi helpline on 1800 680 175.


Woman arrested in glassing attack


A woman has been charged following a glassing incident at a Warilla sports club on Monday.

Police attended the club on McGregor Avenue about 6pm yesterday after receiving information about a domestic dispute in the Club’s gaming area. They encountered a 32-year-old Barrack Heights man with deep lacerations to his face. He was taken to Shellharbour Hospital where he was expected to undergo emergency surgery.

Investigations led police to a residence in Barrack Heights, where they arrested a 42-year-old woman. She was taken to Lake Illawarra police station and charged with recklessly causing grievous bodily harm. She was given conditional bail and will appear in Wollongong Local Court on March 14.

With glassing attacks on the rise, police estimate a glassing attack happens somewhere in NSW every nine hours. A drinking glass or bottle has been used as a weapon used in 994 assaults across the state, according to the Bureau of Crime Statistics, an increase of 70 per cent since 1998.




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