Body of missing man found in river

About 6.30pm on Saturday, Victoria Police received reports that a 21-year-old man had fallen from a boat and failed to resurface on the Murray River near the town of Swan Hill, Victoria. Victoria Police, assisted by the State Emergency Service (SES), began a search operation before it was suspended at 9pm. The search resumed about 6am yesterday with additional assistance from NSW Police, and continued until about 6.50pm when Victoria Police divers located the man’s body. A crime scene was established and detectives from Murray River Police District have commenced…

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‘Monster’ dust storms a ‘new norm’ for rural towns

Marcia Macmillan, who has lived in Mullengudgery, 27km east of Nyngan, since 1997 says the storms are taking a huge toll on residents. “These monsters have sadly become our new norm, and they are just as corroding to our emotional and mental wellbeing as they are to the landscape,” she told news.com.au “It’s enormous. We’ve had five in the last week and they just keep rolling in. “The relentless drought continues, and dust storms of this magnitude now wreak havoc and devastation every couple of days. They are so common…

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Two dead and two injured in boat crash

Police said a 37-year-old Sellicks Hill man sailing an inflatable dinghy and a 40-year-old Murray Bridge passenger of an aluminium dinghy died when the boats collided before 4pm today. A 42-year-old woman and a 36-year-old man were also involved in the accident and were taken to the Flinders Medical Centre with serious injuries. The Advertiser reports that distressed family members were present as the bodies were recovered. One of the boats is still being recovered, and an SES boat has also arrived. Police are investigating the cause of the crash.…

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Surprise result as bar lockouts end

The controversial lockout laws were introduced in 2014 after the deaths of one-punch victims Thomas Kelly and Daniel Christie and officially repealed on January 14. They have been lifted everywhere in the CBD except Kings Cross and will be reviewed in 2021. Emergency service groups had braced for a weekend of increased alcohol-fuelled violence as a result of the New South Wales government’s decision to end the laws. But a NSW Police spokeswoman on Sunday confirmed there were no significant incidents reported on Friday or Saturday night. “Nothing out of…

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Bushfire affected Southern Highlands reopens for business

From south of Warragamba, Picton, and Wingello to the towns of Mittagong, Bowral and Moss Vale, people are being urged to visit. The decision to re-open follows determinations from NSW Police, NSW Rural Fire Service, Transport for NSW and local councils. Other towns in the state, that have seen bushfires roar through them are also looking for tourists to return. A house damaged by the catastrophic bushfires in the Southern Highlands village of Balmoral, 120km south west of Sydney, Monday, December 23, 2019. Picture: Mick Tsikas/AAPSource:Supplied A destroyed house in…

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The hidden risk of NSW rainfall

The state’s northeast and Northern Rivers regions are tipped to receive further showers on Sunday, as a system that has caused bucketing rain and flash flooding in Queensland moves south. While downpours over the last several days have provided relief for a state ravaged by bushfires – with the number of blazes in NSW dropping from 111 to 73 in six days – experts are concerned. The Bureau of Meteorology warns that heavy rain could lead to flash flooding and landslips in parts of southeast NSW and the south coast,…

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Government’s ‘urgent injection’ into the Australian tourism industry

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the package was an “urgent injection” of funds for tourist hot spots affected by bushfires, saying: “This is make or break for many businesses.” Mr Morrison said Australian tourism was facing “its biggest challenge in living memory” after the summer’s bushfires, which have dominated headlines around the world. The industry is believed to have lost “hundreds of millions of dollars” from the bushfire crisis. “One in 13 Australian jobs rely on tourism and hospitality, so our $76 million investment is an urgent injection to help…

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QLD storms: state braces for more heavy rain after yesterday’s downpour

The deluge hit the Gold Coast the hardest with 325mm of rain falling at Loders Creek and more than 200mm in the Gold Coast Hinterland. According to the weather bureau, triple the monthly rainfall has fallen on the Gold Coast in just 12 hours. The Bureau of Meteorology have lifted the severe weather warnings in Queensland’s southeast, but have warned that more rainfall and thunderstorms are yet to come. The slow-moving cell is now impacting northern NSW and starting to move offshore. RELATED: Thunderstorm causes flash flooding, road closures in…

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Two people set alight by backyard shipping container explosion

Just before 7pm on Friday, January 17, emergency services responded to reports of an explosion at the rear of a property on Forrest Street, in the Shellharbour suburb of Oak Flats. It’s believed a leaking gas bottle in a backyard shipping container was the cause of the explosion, 7 News reports. NSW Ambulance paramedics attended and treated two people, a 46-year-old woman and a 47-year-old man, suffering burns. The force of the blast reportedly flung them back before they were set alight. NSW Fire and Rescue Inspector Chad Wallace told…

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70k Tinder images of women shared

Only women appear to have been targeted, according to Gizmodo. The images were discovered by cybersecurity firm White Ops and were accompanied by a text file containing about 16,000 unique Tinder user IDs. It’s unclear what the images were being used for but there are concerns they could be used for illegal acts, to target users, generate fake profiles or possibly to train a facial recognition product. A Tinder official told Gizmodo that since the incident, the company had invested extra resources to address misuse of the app but did…

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