MIL-OSI Australia: Wanneroo set to host nation’s biggest citizenship ceremony on Australia Day

Source: Government of Western Australia

The City of Wanneroo will once again host the largest citizenship ceremony in the country on Australia Day, with almost 800 people set to make the pledge.

Almost 3000 people will attend the ceremony at the Wanneroo Showgrounds on 26 January, including 785 new citizens from 63 different countries and their guests.

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said she was proud the City of Wanneroo was again hosting the largest ceremony, especially in a milestone year.

“This year marks the 70th anniversary since Australian citizenship was introduced into law, creating for the first time a legal status of being uniquely Australian,” Mayor Roberts said.

“The City of Wanneroo is such a culturally diverse place, with 41 per cent of our 210,000 residents born overseas.

“I know how much this means to those who are becoming Australian citizens, and it always seems to be even more special on Australia Day.”

New citizens and their guests will start the day with a barbeque breakfast, before being entertained with music by Challenge Brass Band and singer Bindhu.

Mayor Roberts will present the City of Wanneroo Australia Day Awards to local community members who have made an outstanding contribution to the community, and Richard Walley OAM will perform the Welcome to Country.

Adrian Barich will emcee the ceremony and inspirational Rishelle Hume AM, 2016 Aboriginal Person of the Year, will be guest speaker.

Landsdale resident Ngoc Do is thrilled to officially become an Aussie, along with his two children Lucas (7) and Philip (5).

Originating from Hai Phong in northern Vietnam, Mr Do left his home country as an 18 yearold to live in New Zealand and England before settling in Perth. “We love Landsdale,” Mr Do said. “Our family are very proud to become part of Australia. It feels so good.

“We feel very lucky.”

The northern coastal suburb of Jindalee is a long way from Venezuela. 

But for Patricia Castellano Chan the proximity to the beach and the fact that everything is brand new are just some of the things she loves about the City of Wanneroo suburb her family now call home.

Mrs Castellano Chan moved to Australia six years ago with her husband, and is looking forward to joining her four-year-old daughter as a fellow Aussie.

This will be the sixth year in a row that the City of Wanneroo has hosted the largest ceremony in Australia on our national day.

“As the largest growing local government in Western Australia it is great to see so many people choosing to make the City of Wanneroo their home,” Mayor Roberts said.

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MIL-OSI Australia: Arrest – Armed robbery – Yarrawonga

Source: Northern Territory Police

Tuesday 22-Jan-2019 17:00

Serious Crime Squad detectives have arrested a male in relation to an armed robbery at a Yarrawonga liquor store last night.

It is alleged that the male and an accomplice entered the store at approximately 9:30pm and attempted to steal liquor. The accomplice left the store without paying for a bottle of bourbon and when the first male was refused service as a result, he produced an edged weapon and attempted to strike an employee.

The male then fled the store and returned to the vehicle both he and his accomplice were travelling in.

Palmerston General Duties members attended the scene shortly after and attempted to apprehend the vehicle. A pursuit was initiated after the driver failed to stop. The pursuit was terminated near Noonamah due to the manner of driving.

The male was located in Batchelor this evening and subsequently arrested. Charges are expected to be laid in the near future.

Police are continuing their enquiries in order to locate the accomplice. He is described as slight build, approximately 175 – 180 cm tall, Aboriginal with dark complexion, clean shaven, wearing khaki coloured shorts, a dark coloured top and a dark coloured baseball hat.

The vehicle the men were reported to be travelling in is described as a dark green or blue coloured Ford Falcon station wagon displaying Western Australian registration, possibly 1AIF583 or 1AIF532.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. You may choose to remain anonymous.

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MIL-OSI Australia: Police search for missing man Michael Menzies

Source: Victoria Police

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing Deepdene man Michael Menzies.
The 41-year-old was last seen at at his home address on Gordon Street, Deepdene about 12.30am on 22 January.
Police have concerns for Michael as this is out of character.
He is perceived to be Caucasian, about 183cm/tall, balding and a thin build.
Michael was last seen weraing a light coloured shirt, light coloured pants, runners and a dark baseball cap.
Police believe he may have travelled to the Kew area.
Police have released an image of Michael in the hope somoene will recognised him.
Anyone who sees Michael or has knowledge of his whereabouts is urged to contact Boroondara Police Station on 8851 1111.
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MIL-OSI Australia: Disaster Assistance for Communities Impacted by Tropical Cyclone Penny

Source: Government of Queensland

Disaster assistance is now available for communities in Far North Queensland impacted by the severe weather and flooding brought on by Tropical Cyclone Penny. 
Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-Queensland Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
Assistant Minister for Home Affairs Senator the Hon. Linda Reynolds, who has responsibility for Commonwealth disaster assistance, said the Commonwealth and Queensland governments are committed to supporting the long-term recovery of affected communities.
“Financial assistance is now available for Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council, Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council, Cook Shire Council, Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council and Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council to aid their community recovery,” Assistant Minister Reynolds said.
“The assistance will help fund clean-up operations and restore public infrastructure damaged by the cyclone.”

Queensland’s Acting Minister for Fire and Emergency Services, Leeanne Enoch, said some areas received more than 800 millimetres of rain as a result of Tropical Cyclone Penny.
“The heavy rainfall caused flooding and road closures across the region, isolating several communities,” Ms Enoch said.

“This funding will help impacted councils with counter-disaster operations, including sand-bagging, tree clearing, and repairing damage to the roads.”
Information on disaster assistance can be found on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au and the Queensland Government’s Disaster Management website at www.disaster.qld.gov.au.

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MIL-OSI Australia: Disaster Assistance for Communities Impacted by Tropical Cyclone Owen

Source: Government of Queensland

Disaster assistance has been made available for communities in North and Far North Queensland impacted by the severe weather and flooding brought on by Tropical Cyclone Owen. 
Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-Queensland Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
Assistant Minister for Home Affairs Senator the Hon. Linda Reynolds, who has responsibility for Commonwealth disaster assistance, said the Commonwealth and Queensland governments are working together to support recovery efforts following the cyclone.
“Through the DRFA, we are able to offer assistance to Carpentaria Shire Council, Cassowary Coast Regional Council, Hinchinbrook Shire Council and Townsville City Council to help their regions recover,” Assistant Minister Reynolds said.
“The assistance will help impacted councils carry out counter disaster operations and restore damaged public assets, including roads and causeways in Carpentaria and Hinchinbrook.”
Queensland’s Acting Minister for Fire and Emergency Services, Leeanne Enoch, said Cyclone Owen had a major impact in North and Far North Queensland, with flooding affecting communities across the region.
“Some parts of the state received more than 680 millimetres of rain in 24 hours, causing damage to public infrastructure across the region,” Ms Enoch said.
“We are monitoring the situation as the cyclone season continues and will work closely with the Commonwealth to support other communities as required.”
Information on disaster assistance can be found on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au and the Queensland Government’s Disaster Management website at www.disaster.qld.gov.au.

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MIL-OSI Australia: $8.4 million given back to Queenslanders

Source: Government of Queensland

Queenslanders received more than $8.4 million in refunds, repairs, replacements and other compensation with the help of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) in 2018.
Attorney-General and Justice Minister Yvette D’Ath said the number of complaints saw a small increase to OFT from 15,700 in 2017 to 16,000.
“While it is disappointing that so many Queenslanders have found themselves dudded – whether it is by accident or otherwise – I’m pleased people are aware of their rights and are seeking help from the OFT,” she said.
“Unfortunately, the sector that generated the most complaints to the OFT was the personal and household goods industry, which includes products such as televisions, appliances and furniture. It was followed by personal and household services, then motor vehicle sales.
“Under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), consumer goods must be of acceptable quality, match the description provided by the seller, and be fit for their intended purpose.”
Mrs D’Ath said while the ACL did provide a measure of protection, it was time for the Federal LNP Government to ramp up protection for Queenslanders when it came to areas such as:
providing purchasers of ‘lemon’ motor vehicles an automatic right to a refund or replacement within the first 30 days without needing to prove a major failure;
banning fees for paper bills; and
taking serious action against ticket scalpers.
“While the Palaszczuk Government is delivering important protection for Queenslanders who have bought a ‘lemon’, the Federal LNP Government also needs to take their foot off the brake, get into gear and do the same.”
Mrs D’Ath said consumer protection legislation gave the OFT the power to pursue some matters all the way to court, but the OFT could not make a judgment or order on consumer complaints – only a tribunal or court had the power to do this.
“In these cases, the OFT undertakes a conciliation process – a free informal service where OFT officers act as an intermediary between the consumer and the trader, explaining to both what their rights and responsibilities are under the legislation,” she said.
“Conciliation won back more than $5 million in redress for complainants in 2018, with results ranging from a $40,800 refund for a car for a consumer in Brisbane’s Bracken Ridge, to $1800 worth of replacement equipment for a Sunshine Coast DJ.”
The OFT also achieved more than $1.5 million in court-ordered compensation for consumers in 2018. The remaining redress was achieved through other OFT outcomes including Enforceable Undertakings and claims against the Agents Financial Administration Act 2014.
Mrs D’Ath said the first thing consumers should do if they had a problem with goods or services was talk to the trader directly.
“Usually, customer satisfaction is very important to businesses, and most will be happy to work with you to resolve your complaint,” she said.
“However, if you are unsuccessful in getting the trader to help you, you can lodge a formal complaint with the OFT.”
For more information on consumer rights, or to lodge a complaint, visit www.qld.gov.au/fairtrading.

OFT Region

Number of complaints finalised in 2018 for consumers of this region

Top five industries complained about by these consumers in 2018

Redress obtained by these OFT offices in 2018

Brisbane *

9873

Personal & household goods
Personal & household services
Motor vehicle sales
Real estate agents
Motor vehicle repairs, servicing

$3,817,942

Cairns

642

Personal & household goods
Motor vehicle sales
Personal & household services
Motor vehicle repairs, servicing
Real estate agents

$264,267

Mackay

322

Personal & household goods
Motor vehicle repairs, servicing
Personal & household services
Motor vehicle sales
Real estate agents

$516,120

Rockhampton

418

Personal & household goods
Motor vehicle repairs, servicing
Motor vehicle sales
Personal & household services
Real estate agents

$514,323

Gold Coast

2067

1      Personal & household goods
2      Personal & household services
3      Motor vehicle sales
4      Real estate agents
5      Motor vehicle repairs, servicing

$854,413

Sunshine Coast

1191

1      Personal & household goods
2      Motor vehicle sales
3      Personal & household services
4      Motor vehicle repairs, servicing
5      Real estate agents

$952,312

Hervey Bay

586

Personal & household goods
Motor vehicle sales
Motor vehicle repairs, servicing
Personal & household services
Real estate agents

$454,801

Toowoomba

510

Personal & household goods
Personal & household services
Motor vehicle sales
Motor vehicle repairs, servicing
Electricity & gas supply

$423,710

Townsville

454

Personal & household goods
Motor vehicle sales
Personal & household services
Motor vehicle repairs, servicing
Electricity & gas supply

$661,989

TOTAL

$8,459,880

 
*includes consumers who reside outside Qld or provided no address
**the redress figures provided are those obtained by each OFT region, they do not perfectly align with the individual complaint numbers as some matters may be handled by another OFT office for operational reasons and because some matters for which redress was obtained may have originated from information received rather than consumer complaints

ENDS

Media contact:
Emma McBryde 0447 155 332

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MIL-OSI Australia: New fruit and vegetable stalls wanted for Gleadell Street Market

Source: State of Victoria Local Government 2

Tuesday 22 January 2019

We are looking for two new fresh fruit and vegetable stallholders to trade at our weekly Gleadell Street Market.
Every Saturday, Gleadell Street in Richmond is transformed into a bustling fresh food market, overflowing with seasonal fruits and vegetables, fresh bread, herbs, flowers and other gourmet delights.If you are interested, please contact us on 9205 5166 or email info@yarracity.vic.gov.au.
Please note, we are currently only looking for stallholders that will sell fresh fruit and vegetables. If you are not proposing to sell fresh fruit and vegetables, please do not contact us regarding this vacancy.

We are looking for two new fresh fruit and vegetable stallholders to trade at our weekly Gleadell Street Market.
Every Saturday, Gleadell Street in Richmond is transformed into a bustling fresh food market, overflowing with seasonal fruits and vegetables, fresh bread, herbs, flowers and other gourmet delights.If you are interested, please contact us on 9205 5166 or email info@yarracity.vic.gov.au.
Please note, we are currently only looking for stallholders that will sell fresh fruit and vegetables. If you are not proposing to sell fresh fruit and vegetables, please do not contact us regarding this vacancy.

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MIL-OSI Australia: Rockhampton Ring Road a certainty

Source: Government of Queensland

The billion-dollar Rockhampton Ring Road is certain to go ahead with a $200 million commitment by the Queensland Government and a federal funding guarantee.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk welcomed the $800 million investment announced by federal Labor leader Bill Shorten, to be complemented by the state’s 20 per cent share.
“The Rockhampton Ring Road with the 780 jobs the project could support has been high on my Government’s priority list,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“It will boost economic activity in the region, improve flood immunity and build an efficient and safe bypass around the city for heavy vehicles and through traffic.
“I thank Mr Shorten for this important announcement for the people of central Queensland, and I am delighted to confirm my Government’s share to give the project the green light.
“I also thank hard working Rockhampton MP Barry O’Rourke for his relentless advocacy.”
Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said Mr Shorten has shown he understands Queensland by putting dollars on the table for this and other projects.
“As with all major projects, we want a fair deal for infrastructure in Queensland and will work with whoever has the top job in Canberra to make that happen,” Mr Bailey said.
“The Bruce Highway provides the economic lifeblood for regional communities and the Rockhampton Ring Road is guaranteed no matter who wins the federal election.”
Mr O’Rourke said the region would benefit greatly from the Rockhampton Ring Road with planning work already underway.
“I thank the Premier for confirming the state’s investment and congratulate Mr Shorten for his commitment to this vital project,” Mr O’Rourke said.
RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael welcomed the funding announcements.
“The Rockhampton Ring Road will improve freight efficiency and safety as well as reduce congestion through Rockhampton City,” she said.
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Media Contact: Premier’s office – Shane Doherty 0439 624 473
Minister Bailey’s office – Toby Walker 0439 347 875

Source: Government of Queensland

The billion-dollar Rockhampton Ring Road is certain to go ahead with a $200 million commitment by the Queensland Government and a federal funding guarantee.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk welcomed the $800 million investment announced by federal Labor leader Bill Shorten, to be complemented by the state’s 20 per cent share.
“The Rockhampton Ring Road with the 780 jobs the project could support has been high on my Government’s priority list,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“It will boost economic activity in the region, improve flood immunity and build an efficient and safe bypass around the city for heavy vehicles and through traffic.
“I thank Mr Shorten for this important announcement for the people of central Queensland, and I am delighted to confirm my Government’s share to give the project the green light.
“I also thank hard working Rockhampton MP Barry O’Rourke for his relentless advocacy.”
Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said Mr Shorten has shown he understands Queensland by putting dollars on the table for this and other projects.
“As with all major projects, we want a fair deal for infrastructure in Queensland and will work with whoever has the top job in Canberra to make that happen,” Mr Bailey said.
“The Bruce Highway provides the economic lifeblood for regional communities and the Rockhampton Ring Road is guaranteed no matter who wins the federal election.”
Mr O’Rourke said the region would benefit greatly from the Rockhampton Ring Road with planning work already underway.
“I thank the Premier for confirming the state’s investment and congratulate Mr Shorten for his commitment to this vital project,” Mr O’Rourke said.
RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael welcomed the funding announcements.
“The Rockhampton Ring Road will improve freight efficiency and safety as well as reduce congestion through Rockhampton City,” she said.
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Media Contact: Premier’s office – Shane Doherty 0439 624 473
Minister Bailey’s office – Toby Walker 0439 347 875

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MIL-OSI Australia: Witness appeal following Lalor erratic driving

Source: Victoria Police

Police are appealing for witnesses following alleged erratic driving in Lalor on Wednesday 16 January.
Investigators believe two vehicles were travelling at a fast speed on Dalton Road when they were detected by police about 3.20am.
It is believed the vehicles continued along Dalton Road and allegedly entered the intersection of The Boulevard on a red traffic light.
At this time, two other vehicles were stationary at the lights and police believe they would have seen the cars pass them.
One of the vehicles, a white VW Golf hatchback, was stopped by police a short distance later on the Metropolitan Ring Road.
The driver of the white VW, a 20-year-old Greenvale man, was arrested the following day and is expected to be charged on summons with traffic-related offences.
Police are hoping to identify the driver of the dark-coloured sedan and hope that anyone who witnessed the driving or who has dash cam footage or any information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au
Leading Senior Constable Natalie Dean
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MIL-OSI Australia: Police appeal for witnesses following alleged CBD flasher

Source: Victoria Police

Melbourne Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team are appealing for witnesses after a man allegedly exposed himself in the Melbourne CBD last night (21 January).
Police arrested a man after the alleged incident on the intersection of Spencer and Flinders Streets about 8.30pm.
The 47-year-old Melbourne man has been charged with sexual activity directed at another, assault police and drunk and disorderly.
He has been remanded to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 6 February.
Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who may have footage to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au
Alex Day
Media Officer
75474/2019

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