Batemans Bay robbery attempt fails when employee grabs iron bar
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Two men are on the run after an attempted armed robbery at a bakery on Orient Street in Batemans Bay at around 6:30 am this morning (31 March). The men allegedly demanded cash, before threatening a bakery employee with an object concealed within a sock. The bakery employee refused to comply and armed himself with an iron bar. The two men...
NSW residents face $11,000 fine for breaking quarantine
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NSW residents who leave their homes without a valid excuse could face fines of up to $11,000 or six months' jail time as the state toughens its social distancing and quarantine regulations to slow the spread of COVID-19. The public health order (PHO), which comes into effect today (31 March), requires residents to stay home unless they are going to...
45 COVID-19 cases in South East, 31 in Murrumbidgee as diagnoses rise across the region
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The number of positive COVID-19 cases identified in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) has leapt from 20 to 31 over the weekend, while there are now 45 cases across the Southern NSW Local Health District. There are now nine COVID-19 cases in the Goulburn Mulwaree Shire, four in Palerang and five in Queanbeyan local government areas, six in the...
Perspex barriers coming to a supermarket near you
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Shoppers throughout the region will soon see perspex barriers at the checkouts of Woolworths supermarkets as the chain moves to decrease the risk of shoppers and staff contracting COVID-19. Woolworths confirmed the screens would start appearing at the checkouts of all of its supermarkets during the coming weeks. Managing director Claire Peters said the chain would do "everything necessary" to uphold...
Renters get protection, public gatherings limited to two under tough new COVID-19 restrictions
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a suite of new measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including a moratorium on rental evictions for the next six months and tighter restrictions on public gatherings. Speaking at his second COVID-19 press conference for the day, Mr Morrison said public gatherings would be restricted to two people, which would be enforced by...
Telehealth, new social media sources and a glimmer of hope that COVID-19 curve is flattening
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison says that while the rate of COVID-19 increase remains very worrying, there are glimmers of hope that the curve is beginning to flatten as infection rates drop from a 25 - 30 per cent daily increase to somewhere closer to 13 to 15 per cent. The Prime Minister's major announcement today concerned the immediate rollout of...
Bushfire recovery efforts on hold as volunteers quarantine and isolate from COVID-19
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Bushfire recovery efforts on the South Coast have been hampered by the spread of COVID-19, with BlazeAid camps in Cobargo and Towamba going into lockdown and self-isolation for the next fortnight. BlazeAid – a volunteer-run organisation that helps rural communities rebuild farm fences and structures following a disaster – said no new volunteers can come into the camps and those...
Travellers in mandatory quarantine, ADF to assist enforcement but room for optimism
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A strong response from Australians everywhere has enabled the COVID-19 containment focus to shift towards increasingly strict controls over returning travellers, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said today. "Thank you for the way, over the course of this week, you have responded to very significant changes we’ve asked you to make to your lives and livelihoods," Mr Morrison said, noting that...
Playgrounds close and council services cut in response to coronavirus
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Councils in the Queanbeyan and Goulburn regions have closed a number of non-essential facilities such as pools and community centres to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Essential council services such as waste collection, water and sewage works, roadworks, call centre and service requests, processing of developments and other applications will continue as usual. In the Queanbeyan-Palerang Shire, the bushfire...
NSW council elections postponed a year due to COVID-19
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Legislation to postpone NSW council elections for a year was passed in the NSW Parliament on Tuesday (24 March) with the support of Local Government NSW (LGNSW). The elections were due to be held in September 2020 but will now take place in September 2021. The Minister for Local Government, Shelley Hancock, said it was a “regrettable decision to postpone...
As COVID-19 cases rise across Southern NSW, authorities slam rumour-mongering
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As a further three positive cases of COVID-19 are identified in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District, and six more in the Southern NSW LHD, there has been a plea not to listen to rumour-mongering about the disease. The new cases of COVID-19, located in Wagga Wagga and Greater Hume LGAs in southern NSW were confirmed yesterday, taking the MLHD total...
It’s stay-cation time as the South Coast and regions ask you not to visit
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Easter is a popular time for family getaways and now the kids are (physically) out of school early, a trip to the beach may sound appealing, however, you are being asked not to come. The key message from the Prime Minister is to stop all non-essential travel, to halt the spread of COVID-19. In addition to that potential problem, regional areas...
TAFE NSW ‘paused’ but state school teachers still waiting for closure
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TAFE NSW has announced it will 'pause' all face-to-face classes from Monday (30 March), except for those which are healthcare-related such as enrolled nursing and aged care. A statement from TAFE NSW said the health of their students and staff is the priority and that a Crisis Management Team has been operating for several weeks to oversee the agency’s response to the...
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