Four children are trapped on a carnival ride in Geelong
Four children are trapped on a stuck carnival ride in Geelong, with two of them suspended up to 35 metres in the air, AAP reports.
Emergency services were called to the family carnival being held at Waurn Ponds shopping centre in southern Geelong about 2pm on Saturday.
Fire Rescue Victoria says two children are suspended around 35 metres in the air, with another two trapped on the ride “though significantly closer to ground level”.
Crews have raised a ladder and are working to free them.
There are no reports of injuries so far and rescuers are expected to remain on the scene “for some time”.
A possible thunderstorm and gusty winds are forecast for the Geelong area on Saturday afternoon.
Two men have been charged over the murder of David King in the NSW Hunter region earlier this year.
The 45-year-old was found shot dead inside his Ford Ranger that had crashed into a tree at Salt Ash in Port Stephens on 29 August.
Police believed the shooting was a targeted attack, with a man allegedly seen running from the ute to a Hyundai Santa Fe SUV that was later found burnt out in nearby Heatherbrae.
On Friday police arrested Tyson Stamp, 27, following a traffic stop at Raymond Terrace.
A few hours later Adam Garvey, 39, was arrested at a Charlestown shopping centre.
Stamp has been charged with murder, kidnapping, property damage and weapons offences, with Garvey charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder and kidnapping.
Both men appeared at Newcastle local court on Saturday and were formally refused bail.
They are due to face Raymond Terrace local court on Monday.
Yes, Halloween was last weekend and no, you haven’t fallen through a time slip – this faintly terrifying koala is from the climate justice rally in Sydney today.
I’d just like to take a moment to point out the seamless incorporation of the mask. Covid-safe, climate-aware, and looks like they’re ready to drop on unsuspecting backpackers. 10/10
Almost $40m worth of Sydney’s seven-year-old trams have been taken out of service to fix cracking, in a situation the state’s opposition transport spokeswoman has called a “total mess”, AAP reports.
Transport minister Rob Stokes announced on Friday all 12 trams on the city’s inner west line would be decommissioned for up to 18 months to fix cracks in the train cars.
NSW Labor transport spokeswoman Jo Haylen has described the move as a “light rail fail”.
The government needs to guarantee alternative work for employees and clarify whether the time the trams spend off the tracks will crossover with the conversion of the Bankstown train line to Sydney Metro, leaving commuters with “inferior” replacement buses instead of two types of rail transport, Haylen said.
Transport for NSW chief operations officer Howard Collins has said he wants the tram fixes “to be done and dusted” by the time the Bankstown line is closed down, and the 18 months the trams could spend off the tracks leaves “a small amount of headroom”.
“We want to fill a workshop with these trams with very competent engineers from Australia who can retrofit, strengthen and sort out these cracks permanently,” Collins said.
Haylen said the government “should have been reaching out to add domestic manufacturers here in Australia to build these in the first place”.
Stokes said the 18-month timeline is the “worst-case scenario” and replacement services were being provided for customers who “won’t be expected to pay anything more” for them.
“People from the inner west and across Sydney are furious they are going to be forced onto slower replacement buses for up to a year and a half,” Haylen said.
She is calling on the government to make the replacement service completely free instead.
Customers “shouldn’t have to pay for the government’s procurement mistakes”, she said.
More than 1,000 Pacific Islander farm workers attempted to run away from their employers last financial year, according to a report by Cait Kelly.
Cait writes that 1,181 workers attempted to run away, mainly from labor hire companies in 2020-2021, up from 225 the previous financial year.
The figures were provided by the department of education, skills and employment, which said that the number was not as large as it appeared as some may have returned to work, or been “redeployed to another placement”.
And while you’re digesting those figures, chew on this: the Australian government has just launched a campaign to prevent workers from fleeing by warning they may “bring shame to their families” and risk having their visa cancelled if they run away from a job.
It comes as Australia’s seasonal worker program is hit with claims it has subjected people to “inhumane conditions”, with a class action being built against the government.
You can read her full story here:
Western Bulldogs AFLW players and staff have been sent into isolation after a member of the program tested positive to Covid-19.
The club said the individual, who is fully vaccinated, attended training free of symptoms on Thursday but later returned a positive test.
The individual has not been named.
Saturday’s planned training session was cancelled after the club was made aware of the positive case on Friday night.
“[The individual] received a negative result from a rapid antigen test on arrival [at Thursday’s training session],” the Bulldogs confirmed in a statement on Saturday.
“PCR Covid tests were also administered at the training session for all staff and players, in line with regular AFL testing protocols, with one test returning a positive result on Friday.
“All other members of the AFLW program received negative results from both their rapid antigen test and PCR test.”
The Bulldogs are working with the AFL and the Victorian Department of Health to determine the period of isolation required.
It is unclear when the AFLW team will be allowed to resume training.
The sixth season of the AFLW competition will begin on January 6.
More on the Fremantle shark attack, from reporter Justine Landis-Hanley.
WA water police search for person missing following reported shark attack
Water police in Western Australia are coordinating a marine search for a person who is missing following a reported shark attack off Port Beach, North Fremantle.
WA police said they were alerted to the incident at 10.10am local time.
A spokesperson for the St John Ambulance service in WA said they received a call at 10.03am to help a man who had allegedly been involved in a shark bite incident.
They have not been able to locate the man.
The water police, police air wing, surf lifesavers, the surf rescue helicopter and two government departments with search boats are looking for the man.
As we reported earlier, local councils have closed a 4km stretch of the beach, from Leighton dog beach down to Sand Tracks.
It’s Calla Wahlquist back again, thank you to Justine for taking you through the last hour.
We’ll continue to bring you details of the apparent shark incident in Western Australia as they unfold.
The ABC has reported that authorities are searching for a person who was swimming in the area and has not been seen since the shark was sighted.
Surf Life Saving Western Australia has closed Leighton and Cottesloe beaches in response to the reported shark bite incident.
Western Australia’s Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has confirmed it is investigating a reported shark bite incident at Port Beach in North Fremantle.
The shark bite incident was reported at 10.06am local time today.
Our friends at AAP have more information about the climate protests in Melbourne, including that giant burning koala puppet.
A giant koala emitting plumes of smoke and dozens of skeletons on bicycles have converged on a beachside suburb of Melbourne as part of a climate protest.
Dozens of Extinction Rebellion activists marched through Catani Gardens in St Kilda on Saturday, holding a mock funeral with several people dressed in red walking ahead of the burning koala.
Blinky the koala, which is part-skeleton and stands about four metres high, let out groaning and crying noises as the protest went by.
About 21 people dressed as skeletons on bikes rode from Melbourne’s Princes Bridge to St Kilda earlier in the day, carrying briefcases full of money.
A similar protest was held in Ballarat on Saturday as part of an international day of action.
“Koalas and humans face a risk of extinction given the failure of governments to take the emergency action that is so desperately needed,” Extinction Rebellion Australia said in a statement.
The protest comes as the Cop26 Climate Change Conference continues in Scotland.
“UN secretary general Antonio Guterres has said that it’s code red for humanity. But Australia has gone to the last-ditch Cop26 climate negotiations as a laggard and a wrecker,” Extinction Rebellion spokeswoman Jane Morton said.
“We are approaching the point of no return for out of control warming and billions of deaths. Today we are conducting a funeral.”
The climate protest is one of two demonstrations in Melbourne on Saturday, with thousands of people also rallying outside the state’s parliament to protest the Andrews government’s proposed pandemic legislation.
Climate activists had made their way back to the CBD and were protesting outside the State Library on Saturday afternoon, around the corner from the pandemic protest.
Reports of shark attack at Fremantle beach
There are reports of a shark attack at Port Beach in Fremantle.
We are chasing further information about the incident.
As previously reported, thousands of protesters opposing vaccination mandates and government lockdown restrictions have marched through Melbourne’s CBD today.
But climate activists have also taken to the streets today in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne to protest the government’s inaction on climate change.
In Sydney, two protesters have dressed up as Barnaby Joyce and Scott Morrison with a lump of coal.
Indigenous activists have spoken about the impact climate change will continue to have on First Nations communities.
Protesters in St Kilda, Melbourne, have marched with a puppet of a burning koala.
New Zealand has passed 200 daily cases of Covid-19 for the first time in the pandemic, placing it on a worrying trajectory for the summer and raising expert concerns that the growing outbreak could overwhelm the health system.
On Saturday there were 206 cases announced – 200 in Auckland, the city at the centre of the outbreak. There were 73 people in hospital with the virus, seven in intensive care.
The record case numbers arrived as the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, gave a speech promising the country better times ahead. “To all of New Zealand, but especially Auckland, I say: he rā ki tua, better times are coming,” she said on Saturday at the Labour party conference.
“Over the coming weeks, we will see the level of protection in our communities increase as more people are vaccinated. In fact, we’re on track to have amongst the highest vaccination rates in the world, already having overtaken the likes of Australia, the US, the UK, France, Germany and Ireland.”
The NSW opposition plans to introduce a private member’s bill to legislate the state government’s net zero by 2050 target, which the Coalition government is yet to write into law.
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Labor leader Chris Minns says the move will provide certainty for business and industry, and his party’s “very reasonable” bill “mirrors similar approaches already taken in Victoria and the ACT”.
The NSW government is targeting a 50% reduction in 2005-level emissions by 2030, and net zero by 2050.
The Labor bill seeks to make the targets law and establish a commission to ensure they are met, while seeking bipartisan support from premier Dominic Perrottet’s government to get through.
Minns announced the legislation on Saturday morning, although not before environment minister Matt Kean issued a release to say the state’s National Parks and Wildlife Service would become Australia’s first to commit to being carbon positive.
Kean said the plan would ensure the removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by national parks would exceed the emissions they generated by 2028.
“This is a visionary plan that highlights the importance of the national parks in combating climate change alongside the critical role they already play in the conservation of biodiversity providing home to 85% of threatened species in the state,” he said.
“It’s all designed to position NPWS at the forefront of global environmental efforts.”
NPWS will switch to 100% renewable energy, electric passenger vehicles and onsite solar PV, as well as reducing waste and updating refrigeration and air conditioning assets.
It will also trial electric vehicle charging stations in key park areas.
Opposition energy and climate spokesman Jihad Dib meanwhile insisted Labor’s bill was needed for the government’s net zero and interim targets because “meaningful action on climate change is too important to open up to changes in government … we have to go beyond aspiration”.
Kean is credited with pushing the government to make aspirational commitments to emissions reduction but Labor is concerned he will soon be leaving the environment portfolio.
Asked on Sky News this week why the parliament had not been committed to a net zero target, he said the government had “in regulation”.
He dismissed the question as an attempt to play “word games”.
He last week told a budget estimates hearing the state would need new policies to hit the 2050 net zero target but technologies and opportunities would arrive to help.
Speaking of anti-vaccination protests, there is one happening in Melbourne at the moment and protesters have, without irony, chosen to sing Strange Fruit.
According to the Age’s Rachael Dexter, it was a crowd of thousands.