NSW Police South Sydney Police Area Commander Superintendent Andrew Holland said: “It would appear that this is an ongoing neighbour dispute. However, the motive behind this, we’re still investigating.
“Neighbour disputes happen all the time. Unfortunately, this was just a tragic incident.
“Reports are from witnesses that the offender may have used a metal bar and struck the victim a number of times and also assaulted them with his fists.”
Mr Maletsas was taken to Mascot police station and charged with murder.
He appeared at Central Local Court on Monday. Bail was not applied for and it was formally refused.
Mr Maletsas will appear before the same court via audio-visual link on November 10.
Police remained at the housing estate on Monday morning and have removed two dogs from a unit, believed to belong to Mr Maletsas.
Neighbours were sitting outside the unit on Monday morning and said they hadn’t slept all night after the death of Mr Campbell, a man they considered a part of their family.
They were discussing how they’d farewell their friend.
“He’s a family member; we treated him as a family member,” neighbour Alda said.
She added that Mr Campbell had always been ready to help her and he was meant to clean her kitchen later on Monday.
“It doesn’t seem real. I think I’m going to see him soon, I can just see him coming,” she said.
Another neighbour described Mr Campbell as an “all round top guy”.
Inquiries are continuing and anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.
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The station locations for the new Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport project to service Greater Western Sydney and the new Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) airport have been revealed, with the project also set to deliver a multi-billion dollar boost to the New South Wales and Australian economies.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Minister for Transport Andrew Constance and Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres today inspected the site of the future Western Sydney Aerotropolis Station.
“The Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport project will support 14,000 jobs, including 250 apprentices and inject billions of dollars to the NSW and Australian economies,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Where we are standing today will become a major new transport interchange, right in the heart of the future central business district for the Western Parkland City.”
Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said construction would start this year on the around $11 billion mega-project that would deliver economic support and local jobs.
“This city-shaping investment is being fast-tracked to help our economy recover from COVID-19 and deliver a major stimulus right in the heart of Western Sydney,” Mr Tudge said.
“Western Sydney residents will reap the benefits of this investment well before the first train leaves the station.”
Exact station locations have now also been confirmed on the 23-kilometre driverless railway line at St Marys, Orchard Hills, Luddenham and two stations at the airport.
NSW Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said the tender process has also started to deliver 10 kilometres of twin Metro railway tunnels, with the call for registrations of interest.
“Construction starts later this year on a project that will become the transport spine for the Western Parkland City,” Mr Constance said.
“The new railway will link residential areas with jobs hubs, and connect travellers from the new airport with the rest of Sydney’s public transport network.”
New South Wales Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the project will be a game changer for the region.
“This will provide the backbone for the economic and broader development of the Western Parkland City,” Mr Ayres said.
Federal Member for Lindsay Melissa McIntosh said the Australian and NSW Governments are working together in preparation for the airport opening for passenger services.
“The huge investment in Western Sydney Infrastructure projects is creating an interconnected city that will enable innovation, support growth and create jobs to build an exciting future for Western Sydney,” Mrs McIntosh said.
Supporting the airport and Aerotropolis is a key part of the Western Sydney City Deal – a 20-year agreement signed in March 2018 by the Commonwealth Government, NSW Government and eight Western Sydney councils.
Andrews rejects calls to divvy up state with different rules
More than 670,000 Victorians living under stage three restrictions are in currently coronavirus-free areas.
The latest data from Victoria’s health department shows there are 30 local government areas across the state that currently have no active COVID-19 infections, including Mildura, Wodonga and now, Ballarat.
However, despite calls for the Government to allow areas with zero active cases to reopen, the Premier Daniel Andrews says it would be too confusing to divvy up the state with different rules and borders.
There are now just 72 active cases in regional Victoria, and its rolling 14 day average is 4.5.
Mr Andrews says the region could potentially be eased out of restrictions as early as the end of next week if its cases continue to decline.
With games to come against Fremantle and Hawthorn, 13th and 16th respectively, the Western Bulldogs are well placed to make up the 0.9 per cent gap needed to edge past the Giants if both sides finish with the same number of wins.
The toll of this extraordinary year is starting to tell on the Giants, who have steadily fallen out of favour since being installed as premiership favourites in the early rounds.
They will not be able to turn to their wise old owl in defence Davis, who flew home to Sydney on Wednesday after finally succumbing to bone bruising in his right knee, which has plagued him for much of the season.
The Giants say the issue flared up while he was recovering from a medial ligament strain in his left knee suffered in round 10 against Essendon and missed two games. He has not been able to train since.
Davis underwent a scan last week and will need at least eight weeks of rest to manage the injury, effectively ending his campaign. The foundation Giant, who is contracted for 2021, will also undergo minor surgery on the iliotibial band in his right knee.
“Phil has been managing this injury across this season but unfortunately it’s reached the point where only a long period of rest will fix the problem,” Giants football boss Jason McCartney said.
“With that in mind, it was decided that it’s in Phil’s best interests to return home to Sydney to be with his partner and family and he’ll undergo minor surgery in the coming days.
“Phil’s an incredibly important part of our line-up, so it’s disappointing for us on-field but this is the best option to make sure he’s fully fit for the 2021 season.”
Kelly (concussion), Perryman (calf) and Williams (Achilles) all trained on Wednesday while their teammates completed recovery. The latter duo trio had been close to playing in Adelaide but the five-day break cost them.
Giants coach Leon Cameron was furious with his underperforming star-studded midfield after they were “obliterated” by the Crows.
The Giants lost the contested possession count by 28, leaving their defence under siege, unable to weather a 26-49 inside-50 tally.
The possible returns of Kelly and Perryman will boost the Giants’ on-ball brigade, but it has performed below par for much of 2020.
“Our clearance work and our contested brand has been at the forefront of our last four years,” Cameron said.
“That hasn’t been there since we resumed play in round two. We lost our hunger and we lost our hunt around the contest. We’ve got it back in patches but we haven’t had it consistently.
“It’s not good enough. Our midfield, again, let us down.”
Andrew Wu writes on cricket and AFL for The Sydney Morning Herald
Melbourne has dealt South Sydney’s NRL top-four prospects a telling blow with a gritty 22-16 comeback victory in a torrid encounter at the Olympic stadium in Homebush.
The Storm sit three points behind ladder leader Penrith in second place courtesy of the win over the Rabbitohs
The loss ended the Rabbitohs’ five-match winning streak
The Sharks were forced to play with 12 men after Chad Townsend was sent off during the second half of their 38-10 loss to the Knights
Earlier on Friday night, Kalyn Ponga scored a hat-trick of tries in Newcastle’s 38-10 win over Cronulla, who had Chad Townsend sent off in what may prove to be a costly defeat.
In Homebush, the Storm bagged the only two tries of the second half in driving rain to snap South Sydney’s five-match winning streak in typically clinical fashion after the Rabbitohs had led 14-10 at the break.
Five players required head injury assessments (HIA) as two of the competition heavyweights clashed for the full 80 minutes.
But, as is so often the case, it was the Storm’s trump cards who came to the fore, with Cameron Smith combining with Ryan Papenhuyzen to set up the match-winning late try for playmaker Cameron Munster.
The bruising win kept Melbourne in the fight for another minor premiership, although Penrith remain frontrunners, sitting three points clear of the Storm with three regular rounds remaining.
There were concerns for the Storm, though, with prop Christian Welch placed on report for a crusher tackle on Souths forward Liam Knight.
Fellow representative forward Felise Kaufusi is also likely to come under scrutiny from the match review committee for a suspect first-half behind-the-play bump that left Rabbitohs halfback Adam Reynolds needing a HIA.
With rumours that skipper Smith is set to call time on his decorated career, it was the champion hooker’s Test successor Damien Cook who made the first early statement, exploding out of dummy half and slicing straight through the Storm defence.
But despite the Rabbitohs dominating possession and territory, Melbourne came perilously close to scoring first, with winger Isaac Lumelume denied by the bunker after Storm centre Brenko Lee was deemed to have knocked on in the lead-up.
The let-off proved costly for Melbourne, with Lumelume making a meal of a grubber kick from Rabbitohs five-eighth Cody Walker into the in-goal two minutes later, allowing Campbell Graham to pounce.
Reynolds’ conversion, adding to his fifth-minute penalty goal, gave the Rabbitohs an 8-0 lead.
The Storm wasted little time cutting the deficit to two points, with Josh Addo-Carr burning Steven Marsters on the outside to put Papenhuyzen over in the 27th minute. Smith added the extras from the sideline.
Some direct running from Walker restored the Rabbitohs’ eight-point buffer three minutes before half-time, only for Papenhuyzen’s lightning speed to leave Marsters wanting again and setting up Justin Olam for the Storm’s second try in the shadows of the break.
The Olam try kept the Storm within striking distance and that proved enough for Craig Bellamy’s second-placed outfit to collect another all-important two competition points.
Knights score spiteful win
Three weeks out from the NRL finals, Cronulla’s season is in danger of imploding, with Townsend marched from the field for a horror shot on Ponga in Newcastle.
Townsend launched his shoulder at the Knights fullback, who was taking a tap midway through the second half.
The wild hit sparked a melee and forced the Sharks to play a man down when they were trailing by 18 points at the time..
Adding further insult, Friday night’s loss could also cost the eighth-placed Sharks their captain Wade Graham, Toby Rudolf and Braden Hamlin Uele.
All three were placed on report for two separate lifting tackles.
Graham and Rudolf were lucky to stay on the field when they upended Knights half Mason Lino midway through the first half.
The loss to the sixth-placed Knights was another blight on the Sharks’ record in 2020 as they are yet to beat a current top-eight team.
Increasing the urgency is the fact the Warriors are snapping at their heels just four points adrift with a match in hand, making the Sharks’ spot in the top eight up for grabs with three rounds of the regular season to play.
The Warriors can get within two points of Cronulla if they beat Parramatta on Sunday before they face the Sharks next weekend.
Missing star halfback Shaun Johnson and Matt Moylan against the Knights, the Sharks lacked direction but a litany of errors spoiled their chances when they found possession.
Fullback Will Kennedy struggled with three errors for the night, including a knock-on that led to a try for Starford To’a 17 minutes into the contest.
It was the second try of the evening for the 20-year-old winger, while Ponga crossed for two of his three tries during the first half.
Ponga was electric in attack, slipping through soft defence for his first NRL hat-trick. Lachlan Fitzgibbon and Josh King also scored tries for the Knights.
Save for tries to Ronaldo Mulitalo and Connor Tracey, the Sharks were undisciplined and disorganised.
It was a huge bounce back for the Knights after last week’s 30-point loss to the Warriors and the win all but cements their place in the finals.