Man sprayed Frankston Westpac bank staff with water in failed robbery


A man was arrested at a bank south-east of Melbourne today after spraying staff members with water in an unlabelled bottle in an alleged attempted armed robbery.

Victoria Police confirmed a man – possibly wearing a hazardous materials protective mask – entered a Westpac bank on Wells Street in Frankston around 10.25am.

“A man… allegedly sprayed staff members with an unknown substance before demanding money,” a police statement said.

Police arrested a man outside a Frankston bank, south-east of Melbourne- today following a bungled bank robbery. Picture: AAP.
Police arrested a man outside a Frankston bank, south-east of Melbourne- today following a bungled bank robbery. Picture: AAP. (AAP)

“He was arrested on nearby Young Street shortly after and is assisting police with their inquiries.”

Detective senior sergeant Peter Drake later told media the man entered the bank and approached a male security guard before spraying him in the face with the liquid, handing him an empty bag and demanding money.

Fire and Rescue officers were called in to inspect the bank while staff members were treated on the scene and people nearby were told to avoid the area. Picture: AAP.
Fire and Rescue officers were called in to inspect the bank while staff members were treated on the scene and people nearby were told to avoid the area. Picture: AAP. (AAP)

The man then did the same with another female member of staff who was inside the branch at the time but not behind the security glass protecting bank tellers.

“An evacuation was called, so staff members and people within the bank were called out, and the male fled at that stage,” he said.

Mr Drake also said that staff were left distressed by the incident, while two members of the public followed the man to Young Street and helped police to identify him.

The man allegedly entered the Wells Street bank around 10.30am and was arrested on nearby Young Street. Picture: AAP.
The man allegedly entered the Wells Street bank around 10.30am and was arrested on nearby Young Street. Picture: AAP. (AAP)

“They were extremely distressed about it. They didn’t know what the substance was – they believed that it was a chemical,” he said.

One of the members of the public who pursued the man, Garry Thomas, said he took photos in order to be able to identify him.

The man allegedly used this white bottle to spray bank staff with water and then demand they hand over money. Picture: AAP.
The man allegedly used this white bottle to spray bank staff with water and then demand they hand over money. Picture: AAP. (AAP)

“We got him outside the jeweller’s shop on the corner of Wells Street and he sat down and we took photos of him,” he told 9NEWS.

“He said, ‘well I can’t go anywhere now that you’ve got photos of me,’ and I said, ‘well, you weren’t going to go anywhere, anyway.”

Fire and Rescue officers were called to the bank to inspect the container holding the liquid, which was an unlabelled white spray bottle disposed of in the bank’s underground carpark.

Staff members at the bank who were sprayed with the substance were treated at the scene, but are not believed to have any serious injuries as a result of the incident.

Anyone with information that may assist police inquiries are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Cash flow for water study


AN extra $400,000 is being spent on a business case to expand the Tyabb-Somerville recycled water irrigation scheme to Pearcedale.

Flinders MP Greg Hunt says the new investigation is being paid for by the federal government, Mornington Peninsula Shire and South East Water.

If proved economically viable and then built, the project will see class A recycled water from the Eastern Treatment Plant made available to farms in Tyabb, Somerville and Pearcedale.

Statistics for 2019 on the National Outfall Database show that the south eastern outfall at Boags Rocks, near Gunnamatta, services the Eastern, Mount Martha, Somers, and Boneo treatment plants, discharging about 350 ML (dry weather) and 1700 ML (wet weather) of treated effluent daily into Bass Strait.

Mr Hunt said the federal government had given $200,000 and the shire and SEW $100,000 each towards the expanded study.

The investigation was aimed at confirming demand for the water across the Pearcedale agricultural area; undertaking functional design and costing for the Pearcedale reticulation network; and, updating the economic model and detailed business case to include Pearcedale in the scheme.

The scheme is aimed at improving water security for agriculture, support crop rotation, new land irrigation and extra economic activity, provide up to 2400 ML a year of climate independent affordable water, and support an estimated $50-$60 million in agricultural production.

Details: nationalwatergrid.gov.au

First published in the Western Port News – 2 June 2021

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Opening of Yass to Murrumbateman Water Transfer Project


The official opening of the Yass to Murrumbateman Water Transfer Project took place last Friday 14th May 2021.

In attendance at the opening were Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack, Senator Perin Davey (NSW Government), Minister Melinda Pavey (Minister for Water, Property and Housing, NSW Government), Wendy Tuckerman (Member for Goulburn, NSW Government), Yass Valley Mayor Rowena Abbey, along with Yass Valley Councillors, members of the Yass Valley Business Chamber, and contractors who worked on the project.

Mayor Abbey explained that the pipeline extends 17.9 kilometres from the Morton Avenue Pumping Station in Yass to Murrumbateman. The project was funded by all levels of government: including the Yass Valley Council, the NSW Government, which contributed 3.9 million, and the Federal Government, which contributed 6.1 million to the project. There had been unfortunate delays in the project due to COVID-19.

Minister Pavey said that “My eyes are just hurting from the high viz as I drove into the Yass Valley. Michael, our Government is doing a brilliant job putting money into regional NSW, in our case, and regional Australia in yours. Murrumbateman has been on water restrictions despite all the rain, so this is about better security of water for the burgeoning community of Murrumbateman.”

Senator Davey thanked everyone involved in the Water Transfer Project. “Living on farms as I have done for many years, I know that bore water can have a very inconsistent quality. You don’t know from one day to the next what you are going to be drinking, so I’m sure that everyone in Murrumbateman is very relieved that they will be getting more reliable, better quality water. This is an important step that is going to allow Murrumbateman to grow. Forty-three thousand people across Australia have made a tree-change since COVID, and Murrumbateman is absolutely poised to reap the benefit of that shift now that they have got a reliable water supply,” she said.

The Deputy Prime Minister said “COVID-19 effected all of us. It affected communities, but regional Australia has been and is the best place in Australia and all of the world in which to live during COVID-19. Perin Davey mentioned the people from metropolitan areas moving to regional areas to live because they wanted to have a bigger backyard. They wanted to have a lifestyle, they wanted to live in a community where it’s big enough to get a cup of coffee and small enough to still care, and indeed regional Australia offers that opportunity, and will continue to do so with good infrastructure,” he said.

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Valkyrie State School trucks in water, bans students from playing on hard, unsafe oval


A whole generation of primary school students has passed through the Valkyrie State School in rural Queensland without ever having been allowed to play on the school’s oval.

That’s because for the past six years at least, the school has had no access to a permanent drinking water supply, let alone enough extra water to help grass grow on the oval to make it safe.

The school’s 20 students come from the nearby farms and villages in the Isaac Region, about 150 kilometres south-west of Mackay.

P&C president Kristen Michelmore said the school had to truck in potable water for the children to drink.

“This is a situation that country kids have to face,” Ms Michelmore said.

But not having an oval to run around on, was another crucial aspect of childhood the Valkyrie students were missing out on.  

The ABC understands the school had to ban students from playing on the oval after a student broke an arm after falling on the dry surface in 2015, but issues around water supply have existed since the school opened in 1974.

“The grounds are pretty dry, it’s a bit of a dust bowl when you get on the mower,” Ms Michelmore said.

“It feels like you’re just mowing up the dirt rather than the grass.

Ms Michelmore’s husband, Ben, said the school was considering several options to rectify the issue, including connecting to a pipeline 20km away or a dam 700 metres away, as well as installing more tanks to catch rainwater.

He said bores located close to the school are unusable because of their high salt content.

Jessie Bethel, the president of the Nebo branch of the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association, said it was a great loss to the students that they did not have a safe grassed area to play on.

“All bush kids are used to wide open spaces. They’re used to having a very active lifestyle, an active space to play,” Ms Bethel said.

“For the children to not have a grassed oval to kick a ball or do extracurricular activities and sports and athletics training, it’s a real loss and it’s something the community really feels.

Ms Bethel said the ICPA, P&C and the school had been working with various levels of governments, and government departments to address the issue.

“It’s very lengthy, tricky and frustrating to get an agreement with multiple government departments, especially when it is done out of Brisbane,” she said.

LNP MP Dale Last’s seat of Burdekin takes in the Valkyrie area, and he said he had contacted the Department of Education and the Department of Resources about the school’s situation.

“That school has been surviving on rainwater and a tanker that gets transported in each week … you can’t sustain that,” he said.

“We need a more permanent solution.

“It’s a difficult issue to solve in the long term given scarcity of water in the area … and as underground water is not suitable, that makes it doubly hard.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Education said the health, safety and wellbeing of students and staff in Queensland state schools was the department’s highest priority.

“Valkyrie State School does not have access to mains water supply, however, the school uses rainwater tanks on site for all of its water needs,” the spokesperson said.

“Three additional new water tanks will be installed at the school during Term 3, 2021. All new tanks will have ultra violet light filtration systems.

“The department will continue to work with the school to find a suitable solution to the school’s water issues.”

The school’s P&C will spend this weekend fundraising for access to water at the annual Nebo Rodeo and street fair.

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Noosa, Agnes Water named Queensland’s top tourism towns at prestigious awards


QTIC has named Noosa on the Sunshine Coast as the winner of the Top Tourism Town Award, and Agnes Water, north of Bundaberg, as the Top Small Tourism Town.

Sun, sea breeze, and a relaxed vibe is a big part of the charm of Agnes Water, and it is the reason locals are not surprised the tiny coastal town has taken out the award.

Surf school manager Angie Parker said Agnes Water had made a name for itself as a family-friendly holiday destination with a no-fuss attitude.

“It’s pretty relaxed, that’s part of the authentic nature of it here,” she said.

Ms Parker said ideal weather and year-round waves contributed to a strong surf culture, and the town was also on the cusp of the Southern Great Barrier reef.

“The thing about Agnes is it’s really consistent, good waves for learning,” Ms Parker said.

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Deep water aqua


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Mon 17 May 2021
10:30am to 11:30am

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Deep water aqua
Bookings essential. Deep Water Aqua is an aquatic workout that uses all major muscle groups. Suitable for all fitness levels. Participants wear a buoyancy belt so there’s no need to worry about being in deep water; however, participants do require basic swimming skills.

This is a GOLD event suitable for seniors.
Jindalee Pool, 11 Yallambee Road, Jindalee

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Deep water aqua

Bookings essential. Deep Water Aqua is an aquatic workout that uses all major muscle groups. Suitable for all fitness levels. Participants wear a buoyancy belt so there’s no need to worry about being in deep water; however, participants do require basic swimming skills.

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Bookings essential. To book phone Jindalee Pool on 3376 1002.

Requirements

Buoyancy belt is compulsory. Can be purchased from the pool for $45 or purchased at most sports stores.

Meeting point

At reception.

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Major rescue operation launched on River Clyde amid reports of person in water



A major rescue operation has been launched on the River Clyde amid reports of someone entering the water.

Cops are searching the river around Glasgow Bridge after the alarm was raised around 2.30pm over fears a person had entered.

The rescue operation remains ongoing and emergency crews remain at the scene.

It is understood a helicopter has been called in to help with the search.

Boats have also been seen on the river with searches going between major city bridges.

Meanwhile emergency vehicles, including police cars and ambulances have been reportedly spotted in the area around the river.

A Police Scotland spokesman said that emergency crews remained at the scene.

He said: “Officers were called to the River Clyde, near to Glasgow Bridge, at around 2.30pm on Tuesday, 11 May, after a person is believed to have entered the water.

“Emergency services remain at the scene.”

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A&H deep water running



Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 10:15 – 11am

A&H deep water running

Deep water running is the perfect choice for those with injuries or limitations. These beginner classes introduce you to the joy of working out and improving mobility without any worries about strain or injury.

Venue: Palm Beach Aquatic Centre
Address: Thrower Drive, Palm Beach
Suburb: Palm Beach
Bookings required: No
Category: Aqua classes
Contact name: Palm Beach Aquatic Centre
Contact phone: 5534 4188
Cost: $5

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Unique water safety program saving lives by teaching children with autism how to swim


Some children with autism have a fascination with water, a tendency to wander and little or no sense of danger, putting them much more at risk of drowning.

But a unique swimming program in Canberra — with a counterintuitive structure — has dived deep into the issue to turn the tragic tide.

Renee Zwikielberg has two children with autism — William, 9, and Sophie, 7 — and said she came frighteningly close to the tragedy of losing a child to drowning.

“We went on holiday about 18 months ago and William nearly drowned,” she said.

Ms Zwikielberg said they had tried many different types of swimming classes over the years from group settings to one-on-one lessons with instructors trained in teaching people with autism.

But she said it was not until William was enrolled in WaterAbilities at Black Mountain School that he made progress.

“At first, he didn’t even want to get in the water,” she said.

“He was afraid … and had a lot of anxiety about drowning given that it almost happened twice.”

William now has a better understanding of water safety and enjoys swimming lessons.(

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But William has since thrived in the lessons, learning strokes, safety and how to enjoy the water.

And that’s also given Ms Zwikielberg confidence that her son would be safe around water.

“It’s really changed my life. I can’t stress that enough,” she said.

Strengthening exercises key to swimming success

The program’s unique composition involves spending as much time outside of the pool as in it.

The unconventional strategy has used land-based exercises that strengthen muscles and movements used for swimming well before participants try to thrash against the water.

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Sophie had fallen behind in mainstream swimming lessons but now has greater strength to float and swim.(

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Those strength-building exercises have been especially valuable for William’s little sister Sophie.

“Even at five, [Sophie] was what you would consider a floppy baby, but now her strength and her muscle tone has increased,” Ms Zwikielberg said.

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Flynn is happy to put his head under the water after taking part in the WaterAbilities program with his mother Ele.(

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Ele Fogarty has seen a similarly remarkable transformation in her son Flynn.

The five-year-old happily and safely dived underwater for the first time last week after a sensory condition had meant he previously became distressed if water — even from a shower — washed over his head.

“I couldn’t be more proud,” Ms Fogarty said.

“And he actually decided he’s going to do showers. They’re only small things but they’re massive.”

Drowning leading cause of death in children with autism

Carol Jennings co-founded the “holistic” pilot and said it was intentionally very different to mainstream swim schools.

“The whole team are allied health workers, so we draw on occupational therapy, exercise physiology, physiotherapy and early education, in addition to being swim school qualified,” Ms Jennings said.

According to Royal Life Saving Australia, children with autism are 160 per cent more likely to drown than those without.

And drowning is the leading cause of death for children with autism.

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Cherry Bailey says there is a great need for a program like WaterAbilities.(

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The ACT Government spent $15,000 on the trial, which was also supported by Royal Life Saving ACT.

Royal Life Saving ACT general manager Cherry Bailey said the disability community had been crying out for a solution like WaterAbilities.

“The demand was obvious and really important,” she said.

“We want these children to be experiencing the same types of program opportunities as children without autism.

“[The program] has provided really special connections for families and children in the water and provided focus points needed in terms of fundamental movement, development in the water and readiness to learn … water safety skills.”

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