Monthly Archives: June 2015

Police appeal after man commits indecent act – Newcastle

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man committed an indecent act in Newcastle this morning.

About 9am (Wednesday 24 June 2015), a 16-year-old girl was walking on Lawson Street, just before Everton Street, when a car has pulled up near her.

The girl has looked into the car at the driver, a man, who was committing an indecent act in the VX Holden Commodore.

Becoming afraid the girl crossed the road and approached men who were working, and told them what had occurred.

Police were notified and officers from Newcastle Local Area Command attended and patrolled the location but were unable to locate the man or the vehicle.

An investigation was commenced and police would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident or may have information that may assist with their inquiries are urged to call Newcastle Police Station 02 4926 6599 or Crime Stoppers.

Investigators would also like to speak to a man who may be able to assist, he was described as being of Caucasian appearance, aged between 20 and 30, of medium build, with dark hair and was wearing grey jeans, checker boxer shorts and a black shirt.

The car was described as a white VX Holden Commodore, with a partial QLD registration starting with 749.

Man charged over XPT assault – Albury

A NSW TrainLink employee was assaulted and a man arrested when the XPT stopped at Albury this afternoon.

Police from Albury Local Area Command met the train shortly after 3pm (Wednesday 24 June 2015), responding to a report that an employee had been assaulted.

Police were told the man was allegedly punched several times, and kicked when he fell to the ground.

The 59-year-old man was taken to Albury Base Hospital where he was treated for facial and head injuries. He has since been released.

Police arrested a 37-year-old man from Marulan, who was seated in the train.

He was taken to Albury Police Station where he was charged with assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, malicious damage and offensive language.

He will be refused bail to Albury Local Court tomorrow (Thursday 25 June 2015).

Police charge man after replica firearm produced – Cootamundra

Police from Cootamundra Local Area Command have charged a man after he allegedly produced a replica firearm when being stopped by police in Grenfell yesterday.

About 4pm (Tuesday 23 June 2015) a police officer, working as a single-unit, in a fully-marked police vehicle, noticed a white Holden Caprice being driven by a 20-year-old man on Forbes Street.

The followed the vehicle into Gooloogong Road where the driver performed a U-turn and hit the police car.

Police will allege the driver got out of the car and produced what appeared to be a rifle, pointing it at the officer.

Police deployed their Taser to bring the man under control.

He was arrested and taken to Grenfell Police Station where he was charged with take and drive conveyance without consent of owner, drive while disqualified, dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception, destroy or damage property, use offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention, have custody of a knife in a public place and intimidate police in the execution of their duty.

He was given bail and will appear in Grenfell Local Court on 20 August 2015.

Fatal crash – Newcastle

Police are investigating following a fatal single vehicle crash last night.

About 6pm (Tuesday 23 June 2015), a blue Honda Jazz was travelling along Wharf Road near Wickham Road, and has left the roadway crashing into a fence.

Emergency services were called and commenced treating the driver, a 61year-old woman, who was later taken to John Hunter Hospital, but had died on arrival.

No one else was injured during the incident.

Officers attached to Newcastle Local Area Command attended and established a crime scene.

As investigations continue, anyone who witnessed the incident who has not yet spoken to police is urged to come forward and contact police via Crime Stoppers.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

Teens approached – Goulburn

Police are appealing for public assistance after three teens were approached in Goulburn on the weekend.

About 11am (Saturday 20 June 2015), three 14-year-old girls were walking in Belmore Park, on Sloane Street, when they were approached by a man.

The man spoke to the girls before the teens walked away from him. The man got into a white station wagon and followed them for a short time.

The girls walked to Goulburn Police Station and reported the incident, an investigation was commenced.

Police would like to speak to a man who may be able to assist with inquiries, he was described as being aged in his 40’s, brown hair, about 170cm tall and wearing a hooded jumper with a “Jim Beam” logo on it.

Man charged with reckless wounding – Central Hunter LAC

Police have charged a man with reckless wounding after an incident in the Hunter region overnight.

Emergency services were called to a home in Kookaburra Parade, Woodbury, about 11.15pm yesterday (Saturday 20 June 2015).

Police have been told a 27-year-old man who lives at the residence went outside to investigate a disturbance.

He was confronted by a number of men, who allegedly attacked him with a glass bottle.

The man was taken to Maitland Hospital, where he received treatment for a non-life-threatening head wound.

Officers from Central Hunter Local Area Command arrested a 21-year-old Fletcher man at the scene.

He was taken to Maitland Police Station, where he was charged with reckless wounding and affray.

The man was granted strict conditional bail to appear in Maitland Local Court on Monday 20 July 2015.

The investigation continues.

Police investigate after fatal pedestrian crash – Goulburn

Police have launched an investigation after a man was found on a roadway and later died, in Goulburn this morning.

Shortly before 1am (Saturday 20 June 2015), officers attached to The Hume Local Area Command were called to Faithful Street, near Clifford Street, after reports of an injured man on the road.

Police arrived to find a man, aged 37, with serious injuries lying on the road.

The man was treated by NSW Ambulance Paramedics before being taken to Goulburn Base Hospital, where he later died.

An investigation was commenced and a crime scene established that was examined by detectives and forensic specialists.

From investigations police believe the man was struck while on the road by a Mazda 6.

Following further inquiries, police arrested a 34-year-old woman and 16-year-old boy nearby.

The woman was taken to Goulburn Base Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.

The two were taken to Goulburn Police Station.

The woman has been charged with dangerous driving cause death, she was given conditional bail to appear at Goulburn Local Court on Wednesday 8 July 2015.
The teen was released without charge.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or has any information that could assist police, is urged to contact Goulburn Police Station on (02) 4821 2344 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Three people charged following armed robbery – Lake Macquarie

Three people have been charged following investigations into an armed robbery at Freeman’s Waterhole in the Lake Macquarie area last week.

Shortly after 1am on Thursday 11 June 2015, two men and a woman entered a service station on Freeman’s Drive armed with a shortened firearm and a hammer and allegedly threatened the staff member demanding cash and cigarettes.

The male staff member locked himself in an office while one of the men climbed the counter and allegedly stole cash from the register. All three then ran from the store.

Police were called and an investigation was launched by detectives from Lake Macquarie culminating in the arrest and charging of three people.

About 3pm on Wednesday 16 June 2015, a 28-year-old man from Bolton Point was arrested after he was pulled over by police while driving his car. He was taken to Lake Macquarie Police Station where he was charged with robbery whilst armed.

He was refused bail and will appear at Newcastle Local Court on 26 August, 2015.

Later that afternoon, (16 June, 2015) a 27-year-old woman was arrested at premises in Toronto by detectives from Lake Macquarie. She was charged with robbery whilst armed.

She will appear at Newcastle Local Court on 26 August, 2015.

On Thursday 17 June 2015, Lake Macquarie detectives executed a search warrant at a premises in Blackhall Park where police allegedly located a shortened firearm.

Following the search of that premises, police arrested at 36-year-old man at a premises in Fassifern by Lake Macquarie detectives. He was charged with robbery whilst armed and will appear at Newcastle Local Court today (19 June 2015).

Landcare helps farmers reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Selling carbon credits to help the Federal Government meet its emissions reduction target might not appeal to every farmer.

However, there are plenty who are interested in reducing their own carbon footprint.

A landcare group in south-west New South Wales has stepped in to help.

In 2012, Holbrook Landcare Network received federal funding to deliver the extension and outreach program, through what was the Carbon Farming Initiative.

It spent some of the money profiling the greenhouse gas emissions of eight livestock farms, including Holbrook, Bowna, Tooma, Tumbarumba, Jindera and Morven.

Landholders provided property and production information including rainfall, tree plantings, stock numbers, fuel usage, grazing regime, fertiliser use and types of crops sown.

The Greenhouse Accounting Framework (GAF) calculator, developed by the University of Melbourne, was used to estimate the source and scale of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on the farms.

Farm case studies were modelled to provide farmers with practical ways to reduce or offset the property’s GHG emissions.

Dale Stringer, executive officer of the Holbrook Landcare Network said a number of emission reduction options have been offered.

“The obvious one is planting trees to sequester carbon,” he said.

“Also things like improving their pastures and pasture management to sequester carbon in the soils.

“They can reduce emissions through more efficient fertiliser use and through supplements that help reduce the methane produced by livestock.”

Tooma farmer Rob Cox runs 700 European cross cattle on a 910 hectare property in the NSW Upper Murray.

He is a big advocate of tree planting and has revegetated 57 hectares or six per cent of the property.

“We have livestock which do emit,” he said

“We do use electricity and diesel and they were all added together and then the area of the trees planted is calculated and then are offset.

“We were lucky enough, because we’re not cropping, and I think those people are hard-pressed to offset emissions. We equated out almost neutral in the end.”

Mr Cox’s property requires a further three hectares of tree plantings to completely offset the farm’s total GHG emissions.

Gordon Shaw’s family have taken a keen interest in improving their environmental credentials on farm since the 1990s

Wantagong, their sheep and cattle property east of Holbrook, is made up of undulating hills and creek flats.

It has provided plenty of scope for revegetation and tree plantings.

This has helped offset the enteric methane emitted from the farms 500 hereford cattle, which is more than 80 per cent of the property’s total GHG emissions.

“We’re looking at further plantations,” Mr Shaw said.

“We’ve always had a steady program of planting out areas.

“Currently we’ve got one per cent of the property under plantations, plus we’ve got a large area of remnant vegetation, about 250 hectares, which is also put aside for vegetation protection.

“We see that as the most effective way of offsetting our emissions.”

The modelled emission reduction options for Wantagong include increasing tree plantings from 15 to 35 hectares to offset total GHG emissions by 48 per cent.

The case study shows that switching the lambing period from autumn to spring can reduce total GHG emissions by approximately 398 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent.

The Holbrook Landcare Network is looking for more volunteers to conduct new case studies.

It will be targeting grain enterprises and mixed farming operations.

Man charged with sexual assault of woman near Newcastle

Police investigating the sexual assault of a woman at a hotel near Newcastle have arrested and charged a man.

The woman, aged 42, was sexually assaulted by a man at a hotel in Tighes Hill late yesterday (Tuesday 16 June 2015).

Officers attended the location around 11.30pm and arrested a 65-year-old man.

He was taken to Newcastle Police Station and charged with sexual intercourse without consent.

Refused bail, he is scheduled to appear before Newcastle Local Court today (Wednesday 17 June 2015).