Monthly Archives: August 2015

Child approach at Bar Beach – Newcastle

Police are appealing for witnesses after a girl was approached at Bar Beach, Newcastle on
the weekend.

About 10:50am (Saturday 29 August 2015), a four-year-old girl and her mother were walking on the second ramped walkway along the promenade when a man approached the child and committed a lewd act.

The mother observed the man for a short period as he approached other people with children and made contact. She immediately reported the matter to police. Police searched the area and spoke to life guards however they were unable to locate the man.

Police would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident or has information that may assist to contact Crime Stoppers.

The man was described as being of Caucasian appearance and aged in his late 40s or early 50s. He was wearing a white jumper, white shorts, dark joggers and a bright yellow/orange cap.

Strike force formed to investigate man’s disappearance – Lake Macquarie

Police in the state’s Lake Macquarie region have formed a strike force to investigate the disappearance of a man.

Christopher Daunt, 27, was last seen in the North Lambton area on Sunday 29 March 2015.

Police were alerted when he failed to return to his Gateshead home and could not be located or contacted.

Serious concerns are held for his welfare as his disappearance is out of character.

Detectives from Lake Macquarie Local Area Command have formed Strike Force Retractor to investigate his disappearance, which is being treated as suspicious.

Strike force detectives have conducted extensive inquiries and are appealing for public assistance in an attempt to locate him.

Christopher is described as being of Caucasian appearance, approximately 180cm tall, with a thin build, brown hair and green eyes.

Anyone who may have seen Christopher or believes they know his whereabouts is urged to contact police.

Registrations open for Beach Soccer Tournament between police and international students

Registrations are now open for the upcoming round-robin Beach Soccer Tournament set to take place between police and international students next month.

To take part, students must register online ahead of the tournament, which will be hosted by the Eastern Beaches Local Area Command at Coogee Beach from 8.30am, on Sunday 27 September 2015.

Major Sponsors include Study NSW, Department of Premier & Cabinet, and Randwick City Council, and the event is also supported by Multicultural NSW.

The tournament will see police and international students celebrate multiculturalism in Australia while enjoying the world game.

Students from Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, the Philippines, India, Africa, Europe and the Middle East, who are studying at schools, TAFE colleges, English language colleges, universities and other educational institutions in NSW, will represent their country during the competition.

The tournament will also feature police from Local Area Commands across Sydney, as well as the Hunter and Illawarra, building on relationships with students from their local educational institutions.

The community are welcome to come and join in the fun; the event is free and there will be a number of cultural and police displays, as well as a selection of international food stalls and live entertainment.

A major trophy will also be awarded to the country with the loudest and proudest supporter base on the day.

Corporate Sponsor for the Safety of International Students, Detective Superintendent Gavin Dengate said the event, now in its third year at Coogee, is growing in popularity each year.

“The event is really about celebrating diversity, with students representing at least 15 countries from Asia, South America, and for the first time Europe and the Middle East, coming together for this year’s competition,” Det Supt Dengate said.

“Soccer, the world game, is a terrific way to celebrate different cultures while promoting social awareness and inclusion.

“The tournament also offers a great opportunity for police to interact with students, help them feel welcome in their new community and work toward stronger relationships of support and trust,” Det Supt Dengate said.

“I encourage any international students who wish to participate in the event to register online – it promises to be an exciting day.”

Registrations for student players close on Monday 14 September 2015, which can be made by emailing

Students are asked to provide their name, their educational institution and country of origin, when registering for the competition.

For more information, visit the NSW Police Force International Students Facebook page:

Rotary Club of Wagga Wagga Sunrise present Wagga Police Awards

Police in the Wagga Region have been honoured during a gala community event at the weekend.

The Wagga Police Awards, conducted by the Rotary Club of Wagga Wagga Sunrise in conjunction with the Wagga Wagga Local Area Command, culminated on Saturday (29 August 2015), with a Gala Dinner at Wagga’s RSL Club.

Thirty three nominations were acknowledged on the night, and awards were presented in six categories, plus an overall award for the Wagga Police Officer of the year.

The winner of the Field Operations award which recognises the outstanding contribution of officers attached to local area commands, which include general duties, criminal investigators and other officers who operate in the local area command environment was Sergeant Ryan Sheaf.

Winner in the Specialist Operations and Corporate Services category which recognises the outstanding contribution of officers attached to Specialist Operations and Corporate Services commands, which includes technical officers, criminal investigators and other specialist officers who operate in the non-local area command environment was Inspector Peter Robertson.

The Rotary Community Award which recognises the efforts of NSW Police Force employees, both sworn and unsworn, whose work has been specially identified as providing benefits to the community directly through a program or other initiatives was awarded to Constable Kristian Swarbrick.

Police volunteers assist the Force in their own time and help to ensure that the community of New South Wales is best served by their police. The Police Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Ray Pelletier.

The Police employee of the Year award which recognises the outstanding contribution of NSW Police Force civilian employees and reflects the crucial supporting role they play in the daily business of policing was awarded to Claire Chapman.

Probationary Constable Dylan Mugridge was awarded the encouragement award for newer serving officers.

The overall winner awarded the trophy as Wagga Police Officer of the Year was Sergeant Ryan Sheaf.

The Awards are conducted by Rotary to recognise and acknowledge outstanding acts of courtesy, compassion, courage and devotion to duty by any member of the New South Wales Police Force in the Wagga Wagga Local Area Command, which also encompasses the surrounding towns of Coolamon, Ganmain, Junee, Temora, Lockhart, The Rock, Tarcutta, Ariah Park and Ardlethan.

Wagga Wagga Local Area Commander, Superintendent Bob Noble, and President of Sunrise Rotary, Dawn Smith, thanked the community and sponsors of the event for their overwhelming support of the awards.

A cheque for almost $5000, part of the proceeds, was presented to NSW Police Legacy, and the balance of funds raised will assist Sunrise Rotary charities.

Wagga Wagga Local Area Commander, Superintendent Bob Noble, praised the finalists and winners for their inspirational passion for serving the community.

“I am incredibly proud of all Rotary Police Officer of the Year nominees; they truly embody the Rotary motto ‘service above self’, which is evident in their commitment to their job,” Supt Noble said.

“It is wonderful for members of the community to share this night with us, and say thank you for the largely unheralded work that is carried out by local police and support staff.”

More information about the awards is available at:

Canberra man charged with identity theft after allegedly using fake drivers licence

A 28-year-old Canberra man has been charged with identity fraud, after being pulled over by police on the Hume Highway near Goulburn yesterday.

Police allege the man from Braddon, whose ACT licence was disqualified for traffic offences, presented police with a false NSW drivers licence.

It is alleged that when officers from the Southern Region Traffic & Highway Patrol Command searched his car, they found another three fake licences and a fraudulent Medicare card.

When further inquires were made into the man, it was found he had previously been pulled over by officers from the Macquarie Fields Traffic & Highway Patrol Command in July.

During that traffic stop police alleged another fraudulently licence had been presented.

Following yesterday’s traffic stop, the man was arrested and taken to Goulburn Police Station, where he was refused bail.

Records showed the man was currently disqualified from driving until July 2018 from offences allegedly committed in the ACT.

Traffic & Highway Patrol Command officers charged the man with 12 offences allegedly committed during the two traffic stops.

The offences included exceeding the speed limit by 20 kilometres per hour, five counts of document falsification, four counts of unlawfully possessing documents that resembled Australian driver licences, and two counts of driving while disqualified.

He will appear in Goulburn Local Court today.

Appeal to identify a female’s body – Lake Macquarie

Police are appealing for public assistance to help identify a female who was located deceased at Redhead, a suburb of Lake Macquarie yesterday.  About 2.25pm (Saturday 29 August 2015), police were called to a path off Ocean Street, Redhead, after reports a body had been found by two bush walkers.   Officers from Lake Macquarie Local Area Command attended and located the body of a female.   The circumstances surrounding the female’s death are not considered suspicious; however, police are now attempting to identify her and are appealing for public assistance.  She is described as being of Caucasian appearance, aged between 15 and 25, thin build, fair skin and bright dyed red hair.  She has a number of tattoos including; three small stars on her right hip, a love heart on her left hip and the letters K & P on either side; and an Egyptian eye on her left thigh.  Investigators are urging anyone with information about the identity of the female to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


The Wolfe Brothers are a band on a mission. There is no slowing these boys down, which is why this press release requires 3 headlines – and there is a story behind every headline.

On 3rd September the band embark on a 30-date national tour, of which 28 of these shows are with Lee Kernaghan on his The Songs And The Stories In Concert tour. The first show is in Townsville QLD and from there the tour travels through every state ending up in Newcastle on the 14th November. The boys will also be supporting the legendary Cold Chisel at the Deni Ute Muster on Friday 2nd October.

Brodie Rainbird the band’s guitarist says the tour is the perfect way to close out the touring cycle on the band’s second album Nothin’ But Trouble. “Being able to play so many shows to fans all around Australia in such a short time on Lee’s tour is something that we are very excited about,” he says. “Lee has been so good to us and we are eternally grateful for the opportunities he has given us over the last 3 years. We will be playing a selection of songs from both albums on this tour but we will be performing them in a semi-acoustic format, which we are really looking forward to. Then as a bonus we get to play with Lee as he performs songs from his Spirit Of The Anzacs album. We can’t wait.”

To mark the start of the tour The Wolfe Brothers have unveiled their latest single and video from their #2 ARIA Country Album Nothin’ But Trouble; the catchy ONE BEER AT A TIME. Filmed at one of the band’s favourite drinking establishments in their hometown of Hobart TAS, One Beer At A Time is an addictive Friday-night anthem. This is the fourth single from the Nothin’ But Trouble album with the first three all reaching #1 on the Country charts. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

… And now for the third in the band’s “Hat-trick” of announcements today – The Wolfe Brothers announce that their new double disc release is available on pre-sale as of today. This LIVE CD / DVD package will be released in-store on 18th September. Featuring the bands stand-out performance at CMC Rocks QLD 2015, the Live CD/DVD captures the band’s high energy show in full-throttle, and includes all the hit songs from their first two albums plus a classic cover from the legendary 70’s band The Dingoes. Also featured on the DVD are the official videos for all of The Wolfe Brothers’ hit singles so far!

“From day one, playing live has always been at the heart of what The Wolfe Brothers are about,” says Nick Wolfe. “From the early days of playing the pubs, to the big stages like CMC Rocks QLD, we’ve always prided ourselves on having a great live show, and we’re really excited that we’ve been able to have it finally captured on this DVD and CD. We believe that our fans will be able to chuck on the DVD, crank it loud (highly recommended) and feel a part of the energy we strive to put out on stage, all from the comfort of their lounge room!”

The Wolfe Brothers are brothers Nick and Tom Wolfe on vocals, guitar and bass, along with childhood friends Brodie Rainbird on guitar and Casey Kostiuk on drums. They burst onto the music scene in 2012, when they captivated the nation on Australia’s Got Talent and finished second on the program. Since then, they have been signed to ABC Music, they were named CMC’s 2013 Best New Artist, have scored four #1 singles in a row and have toured all over Australia. Their third album will be recorded in Nashville at the end of the year with producer Luke Wooten.

The Wolfe Brothers Live At CMC Rocks QLD CD / DVD is released 18 th September 2015. Pre-order live CD / DVD at JB HI-FI or Sanity.

Catch The Wolfe Brothers on tour with Lee Kernaghan – The Songs & The Stories In Concert

Thursday 3rd September 2015 | 8pm

Townsville Entertainment Centre, TOWNSVILLE QLD | (07) 4771 4000

Friday 4th September 2015 | 8pm

Mackay Entertainment Centre, MACKAY QLD | (07) 4961 9777

Saturday 5th September 2015 | 8pm

Pilbeam Theatre, ROCKHAMPTON QLD | (07) 4927 4111

Sunday 6th September 2015 | 8pm

Moncrieff Entertainment Centre, BUNDABERG QLD | (07) 4130 4100

Friday 11th September 2015 | 8pm

Twin Towns Services Club, TWEED HEADS NSW | 1800 014 014

Saturday 12th September 2015 | 8pm

Eatons Hill Hotel, BRISBANE QLD | (07) 3325 6777

Friday 18th September 2015 | 8pm

Empire Theatre, TOOWOOMBA QLD | 1300 655 299

Saturday 19th September 2015 | 8pm

Nambour Civic Theatre, NAMBOUR QLD | (07) 5475 7777

Sunday 20th September 2015 | 8pm

Brolga Theatre, MARYBOROUGH QLD | (07) 4122 6060

Friday 25th September 2015 | 8pm

Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, HOBART TAS | 1300 795 257

Saturday 26th September 2015 | 8pm

Albert Hall, LAUNCESTON TAS | (03) 6323 3666

Sunday 27th September 2015 | 8pm

Burnie Town Hall, BURNIE TAS | (03) 6430 5850

Friday 2nd October 2015


The Wolfe Brothers only show

Tuesday 13th October 2015 | 8pm

Albany Entertainment Centre, ALBANY WA | (08) 9844 5005

Wednesday 14th October 2015 | 8pm

Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, BUNBURY WA | 1300 661 272

Friday 16th October 2015 | 8pm

Queens Park Theatre, GERALDTON WA | (08) 9956 6662

Saturday 17th October 2015 | 8pm

Regal Theatre, PERTH WA | (08) 9388 2066

Friday 23rd October 2015 | 8pm

Her Majesty’s Theatre, ADELAIDE SA | 131 246

Saturday 24th October 2015 | 8pm

Barossa Arts & Convention Centre, TANUNDA SA | (08) 8561 4299

Wednesday 28th October 2015 | 8pm

Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, NOWRA NSW | 1300 788 503

Thursday 29th October 2015 | 8pm

Anita’s Theatre, THIRROUL NSW | 136 100

Friday 30th October 2015 | 8pm

Canberra Theatre, CANBERRA ACT | (02) 6275 2700

Saturday 31st October 2015

Sydney Country Music Festival, BAULKHAM HILLS NSW

The Wolfe Brothers only show

Wednesday 4th November 2015 | 8pm

Albury Entertainment Centre, ALBURY NSW | (02) 6043 5610

Thursday 5th November 2015 | 8pm

Eastbank Concert Hall, SHEPPARTON VIC | (03) 5832 9511

Friday 6th November 2015 | 8pm

Ulumburra Theatre, BENDIGO VIC | (03) 5434 6100

Saturday 7th November 2015 | 8pm

The Palms at Crown, MELBOURNE VIC | 136 100

Friday 13th November 2015 | 8pm

Evan Theatre, PENRITH NSW | (02) 4720 5555

Saturday 14th November 2015 | 8pm

Newcastle Civic Theatre, NEWCASTLE NSW | (02) 4929 1977

DENI UTE MUSTER The ultimate long weekend destination!

Just when you thought the Deni Ute Muster couldn’t get any bigger or better, organisers are thrilled that New South Wales residents won’t be the only ones getting to enjoy a long weekend thanks to the Victorian Government announcing that our southern friends will also be getting a day off on Friday, 2 October, making it the getaway destination for all your music, cars and AFL Grand Final needs!

Officially kicking off on Grand Final eve, this year’s world record Deni Ute Muster will be opening the camping grounds from noon Thursday so ticket holders will have an extra night on the Plains and wake up on site ready for the day’s entertainment.

Renowned for its diversity, organisers have outdone themselves this year with musical performances from Cold Chisel (their first show on their One Night Stand tour), Birds of Tokyo, Lee Kernaghan, Adam Brand, The McClymonts, Sunny Cowgirls, Morgan Evans and many more main stage and Ice Break Day Stage artists raring to take the stage.

Earlier today Cold Chisel announced that their new album, The Perfect Crime, will be released on Friday, 2 October, making our Musterers the very first people in the country to hear the band perform songs from the new album live and we can’t wait!

If an early start and a whole long weekend isn’t possible, Saturday Only tickets will be on sale from 9.00am tomorrow (Friday, 28 August) and it includes Saturday camping, but you’ll want to be sure to be on site early enough to catch the entertainment on the Ice Break Day Stage and the AFL Grand Final on the big screens in the main arena and in the on-site bars. Footy fans are encouraged to bring along their team jersey and their camp chair and join us in the main arena from 1.30pm on Saturday (just after the World Record Blue Singlet Count) to see which team will win the 2015 AFL Premiership Cup.

It’s not all about the music and footy either, this year sees a stellar line up of on-site entertainment including Showtime FMX, Holden Grunt Off, our favourite funny chicks – The Crackup Sisters, wood chopping and whip cracking demonstrations, GME Australian National Circle Work Championships, New Holland Bullride Spectacular, GME Go to Wo, helicopter rides, Holden Barrel Race and the Coates Hire Show N Shine.

If that’s not enough, two new attractions this year include the Yamaha Supertank – a giant fishing tank where you’ll be able to catch your own dinner, and IWA Pro Wrestling – a family-fun, action packed live show of body slamming, bone crunching non-stop sports entertainment.

The little ones will also be taken care of in Carnival Corner and the SunRice Family Centre.

Friday also sees the inaugural Milwaukee Tradie Challenge, proudly sponsored by Milwaukee Tools Australia, where tradies go head to head in the ultimate show of skill, design, innovation and good-old-fashioned Aussie ingenuity by building their own outdoor dunny, live in the main arena.

Kate Pitt, Deni Ute Muster General Manager has said “Our 2015 Muster is actioned packed! We have more around the ground entertainment than ever before, and we’re thrilled that our campers can now spend an extra night on the Plains. 2015 will truly be a Muster not to miss!”

The Deni Ute Muster is on almost every local and international bucket list and with no rise in ticket prices, more music and more fun than you can cram into your average long weekend, our Australian Made event will be one to remember for a lifetime so don’t miss out – get your tickets today!

The Deni Ute Muster is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

Deni Ute Muster

Conargo Road, Deniliquin, NSW

Friday, 2 October and Saturday, 3 October, 2015

Cold Chisel, Birds of Tokyo

Lee Kernaghan, Adam Brand

The McClymonts, Morgan Evans, Sunny Cowgirls

The Wolfe Brothers, Adam Eckersley Band, The Pigs


Mickey Pye, Courtney Conway and Band, The Distance, Christie Lamb,

Paul Cowderoy, Seleen McAlister, Baylou, Ben Ransom Band,

Deni Uke Muster, Deni Showcase, Bush Poets


AFL Grand Final LIVE on the big screen, Milwaukee Tradie Challenge, Showtime FMX, Yamaha Supertank, Holden Grunt Off, The CrackUp Sisters, IWA Wrestling, Wood chopping Demonstrations, Whip cracking, Carnival Corner, SunRice Family Centre, Helicopter Rides, GME Australian National Circle Work Championships, New Holland Bullride Spectacular, GME Go to Wo, Holden Barrel Race and Coates Hire Show N Shine

Man charged with identity fraud offences after T&HWP vehicle stop – Goulburn

A man has been charged with identity fraud offences after a traffic stop on the Hume Highway yesterday.

About 2.15pm (Thursday 27 August 2015), Southern Region Traffic & Highway Patrol Command officers were travelling south near Goulburn, when they stopped a white Mitsubishi Magna.

Officers spoke with the male driver who allegedly produced a NSW driver’s licence. Inquiries were made with the RMS (Roads and Maritime Services) which established that the licence number and identity were fraudulent.

Further inquiries were then made with officers from Macquarie Fields Traffic & Highway Patrol Command, who also stopped the same vehicle in early July. An alleged fraudulent driver’s licence was also produced to officers during that traffic stop.

A search of the driver located another three allegedly fraudulent NSW driver’s licences and a fraudulent Medicare card.

The man was arrested and taken to Goulburn Police Station where his identity was established as being a 28-year-old man from Braddon in the ACT.

Records show the man is currently disqualified from driving until July 2018 from offences allegedly committed in the ACT.

Traffic & Highway Patrol Command officers charged the man with 12 offences allegedly committed during the two traffic stops; exceed speed over 20km/h, use false document to influence exercise of public duty (x5), unlawfully possess thing that resembles Australian driver licence (x4), and drive while disqualified (x2).

The man was refused bail to appear before Goulburn Local Court today (Friday 28 August 2015).

Hero of Wantabadgery Senior Constable Edward Webb-Bowen honoured

Wagga Wagga Local Area Command, is honouring the ‘Hero of Wantabadgery’ Senior Constable Edward Mostyn Webb-Bowen who died in an exchange of gun fire in November 1879.

During an evening in mid November 1879, ‘Captain Moonlite’ and his gang held up Wantabadgery Station and took a number of hostages. After eating and drinking, the gang moved to a nearby pub, The Australian Arms Hotel, and more hostages were taken.

At 4am, officers from Wagga Police arrived and gunfire was exchanged with the gang. Officers retreated and waited for reinforcements from Gundagai. On arrival of Gundagai Police, the officers attended nearby McGlede’s farm and found ‘Captain Moonlite’ and his gang. Shots were exchanged and Senior Constable Webb-Bowen was shot in the neck. On Sunday 23 November 1879, Senior Constable Webb-Bowen, known as Edward Bowen, died as a result of the gunshot wound.

Project Bowen, was established in 2013 by the Wagga Wagga Police and the Wantabadgery community to raise awareness and funds to build a monument to remember the fallen officer. Following an archaeological survey, art exhibition, art auction and generous donations from individuals and local businesses, the monument was completed. Bowen’s grave in Gundagai was also restored. The monument now proudly stands adjacent to the Wantabadgey MacDonald Memorial Hall in Jewnee Street, Wantabadgery.

The memorial will be officially opened at 11:00am on 13th September 2015 by the Wagga Wagga Local Area Commander Superintendant Bob Noble. The opening will include a display of modern and historic police vehicles, police command bus, police helicopter, horses and re-enactors. People are encouraged to attend in period 1870’s- 80’s attire.

Opportunities will be provided to speak to police including the; air wing, highway patrol, detectives, women in policing and the dog unit. Interested members of the public are invited to attend and share in this celebration of community service.