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(AUSTRALIA) #Coronavirus Report: Cases rise across the states as NSW records 830, with Victoria 65, and ACT records 19 as numbers keep rising see details for your area below #AceHealthDesk report

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says #COVID19 Latest News: NSW records its worst day of the COVID-19 pandemic so far against a backdrop of curfews, police and protests with 830 new local cases, Victoria records 65 cases so if you want tokeep upto date with all the coronavirus case numbers updates check back here ….

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New South Wales has recorded 830 new cases with at least 69 people were in the community during their infectious periods and Health Minister Brad Hazzard confirmed three more COVID-related deaths.

A man in his 60s died at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, a man in his 80s also died, and a woman aged in her 80s died at Wollongong Hospital: NSW has delivered 750,000 doses of the vaccine in the past seven days.

Another 65 cases for locked-down Victoria as the numbers include 21 cases in the Shepparton area as the Shepparton outbreak sparked the lockdown of regional Victoria yesterday afternoon.

The new cases were identified from 44,147 test results received yesterday.

Fifty-five of the new cases are linked, 10 are under investigation.

There were 26,149 doses of vaccine administered at state-run sites.

Zero-case day in Queensland and they have recorded another day of zero community COVID cases, and no cases in hotel quarantine. Just 39 cases remain active and in 24 hours, 9,918 tests were completed across the state.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles said 2,715 vehicles were intercepted under new border restrictions requiring essential workers to have at least one vaccine dose before entering from New South Wales: He said 142 vehicles were turned away, 12 of those were essential workers who had not received a vaccination.

ACT records 19 new locally acquired cases and six of the new cases were infectious in the community and 17 cases are linked with the Territory having 121 active COVID-19 cases.

A cluster of 10 to 12 cases has been identified in the Territory’s disability community, which includes people with disabilities and disability support workers.

Delta outbreak grows in New Zealand and has recorded 21 new cases of COVID-19, as the Delta outbreak linked to a traveller from Sydney continues to grow with new cases bringing the country’s total number of active cases to 72 with one million New Zealanders having now been fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says the nationwide lockdown, due to end on Tuesday night, will probably have to be extended. 

WA has reported no new cases however a cargo ship carrying 16 crew members suspected to be infected with COVID-19 is due to arrive in Perth tomorrow.

The grain carrier, which was last at port in Thailand, is due to arrive at Cockburn Sound off the cost of Perth at 1:00am. 

“The authorities have instructed the ship to sail for Cockburn Sound where we can do a better analysis of the people,” WA Premier Mark McGowan said.

He said the Australian Maritime Safety Authority wanted the ship to stay for “a period of time”.

Tasmania will reopen to all of the NT from midnight tonight following the lifting of the lockdown in Darwin, Palmerston and Katherine as no new cases of COVID-19 were reported in either Tasmania or the NT today.

Tasmania has now designated the NT a low-risk area: Tasmania’s border will remain closed to all of New South Wales, Victoria, the ACT and New Zealand.

South Australia records no new cases and there are just two active cases remaining in the state with a total of 4,502 tests were conducted in SA yesterday.

PROTEST NEWS: Eight arrested as 1,000 gather on NSW-Queensland border to protest #COVID19 restrictions

New South Wales Police say eight people were arrested and more than 50 infringement notices issued during a protest on the NSW-Queensland border on Sunday.

Those who crossed the border between Tweed Heads and Coolangatta were likely to be charged, police said.

Police and Emergency Services Minister David Elliot said most NSW residents were “sick and tired of the abhorrent actions of the minority”.

“We have seen this sort of behaviour result in further lockdowns — the very thing these individuals are protesting against,” he said.

“There is no doubt in my mind that we risk seeing lockdowns extended, affecting the entirety of NSW, because of actions such as what we’ve seen this afternoon.

“This is such a critical time for communities to adhere to the health orders and to limit movement.

“Actions like what we have seen this afternoon pose a significant risk to the community.”

A man gestures as he rides a white horse through a seaside town.
Anger and confusion has been ramping up since the Delta strain sent NSW into lockdown.(ABC North Coast: Hannah Ross)

The ABC estimated that about 1,000 people attended the Tweed Heads protest, including a man riding a horse, in the latest of a series of mass, anti-lockdown gatherings in the country’s south-east.

Tweed/Byron Police District Commander Superintendent David Roptell said police were “taking the threat of unauthorised protest activity extremely seriously”.

“It is disappointing that people in our community continue to put others’ lives in danger by attending mass gatherings in the current climate,” he said.

“It is in the best interest of the health and safety of everyone across the state and around Australia, to comply with the Public Health Orders, so we may see the end of lockdown.

“Further inquiries will be made to identify those who were in attendance at today’s protest and appropriate action will be taken.”

People on bikes, or holding baskets and signs walk along a street.
About 1,000 people gathered at Tweed Heads and Coolangatta to protest COVID restrictions.(Supplied: Kimberley Bernard)

‘Direct attack on my freedom’

Up to 50 police were monitoring the mostly peaceful protest, few in the crowd were wearing masks and many were seen hugging and kissing.

Mark Westley from the Tweed area was among the crowd and said the public health directives were a “disgrace”.

“It’s a direct attack on my freedom of liberty, freedom to move,” he said.

“It’s affecting people’s businesses and social lives.”

A large crowd of protesters stand facing a line of police on a sunny day in NSW.
Hundreds have taken to the streets to protest border restrictions in northern NSW.(ABC North Coast: Hannah Ross)

Mr Westley said it was a “direct challenge” to the fabric of Australia.

“This will be the break-up of the Commonwealth of Australia, it will be the fragmentation of Australia into disparate, fighting, disputing groups and the end of democracy as we know it,” he said.

John from West Tweed said crossing the border was part of daily life in his community.

“To stop people being able to do that — particularly in the situation where there’s no cases in our area — is hypocrisy,” he said.

There are no active cases listed for northern NSW but a man and his two teenage children tested positive in Byron Bay after travelling there from Sydney last month.

COVID was detected in the Byron Bay sewage system on Tuesday but no new cases have been found.

Police officers stand in front of a large crowd of protesters.
Scores of police are at the protest.(ABC North Coast: Hannah Ross)

‘Really, really distressing’

Kelsey from Pottsville said the border restrictions meant she could no longer provide for her family.

“I was working [across the border] and now my source of income has been cut off, so I’m forced to be dependent on the government,” she said.

“It’s really, really distressing and we’re angry — we’re angry about our government.”

She said a border bubble was the ideal solution.

“They did it initially, we should be doing it now,” she said.

A man rides a horse through a large crowd in a seaside area.
Protesters say COVID-19 restrictions are causing deep divisions.(ABC North Coast: Hannah Ross)

‘Riskiest place right now’

The protest follows demonstrations in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne over the past few days and comes against the backdrop of NSW’s worst day so far with 830 locally acquired cases — the highest number recorded by any Australian jurisdiction in a 24-hour period.

Queensland’s Deputy Premier Steven Miles says the protests are “shameful and reckless”.

“That’s not the kind of behaviour Queenslanders do, it’s very un-Queensland like,” he said.

“We’ve gotten through this because Queenslanders have done the right thing, we’ve kept each other safe,” he said.Catch up on the main COVID-19 news from August 22 with a look back at our blog

The Deputy Premier said the border was at the most risk of infection due to the worsening situation in NSW.

“The border is our riskiest place right now,” he said.

“By having a protest there, we make the jobs of our police harder, they put their own safety at risk as well as the safety of the community and I’m frankly pretty disgusted.”

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(AUSTRALIA) #Coronavirus ACT Report: Restrictions seemed to be working with 8 new #COVID19 cases recorded in past day but with dozens of protests in Melbourne & Sydney taking place it wont be long before they increase #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Aug.22: We will keep you up to date with coronavirus updates and this story will be updated, so if you don’t see your state or territory yet, check back later on here……

The protesters were met with pepper spray outside Flinders Street Station.(AAP: James Ross)

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says #COVID19 Latest News: With NSW breaks national record for daily cases; of 825 all of Victoria in lockdown and Queensland cove closed with shops & restaurants: Only 149 were linked to known cases or clusters: The isolation status of 637 cases remains under investigation, while 58 were infectious in the community….

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NSW has recorded another 825 new local cases

It’s the highest number ever recorded by an Australian jurisdiction in a 24-hour period.

Three people have also died from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths during the state’s Delta outbreak to 68.

All of Victoria is now in lockdown

Under Victoria’s restrictions, people are only allowed to exercise outside with one other person, within 5 kilometres of their homes.(AAP: James Ross)

Regional Victoria has gone into lockdown in response to a growing number of cases emerging in Shepparton.Victoria exposure sitesMore exposure sites in Shepparton linked to the city’s COVID-19 outbreak are identified.

There are now just over 500 exposure sites across Victoria.

Victoria has recorded 61 new cases of COVID-19, including a number of cases in Shepparton already announced on Friday.

The Health Department said an additional 16 cases were recorded on a rapid PCR testing platform and would be reported in Sunday’s numbers.

Several new exposure sites in Shepparton were listed on the health department’s website last night, including a 24-hour gym.

Childcare centres will also be restricted to essential workers after a number of cases at centres over the past week, including 27 cases at the MyCentre Child Care venue at Broadmeadows in just two days.

Queensland introduces vaccine rules on border

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews announces regional lockdown amid 77 new coronavirus casesLaw and border: how Queensland’s harsh rules are creating hardshipVaccination rate of 70% won’t end lockdowns if Covid case numbers are too high, expert saysNSW hotspots; NSW restrictions; border restrictionsVictoria’s restrictions; Victorian hotspotsVaccine rollout tracker; get our free news app; get our morning email briefingThe entire state of Victoria has entered lockdown as authorities scramble to contain a rapidly growing cluster of Covid-19 centred on the regional city of Shepparton.The premier, Daniel Andrews, said all of regional Victoria was at risk and a statewide lockdown was the only option to head off a scenario like the one playing out in New South Wales: The Guardian https://ift.tt/3y4SxE2

No new locally acquired cases were recorded in Queensland overnight, although there were two cases in hotel quarantine.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young is encouraging Queenslanders aged 16 years or older to come forward to receive their vaccine.

A “no jab, no entry” rule has now taken effect for essential border zone workers wanting to come into Queensland. 

Only border zone workers who health authorities consider “genuinely necessary” to the function of Queensland are allowed in.

They will need to have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, or they will be sent back by police.

Those who apply for exemptions will have their circumstances closely assessed by a relevant government department.

ACT Government says restrictions appear to be working 

The ACT has recorded eight new COVID-19 cases in the past day, all of which are linked to existing infections.

More than a week into Canberra’s lockdown, none of the new cases were infectious while they were in the community.

The ACT now has 102 active cases of the disease.

Of these, 100 are now linked to known cases or coronavirus exposure sites.

Chief Minister Andrew Barr said this morning the city’s restrictions appeared to be working, but warned of ongoing risks.

“The lockdown has significantly reduced the risk around exposure sites, but there will be some,” he said.

NT declares all of Victoria a COVID hotspot

A spokesperson for the Northern Territory Chief Minister says the entire state of Victoria will be declared a COVID hotspot.

Greater Melbourne has been a declared hotpot since August 5 and Greater Shepparton became a hotspot on Friday.

But as the number of new infections continue to rise, the NT government has made the decision to place all of Victoria under the border restriction.

The NT recorded no new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday.

Western Australia records zero new cases

There were no new cases of COVID-19 reported in Western Australia on Saturday.

WA Health said there were four active cases in the state, while 1339 people were tested in state-run clinics on Friday.

New Zealand records 21 new cases as Delta variant spreads across the country

There were 21 new locally acquired cases announced in New Zealand on Saturday. 

Director of Public Health Caroline McElnay said 18 of the new cases were detected in Auckland and three were in Wellington, the capital.

The new infections brought the total number of coronavirus cases in New Zealand to 51, she said.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the additional cases were unsurprising given the infectiousness of the Delta variant.

She said cases could be expected to increase into next week.

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Tracking Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout(ABC News)

#COVID19 UPDATES: NSW police block transport into Sydney CBD to avoid repeat of lockdown protests — as it happened

Police arrest a man in central Sydney during an anti-lockdown protest.(Supplied: Christopher Lynch)

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard says the state’s health system is stretched and healthcare workers are being put in a precarious position by COVID restriction rule-breakers.

Here are the key events from Saturday:

Today’s case numbers and press conference times

This section will be updated throughout the day. If you don’t see your state or territory yet, don’t worry — press conference times may not be confirmed yet (or there may not be one), and case numbers often filter in through the day.

Victoria

Case numbers: 61 new local cases, 48 linked to known outbreaks, 22 in isolation while infectious. Press conference: Rewatch this morning’s press conference

Queensland

Case numbers: Zero new local cases. Press conference: Rewatch this morning’s press conference

New South Wales

Case numbers: 825 new local cases, three deaths. Press conference: Rewatch this morning’s press conference

Northern Territory

Case numbers: Zero new local cases

Australian Capital Territory

Case numbers: Eight new local cases.

Western Australia

Case numbers: Zero new local cases.

Tasmania 

Case numbers: No announcement

South Australia

Case numbers: Zero new local cases. 

New Zealand

Case numbers: 21 new local cases.

That is all for the blog today 

We have been given our cue to close the blog.

Another big day of news with plenty of press conferences. 

Thank you to everyone who joined us on the blog today. 

Until next time, stay safe and be well. 

‘Epic fail’: Protesters disheartened by poor turnout in Sydney

As arrests were being made in Sydney, those using the encrypted messaging apps which organised the protests were expressing their frustration.

One person called it an “epic fail” while another asked where the protest organisers were.

“Where are our leaders?!” one Sydney user wrote into the group.

“Where the f*** are people who promised to lead it?”

South Australia records zero cases

Indigenous leaders commended for efforts during the vaccine rollout

Professor Kidd made special mention of the work of leaders in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities during the vaccine rollout. 

He said their work had been vital in getting Australia’s Indigenous population vaccinated. 

Currently, any Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island person aged 12 and over is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. 

More than 51 per cent of eligible Australians have had their first vaccine dose

Australia’s deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Michael Kidd says 16.8 million doses have been administered in Australia since the start of the rollout. 

He said 51.8 per cent of eligible Australians have had their first dose. 

Professor Michael Kidd is now speaking in Canberra

Melbourne protest has simmered down

There are still plenty of people on the street, but since the earlier flashpoint they have dissipated heavily. Still a heavy police presence in the CBD too.

Over in Sydney, any signs of protest were pretty quickly quelled by police. You can read more about that one here.

Small protest held in Darwin

ABC News: Kate Ashton

More than 100 protesters have gathered in the Darwin city centre as part of nationwide rallies against government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some attendees wore masks while police attempted to hand out disposable masks to those without them.

Greater Darwin is no longer in lockdown but restrictions remain including mandatory masks where there is not enough room to safely distance.

NT Police have been contacted for comment

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Protesters clash with police in Melbourne.

Thousands attend Brisbane protests

ABC News: Jim Malo

More than 2,000 anti-lockdown protesters gathered in Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens before a planned march through the city.

Protesters held signs opposing vaccination and the government.

Some rounded on the media, yelling “fake news”. A sign in the crowd read, “the truth variant is here”.

No one was wearing a mask except for reporters and police who stood on the perimeter of the crowd.

Restrictions on mask-wearing in Greater Brisbane eased on Friday afternoon.

Masks are not required to be worn outdoors, unless people can’t put 1.5 metres between themselves and others.

Queensland didn’t record any new cases of COVID-19 in the community on Saturday, as health authorities urged people to get vaccinated.

Reporting by Jess Rendall and Jim Malo

Pepper spray used as protesters charge police line in Melbourne

A number of people engaged with the first line of police physically, leading to a pretty significant scuffle and copious amounts of pepper spray being unleashed.

FYI: As some have pointed out in a previous image we had in this post, the News Channel super was changing at the exact moment the screenshot was taken, leading to a rather unfortunate combination of two titles.

Protesters approaching lines of police on Flinders St

Some are throwing flares at and confronting the police.

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Protesters in Melbourne clash with police.

WA records zero new cases today

There are still four active cases in the state, according to WA Health. 

NT will declare all of Victoria a COVID hotspot

The Northern Territory will declare all of Victoria as a COVID-19 hotspot from 2:00pm ACST today, the Chief Minister’s office says.

Currently, Greater Melbourne and Greater Shepparton are the only parts of Victoria considered hotspots.

Approved travellers arriving in the NT from declared hotspots are required to undertake 14 days of supervised quarantine.

Northern Territory records zero new cases

There has been no change to NT COVID-19 case numbers.

Zero new cases have been reported in the past 24 hours, according to the government’s website. 

Melbourne protesters charge through the police line

ABC News

After a standoff between a line of police and protesters there was a charge at police, footage from the ABC shows.

Police horses were startled as a line of protesters ran with their arms linked towards the police. 

This broke the police line which led to several protesters storming through and down the street. 

Police making arrests at anti-lockdown protests in Sydney

Melbourne anti-lockdown protest getting heated

Protesters are clashing with police in Melbourne’s streets as we speak. You can watch live on News Channel.

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(AUSTRALIA) #Coronavirus ACT Report: Records 12 new #COVID19 cases overnight, bringing the total number of cases to 94 #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Aug.21: ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said 11 of the new cases were linked to known cases, while the 12th was still being investigated…..

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says as ACT records 12 new #COVID19 cases and one person is in hospital in a stable condition, after they were confirmed as a positive case at 1:00am today as second week of lockdown begins

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Mr Barr said it was good news that so many of the new cases were linked, but that any additional cases showed how important it was to obey lockdown restrictions.

“It’s gone from one case to nearly 100 inside of a week, and that demonstrates how quickly this virus can spread,” he said.

Sydney curfew brought in after four men fined for ‘exercising’ at 2am

It may have been the final straw.

Four men were stopped in Drummoyne by police at 2:00am, and told officers they were out and about for “exercise”.

Hours later, the NSW government announced curfews would be put in place for residents of Sydney’s 12 local government areas (LGAs) of concern from Monday.

NSW Police commissioner Mick Fuller said the men — each from LGAs of concern — were slapped with $17,000 worth of fines and “sent packing home”.

Under the new curfew, people from the 12 LGA hotspots — Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield and some suburbs in Penrith — must stay home from 9:00pm to 5:00am.

The only exceptions are if they are an authorised worker, if there is an emergency, or to seek medical care.

A similar curfew was introduced in Melbourne on Monday, the same day Victoria recorded 22 new cases.

NSW today recorded 644 new local cases, and a swathe of new restrictions were announced.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the new restrictions were introduced after “the sudden escalation of cases and secondly the feedback from police about a handful of people flagrantly disregarding the rules”.

NSW Police have been on a blitz to crack down on non-compliance of public health orders, as part of Operation Stay-at-Home.

If there was no lockdown and we just let it rip, it wouldn’t be 100 cases, it would be possibly in the low thousands and we would have a serious problem — a Sydney-scale problem.

“I can say with a degree of confidence that the lockdown is having its desired effect, but the incubation period for this virus is more than one week and so that’s why we’ve got to stay the course here.”

There were 6,804 tests conducted in the past 24 hours, and Mr Barr said waiting times for tests had improved significantly.

Just over 18,000 Canberrans are currently identified as close contacts of a known case or exposure site.

Chief Health Officer ‘cautiously confident’

Kerryn Coleman at press conference
ACT Chief Health Officer Kerryn Coleman says while she is hopeful the response to the outbreak is working, Canberrans should be prepared to see more hospitalisations.(ABC News: Mark Moore)

ACT Chief Health Officer Kerryn Coleman said while an additional 12 cases were recorded today, which would have brought the number of active cases in Canberra to 95, health authorities had identified a “duplicate” case and had removed it from the numbers.

Dr Coleman said the person in hospital was doing well and was not receiving ventilation.

“We are currently working with the hospital on identifying any contacts and we will be directly contacting those people,” she said.

She said she was “cautiously confident” that the capital’s response to the outbreak was working.

“These cases that we are seeing is what we would be seeing if we had not locked down anyway,” she said.

“Now is the time we start seeing the impact of the lockdown, and what we don’t want to see is that exponential rise in cases that we have seen in some countries overseas where they haven’t put lockdowns in place.

“But sometimes COVID is tricky, this Delta variant is very tricky and we know it gets into some parts of the community that we have trouble getting to … and we are working very hard so that the entire community comes along with us and we are all working together to be safe.”

A police car drives down an empty street
Canberra’s streets remain empty more than a week after a lockdown was imposed.(ABC News: Greg Nelson)

Far fewer close contact locations were announced yesterday, and the majority of those recorded were casual contact sites.

“Once we identify cases that have been infectious since the lockdown time, the number of sites and contacts should start to decrease and we should start to see that if not now, then very, very soon,” Dr Coleman said.

“We are looking at closely analysing that and I will start to talk to that a little more in regards to how our cluster and outbreak is expanding.”

But she said it was expected that health authorities would see more cases in hospital as the number of infections grew.

“And a certain percentage of those will need to probably have intensive care support, but once again we have been working on this with the hospitals,” she said.

“They have plans and they have a timeline now to re-energise those plans and get those things in place.”

Dr Coleman also said ACT Health was receiving a large number of requests for exemption to the lockdown rules.

“We are prioritising these requests and are prioritising the ones that are coming for essential reasons, but every request will get a response. It just may take us a bit of time to get there,” she said.

Vaccines for children a priority: Barr

Mr Barr said the “biggest issue” the territory was facing was in securing vaccines.

“The biggest issue … is available Pfizer supply. AstraZeneca is available and GPs and pharmacists are ordering more,” he said.

“We know Canberrans want to get vaccinated and we are doing all we can to support you, but the thing that is holding us back is vaccine supply.”

He said he would also be pushing for vaccines to be made available to children at today’s National Cabinet meeting.

The ACT is ahead of the other states and territories in its vaccine rollout.

“The evidence in terms of the cohort of Canberrans who have had access to vaccination demonstrates that we will shoot well above 80 per cent [of the population] here,” Mr Barr said.

“Over 70s are at 90 per cent. I think it is reasonable to want to get to that level of vaccination across our entire community.

“Again, I’m worried about under 16s, I’m worried about what we are seeing at the moment. But of course, I recognise that we do not yet have an approved vaccine for children under 12.”

Misdirected calls impacting police emergency call centre

ACT Policing is issuing urgent advice to Canberrans regarding calls being made to its emergency operations call centre.

Call waiting times for non-urgent calls to 131 444 have increased significantly as a result of misdirected, and sometimes needless, calls being made to police.

Superintendent of Operations Rebecca Goddard said that people should consider if their call to police was really required.

“We understand that people are concerned about everyone doing the right thing during the lockdown but calling us to report two children not wearing masks while jumping on a trampoline in their backyard is a serious waste of our resources,” Superintendent Goddard said.

“We have also had calls about two people getting out of a car in a retail carpark and calls from people seeking advice about exemptions or other health-related questions.

“These are not calls that should be made to police. These calls can delay important information about crimes currently being committed such as family violence incidents, vehicle thefts, burglaries and information about missing persons which has happened this week. One person reporting information about a missing person had to wait more than 30 minutes to speak with us.

“I am asking anyone who is about to call police to ask themselves – is this an immediate police matter? If not, there are other ways to provide your information or to get information.”

To get the most up to date information about current health directions visit https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/

To report legitimate matters of non-compliance with health directions visit https://www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au/s/report-covid-19-breach

Information is updated regularly and people should always check the COVID website before making a compliance report.

For all legitimate police matters please call 131 444 or 000 in life threatening situations.

ACT Policing COVID-19 Taskforce Commander Jo Cameron encouraged people who were uncertain about what may be happening around them during lockdown to connect with their neighbour in a safe, distant way.

“Knowing your neighbours and the people in your community is beneficial all the time, and particularly during an emergency or crisis such as what we are facing,” Commander Cameron said.

“Staying connected is critical to help combat feelings of loneliness or even anxiety that could arise or worsen as a result of staying home – which we’ve seen from some of the compliance reports made. Check in over the phone or online with your neighbours and leverage your built-in community.

“We would also like to thank the overwhelming majority of the community for coming together and doing a great job at complying with the current restrictions.”

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(AUSTRALIA) JUST IN: NSW Police Report: A man in his 60s has been arrested over the stabbing of a man in Marrickville in Sydney’s inner west #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.14: Emergency services were called to Marrickville Road just after midday and discovered a 55-year-old man with wounds to his upper body: Despite efforts to revive him, he died at the scene…..

#AceDailyNews says that a man was arrested over ‘fatal stabbing’ death in Sydney suburb of Marrickville and the 62-year-old was arrested following a police operation involving specialist units and negotiators after he allegedly approached the younger man and stabbed him multiple times in the torso.

“His family has been notified, he’s a local man and my condolences go to his family,” Sam Chrisafulli said, Superintendent of Inner West police command.

“It’s not what you’d expect in the middle of a suburban area at all. I want to take this opportunity to reassure this community that it is safe in Marrickville.”

Body in front of yard
The man could not be revived by paramedics.(ABC News)

Sheets were placed over his body in the front yard of an apartment block:

The police investigation led them to a property at Denison Road in Dulwich Hill, where an operation involving the tactical operations unit and negotiators took place: They arrested the 62-year-old and took him to Royal Prince Alfred hospital for pre-existing injuries, where he remains under police guard.

Superintendent Chrisafulli said: Both men were known to police and had no links to organised crime: The exact motive for this murder is still under investigation,” he said: Crime scenes have been established at both Marrickville and Dulwich Hill and will be forensically examined: Locals say the police have asked them for any CCTV of the incident: Police are asking anyone with information to contact crime stoppers.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Aug.14: 2021:

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(AUSTRALIA) Sydney Local Court Report: A 52-year-old Sydney man is expected to appeared on Wednesday, 28 July 2021 charged with child abuse offences #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.30: The Australian Federal Police investigation began late last week, as a result of information provided by Facebook to the USA-based National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) about a user of an Australian Internet Protocol (IP) address allegedly sharing child abuse material online….

#AceDailyNews reports on the AFP Police Investgation after data was gathered from Facebook & U.S.NCEMC information on a Sydney man who has now been charged with sharing child abuse material online after the initial tip-off was passed to the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) on 22 July and soon after, the AFP commenced planning for an operation to target the alleged offender.

AFP REPORT:

Members of the AFP’s Eastern Command Child Protection Operations team executed a search warrant in Mt Druitt yesterday (27 July 2021), where a 52-year-old man was living.

Investigators seized a number of electronic devices, which will be subject to further forensic examination.

It will be alleged in court that the man shared child abuse material through social media.

He was charged with using a carriage service for child abuse material – aggravated offence involving conduct on 3 or more occasions and 2 or more people, contrary to section 474.24A of the Criminal Code 1995(Cth).

The maximum penalty for this offence is 30 years’ imprisonment.

AFP Detective Acting Sergeant Amanda Thompson said sharing child abuse material online fuels the demand for horrific acts to be committed against children.

“Our officers are passionate about protecting children from being re-victimised and experiencing further harm. Our commitment is unwavering – even in the midst of lockdowns the Sydney region is facing, we are still working each day to protect children,” Detective Acting Sergeant said.

The ACCCE is at the centre of a collaborative national approach to combatting organised child abuse. 

The Centre brings together specialist expertise and skills in a central hub, supporting investigations into child sexual abuse and developing prevention strategies focused on creating a safer online environment. 

Members of the public who have any information about people involved in child abuse and exploitation are urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online

If you or someone you know are impacted by child sexual abuse and online exploitation there are support services available

Advice and support for parents and carers about how they can help protection children online can be found at ThinkUKnow, an AFP-led education program designed to prevent online child sexual exploitation. 

NB: Notes & Warning To Readers:

Use of term ‘CHILD ABUSE’ MATERIAL NOT ‘CHILD PORNOGRAPHY’

The correct legal term is Child Abuse Material – the move to this wording was among amendments to Commonwealth legislation in 2019 to more accurately reflect the gravity of the crimes and the harm inflicted on victims.

Use of the phrase “child pornography” is inaccurate and benefits child sex abusers because it:

  • indicates legitimacy and compliance on the part of the victim and therefore legality on the part of the abuser; and
  • conjures images of children posing in ‘provocative’ positions, rather than suffering horrific abuse.

Every photograph or video captures an actual situation where a child has been abused.

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(NEW SOUTH WALES) #Coronavirus Report – Sydney’s lockdown has been extended by another month as #COVID19 cases continue to rise #AceHealthDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.29: New South Wales – of which Sydney is the capital – reported 177 new cases on Wednesday, the most in a day since March 2020.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk – Australia’s largest city has been under stay-at-home orders since late June due to an outbreak of the #Delta variant as #COVID19 and Sydney extends lockdown as other Australian cities reopen as more than 2,500 people have been infected in worst outbreak this year as just 16% of adult population is vaccinated.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said it was not possible for the city to exit lockdown on Friday as had been planned.

She announced further curbs on movement – including a 10km (6.5 miles) limit on essential shopping.

Victoria and South Australia both came out of lockdowns on Wednesday, after containing smaller outbreaks.

Police walking through deserted central Sydney during lockdown
Sydney has already been in lockdown for five weeks

Sydney’s five million residents had enjoyed a fairly normal lifestyle this year until the outbreak happened.

For most of the pandemic, Australia has kept infections relatively low by closing its borders and ordering hotel quarantine for arrivals.

State governments have plunged cities into rapid lockdowns to curb outbreaks, using aggressive contact tracing.

There have been over a dozen snap lockdowns in the past year. 

But experts warn that restrictions in Sydney could last until September or even later.

Authorities say they cannot re-open until the transmission rate is back to near zero. 

At least one in three cases from the past week had been infectious in the community. Reasons included undertaking critical work and grocery shopping.

The highly policed lockdown has fuelled discontent among some in the community.

Several thousand people staged “freedom” protests in Sydney, Melbourne and other cities on the weekend.

It has also highlighted the nation’s bungled vaccine programme, which began in February. 

Critics have blamed the low rate on the federal government’s failure to secure more supplies of the Pfizer vaccine.

They also attribute it to confidence in the AstraZeneca vaccine being undermined by mixed messaging about its rare blood clot risk.

The national regulator has recently updated its guidance to urge Sydney residents to get the AstraZeneca jab, of which Australia has a large supply.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison apologised for his government’s handling of the rollout last week, following months of criticism.Australia’s vaccine rollout a ‘colossal failure’, ex-PM Malcolm Turnbull says

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(AUSTRALIA) JUST IN: Two brothers have been charged over the execution-style murder of underworld figure Mejid Hamzy outside his home in Sydney’s south-west #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.15: Ezzedine Omar, 38, was arrested at his Liverpool home, where detectives seized car parts and a black Audi this afternoon: He is facing 17 charges, including murder, eight counts of deal with proceeds of crime, as well as drug and driving offences: Police will allege Mr Omar organised the hit on the father but did not pull the trigger.

#AceDailyNews says two-brothers charged over murder of underworld murder of Mejid Hamzy, arrest two as heavily armed police conducted raids across Sydney and Wollongong at Peakhurst, Bringelly, Helensburgh and Liverpool: Sources have told the ABC the men have links to rival family the Alameddines, who remain in an ongoing feud with the Hamzys.

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A 38-year-old man from Liverpool has been arrested in connection to the shooting murder.(ABC News: Mark Reddie)

Detective Superintendent Grant Taylor said investigators were still looking for the shooter: “We have a number of lines of inquiry and they can expect a knock at the door sooner rather than later,” he said: We are urging anyone with information about the identity of these shooters to come forward and assist: “ We have a number of tricks up our sleeve — we are using technology and skills we have developed over the years.”

Mohammed Omar, 44, was arrested at a home in Croydon and is accused of hiding one of the getaway cars used in the attack — a white BMW: He was charged with six offences, including deal with proceeds of crime, and drug offences.

Man shot dead in Sydney's Condell Park
Mejid Hamzy was shot and died in Condell Park.(News Video)

Acting Assistant Commissioner Darren Bennett said there was zero-tolerance for any behaviour that puts lives at risk.

“The public should feel safer in the knowledge that we cleared another matter up,” he said.

Mr Hamzy, 44, was gunned down on Simmat Avenue outside his Condell Park home at 7:30am on October 19 last year.

Police only recently released CCTV vision of three vehicles travelling in convoy before and after the shooting, in an attempt to catch his killers.

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Mejid Hamzy was shot dead near his car in Condell Park.

They included a Toyota, a Mercedes and a white BMW.

Hours before Mr Hamzy was found lying on the footpath, Rifat Alameddine’s home at Merrylands was sprayed with bullets. 

Mr Hamzy’s death fuelled tensions between the rival underworld families, triggering a revamp of Strike Force Raptor, the state’s anti-bikie squad.

Mejid Hamzy was the brother of notorious gang leader Bassam Hamzy, who is serving time for murder at Goulburn Supermax Jail.

Their cousin, Bilal Hamze, was farewelled at Lakemba Mosque last month after he was shot dead outside a Japanese restaurant in Sydney’s CBD.

His killers remain on the run.

The Omar brothers have been refused bail and are expected to face Liverpool court on Thursday.

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(NEW SOUTH WALES) #Coronavirus Report: An unvaccinated staff member at an aged-care facility in Sydney’s northwest is among 24 new #COVID19 cases in NSW, sparking renewed concerns that not all healthcare workers are getting the jab #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – July.06: Two close contacts of this nurse have now also tested positive: a healthcare worker in her 20s who worked at Royal North Shore, Fairfield and Ryde Rehabilitation hospitals while infectious; and a man in his 60s who works at Royal North Shore Hospital.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk – Another unvaccinated health worker raises concerns as NSW records 24 new #COVID19 cases acording to Chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant said the woman in her 20s worked at Summit Care in Baulkham Hills: It comes after an unvaccinated 24-year-old student nurse tested positive after working at Fairfield Hospital and Royal North Shore Hospital.

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Dr Chant said the good news was that the man had not worked while infectious.

She also said while it was believed the aged-care worker was not vaccinated, the majority of residents at Summit Care had been inoculated.

“I was very pleased to be advised that around 135 out of the 149 residents at Summit Care were vaccinated and they had concluded their Pfizer vaccination for over a month,” she said.

To date, more than 390 staff and patients of the various facilities have been identified as close contacts, with investigations ongoing.

Dr Chant confirmed the student nurse had also not been vaccinated.

“At the moment there is not mandatory vaccination for all healthcare workers,” she said.

However around 200,000 vaccines had been administered to health professionals in the public and private systems, Dr Chant said.

NSW Health also confirmed a person tested positive to COVID-19 a day after attending the Sydney Olympic Park vaccination centre on Tuesday June 29.

In a statement, NSW Health said the vaccination centre had been thoroughly cleaned and contact tracing was underway, with some close and casual contacts already idenitifed. 

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Kerry Chant outlines the details of health care and aged care workers who tested positive to COVID-19.(ABC News)

A man whose mother resides at SummitCare Baulkham Hills said the situation showed how “bungled” the vaccine rollout had been. 

SummitCare Baulkham Hills advised families of the positive result in an email early this morning, saying the majority of residents are fully immunised.

Richard Aichinger’s 88-year-old mother, who has received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine, has lived at the home for nearly two years.

“Mum’s pretty stoic,” he told the ABC.

“She’s got no problems being there, she’s quite confident with the vaccine. 

“They’ve taken very good care of her and the other residents. She’s fairly happy there but maybe a bit nervous with what’s happened today.”

A building with the words SummitCare on the wall
The majority of residents at SummitCare are vaccinated.(Facebook: SummitCare)

In the letter to families, CEO Michelle Sloane said all staff who worked shifts at the same time as the nurse were isolating.

“Whilst we recognise that this is distressing news we wish to reassure you that all precautions have immediately been activated and all staff and residents will undergo testing first thing tomorrow morning,” Ms Sloane wrote.

Mr Aichinger said SummitCare had been exemplary through the pandemic, but his disappointment lay with the vaccine rollout.

His partner works in community aged care and has only just been able to get a vaccine booking in two weeks.

“I think it’s just a bungling of the whole vaccine rollout,” he said.

“Everyone had the impression that healthcare and aged care workers were going to be given priority and it doesn’t seem that they have been.”

‘Minimise movement’, Sydney residents urged

Earlier, NSW Premier Gladys Bereijiklian warned Sydney’s lockdown would fail unless people did more to reduce their movement.

The Premier said it was “cause for concern” that half of the new cases had been out in the community while infectious.

“If we want the lockdown to succeed, all of us have to minimise our movements,” she said.

“In too many examples we are seeing workers who are leaving the house with symptoms or going to work with symptoms, then inadvertently as they are going about shopping or other activity, they are passing it onto others.”

Homebush vaccination hub
The person went to the vaccination hub on Tuesday June 29 between 3.30 and 5.00pm.(Supplied: NSW Health)

The Premier said the proportion of new positive cases already in isolation would be the “measure of our success” over the next few days.

“All of us to have minimise our interaction with others, as difficult as that is, to make sure that the lockdown is successful,” she said.

Full list of NSW COVID exposure sites NSW Health has confirmed more venues for both close and casual contacts, connected to the highly infectious Delta COVID-19 strain, including a H&M store and a Western Sydney gym.

There has now been 195 locally acquired COVID-19 cases reported since June 16, when a limousine driver based in Sydney’s eastern suburbs tested positive after transporting international flight crew.

Of today’s new cases, 17 were linked to existing clusters.

Dr Chant said two passengers on a Virgin flight from the Gold Coast to Sydney on Saturday had tested positive.

It comes after a crew member on the same flight tested positive after undergoing a rapid test on Saturday night.

The government today announced it would establish two new mass vaccination centres — in south-west Sydney and the Illawarra — as well as a large clinic in Sydney’s CBD to help the state with an influx of Pfizer vaccines being provided by the Commonwealth.

One of the major vaccination hubs will be in an old Coles building in Macquarie Fields while the other will be in a former David Jones in Wollongong.

Workers scanning at Homebush vaccination hub
More than 7,500 jabs were given at the Sydney Olympic Park vaccine hub in the 24 hours to 8:00pm yesterday.(Supplied: NSW Health)

The government said the new vaccination hubs were expected to deliver thousands of additional jabs each week and would operate alongside the one already operating at Sydney Olympic Park.

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the new Sydney City vaccination hub would be close to public transport, which would allow staff to work through extended opening hours.

Mr Hazzard also announced 22 pharmacies across regional and rural NSW would begin administering the AstraZeneca jab as part of a pilot program.

The first shots will be given from mid-July in pharmacies in towns including Gulgong, Narromine, Walcha, Dungog, Dunedoo and Merriwa.

There were 59,941 tests reported to 8:00pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 68,220.

Catch up on the main COVID-19 news from July 4 with a look back at our blog

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(AUSTRALIA) #Coronavirus Report: An unvaccinated staff member at an aged-care facility in Sydney’s north west is among 24 new #COVID19 cases in NSW, sparking renewed concerns that not all healthcare workers are getting the jab #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – July.05: Chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant said the woman in her 20s worked at Summit Care in Baulkham Hills: It comes after an unvaccinated 24-year-old student nurse tested positive after working at Fairfield Hospital and Royal North Shore Hospital.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk – Another unvaccinated health worker raises concerns as NSW records 24 new #COVID19 cases here’s a full list of NSW exposure sites NSW Health has confirmed more venues for both close and casual contacts, connected to the highly infectious Delta COVID-19 strain, including a H&M store and a Western Sydney gym.

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Two close contacts of this nurse have now also tested positive: a healthcare worker in her 20s who worked at Royal North Shore, Fairfield and Ryde Rehabilitation hospitals while infectious; and a man in his 60s who works at Royal North Shore Hospital.

Dr Chant said the good news was that the man had not worked while infectious.

She also said while it was believed the aged-care worker was not vaccinated, the majority of residents at Summit Care had been inoculated.

“I was very pleased to be advised that around 135 out of the 149 residents at Summit Care were vaccinated and they had concluded their Pfizer vaccination for over a month,” she said.

To date, more than 390 staff and patients of the various facilities have been identified as close contacts, with investigations ongoing.

Dr Chant confirmed the student nurse had also not been vaccinated.

“At the moment there is not mandatory vaccination for all healthcare workers,” she said.

However around 200,000 vaccines had been administered to health professionals in the public and private systems, Dr Chant said.

NSW Health also confirmed a person tested positive to COVID-19 a day after attending the Sydney Olympic Park vaccination centre on Tuesday June 29.

In a statement, NSW Health said the vaccination centre had been thoroughly cleaned and contact tracing was underway, with some close and casual contacts already idenitifed. 

Play Video. Duration: 2 minutes 14 seconds
Kerry Chant outlines the details of health care and aged care workers who tested positive to COVID-19.(ABC News)

A man whose mother resides at SummitCare Baulkham Hills said the situation showed how “bungled” the vaccine rollout had been. 

SummitCare Baulkham Hills advised families of the positive result in an email early this morning, saying the majority of residents are fully immunised.

Richard Aichinger’s 88-year-old mother, who has received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine, has lived at the home for nearly two years.

“Mum’s pretty stoic,” he told the ABC.

“She’s got no problems being there, she’s quite confident with the vaccine. 

“They’ve taken very good care of her and the other residents. She’s fairly happy there but maybe a bit nervous with what’s happened today.”

A building with the words SummitCare on the wall
The majority of residents at SummitCare are vaccinated.(Facebook: SummitCare)

In the letter to families, CEO Michelle Sloane said all staff who worked shifts at the same time as the nurse were isolating.

“Whilst we recognise that this is distressing news we wish to reassure you that all precautions have immediately been activated and all staff and residents will undergo testing first thing tomorrow morning,” Ms Sloane wrote.

Mr Aichinger said SummitCare had been exemplary through the pandemic, but his disappointment lay with the vaccine rollout.

His partner works in community aged care and has only just been able to get a vaccine booking in two weeks.

“I think it’s just a bungling of the whole vaccine rollout,” he said.

“Everyone had the impression that healthcare and aged care workers were going to be given priority and it doesn’t seem that they have been.”

‘Minimise movement’, Sydney residents urged

Earlier, NSW Premier Gladys Bereijiklian warned Sydney’s lockdown would fail unless people did more to reduce their movement.

The Premier said it was “cause for concern” that half of the new cases had been out in the community while infectious.

“If we want the lockdown to succeed, all of us have to minimise our movements,” she said.

“In too many examples we are seeing workers who are leaving the house with symptoms or going to work with symptoms, then inadvertently as they are going about shopping or other activity, they are passing it onto others.”

Homebush vaccination hub
The person went to the vaccination hub on Tuesday June 29 between 3.30 and 5.00pm.(Supplied: NSW Health)

The Premier said the proportion of new positive cases already in isolation would be the “measure of our success” over the next few days.

“All of us to have minimise our interaction with others, as difficult as that is, to make sure that the lockdown is successful,” she said.

There has now been 195 locally acquired COVID-19 cases reported since June 16, when a limousine driver based in Sydney’s eastern suburbs tested positive after transporting international flight crew.

Of today’s new cases, 17 were linked to existing clusters.

Dr Chant said two passengers on a Virgin flight from the Gold Coast to Sydney on Saturday had tested positive.

It comes after a crew member on the same flight tested positive after undergoing a rapid test on Saturday night.

The government today announced it would establish two new mass vaccination centres — in south-west Sydney and the Illawarra — as well as a large clinic in Sydney’s CBD to help the state with an influx of Pfizer vaccines being provided by the Commonwealth.

One of the major vaccination hubs will be in an old Coles building in Macquarie Fields while the other will be in a former David Jones in Wollongong.

Workers scanning at Homebush vaccination hub
More than 7,500 jabs were given at the Sydney Olympic Park vaccine hub in the 24 hours to 8:00pm yesterday.(Supplied: NSW Health)

The government said the new vaccination hubs were expected to deliver thousands of additional jabs each week and would operate alongside the one already operating at Sydney Olympic Park.

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the new Sydney City vaccination hub would be close to public transport, which would allow staff to work through extended opening hours.

Mr Hazzard also announced 22 pharmacies across regional and rural NSW would begin administering the AstraZeneca jab as part of a pilot program.

The first shots will be given from mid-July in pharmacies in towns including Gulgong, Narromine, Walcha, Dungog, Dunedoo and Merriwa.

There were 59,941 tests reported to 8:00pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 68,220.

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(AUSTRALIA) NSW Fair Trading Report – One of Sydney’s most significant residential property developments is under review amid the discovery of “structural issues” that will require “specialist engineering advice” #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.29: Toplace Group’s Skyview apartment complex in Castle Hill will consist of about 960 “luxurious” one, two and three-bedroom apartments, many of which have already been sold off-the-plan.

SYDNEY: Fair Trading inspectors find ‘structural issues’ at major apartment development called Toplace Groups Skyview Aparment Complex’ after many have all been sold offDo you have more information about this story? Contact us.

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A whistle-blower sent these images to several NSW MPs, and ABC News.(Supplied)

But a team of inspectors from NSW Fair Trading has reported finding “the existence of structural issues that would require specialist engineering advice” as the company seeks occupation certificates for two of its five towers.

While two towers are almost ready, the third and fourth are under construction and the fifth is yet to be built.

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Five towers will be built by developer Toplace Group as part of their project in Castle HIll.(ABC News: Josh Bavas)

Toplace has refuted the concerns, saying it has “absolute faith” in its work and private structural engineers had cleared the buildings.

The fresh inspection by Fair Trading comes after ABC News and several MPs received images of the development’s basement during construction earlier this year, from an industry whistle-blower asking for an investigation into uneven concrete. 

Toplace subsequently allowed ABC News to tour the basement where remediation work appeared to include metal plates bolted across concrete joints.

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A metal plate can be seen bolted to the basement’s roof this week.(ABC News: Tim Swanston)
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The developer behind Skyview says the buildings are safe.(ABC News: Tim Swanston)

ABC News has spoken to several independent structural engineers who said the images sent by the whistle-blower warranted a review.

Director of SCP Engineers and Development Consultants Paul Siewert said the photos appeared to indicate “failure of the slab connection resulting in slab settlement and loss of support” — something that would require remediation work.

“Whilst the cause may be either design or construction related or both, the result is significant remedial work would need to be undertaken to restore the structural integrity and fire rating compliance.”

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This picture from inside the basement was sent to several MPs.(Supplied)

The development is currently under review by its third private certifier, City Plan Services, which was appointed in March, after its first certifier was deregistered and its second resigned.

Upon appointment, City Plan Services informed the NSW Building Commissioner it had concerns about previous certification work but had reached an understanding with the developer that the previous work would be thoroughly reviewed.

City Plan Services issued the company with a Written Direction Notice requiring the appointment of an independent engineer to undertake a review of the buildings, which is now underway.

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Remediation works were clearly visible inside the basement.(ABC News: Tim Swanston)

Details of the fresh inspection by Fair Trading officers were outlined by NSW’s Minister for Better Regulation, Kevin Anderson, in a letter to Greens MP David Shoebridge — one of the politicians who referred the matter to the Building Commissioner after receiving information from the whistle-blower.

“Following the receipt of your letter, even though there was already action being taken at the development arising from the certifier performing his functions, Fair Trading sent a team of authorised officers to the site on 16 April 2021,” Minister Anderson wrote.

“This inspection confirmed the existence of structural issues that would require specialist engineering advice and that the certifier was appropriately handling the matter.”

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NSW Building Commissioner David Chandler’s office is awaiting findings from the review.(AAP: Bianca De Marchi)

The Office of NSW Building Commissioner David Chandler said it was aware of allegations of “defects” but had full faith in the certifier’s review.

“The Office of the Building Commissioner is aware that there have been allegations of serious defects existing at the Skyview Building that is still under construction,” said a spokeswoman.

“Occupation certificate inspectors from the department have inspected the relevant work and identified that the matter is being managed appropriately by a private certifier.

The Building Commissioner’s office is then expected to undertake its own independent audit of the expert reports.

According to NSW law, new developments must be given an occupation certificate as the final step in a construction process before residents are allowed to move into a completed part of the building.

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Toplace Group denies the allegations and says it has faith in its construction.(ABC News: Josh Bavas)

The review comes amid growing public concern over the standards of construction work in NSW, after high-profile buildings had to be evacuated in Sydney over the past three years.

In 2018, hundreds of residents were forced to evacuate the Opal Tower at Olympic Park after cracks started to appear in the building’s concrete beams.

In 2019, Mascot Towers in Sydney’ south were evacuated amid fears one of the buildings could collapse.

Residents have been unable to return to their homes since many of the 132 apartment owners left financially destitute.

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The Skyview complex will be assessed independently before residents are allowed to move in.(ABC News: Tim Swanston)

Greens MP David Shoebridge said the public deserved to be informed of the progress of the review into the Skyview development.

“I’m glad to see that it’s on the Building Commissioner’s radar,” he said.

“We raised it with him directly and the government because we were so concerned.”

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Labor’s Yasmin Catley wants to be kept informed.(AAP: Dean Lewis)

NSW Labor spokeswoman for building reform Yasmin Catley also requested a review after receiving the same information.

“The Building Commissioner needs to get involved, he needs to utilize everything that is at his fingertips,” she said.

Allegations ‘unfounded and malicious’: Toplace

After raising concerns with Toplace, a team of construction managers from the company provided ABC News with a tour of the basement showcasing recent “remediation” work.

It included a series of metal plates bolted between concrete slabs in the shared basement beneath the towers.

A Toplace spokesperson completely rejected allegations of structural problems and said aside from “aesthetic defects”, the buildings had no other issues.

“We have opened the building completely to inspection by the ABC,” they said.

“The building has been subject to unfounded and malicious allegations. 

“The building has been found to be entirely sound and built to a high standard. 

“Issues were first raised in January 2020.

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Many of the units at the complex have been sold off-the-plan.(ABC News: Josh Bavas)

They said one engineering firm sourced by Toplace had previously given its own tick of approval over the remediation work, while another company provided a peer review.

“Remediation works began at that time with design solutions. Continued inspections and monitoring occurred and first physical works occurred mid-2020.

“Remediation work occurred from January 2020 and were completed before 22 February 2021. 

“Sign-off has been provided by the relevant authorised consultants/contractors for all elements of the site without issue. 

“On that basis there are no issues across the site.”

Toplace said the photos sent to MPs depicted expansion joints “designed into the building to permit the slabs to move as the concrete expands and contracts”.

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