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Fisherman dies after getting washed from rocks in northern NSW

A man has tragically died after getting washed off the rocks while fishing in Lennox Head today.

Shortly before midday a man was fishing from rocks at Boulder Beach, when Police believe he was washed into the ocean.

Several surfers desperately attempted to save the man, by supporting him in the water on a surfboard.

They were able to get the unconscious man to the shore, before attempting to resuscitate him.

They were unsuccessful.

An investigation is now underway, and a report will be prepared for a Coroner.

If you have information for Police, please contact NSW Police on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day. 

You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

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Qld drug-drivers double last Easter’s numbers

The Easter Road Safety Campaign is still underway until midnight tonight, though has already returned some alarming road statistics over the last 24 hours.

Drug Driving Roadside positive tests have hit an alarming high – more than doubling the same 24 period from the Easter weekend last year.

61 people returned a positive result in the period between midnight Saturday night and midnight Sunday night – up from 31 in the same period in 2018.

Speed Camera detections have also been significantly higher, over the last 24 hours 3,702 motorists were snapped over the speed limit across the state, up from 3,054 on the year before.

Motorists caught on their mobile phone, or not wearing a seat belt were also a lot higher than 2018’s statistics.

However, the results have shown that drink driving numbers are slightly down this year, with only 76 positive tests clocked up, over last year’s 82.

Though a person in Mudgeeraba was found with a blood-alcohol level of more than three times the legal limit, at 0.176 percent.

The Easter Road Safety Campaign will officially wrap up at midnight tonight, with further statistics released tomorrow.

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Man assaulted, blindfolded and robbed at gunpoint by group in Logan

POLICE are on the hunt for a group of men who assaulted, blindfolded and robbed a man at gunpoint in Logan.

The 24-year-old victim went into the backyard of a home on Lake Amaroo Court in Logan Reserve around 11pm on Sunday after hearing a noise.

It was there he was confronted by a group of men all dressed in black armed with baseball bats and other weapons.

The group then set upon him, punching and kicking him before threatening him with a gun.

He was then blindfolded with a towel before the men ransacked the home and took a sum of money as well as personal items, before fleeing.

The victim managed to get to his neighbours home to call police for help.

He was transported to Logan Hospital with multiple injuries including bruising and suspected fractures.

Investigations are continuing.

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Logan woman found with scissors lodged in head

A woman has been found with scissors lodged in her head after a brutal attack in Logan.

Officers were called to a home on North Road, Woodridge, just before 2am after getting reports of a disturbance.

When they arrived they found the 25-year-old woman with a pair of scissors in her head.

She was taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital with what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.

A crime scene has been set up and investigations into the incident will continue this morning.

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Queensland fast tracks dingo safety plan after toddler dragged from bed

QUEENSLAND has fast tracked a plan to immediately improve dingo safety on Fraser Island after a dingo crept into a family’s camper van and dragged a 14-month-old boy out by his head.

The plan aims to reduce negative interactions between dingoes and people, promote communication and education, and ensure visitors to the island comply with the rules, such as not feeding dingoes.

The number of rangers on the island will be boosted by 50 percent over the remaining Easter and Anzac Day holiday periods to keep watch on campers and help spread the message.

Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch said the management of dingoes on K’gari (Fraser Island) was complex.

“The Government is committed to supporting a sustainable and healthy dingo population, while minimising the risks to human safety and dingo welfare,” Ms Enoch said.

“The Implementation Plan was due to be reviewed later in the year, but I have asked the Department of Environment and Science to review it as a matter of urgency.

“It is time to analyse the dingo risk management implementation plan to determine if more work needs to be done to improve visitor safety.

“The continued safety of visitors to K’gari is a priority, and we want to ensure all the actions the Government undertakes in relation to dingoes is based on the best available science and advice.”

Following Thursday night’s incident, rangers have been visiting campsites to speak to visitors about remaining vigilant and ensuring people are following messaging about being dingo safe.

The Implementation Plan outlines the action behind the Fraser Island Dingo Conservation and Risk Management Strategy, which was prepared with expert input and implemented by a team guided by qualified scientists.

“The review is also a good opportunity to explore ways to improve our partnership with K’gari’s Traditional Owners and increase their involvement in dingo management,” Ms Enoch said.

“The Government is committed to continue working with the Butchulla People Traditional Owners on K’Gari in a cooperative management arrangement to manage the iconic natural and cultural values of the island.

“Last year we announced four new funded positions for Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation as part of the Queensland Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger program.

“We know education and compliance is a major factor in keeping visitors safe on the island, and rangers need to work closely with Traditional Owners – Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation – to ensure all visitors and residents on K’gari are dingo-safe.

“This includes regular education and speaking to campers, tourists, resort management and staff about reducing the risk of negative interactions between dingos and people.”

The review of the Implementation Plan will also look at whether any improvements can be made to messaging around dingo safety to ensure visitors and dingoes can co-exist harmoniously.

“With up to 400,000 visitors to K’gari every year, it is important we continually refine our communication strategy to ensure everyone’s safety.”

People are encouraged to report any negative dingo encounters to a QPWS ranger or to phone 07 4127 9150 or email dingo.ranger@des.qld.gov.au as soon as possible.

Visitors to Fraser Island are reminded to be dingo safe at all times:

  • • Always stay close (within arm’s reach) of children and young teenagers
  • • Always walk in groups
  • • Camp in fenced areas where possible
  • • Do not run. Running or jogging can trigger a negative dingo interaction
  • • Never feed dingoes
  • • Lock up food stores and iceboxes (even on a boat)
  • • Never store food or food containers in tents, and
  • • Secure all rubbish, fish and bait

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