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Young girl charged with murder of 10-year-old cousin in NSW

UPDATE @ JULY 9 | A 14-year-old has now been charged with murder, after a 10-year-old girl was found dead at a home in northwestern NSW yesterday.

Police say the girl’s body was found with ‘serious lacerations’, at a property in Gunnedah around 7.15am.

The girl’s 14-year-old cousin was found nearby and arrested.

She’s since been charged with murder and will front children’s court today.

EARLIER @ JULY 8 | A 14-year-old girl has been arrested after a 10-year-old girl was found dead at a home in northwestern NSW.

It’s understood emergency services made the grim discovery after being called to a property in Gunnedah about 7.15am on Wednesday.

Police say the young girl was found with “serious lacerations” and despite desperate attempts by paramedics to revive her, she died at the scene.

Shortly after, officers arrested a teenage girl, believed to be the cousin of the younger girl, nearby and she was taken to Gunnedah Police Station.

A crime scene has been established and investigations are continuing.

There are no further details available at this time.

Huge first artist announcement for Byron Bay Bluesfest 2021

An incredible lineup of musical acts will hit the stage at Byron Bay Bluesfest in April next year.

Festival organisers have today revealed the first round of artists for its 2021 event, with the list of 50 including a number of acts that were set to perform at this year’s cancelled event.

Patti Smith and her band, George Benson, John Butler, Xavier Rudd and The Cat Empire will all make a return to event, which will be held at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm in Byron Bay from April 1-5, 2021.

Some of the big names set to join them are Bon Iver, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Jimmy Barnes and The Teskey Brothers to name a few.

The Black Sorrows, Melbourne Ska Orchestra and Weddings Parties Anything make up some of the other new additions to the lineup.

“When Bluesfest 2020 was ordered by the Government to shut-down 2020 we immediately put our noses to the grindstone within days of the cancellation and got on with 2021. This artist announcement is a testament to that fortitude,” Festival Director Peter Noble OAM said in a statement.

“I am so grateful to all the international artists who want to return and be a part of 2021 Bluesfest, to all the Australian artists and to everyone in our industry supporting us in leading the way back to live music.

“It’s a long way to next Easter and by that time travel restrictions are sure to be different. In the case of no international travel I’ve programmed a damn good line up of locals and a vibrant festival experience so people can come out and play.”

Here is the full first artist announcement for Bluesfest 2021:

BON IVER – PATTI SMITH AND HER BAND – JIMMY BARNES
GEORGE BENSON – THE TESKEY BROTHERS
JOHN BUTLER – XAIVER RUDD – THE CAT EMPIRE
KOOL & THE GANG – THE GIPSY KINGS
KASEY CHAMBERS – THE WAIFS – TROY CASSAR-DALEY
MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD
THE WAILERS PERFORM SONGS FROM ‘LEGEND’
LP – MORCHEEBA – THE BLACK SORROWS
TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE
TORI KELLY – BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE
THEMARCUS KING BAND – CHRISTONE “KINGFISH” INGRAM
JIMMIE VAUGHAN – JOHN MAYALL
MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA – CHAIN – LARKIN POE
WEDDINGS, PARTIES, ANYTHING – exclusive show
BACKSLIDERS – HARTS PLAYS HENDRIX – ASH GRUNWALD
THE WAR & TREATY – CORY HENRY & THE FUNK APOSTLES
WALTER TROUT – THE BAMBOOS
MICK THOMAS’ ROVING COMMISSION – DAMI IM
PIERCE BROTHERS – EMILY WURRAMARA– ROSHANI – RAY BEADLE
HENRY WAGONS – HUSSY HICKS – PACEY, KING & DOLEY
DANIEL CHAMPAGNE – NATHAN CAVALERI
LITTLE GEORGIA
BLUESFEST BUSKING COMPETITION & WINNERS
THE AUSTRALIAN AMERICANA MUSIC HONOURS

Byron Bay Bluesfest will take place the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm from April 1-5, 2021. Early bird tickets are on sale now. For more information, visit: bluesfest.com.au

QAS Emergency Response Vehicle responding

Two men hospitalised after car crashes into pole, Gold Coast

Two men have been hospitalised after a nasty crash on the Gold Coast overnight.

Emergency services were called to the intersection of Upton Street and Crombie Avenue in Bundall just after 2.30am this morning.

On arrival, it appeared the car the two men were travelling in crashed into a pole.

The pair – both aged in their 30s – were assessed at the scene before being taken to hospital for further treatment.

They’re both believed to be in stable conditions at the Gold Coast University Hospital.

Train

State Opposition vows to provide free off-peak public transport

Queensland’s LNP has vowed to provide seniors with free off-peak public transport if it wins the next election.

Under the election promise, students will also be given $500 vouchers to use on trains and buses across the state.

Opposition leader Deb Frecklington made the announcement on Sunday morning, stating the move would take cars off the road and help ease congestion.

“The @LNPQLD will introduce free off-peak travel for all seniors across the Citytrain network,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Students starting full-time uni & TAFE across Queensland will also be given $500 vouchers to pay for bus or train fares or petrol if they live in areas lacking public transport”.

It’s understood the scheme would cost about $2.7 million a year for senior travel, and $5 million for student travel.

“My plan will get more Queenslanders off the roads and create more capacity on peak-hour trains by encouraging travel at less crowded times,” Ms Frecklington said in a statement.

“The LNP’s plan is a big win for commuters and a big saving for seniors and students.”

Cop shops won’t close to cover border checkpoints

Senior Police have rejected claims some Gold Coast Police stations will be forced to close so officers can be diverted to cover more stringent border checks.

Queensland’s borders will reopen to all states except Victoria from July 10.

But anyone coming into the state from Victoria will be forced into quarantine from tomorrow.

Exactly how that will be policed is still being worked out, with concerns raised that Police would have to make drastic changes to cover border checks.

But Gold Coast District Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler insists they have the resources and closing Police stations has never been part of their plan.

“At the moment we have border controls in place and that’s being done with the resources we have and certainly we will not be closing Police stations down or diminishing the ability for Gold Coast Police to respond to calls for service as they have been,” Chief Superintendent Wheeler says.

“We’ve got sufficient resources to not only Police the borders and all of our other COVID-19 response overlays as well as our business as usual approach.

“We’ve been able to gain additional capacity particularly during this period by not having training courses, projects and other forums where we may have normally had police involved so our capacity is good at the moment.”

Officials are still working out exactly how the new border checks will work, but Chief Superintendent Wheeler says any plan will ensure the Gold Coast is not left short.

“It will make sure that any resources that come, come from the appropriate area so that our first response to our daily policing activities, particularly in terms of those where people’s lives are in danger can continue as they always have been.”

Everyone entering Queensland will be forced to fill out a declaration form before being allowed to cross the border.

But it’s still not clear if measures will be in place by tomorrow to ensure Victorians don’t sneak into the state.

Chief Superintendent Wheeler says he expects the declaration system to mirror the current border permit scheme.

“There will be vehicle checkpoints as there are at the moment, we’re reviewing all those checkpoints, we’re reviewing all of the structures we have in place down there and we will also have a declaration system.

“There will be changes to the current border entry system where we see amber permits and red permits depending on your circumstances. It will change to a border entry declaration, all the finite details around that are being worked through at the moment.

“We anticipate it will be very similar to what people are used to.”

Motorists are being warned to expect lengthy hold-ups at the border when the new measures are eventually introduced.

“It is about packing your patience, it’s about understanding that there will be delays,” RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said.

“The reality is, it is going to be more time consuming to get up to Brisbane from over the border.”