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Man dies after crashing car through front porch of Murwillumbah home

A MAN has died after a horror crash on the NSW far north coast on Monday night.

The driver appears to have lost control of his vehicle while driving along Ewing Street around 8pm before crashing into a guard rail and then into the front porch of a home.

Emergency services quickly rushed to the scene. Police officers and paramedics tried desperately to render CPR but the 59-year-old driver could not be saved.

The man was the only person in the car and thankfully nobody inside the home was injured.

The house did sustain minor damage in the incident.

NSW Police will continue to investigate the incident and a report will be prepared for the Coroner.

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Man, woman charged over shock discovery in hire car at Tweed Heads

A man who was pulled over for “mixing his dinner while driving” has been charged after police uncovered a stash of drugs and more than $100,000 cash in a hire car at Tweed Heads.

Officers stopped the driver of a Holden Equinox just after 7pm on Friday after noticing the vehicle driving in an unusual manner on Kennedy Drive.

The driver, a 47-year-old man, told police he was “mixing his dinner while driving”.

It prompted officers to search the car, where they allegedly found 600 MDMA tablets, 25g of liquid LSD, 600 tablets of LSD, 8g cocaine, 122g of cannabis, and $106,000 in cash.

The passenger, a 22-year-old woman, was also allegedly found in possession of drugs.

The pair were arrested and taken to Tweed Heads Police Station.

The man was charged with supply prohibited drug (large commercial quantity), supply prohibited drug (commercial quantity x2), supply prohibited drug (between indictable and commercial quantity), supply prohibited drug (between small and indictable quantity), knowingly deal with proceeds of crime, and deal with property proceeds of crime.

The woman was charged with resist officer in execution of duty and possess prohibited drug (x2).

Fresh shark sighting as Tweed beach closures extended

Beaches along the Tweed Coast will remain closed for a further 24 hours after another shark sighting following the fatal attack on a Gold Coast man on Sunday.

60-year-old Rob Pedretti died after being bitten on the leg by a three metre Great White at Salt Beach south of Kingscliff on Sunday morning.

Fellow surfers risked their own lives to get Mr Pedretti to shore as the the shark circled them, however the Tugun man could not be saved.

Police and surf lifesavers have resumed patrols of the coastline today as they attempt to track down the shark responsible.

A jet ski patrol spotted a shark in the area this morning, prompting officials to keep beaches in the area shut until at least tomorrow.

“There’s a number of factors why we’re keeping the beaches closed that includes a further sighting of a shark near Fingal Head, there are whales that are close by, we’ve got a lot of bait fish in the water and we’ve also got a public holiday today,” Tweed Byron Police District Inspector Matthew Kehoe said.

Authorities say it’s not clear if the shark spotted this morning is the one responsible for the attack on Mr Pedretti, but they were taking no chances.

“There s a lot of bait balls out off the coast the moment, there’s a lot of birds around so it really does give us an indication that potentially there are other sharks in the area, hence our reason to continue the beach closure for 24 hours,” Inspector Kehoe said.

Officials have also confirmed the ‘catch and kill’ order issued yesterday has now expired.

Police are urging surfers and swimmers to stay out of the water, confirming a number of people have ignored the warnings.

“We’re still seeing surfers go into the water and I’d strongly encourage people to stay out of the water and obey those closures for the next 24 hours.

“We’ve spoken to a number of people this morning and we’ll continue our patrols in and around the area.”

Surf Life Saving New South Wales Far North Coast Duty Officer Jimmy Keough says it was not unusual to see more sharks in the area around this time.

“This time of year we do see a lot of large bait balls, also it is the start of the mullet run so we’re seeing mullet exit our estuaries heading out to sea, so there are large bait balls and the mullet up and down the coast,” Mr Keough said.

“Along with that, we also do have the whale migration heading north so its not unusual to see an increase in bird activity and also shark activity along the coastline.”

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Pools and holiday parks among range of Tweed facilities set to reopen!

Tweed residents can rejoice, with the announcement that a range of facilities are finally set to reopen to the public after being shut due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Some of the facilities set to swing open their doors next month include Tweed aquatic centres like the Kingscliff outdoor pool, holiday parks, museums and libraries.

It comes following the recent reopening of skate parks, playgrounds, public barbecues, outdoor exercise equipment and beach carparks.

Mayor of Tweed, Katie Milne, said the facilities would reopen in line with the NSW Government’s announcement of the relaxation of restrictions, while also bearing in mind local circumstances and operational requirements.

“The community will no doubt appreciate that reopening is more complex than closing the doors,” Councillor Milne said.

“Safety is our priority and a number of our visitors, staff and volunteers are vulnerable, so we are putting measures in place to keep them as safe as possible and this has taken a little extra time.”

Cr Milne said while opening dates are being announced now to assist the public with planning, members of the community need to be aware that things could change at any minute.

“Council will work to comply with any new government regulations as they are updated and this may require changes to procedures at the facilities and potentially changes to opening dates at short notice,” she said.

You can find the reopening dates of a number of different facilities in the Tweed below:

  • Monday 1 June – Tweed Regional Aquatic Centres (Kingscliff outdoor pool, bookings essential – available Friday; Murwillumbah, squads only)
  • Wednesday 3 June – Tweed Regional Gallery (bookings essential)
  • Wednesday 3 June – Tip Shop at Stotts Creek Resource Recovery Centre (number limits on entry)
  • Friday 5 June – Tweed Holiday Parks
  • Tuesday 30 June – Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah (bookings essential)
  • Wednesday 1 July – Richmond-Tweed Regional Library branches at Tweed Heads, Kingscliff and Murwillumbah
  • Wednesday 1 July – Community centres at Banora Point and Tweed Heads South, Kingscliff Hall, South Sea Islander Room and Tweed Heads Auditorium
  • Tuesday 15 September – Tweed Regional Museum Tweed Heads.
  • Council is also working towards the reopening of customer service centres at Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads, however the date for this has not yet been revealed.

    “Many thanks to our community members who have been very patient and understanding while waiting for these important community facilities to reopen,” Cr Milne said.

    “Together, we have once again shown that our community is resilient and caring and although we might be entering a ‘new normal’, it’s even more important than ever that we maintain concerted COVID safe practices.”

    Anyone wishing to attend any of the above facilities once they are reopened is being urged to check with the facility’s website, as bookings may be essential.

    Pair arrested after wild police pursuit over the border

    Two men have been arrested after leading police on a one-and-a-half-hour pursuit in the Tweed Byron area overnight.

    The chaos unfolded just after 9.00pm, when officers spotted a commodore bearing suspected stolen number plates travelling on the Pacific Highway at Yelgun.

    Police attempted to stop the vehicle, but it allegedly sped off, forcing officers to initiate a pursuit.

    The Queensland Police chopper was called in to help officers track the car.

    A tyre deflation device managed to damage two of the car’s tyres, however it didn’t stop the vehicle, which continued to allegedly cross onto the wrong side of the M1 at Fingal.

    The chase finally came to an end when the car was followed down a dead-end street.

    Two men, both aged 25, were arrested and taken to Tweed Heads Police Station.

    The driver has been charged with a string of offences including three counts of police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously, three counts of drive recklessly/furiously or speed manner dangerous, resist or hinder police officer in the execution of duty.

    He was also slapped with drive vehicle under influence of drugs, use unregistered registrable class a motor vehicle on road, use uninsured motor vehicle, learner exceed speed > 45km/h, learner not accompanied by driver/police officer/tester, and learner driver not display “L” plates as prescribed.

    He has been refused bail to face Lismore Local Court today.

    The passenger was issued a number of traffic infringements and released.

    Inquiries are continuing.