Bus

New website to make Tweed public transport simpler

Tweed residents will find it easier to plan journeys in the Tweed and throughout the Northern Rivers with the launch of a new one-stop-shop website.

GoingPlaces.org.au includes information and contact details for buses, taxis, community transport, trains, cycleways, airports, fares and concessions and specialist aboriginal and youth services.

Tweed Shire Council’s Alex Lewers says: “The new Going Places website has been developed to make it much easy to find information you need about transport options in your area,” Social Futures Development and Innovation Project Officer Alex Lewers said.

“Going Places also features regular updates on transport news around the region, including road closures, events and community engagement on transport issues.”

The site also links to Transport for NSW’s new Trip Planner online service, which enables users to enter their starting point and planned destination and will list options for their journey. It provides estimated travel times and specific service numbers for public transport, with links to booking services.

“It makes planning a journey easier and quicker than ever, whether it’s travelling within a town or a trip across the state,” Mr Lewers said.

Tweed Heads woman sexually assaulted during break-in

A man broke into a unit on Kennedy Drive in the early hours of Sunday morning, before waking and sexually assaulting a 78-year-old woman, police allege.

The man stole several items of jewellery, before the woman successfully forced him out of her house.

Police and Tweed Heads Local Area Command were then called to the scene, where they commenced investigations.

On Wednesday morning, around 10:30am, detectives arrested a 27-year-old man at a Kennedy Drive unit, and took him to Tweed Heads Police Station to face a string of charges.

He was charged with a variety of offences including aggravated breaking and entering, sexual assault, committing serious indictable offence, possessing prohibited drugs, larceny and many others.

He refused bail, and will appear before Byron Bay Local Court today.

NSW Ambulance

Woman dies in hospital after car crashes into Tweed River

A WOMAN who suffered life-threatening injuries when the car she was in crashed and flipped into a river south-west of Tweed Heads has died in hospital.

The 53-year-old woman was a passenger in a car that crashed on the Tweed Valley Way at Condong, 25 kilometres south-west of Tweed Heads, on Friday afternoon, 23 September.

The vehicle left the road and landed in the Tweed River.

The 53-year-old female passenger was rushed to Tweed Hospital in a critical condition.

The driver, a 33-year-old woman, was taken to the same hospital with less serious injuries.

Police released a statement last night, confirming the 53-year-old woman had sadly succumbed to her injuries.

She died at Tweed Heads Hospital around 7am yesterday morning.

A report will now be prepared for the Coroner.

Rescue operation underway after car plunges into Tweed River

UPDATE 4.55PM: A WOMAN is in a critical condition in hospital after the car she was in left the road and plunged into the Tweed River near Murwillunbah.

It’s understood the accident happened along the Tweed Valley Way at Condong just before 2pm.

Two women were travelling in the car at the time it left the road and landed bonnet-first in the water.

Fire and Rescue NSW confirmed all occupants were freed from the vehicle.

One of the two female occupants is said to have gone into cardiac arrest at the scene.

It’s understood a police officer who was first on the scene performed CPR on the woman before she was rushed to hospital in a critical condition.

It’s believed she is aged in her 50s. It remains unclear whether she was the driver of the vehicle or a passenger.

Both the north and southbound lanes of the Tweed Valley Way were closed for several hours while emergency services worked to retrieve the vehicle from the water and investigators examined the scene.

Money

Tweed Heads man celebrates big lotto win

A man from the Tweed Heads area said he’ll have a quiet beer this afternoon to celebrate winning more than half a million dollars in the weekend’s Saturday Lotto draw.

The winner was delighted to hear the dream-come-true news from a NSW Lotteries official that his System 8 entry had won first division and other divisional prizes totalling $528,298.24.

“Awesome! I’ve been waiting a long time to get one of these calls!” the winner exclaimed. “I actually checked my Saturday Lotto ticket on Sunday and I couldn’t believe it when I spotted I had all six winning numbers. I’m so excited! I’ve been playing my favourite numbers for a very long time. I’ll be celebrating my big win today with a few beers. I’m not too sure yet what I’ll do with my windfall but I plan to enjoy it!”

The winner has chosen to remain anonymous.

The division one winning System 8 entry was purchased at Tweed City News, Shop 235 in Tweed City Shopping Centre, 54 Minjungbal Drive in Tweed Heads South.

Sue Woods is the manager of Tweed City News and was over-the-moon to be celebrating the outlet’s third division one win for the year. “We’re so thrilled!” Ms Woods exclaimed. “They say good things happen in threes and we’ve just got the hat-trick of division one wins.  There are still a few months until the end of the year so maybe we can have another and have an awesome foursome of division one wins.

“We’re going to have to find some extra room on our wall for our new division one winning outlet plaque. Our customers are so excited for us and they’re hoping to be our next division one winner!”

Throughout Australia, there were eight entries that won a first division prize of $521,827.54 in the weekend’s Saturday Lotto draw on Saturday 17 September. Along with the winning syndicate entry from Tweed Heads South, there were two other division one winning entries sold in New South Wales, two were sold in Victoria, one in South Australia and two in Western Australia. The other two New South Wales entries were sold online and in Green Valley.

The winning numbers in Saturday Lotto draw 3669 on Saturday 17 September 2016 were 3, 8, 18, 12, 9 and 27, with the supplementary numbers 39 and 4.