Caddick ocean search near Sydney dropped

The search for missing Sydney conwoman Melissa Caddick’s remains in waters around her Dover Heights neighbourhood has been called off.

Police divers were on Thursday forced to postpone the search in waters off Dover Heights in Sydney’s east due to hazardous conditions.

Searches for Ms Caddick were conducted on Friday but the operation around Dover Heights is now suspended, NSW Police confirmed on Saturday.

Police earlier this week confirmed at least two sets of remains found at NSW south coast beaches do not belong to Ms Caddick.

So far police have only found Ms Caddick’s decomposed foot, which washed up in a running shoe south of Tathra on February 21.

The results of DNA analysis of other remains discovered is pending.

A report into the 49-year-old’s financial affairs revealed earlier this week that she misappropriated about $25 million of investors’ funds.

The fraudster disappeared from her multi-million dollar home last November, hours after corporate watchdog ASIC executed a search warrant at the house.

Court-appointed liquidators say she “meticulously and systematically” deceived those who entrusted millions of investment dollars to her over seven years and used the money to fund her lavish lifestyle.

Investors say they still have no idea where their funds went.

NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Mick Willing last week told reporters foul play against Ms Caddick was possible but suicide was more likely.

Modelling by NSW Police marine rescue teams, taking tides and drift patterns into account, has explored the possibility that Ms Caddick entered the water near Dover Heights, where she lived, around November 12.

The modelling deemed it possible that her foot could have drifted to Bournda Beach, where it was discovered by a group of campers.

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More than 10,000 NSW residents vaccinated

In just a week more than 10,000 people in NSW have received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

Phase 1a of the nation-wide vaccination program began last Monday, with healthcare and border workers the first to be jabbed with the Pfizer vaccine.

“NSW has already successfully administered 10,339 vaccines,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters on Monday.

“On average, 50 people an hour – or 48 to be precise – are getting the vaccine and that can be scaled up.”

“We’ve certainly passed the test.”

The state is on track to meet its target of 35,000 vaccines being administered in the first three weeks.

But after that it’s anyone’s guess, the premier said.

The NSW government had not been informed of how many doses would be available and when.

“Our teams are ready and willing to step up and increase our capacity, but we just need to know exactly how many doses we’re getting beyond week four.”

“I’ve always said we’re keen to bring timetables forward, if we know we’re getting extra doses above what we anticipated.”

Given the different vaccines’ dose increments and complexities around their storage, states need time to prepare, she said.

The premier also flagged NSW Health would be keen to help administer the Astra Zeneca vaccine to the general population.

“Operational issues are always challenging and NSW Health has made it look easy,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“NSW has been tried and tested in that regard and that’s why we’re keen, if we need to, to step in because we don’t know yet how the GP network will go in coping with the demand of people wanting to get the vaccine.”

Both the premier and Health Minister Brad Hazzard brushed off suggestions they’re disappointed or frustrated by the federal government’s management of the program, but continued to call for better communication.

NSW has now gone six weeks – 43 days – without a locally acquired COVID-19 case.

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More human remains wash up on south coast

Six days after Sydney conwoman Melissa Caddick’s decaying foot washed up on a NSW south coast beach, more human remains have drifted ashore.

Police were called to Mollymook around 6.30pm on Friday after the remains were discovered by members of the public.

The grisly find was reportedly a large chunk of stomach flesh, including a bellybutton.

A NSW police spokesman told AAP a crime scene had been set up.

“The remains will be forensically examined. Inquiries continue,” he said.

The gruesome discovery comes a day after DNA testing confirmed a decomposing foot encased an ASICS shoe that washed up near Bermagui, 150km further south, belonged to the missing mother.

Ms Caddick vanished the day after corporate watchdog ASIC executed a search warrant at her luxury Dover Heights home on November 11.

Liquidators allege the self-styled financial adviser “meticulously and systematically” deceived those who entrusted millions of investment dollars to her over seven years, then used the money to fund her lavish lifestyle.

Ms Caddick’s foot was on February 21 found by campers at Bournda Beach.

The remainder of her body is yet to be located.

Assistant Commissioner Mick Willing on Friday told reporters foul play against Ms Caddick was possible but suicide was more likely.

“Given the circumstances of the disappearance (and) the fact that she left personal belongings behind, we’ve always considered the possibility that she might have taken her own life,” Mr Willing said.

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Melissa Caddick remains found on NSW beach

A decomposed foot belonging to missing financial planner Melissa Caddick has been found washed up on the NSW south coast, more than three months after her disappearance.

Ms Caddick mysteriously disappeared the day after ASIC executed a search warrant at her luxury Dover Heights home on November 11.

Her decomposed foot was found in the water near Tathra on February 21, police revealed on Friday.

Court-appointed liquidators allege she “meticulously and systematically” deceived investors who handed millions of dollars to her over seven years, then used the money to fund her extravagant lifestyle.

The liquidators said on Wednesday they were unable to find a single example of a legitimate investment in the name of the investor.

Instead, Ms Caddick mixed “many, many millions” of investors’ funds in company bank accounts and her own personal accounts.

The 49-year-old then used the money to fund an “extravagant lifestyle” and property purchases, according to provisional liquidator Bruce Gleeson.

She provided investors with hundreds of documents on Commonwealth Bank and CommSec letterheads that suggested their investments were doing well.

But really the account numbers on the documents either did not exist or were not associated with the actual investor.

Investors were deceived from the very start, as her company Maliver Pty Ltd did not hold a financial services licence as claimed.

Ms Caddick’s husband and son from Friday won’t be paid living and legal expenses out of her assets.

The matter is back in the Federal Court in April, when Mr Gleeson and his partner will ask to be appointed as ongoing liquidators so they can start realising Maliver’s “limited” assets.

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Kingscliff receives funding boost for shark protection equipment

The Kingscliff community will receive a boost to their shark-spotting equipment to better protect local beaches.

The New South Wales government is contributing a $10,000 grant to fund more safety tools, including an extra drone to keep an eye on beaches.

Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall says the Salt Surf Life Saving Club will receive the grant, which should cover a variety of equipment.

“Every time we enter the water there is an inherent risk but these additional safety measures funded through the NSW Government’s Shark Observation Grants program mean our beachgoers will be even safer.

“Drones are among the most effective detection and surveillance tools, and already we have them at 34 key beach locations up and down the State’s coastline, so this extra UAV for the Tweed area only adds to our resources.

“The Salt Surf Life Saving Club will also receive two radios, extra binoculars and a shelter for their brave men and women in red and yellow to patrol the beaches at Kingscliff,” Mr Marshall said.

Member for Tweed Geoff Provest has welcomed the additional equipment and congratulated the Salt Surf Life Saving Club for applying for the funding through the Shark Observation Grants program.

“This program means our lifeguards will have even greater resources to detect sharks and keep swimmers and surfers in the Tweed safe.

“We’ve already seen shark-spotting drones literally act as lifesavers at our beaches on the far north coast, so I am thrilled to have another eye in the sky.

“Extra binoculars, radios and a new shelter on the beach mean we are better prepared for shark interactions in our waters than ever before.

“Salt Surf Life Saving Club, along with other SLS clubs in the Tweed area, will also benefit from the upgrade of their UAV training package into online training, which means more pilots can be better equipped to keep our local swimmers safe,” Mr Provest said.

For more information on the NSW Government’s Shark Program, click here.