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Boy, 4, dies in horror garbage truck accident

A four-year-old boy has tragically died after being hit by a garbage truck in Tasmania.

The youngster was riding his bicycle along a suburban street in Newnham, Launceston, around 12.15pm on Wednesday when he was struck by the vehicle.

Despite desperate attempts by emergency crews, the child sadly could not be revived and died at the scene.

The local street has since been closed to motorists as investigations into the circumstances surrounding the incident continue.

“We’re unclear as to exactly how these tragic circumstances happened, but the four-year-old boy has collided with or been collected by the front of the rubbish truck, and has died at the scene,” Inspector Ruth Orr told reporters.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

Third of stranded Tas whales likely dead

About a third of some 270 pilot whales stranded off Tasmania’s remote west coast have likely already died, as authorities enter a critical phase to save the remainder.

Rescuers will try on Tuesday morning to refloat some of the whales which are stuck on sandbars at Macquarie Harbour, near Strahan.

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service’s Nic Deka said progress will be slow, with conditions and the half-submerged whales making rescue efforts tricky.

“This morning’s phase will be critical in determining what is possible,” he told reporters.

“Basically we’ll take the animals with the best chance to start with and the ones that we are able to deal with.

“Some animals may be simply too big or in an unsuitable location.”

Mr Deka said about one third of the whales had already died as of Monday evening and most were inaccessible by boat.

“In terms of mass strandings in Tasmania, this is the trickiest we’ve had to deal with,” he added, saying the mission could take days.

About 60 people are helping with the rescue, including 40 parks and wildlife staff and personnel from nearby fish farms, which have supplied boats.

Mr Deka said pilot whales were a robust species and the survivors have a chance of lasting several days on the sandbars if the weather stays cool.

“It’s ugly for people on the ground but as far as the whales go, it’s ideal,” he said.

The whales got into trouble on Monday morning but the rescue couldn’t begin until marine specialists were able to survey the scene.

Mr Deka said multiple rescue methods would be trialled and a lot would depend on how the whales respond.

It is understood to be the biggest mass stranding in Tasmania in more than a decade.

Mr Deka said the social pilot whales, which travel in groups of up to 1000, could have been drawn close to the coast to feed or because the pod followed the misadventure of a few individuals.

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Tasmania’s tough measures to reduce coronavirus spread

Tasmania has taken the extraordinary step of essentially shutting itself of from the rest of the country in a bid to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Premier Peter Gutwein will declare a State of Emergency on the Apple Isle and introduce the country’s toughest border control measures.

Only essential travellers will be allowed into Tasmania without going into quarantine.

This includes healthcare workers, emergency workers and others assisting in the coronavirus effort.

Non-essential travellers to Tasmania will have to quarantine for 14 days.

The measures will come into place from midnight on Friday.

Major penalties are in place for those flouting the new rules, with fines of up to $16,ooo or six months in prison.

Tasmania has recorded 10 cases of coronavirus, after three more confirmed cases on Wednesday.

More to come.



Young man shot in head in hunting accident

A YOUNG man has miraculously survived being shot in the head in central Tasmania.

The 18-year-old was out hunting with mates when one of them accidentally shot him in the head at Bothwell about 8.30am on Saturday, Tasmania Police said.

Thankfully, it was not at close range and the young man’s injury was not life-threatening.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was called in to airlift the 18-year-old to the Royal Hobart Hospital.

There, the man underwent surgery to remove a pellet from his head.

He was reported to be in a stable condition on Saturday afternoon.

It was not immediately known what type of gun was involved.

Cruise Ship

Man caught with $226k worth of meth on Aussie cruise ship

A MAN has been arrested and charged with drug trafficking after he was allegedly caught with a quarter of a million dollars worth of crystal meth on a cruise ship in Tasmania.

Police were drug detection dogs were sweeping the Spirit of Tasmania dock at Devonport, conducting random passenger screenings when they made the bust on Saturday morning.

The 46-year-old man was allegedly found with $226,000 worth of meth concealed in his clothing around 6.30am.

Detective Inspector Kate Chambers told The Advocate the bust took approximately 2260 ‘deals’ off the street.

The passenger was arrested and charged with trafficking a controlled substance.

He is due to appear in Devonport Magistrates Court.