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A Sanctuary Point COVID-19 exposure site identified by NSW Health

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Another Coronavirus exposure venue of concern has been listed by NSW Health in the Shoalhaven.

It has named Sanctuary Point Seafood Take Away at Shop 20/10 Paradise Beach Road as a positive contact venue on Thursday the 23rd of September between 10 am and 11 am.

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NSW Health advises if you were there on that date at those times to get tested immediately and self-isolate until you get a negative result.

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COVID case in Sanctuary Point

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Sanctuary Point has been identified as an area of concern in NSW Health's latest list of potential COVID exposure sites.

Culburra Beach continues to concern health officials due to fragments of the COVID virus being found ion the town's sewage, while no cases have yet been identified in the town.

People living in Culburra Beach have again been urged to be tested if they have the slightest of cold or flu-like symptoms.

In today's COVID figures there were 38 cases from the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, including two from the Shoalhaven.

That takes the Shoalhaven's number of active cases to 18.

 

Detective hopes the parents of a Sanctuary Point murder victim feel some sort of justice after two arrests

 

 

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Homicide Squad, Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Walpole, thanked members of the public for their support and information provided to police following an appeal for information into the murder of 49-year-old David McArthur.

At about 8 pm on Sunday 25 July 2021, emergency services were called to a caravan park on Ethel Street at Sanctuary Point, following reports of a stabbing.

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Upon arrival, officers entered a cabin and located David McArthur with a stab wound to his chest.

Officers attempted CPR however, he could not be revived and died at the scene.

A second man has been charged with murder following an investigation by Homicide Squad detectives.

The 41-year-old Nowra man was refused bail when he appeared before Nowra local court last week.

On Wednesday, October 20, detectives attended a correctional facility at Silverwater and charged a 39-year-old man with murder.

He remains before the courts.

“Detectives have worked tirelessly to put those responsible for David’s murder before a court, however the resulting arrests this week would not have been possible without the Sanctuary Point community’s ongoing assistance,” Det Ch Insp Walpole said.

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He said, “David died because of an unnecessary act of violence and I’m hopeful his extended family and his parents, Susan and Stuart, feel as though some justice has taken place this week.”

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Investigations under Strike Force Frawley continue.

Anyone with information that may assist investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Emotional plea for help over Sanctuary Point man's murder

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The parents of a man murdered in Sanctuary Point in July have made an emotional plea for information to help police catch the man who killed their son.

Former soldier David McArthur was living in a caravan park in Ethel Street while trying to get his life back together during a battle with post traumatic stress disorder.

But dad Stuart McArthur said his progress was brought to a premature end when he died as the result of a single stab wound to the chest on July 25th.

“David was a proud Australian who loved life and was a generous man - he didn’t deserve to die in the circumstances which he did," Stuart said.

He described 49-year-old David as "a wonderful son".

"He was a larrikin, a good fellow, a great bloke and a great Australian.

"He didn't put up with any silly nonsense, he loved his country, supported the government, he was a good fellow," Stuart said.

David's love of his country included six years serving in the Army, but he left with PTSD that he was continuing to battle, according to his father.

Standing beside wife Susan and wearing badges bearing David's image and his oft-used phrase "I love my mum", Stuart said his son's death had left a huge hole in many lives.

"David wasn't a person in isolation, he leaves behind his sisters, his daughter, his son, and his 15-month-old grandson," the Sanctuary Point man said.

"We do appeal for our community, for help to solve this, because it's the right and just thing to do."

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Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Walpole from the Homicide Squad said police were called to the caravan park just after 8pm by a neighbour who head a commotion and then David calling for help.

Officers arrived to find David on the floor near the entrance to his cabin, suffering a single stab wound to the chest in what was believed to have been a targeted attack.

A person was seen fleeing the caravan park moments after the stabbing.

Inspector Walpole said police had been reviewing CCTV footage and information from the public as part of the inquiry.

He said police were still trying to ascertain a motive behind the attack.

"The assistance we're after is if anyone has knowledge of why David may have been attacked on that night.

"We've got a number of lines of inquiries, but we haven't been able to come to a conclusion on exactly what the motive for David's attack may have been," Inspector Walpole said.

Strike Force Frawley was set up soon after the murder in an effort to catch the culprit.

“Strike Force Frawley investigators will remain in the Shoalhaven area this week, interviewing additional witnesses and conducting a further canvass of several areas of interest," Inspector Walpole said.

“Detectives are particularly keen to speak with anyone who may have information relating to several persons seen leaving the caravan park around the time of David’s murder."

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Fatal crash at Sanctuary Point

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A man has died in a single vehicle crash at Sanctuary Point.

About 12.20am on Saturday, emergency services were called to the intersection of The Wool Road and Lamar Avenue, after a Mitsubishi ute struck a tree.

The 41-year-old male driver and sole occupant of the vehicle died at the scene.

Officers from South Coast Police District established a crime scene and are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

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Finlay finds success in surveying his career options

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Vocational choices can be difficult when you are young, but after finding inspiration on the TAFE NSW website, Sanctuary Point's Finlay Hegarty is on the way to carving out a successful career in surveying.

Finlay said he was struggling to find a career path during his final year of high school, until he saw details about surveying and the idea of contributing to the design of the region appealed to him.

Mr Hegarty successfully applied for a surveying traineeship at Shoalhaven City Council through the HVTC Shoalhaven apprenticeship centre which organised his training with TAFE NSW, and it wasn’t long before he experienced the benefits of hands-on learning.

“I liked that my training was both practical and theoretical.," he said.

"We learned in an office setting as well as outside, so it was just like being on the job, this is something TAFE NSW does well.

“Another bonus was the experience of the teachers. I don’t think I had a teacher with less than 20 years’ experience in the industry.

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"They had been through every situation and since there are plenty of things that don’t go to plan out in the field, they had lots of tips to share that you won’t find in textbooks. I don’t think I’d be where I am without the skills they taught me,” he said.

Mr Hegarty's passion for the job soon became evident, and even before completing his Certificate III in Surveying he enrolled in Certificate IV and after graduating went on to complete the TAFE NSW Diploma in Surveying.

TAFE NSW Surveying teacher Russell Douthat said surveying and mapping services offered a satisfying career in a growing and ever-changing industry.

He also said one of the aspects that attracted Mr Hegarty to the industry was true of many surveyors. 

“As older surveyors retire, we’re seeing increased demand for more people willing to learn these skills.

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"The appeal of variety in the workplace does draw people into surveying. It offers a good mix of indoor and outdoor work, plus they get to see the countryside,” Mr Douthat said.

Like many industries, technology is reshaping parts of how surveyors go about their work and the tools they use.

“Our students work through a mix of theory and practical coursework with industry qualified teachers using industry-standard equipment and technology. This means a student with a TAFE NSW qualification can move easily into the workplace with practical abilities using the latest equipment and techniques,” Mr Douthat said.

For more information about TAFE NSW surveying courses, please visit www.tafensw.com.au or call 131 601.

The website now offers a Study Seeker tool designed to help people find a course that suits them.

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Homicide detectives search Sanctuary Point Boat Ramp and release CCTV vision regarding David McArthur murder

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Homicide Squad detectives investigating the stabbing murder of a man at a Sanctuary Point caravan park have released CCTV vision of a person and vehicle and commenced a coordinated search of waters at Sanctuary Point.

At about 8 pm on Sunday 25 July 2021, emergency services were called to a caravan park on Ethel Street at Sanctuary Point, following reports of a stabbing.

Upon arrival, officers entered a cabin and located 49-year-old David McArthur with a stab wound to his chest.

Officers attempted CPR on the man; however, he could not be revived and died at the scene.

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Strike force detectives returned to the South Coast to conduct a public appeal for information as part of ongoing investigations.

Acting on information, Homicide Squad detectives, assisted by officers from South Coast Police District, coordinated a search of waters around the Sanctuary Point Boat Ramp on Wednesday, October 13.

They removed potential evidence discovered among rocks for further examination.

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Police also released CCTV vision of a utility and person at the Sanctuary Point boat ramp on the night of David’s death.

Homicide Squad, Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Walpole, said the search formed part of investigations being conducted throughout the week.

“Today we have canvassed the waters around Sanctuary Point Boat Ramp, a location searched by investigators soon after David’s murder back in July,” Det Ch Insp Walpole said.

“We have also reviewed CCTV from the area, which depicts a utility and an unknown person at the location about 8pm on Sunday 25 July 2021.

“Investigators don’t believe the person or persons in this utility were involved in the murder of David McArthur, however, they may have crossed paths with those in the offending vehicle and we’re keen to speak with them," he said.

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Detective Chief Inspector Walpole said, “We now have several new lines of inquiry which we are exploring.

"Our door remains open to anyone who wishes to speak with us and help David’s family get the answers they deserve," he said.

Investigations under Strike Force Frawley are continuing.

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Nowra man arrested over Sanctuary Point murder

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A Nowra man has been arrested at Silverwater Jail and charged with murdering David McArthur in Sanctuary Point in July.

The 39-year-old Nowra man was charged with murder when homicide squad detectives visited the correctional facility this morning.

He was remanded in custody and is due to face Nowra Local Court today.

The arrest follows an investigation into Mr McArthur's stabbing death at a caravan park on Ethel Street, Sanctuary Point, on July 25.

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When police were called to Mr McArthur's cabin they found him near the doorway with a single stab wound to his chest.

Officers attempted CPR on 49-year-old Mr McArthur, but he could not be revived and died at the scene.

The murder led to extensive inquiries and Mr McArthur's parents last week appealing for information, before today's arrest.

Investigations under Strike Force Frawley continue.

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Nowra man refused bail over stabbing death

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A Nowra man has been refused bail in Nowra Local Court after being charged with the stabbing murder of David McArthur at a Sanctuary Point caravan park on July 25.

Raymond Allan, 39, did not apply for bail and it was formally refused during a brief appearance via video link yesterday.

He was arrested earlier in the day when homicide squad detectives visited the Silverwater Jail.

He's due back in court in December15.

His arrest came just eight days after Mr McArthur's parents made an emotional plea for public assistance to help solve their son's killing.

Investigations under Strike Force Frawley continue.

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NSW Health lists all Shoalhaven COVID-19 venues of concern

 

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NSW Health has released a list of all COVID-19 close contact venues across the Shoalhaven as of October 6 at 8.00 am.

There are confirmed COVID-19 cases are associated with the following locations.

Berry IGA  - 8.45 to 9.15 am Monday 27 September

Bomaderry Woolworths - 5 pm to 5.15 pm Wednesday 29 September

Culburra Beach Woolworths - 12.20 pm to 12.40 pm Friday 24 September

Huskisson The Great Husky Bite - 10.30 am to 2 pm Tuesday 28 September

                                                                             10.30 am to 2 pm Wednesday 29 September

Kiama Service NSW - 4.10 pm to 4.15 pm Monday 20 September

Kiama Subway - 12.25 pm to 12.40 pm Sunday 26 September

Nowra Aldi - 12.30 pm to 1 pm Monday 27 September 

                              4.20 pm to 4.35 pm Tuesday 28 September

Nowra Autobarn - 3.10 pm to 3.30 pm Thursday 23 September

Nowra Bakehouse Delight - 9.49 am to 9.54 am Friday 24 September

Nowra Better Tyres - 1 pm to 1.30 pm Wednesday 29 September

Nowra Blooms the Chemist - 2.45 pm to 2.50 pm Wednesday 29 September

Nowra Bunnings - 8.30 am to 12 pm Thursday 16 September

                                       - 12.20pm to 12.50pm Sunday 26 September

                                       - 4.30 pm to 6 pm Tuesday 28 September

Nowra Chemist Warehouse - 12 pm to 12.30 pm Wednesday 29 September

Nowra Coles - 10.25 pm to 10.30 pm Thursday 23 September

Nowra Dan Murphys - 1.35 pm to 1.40 pm Thursday 23 September 

                                                 - 6.10 pm to 7 pm Monday 27 September

Nowra Fins Fangs and Feathers - 4.12 pm to 4.17 pm Thursday 30 September

                                                                        - 3.23 pm to 3.37 pm Thursday 30 September

Nowra McDonalds Nowra Central - 8.30 pm to 8.50 pm Wednesday 29 September

                                                                               - 9.15 am to 9.45 am 30 September

Nowra Kebabs - 11.30 am to 11.50 am Thursday 23 September

Nowra Local Court - 10 am to 11.30 am Monday 27 September

Nowra Southern IML Pathology - 9.10 am to 9.30 am Friday 24 September

Nowra Woolworths Stocklands - 4.55 pm to 6 pm Friday 24 September

Nowra Woolworths - 3.30 pm to 4.10 pm Friday 1 October

Sanctuary Point Bakery - 10 am to 11 am Thursday 23 September

Sanctuary Point Seafood Take Away - 10 am to 11 am Thursday 23 September

South Nowra Shell Coles Express - 7.50 am to 8 am Monday 27 September

St Georges Basin Clarke's Vehicle Services and LPG Centre - 11.25 am to 11.40 am 23 September

Vincentia Subway - 11.35 am to 11.50 am Thursday 23 September

Worrigee FoodWorks - 1.15 pm to 1.30 pm Wednesday 29 September

                                                  - 11.21 am to 11.31 am Thursday 30 September

Worrigee Naaji's Charcoal Chicken Kebabs - 10.55 am to 11 am Saturday 25 September

You must follow the public health advice listed below.

If you have been to any of these locations on the date and time shown below, you are a casual contact and must immediately get tested and self isolate, even if you have no symptoms.

You must follow Public Health advice on the NSW Health website.

Staff and Visitors must follow entrance screening instructions. 

Police seize an air rifle and drugs after pulling over an unregistered motorcyclist

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A man is due before Nowra Local Court charged with seven offences after his arrest at Sanctuary Point.

Police were patrolling Idlewild Avenue on Tuesday evening when saw a motorcyclist riding on the footpath without a helmet.

It's alleged he was also carrying a long object wrapped in fabric.

Officers pulled him over to speak with him and noticed the 26-year-old no longer had the object with him.

Police were approached by a man who handed them the long object that had been discarded nearby, which was found to be an air rifle.

Further checks revealed the motorcycle was unregistered and the man was allegedly in possession of methylamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

The alleged offender was taken to Nowra Police station and charged with seven offences including not keep a firearm safely, possess an unregistered firearm in a public place, and possess a prohibited drug.

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Sanctuary Point stabbing victim's father to appeal for information into his son's murder

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Police have released the name of a man who was allegedly murdered at a Shoalhaven caravan park earlier this year.

He's been formally identified as 49-year-old Sanctuary Point resident, David McArthur.

David's father Stuart McArthur is expected to speak publically about his son's murder today.

Emergency services were called to a caravan park on Ethel Street at Sanctuary Point at about 8 pm on Sunday 25 July 2021, following reports of a stabbing.

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Upon arrival, officers entered a cabin and located Mr. McArthur with a stab wound to his chest.

Officers attempted CPR, however, he could not be revived and died at the scene.

A man was seen running from the Palm Beach caravan park at about the same time.

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Initial inquiries were conducted by officers from South Coast Police District before detectives from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad took over the investigation, forming Strike Force Frawley.

Strike force detectives have returned to the region and are again appealing for public assistance into David’s murder.

Strike force officers and David's father Stuart McArthur will speak publically at a press conference later this morning.

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Second man arrested over the stabbing murder of Sanctuary Point man David McArthur

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A second man has been arrested over the stabbing murder of Sanctuary Point man David McArthur.

On Wednesday, October 20 detectives attended a correctional facility at Silverwater and charged a 39-year-old man with murder.

He remains before the courts.

Following further inquiries, a search warrant was executed at a home in Nowra about 7.30 am today.

During a search of the property, detectives seized a vehicle and clothing which will undergo further forensic examination.

A 41-year-old man was arrested at the property and taken to Nowra Police Station where it’s expected he will be charged with murder.

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Emergency services were called to a caravan park on Ethel Street at Sanctuary Point on Sunday, July 25 at about 8 pm following reports of a stabbing.

Upon arrival, officers entered a cabin and located 49-year-old David McArthur with a stab wound to his chest.

Officers attempted CPR  however he could not be revived and died at the scene.

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Second murder accused refused bail

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Nowra's Dean Vimpani, 41, has been refused bail in Nowra Local Court today after being charged with murdering David McArthur of Sanctuary Point.

Vimpani appeared before Magistrate Lisa Viney via audio-visual link, as his lawyer Brett Ford argued for bail.

He said there were exceptional circumstances because Vimpani lived with his mother who had emphysema and was about to be released from hospital following a battle with COVID-19, had full-time custody of an eight-year-old child, was undergoing regular counselling for PTSD and monthly painkilling injections after breaking his back two years ago.

Mr Ford also said COVID delays to the legal system meant Vimpani could be behind bars for a long time before having a chance to defend the charges.

However Magistrate Viney said any time in custody awaiting trial would be small compared to the time Vimpani would serve if convicted.

She also noted the strength of the prosecution case before refusing bail, and ordering Vimpani to reappear before the court on December 21.

Vimpani was arrested earlier in the day after police executed a search warrant at a Nowra home.

During the search detectives seized a vehicle and clothing for forensic examination.

Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Walpole from the Homicide Squad said more arrests were expected.

Vimpani was the second person charged over Mr McArthur's killing.

Earlier in the week police  arrested 39-year-old Raymond Allen of Nowra and charged him with Mr McArthur's murder.

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Third person arrested over Sanctuary Point murder

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A third man has been charged over the murder of Sanctuary Point man David McArthur.

Emergency services were called to a caravan park in Ethel Street, Sanctuary Point, about 8pm on July 25 following reports of a stabbing.

They found 49-year-old Mr McArthur on the floor of his cabin near the doorway, suffering a single stab wound to his chest.

Officers attempted CPR, but Mr McArthur could not be revived and died at the scene.

After detectives from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad took charge of the investigation under Strike Force Frawley, two men were charged over their alleged involvement in the murder and remain before the courts.

Following further inquiries, a 42-year-old man was arrested in Nowra about 7.30am Tuesday.

He was taken to Nowra Police Station and charged with concealing a serious indictable offence.

Police allege the man attended the caravan park with two other men on the night of the alleged murder, and subsequently failed to assist investigators looking into the 49-year-old man’s death.

The Nowra man has been refused bail to appear at Nowra Local Court today.

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Troubled pups travel from Nowra to Queensland for specialised help

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Two pups reportedly found in a box near the Sanctuary Point shops last month and taken to the Shoalhaven Animal Shelter are being trained and cared for in Queensland.

One of the Great Dane cross pups named Scooby is deaf and blind - the result of poor breeding according to Sharon Johnson from the animal shelter.

She said the pups were the result of both parents being the colour described as merle - which frequently led to genetic problems with vision and sight.

While the other pup named Bentley appeared to be okay, she warned there could be issues down the track.

Ms Johnson said the pups' problems became evident soon after their were brought in.

"We don't have the resources to assist dogs with those type of issues," she said.

"If we'd put them up for adoption we have no doubt they would've been adopted, but we wanted to find someone who specialises in those sorts of issues, to give the pups the best chance in life. "

They reached out to the group Hear No Evil - Deaf Dog Rescue Australia, which had foster carers throughout Australia specialising in training and rehoming deaf and blind dogs.

That started a major operation as a  volunteer drove from Yass to Nowra to collect the pups, then put them transport to Queensland for specialist foster care.

"That foster carer is actually a trainer for blind and deaf dogs, so they're going to get a lot of training through him before they're rehomed, which is something we could not have offered them," Ms Johnson said.

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