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Aunty Violet calls Shoalhaven indigenous community to action over COVID

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Aboriginal social worker, Aunty Violet Green, has spent a long time working in and around health services.

And as part of her continued involvement in health issues, the Walbunga woman of the Yuin nation has issued a plea for members of the Shoalhaven's Indigenous community to take all possible precautions to protect themselves against COVID.

In a video posted to social media, Aunty Violet appears with South Coast Police District Commander Greg Moore to ask people to alter their behaviour.

"Take the opportunity to get the vaccine," Aunty Violet said.

"It saves people's lives, and you don't know whose life it could be saving - it could be your family, it could be your mob, the people you work with, it could be your best friend.

"Our mob's important, and we also know that we spread the virus by moving around unnecessarily, so please, I just ask you to stay home and please get vaccinated and if you're unwell please get tested."

 

Bomaderry house damaged after car crashes through front wall

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A house has sustained major damage after a motor vehicle crashed through its front wall overnight.

South Coast Police, NSW Fire and Rescue , as well as Ambulance Rescue crews were called to the intersection of Lyndhurst Drive and Leonard Street at Bomaderry at about 10.30 pm.

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NSW Ambulance said there was one person in the vehicle.

A spokesperson said the driver was lucky to escape uninjured and did not need treatment.

Structural engineers have been called in to assess the extent of damage to the house.

Police are investigating the cause of the accident.

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Drugged driving numbers a worry - police

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The number of people driving on South Coast roads with illegal drugs in their system is worrying police.

Commander of Traffic and Highway Patrol South, Detective Superintendent Joe Thone, says motorists who  take drugs and get behind the wheel are endangering not only themselves, but the lives of every other road user.

It follows an operation between Nowra and Merimbula in which more than one in every six drivers subjected to roadside drug tests returned positive readings.

The high-visibility road policing operation targeting alcohol and drug-affected drivers and road-related offences, Operation Fume, ran from Thursday to Monday.

Officers conducted 212 roadside breath tests and 167 roadside drug tests, with 29 returning positive indications to the presence of an illicit substance.

The results of these will undergo further analysis.

An additional 35 motorists were issued with infringement notices for traffic-related offences, while three defect notices were also issued.

During the operation a 35-year-old woman stopped on the Princes Highway at South Nowra on Monday morning allegedly tested positive to illegal drugs, and was driving with a suspended licence.

Detective Superintendent Thone  said the number of people caught under the influence of drugs was disappointing.

“Our Highway Patrol officers are out in numbers targeting the Four Ds – drink, drug, dangerous and distracted driving – so it is highly likely drivers doing the wrong thing will get caught, have their license suspended and be put before the courts," he said.

Similar operations are expected to continue in the future.

Huge funding boost to tackle domestic violence

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The Shoalhaven has been described as a domestic violence hot spot for many years, and one of the worst  areas in NSW for violence within the home.

However people fleeing violent homes will benefit from a massive NSW Government investment in housing and specialist support services.

Kiama MP Gareth Ward says the $484 million funding boost will focus on ensuring anyone leaving a violent relationship is able to access secure and stable accommodation.

He says domestic and family violence is the leading cause of homelessness among women and children.

"Secure and stable accommodation is one of the biggest challenges a woman and her children can face when trying to safely leave a violent relationship," Mr Ward said.

"In fact, domestic and family violence is the leading cause of homelessness among women and children, with almost 40 per cent of the people who accessed specialist homelessness services in NSW in 2019-20 having experienced domestic abuse."

He said the funding commitment "will help thousands of women and children across the state to access the shelter and supports they need to start rebuilding their lives".

Most of the money will go to building 75 women’s refuges designed around the core and cluster model, where clusters of housing units will be built around cores where residents can access supports such s counselling and legal support, and amenities like communal kitchens and playgrounds.

There will also be money to build an extra 200 sustainable and affordable housing units under the Community Housing Innovation Fund, a partnership between the NSW Government and the community housing sector.

South Coast MP Shelley Hancock said children impacted by family violence must not be forgotten, and the government was also investing in specialist supports for children and young people as part of the funding package.

"Specialist homelessness services supported more than 8,200 children in families experiencing domestic violence 2019-20," Mrs Hancock said.

"The trial announced this week will provide another 3,200 children and young people with access to the trauma-informed care and educational supports they need to help them recover too.” 

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Man charged after allegedly crashing into Callala Beach home

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A man has faced court charged with traffic offences after the car he was driving allegedly crashed into a house in Callala Beach on the weekend.

Police were patrolling the Callala Bay and Callala Beach areas just after 9pm on Saturday when they saw a Ford Falcon allegedly perform a burnout on the corner of Callala Beach Road and Emmett Street.

Police attempted to stop the Ford, but the driver failed to stop and a pursuit was initiated.

It was terminated a short time later due to safety concerns before the driver allegedly lost control and crashed into a home on Callala Beach Road.

The 22-year-old driver and a 34-year-old passenger were arrested at the scene.

The driver underwent a roadside drug test, which is still being analysed.

He was taken to Nowra Police Station and charged with a range of traffic offences including being involved in a high speed police pursuit, speeding at more than 45km/h above the speed limit and performing a burnout.

The Callala Bay man appeared at Wollongong Local Court on Sunday and was granted conditional bail to reappear in Nowra Local Court on Monday August 30.

The passenger was issued an infringement for failing to comply with COVID restrictions.

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Nowra man charged after two businesses damaged

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A man arrested in Nowra yesterday has been charged over two break-ins, as well as an outstanding arrest warrant.

About 12.10am on Wednesday a hammer was thrown through the window of a store along the Princes Highway in Nowra and a man was seen inside, however no property was taken.

An hour later, a man attended a service station on Kinghorne Street, Nowra, allegedly damaging the glass doors before leaving without gaining entry.

Police investigating the incidents arrested a 33-year-old man at a home in Abergeldie Street, Nowra, about 10.15am yesterday (Thursday, January 13).

He was taken to Nowra Police Station where he was charged with an outstanding warrant for two counts of resisting an officer in execution of duty, as well as two counts of break and enter with intent.

He was refused bail to appear in Nowra Local Court today.

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Nowra police officers in isolation after COVID exposure

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Several Nowra police officers are isolating after coming in contact with a man who later tested positive to COVID.

The 36-year-old Shoalhaven man was arrested on July 29th and taken to the cells at the Nowra Police Station before being transferred to Silverwater Remand Centre, where he tested positive to coronavirus.

The police station has undergone a deep clean and a Sate Government source has confirmed to 2ST the officers who dealt with the man have been placed in isolation.

Shoalhaven Police say the station is operating as normal, and officers are still at work protecting the community.

South Coast Police Commander, Superintendent Greg Moore said officers were well prepared for the possible risks COVID-19 poses.

"Our officers have been well trained in the procedures that need to be followed," he said.

"They act professionally. This is something we have been trained in and prepared for since March last year."

Mr Moore said the Nowra Police Station underwent regular cleaning.

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