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SPIKE IN REPORTS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

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SPIKE IN REPORTS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

Dedicated police and frontline support services are ready and willing to take your call: that’s the message from the NSW Government today as new statistics are released showing a recent spike in sexual assault reports.
Attorney General and Minister for Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence Mark Speakman acknowledged the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) brief issued today that reported a 61 per cent increase in sexual assault incidents reported to NSW Police in March 2021, compared with the monthly average over the previous year.
“I commend the extraordinary courage of all of the victim-survivors who’ve recently contacted police to report sexual assaults,” Mr Speakman said.
“While this spike comes off the back of intense media coverage and long overdue public discussion of sexual violence in our communities, it also demonstrates what we already knew, that these crimes are significantly underreported each day.
“Our message to victim-survivors is please know that you are not alone, and that help is available, whether that’s contacting the police or another support or counselling service.”
Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said the NSW Police Force take reports of sexual violence very seriously.
“Although these figures are distressing, it is encouraging that there is an increased willingness to report sexual assaults and that is a testament to the strength of all victims who come forward, and to police for ensuring that victims know they will be supported and believed when they do,” Mr Elliott said.
State Crime Commander, Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith, said police are committed to preventing sexual assaults and supporting victims who come forward.
“It takes incredible courage to re-live trauma and come forward as a victim of sexual violence,” Assistant Commissioner Smith said.
“Since the launch of Operation Vest in March this year, there was a significant increase in the number of people in the community who came forward to report sexual violence.
“The courage and bravery displayed by those individuals has already led to significant law reform, with consent laws being strengthened and simplified across the state.
“NSW Police will always thoroughly investigate reports of sexual violence and it is important that as a community, we continue these conversations and keep encouraging people to come forward.”
If you or someone you know are in immediate danger, contact Triple Zero (000).
More information on how to report sexual offences to the NSW Police is available on their website, including the Sexual Assault Reporting Option (SARO).
The SARO is an online form that people can complete if they have decided not to make a formal report to police or have their matter investigated. This makes a record of what has occurred, while allowing the police to gather information on sexual offences and offending.
A number of other support services are also available to provide help:
1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) is a 24/7 national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service.
NSW Rape Crisis (1800 424 017) is a 24/7 phone counselling service for anyone who is experiencing, or has experienced sexual violence, and their supporters.
Kids Helpline (1800 551 800) is a 24/7 national phone counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.

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UPDATE: Fatal single-vehicle crash – Lane Cove

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UPDATE: Fatal single-vehicle crash – Lane Cove

 

A driver has died following a single-vehicle crash in Lane Cove on Sydney’s Lower North Shore this morning.

Just after 4am (Tuesday 9 April 2024), emergency services responded to Epping Road, Lane Cove, after reports of a single-vehicle crash.

The Mitsubishi Mirage appears to have lost control and hit multiple traffic lights at the intersection of Mowbray Road before spinning and flipping a number of times.

The male driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, died at the scene. He is yet to be formally identified.

Officers from North Shore Police Area Command established a crime scene which has since been examined by specialist officers attached to the Crash Investigation Unit.

An investigation is underway into the circumstances surrounding the crash and a report will be prepared for the information of the coroner.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or visit here. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

 

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Man charged over alleged home invasion – Kingscliff

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Man charged over alleged home invasion – Kingscliff

Thursday, 11 April 2024 01:29:40 AM

A man will face court today charged over an alleged home invasion on the state’s north coast, resulting in the death of a man and another seriously injured.

Emergency services responded to a concern for welfare at a home on Oxford Street, Kingscliff, just after 8pm on Tuesday (9 April 2024).

Officers from Tweed/Byron Police District attended and found a 29-year-old man with a stab wound. He was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics; however, died at the scene.

The occupant of the home, a 66-year-old man, was also found suffering significant arm injuries. He was airlifted to Gold Coast University Hospital where he underwent surgery and remains in a stable condition.

A crime scene was established at the home and detectives commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident under Strike Force Chams.

Following inquiries, a 26-year-old man was arrested at a Kingscliff home about 5.30pm last night (Wednesday 10 April 2024).

He was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where he was charged with special aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence.

Police will allege in court that the man forced entry to the home and assaulted the occupant before fleeing.

The man was refused bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court today (Thursday 10 April 2024).

As investigations under Strike Force Chams continue, anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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NSW Government looks to expand rice export industry

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NSW Government looks to expand rice export industry

 

The NSW Government will introduce a Bill to Parliament in May, to develop a new rice marketing and trade arrangement for the Northern Rivers rice export industry growing region. This is an important step in the NSW Government’s commitment to bring new opportunities to the state’s agriculture sector, and to ensure regulations do not hinder industry growth.

At the same time the NSW Government has committed to rice growers in Southern NSW and will keep existing rice vesting arrangements in place for that region with a review by 30 June 2029. This will ensure export marketing continuity for Australia’s largest rice exporting region.

These new arrangements will provide new opportunities for NSW agricultural exports – supporting a new emerging rice sector in the Northern Rivers that can contribute to expanding the state’s opportunities in overseas markets.

In practice, these changes will mean the Northern Rivers growers will for the first time be able to organise their own arrangement for exporting rice and not have to go through the vesting arrangements that binds growers in southern NSW. This aims to cut red tape and costs so the emerging Northern Rivers region can be assisted in developing.

The NSW Government’s actions recognise that there are two distinct rice growing regions in NSW and supports the implementation of changes which are considered responsible, appropriate and supportive to the continued development of both rice growing and exporting.

The NSW rice industry had an estimated farm gate value of $219 million in 2022-23. Presently around 98 per cent of NSW rice production occurs within the three southern irrigation regions of the Murrumbidgee, Coleambally and Murray.

The Bill will include a transitional start date of 1 September 2024 for the Northern Rivers arrangement, which will then occur after the 2024 Northern Rivers rice harvest.

These initiatives have been developed by the NSW Government after it was handed a report by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES), that was initiated by the former Liberal Nationals Government, recommending that the statutory marketing board for rice exports and its sole and exclusive export licence arrangement be removed.

The NSW Government has decided not to accept that ABARES recommendation because it wants to support and assist the rice sector to grow sustainably.

The Government will in its Bill also move to enhance the governance and transparency of the rice marketing arrangements to benefit the sector and growers.

The 2023 ABARES Independent Report into NSW Rice Vesting Arrangements and the NSW Government Response is available on the NSW DPI website.

Minister for Agriculture, Minister for Regional NSW, and Minister for Western NSW, Tara Moriarty said:

“The NSW Government is committed to creating new business opportunities for the state’s agricultural sector and we are taking action to do that for the rice industry by listening to their needs, cutting red tape and assisting growers expand their export potential.

“We are both recognising the needs and value of the established growers in the south and opening up opportunities for the emerging sector in the Northern Rivers.

“I want to acknowledge the valuable contributions made by stakeholder organisations and rice growers over the last year, who outlined what they thought was working, what wasn’t and how the Government could renew their export potential.

NSW RICE INDUSTRY

  • The NSW rice industry had an estimated farm gate value of $219 million in 2022-23 (DPI estimate) with an average farm gate value of $186 million over the past ten years.
    • The NSW rice industry is located across two separate regions of the State: Southern rice region: Roughly 97% to 99% of NSW rice production occurs within the three irrigation regions of the Murrumbidgee, Coleambally and Murray.
    • Northern rice region: A smaller quantity of rice is grown mainly within the Richmond Valley near Casino and Lismore and the Tweed Valley further North.
  • Australian (effectively NSW – as NSW makes up about 99% of national production) rice exports averaged $263 million over the past 10 financial years, ranging from $34 million in 2020-21 to $402 million in 2014-15. Rice exports are highly variable and predominantly influenced by water availability and the price of alternative crops, all of which determine supply.
  • Key Australian rice export markets include but are not limited to the following:
    • Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon)
    • Japan, South Korea, Taiwan
    • PNG, Solomon Islands, other Pacific nations
    • New Zealand

 

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