A crash bus driver is going home Melbourne
In February 2016 a bus driver Jack Aston crashed the bus and drove into a famous Montague Street Bridge with a low clearance. in Melbourne. Aston had dropped off the passengers at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, and drove 14 others to the hotel, when the accident happened. Six people were injured. So, in last December he was commited to the jail for five years and three months. But it turned out, that the driver was accused for much stricter charges, than he deserved. So, Aston lawyers won appeal, and his family is preparing for the driver's coming home. Moreover Aston's lawyer said, he had no idea about the bridge or its 'notoriety' before his trip from Ballarat to Melbourne. Now rubber flaps are installed at the bridge to warn drivers about its 'feature'
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Lord Mayor Sally Capp said, that Bourke Street - between Elizabeth Street and Russell Placewhich will be a new smoke-free area, which takes effect from today. Every year more than 4000 people die in Melbourne because of smoking-related illnesses, and every city dweller is influenced by harmful smoke. From now on it is forbidden to smoke in Melbourne's famous Bourke Street Mall. But the ban does not include e-cigerattes yet, but the law is going to be reviewed, and vaping can also be banned in smoke-free areas. That corresponds Tobacco Act, which was introduced in August 2017 and bans smoking and vaping in the outside dining places.
There are 10 more smoke-free areas in Melbourne. These are Howey Place, Equitable Place, Block Place, The Tan running track, Goldsbrough Lane, QV Melbourne, The Causeway, Princes Park running track, Collins Way and Fulham Place. If a person smokes there, they must pay $100, but if they throw their butts on the ground, the fine will be about $330.
Every year hundreds of thousands short-tailed shearwaters, also known as mutton birds, come to Victoria's coast to breed after a giant journey, which takes two months. The birds spend summer in Alaska and then in the end of September fly 15,000 km to Australia. But this year mutton birds are late probably. September went past, and only a small part of usual colony has appeared.
For the past 30 years shearwaters have occupied the islands near Port Fairy. The scientists are worrying for the fate of shearwaters. Peter Barrand, president of Birdlife Warrnambool, fears, that we could see an extinction, happening before our eyes. And it's not only here, in Victoria: the same situation is in Tasmania as well. A spokesperson for Victoria's Environment Department said, it can happen either because of climate changes, or an opportunity to get food in the Nothern hemisphere.
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The Extinction Rebellion movement, a socio-political movement that uses non-violent methods to oppose climate changes, is going to do a 'spring rebellion' around Melbourne from October 7 till 11. They have already set a tent in Carlton Gardens and near the State Parliament. The activists said, they are going to create disruption in Melbourne. Police, in renurn, informed, they will arrest anyone, who violates calm in the city.
Spokeswoman Jane Morton clarifies, that it is the only way to appeal to the government to listen about what is happening with climate. She also says, they are ready to be arrested because of disruption. Police said, the Extinction Rebellion has a right to strike, but the city dwellers have a right to move freely around the city. Environment Victoria gas supported the activists. They say, their actions are understandable in such times, when the politicians do nothing to improve the ecological situation.
Today before the midday a tram in the inner Melbourne flew off its tracks. There were 25 men and women inside of it, when it happened. Frightened passengers, including a baby, were cast around the tram. It's wonderfully, that neither passengers, nor pedestrians were seriously injured in this crash, which happened in the suburb of Kew today. The accident occured on Cotham Road. Some witnesses said, that it happened because of a white car, which intended to force its way between the tram and a roadworks machine. So, the tram derailed and all the passengers found themselves on the floor. Someone escaped with only cuts, someone has been taken away by ambulance. The driver of the car, who is 74, will be questioned by police, as well as the tram driver. The tram stopped in the yard of one elderly woman.
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According to the reports, a 27-year old man has been stabbed in a western Sydney skate park following some arguments with four people. The police said in the statement that the man was at the Endeavour Avenue park in St Clair. Four people approached him, and they have little chat with him.
After some time they all left and left the man stabbed. The man was treated by the paramedics at the scene for the multiple wounds and then moved to the Westmead Hospital in stable condition. The identity of the four people who stabbed the man is still unknown. The investigation is going on, and the police are searching for clues that may lead to the suspects.
The Salvation Army is now $.392 million richer after a young couple bought one of the properties they own in Sydney. The run-down home consists of four bedrooms, and it is located property at 10 Thames Street in Balmain. Around 2 dozen people took part in the auction on a rainy morning.
There were 198 auctions listed for the day which is considered a quieter weekend partly due to the NRL grand final and Labour Day long weekend. By the evening the Domain group sold 136 properties with a record of 75% clearance. The home was built in 1863 1863 by local architect James McDonald, who later became Balmain mayor and six parties bid on the property. AuctionWorks auctioneer Karen Harvey said that the property managed to attract a lot of attention due to its rarity, size and location.