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Victoria's entire network of road safety cameras to be reviewed over software virus - ABC Online

All of Victoria's 280 red light and speed cameras will be reviewed in the coming weeks to make sure they have not been infected with a software virus, but officials have warned they will still be operational.

A total of 97 cameras have now been identified as having the virus, mistakenly put into the cameras by a contractor during a routine maintenance program.

The matter has caused police to withdraw up to 8,000 fines issued between June 6 and June 22, in case they are incorrect.

Police cancelled almost 600 speeding and red light tickets on Friday after 55 cameras in Melbourne and country Victoria were found to be infected with the WannaCry virus.

Police Minister Lisa Neville on Saturday said one of the contract providers for the cameras, Redflex, contacted the Department of Justice at 5:55pm on Friday and told them 42 additional cameras had been...


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Melbourne gang violence: Australian Federal Police to tackle Victorian street violence youth gangs - Herald Sun

FEDERAL intelligence and forensic officers will join ­forces with Victoria Police squads to form an elite team to crack down on youth gangs running riot across Melbourne.

Victorian authorities will, for the first time, be granted access to the Australian ­Federal Police’s rapid forensic labs and criminal intelligence ­mapping as part of a renewed blitz on street gang-related ­violence and crime.

Authorities are also preparing to make further use ­federal “character laws” to ­deport non-Australian offenders over the age of 18 as part of their ­armoury.

Police attend the notorious Moomba riots at Federation Square last year.

They will also use hi-tech crime-fighting capabilities to target gang leaders who are using social media to recruit new members.

The new direction is based on a similar model in the US, where the Los Angeles Police Department joined with the Federal Bureau of...


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Turnbull's anti-gang boost for Victoria amounts to one extra officer - The Australian

Malcolm Turnbull inspects seized weapons at Australian Federal Police headquarters in Melbourne. Picture: Getty Images

Only one extra Australian Federal Police officer will help Victoria Police tackle gang crime under plans unveiled by the Turnbull government yesterday, prompting a former senior detective to label it a “storm in a teacup”.

Malcolm Turnbull arrived in Melbourne yesterday to reveal that Victoria would receive one dedicated AFP intelligence officer to share information on gang members with Victoria Police.

The officer is part a $321 million funding increase to the federal police announced in the budget, which will staff the AFP with an extra 100 intelligence experts across Australia, as well as 100 tactical response officers and 100 forensic specialists.

“The key to keeping Australians safe from organised crime, from terrorism, from street gangs of the kind that have...


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Turkey pushed Victorian MPs to boycott community dinner - The Australian

Exiled Turkish Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen.

The Erdogan regimen has ­attempted to exploit tensions in Victoria’s large Turkish community by pressuring federal and state parliamentarians to boycott an iftar, a Ramadan fast-breaking dinner, organised by an Australian community organisation ­inspired by exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Turkey’s Melbourne consulate wrote to all Victorian MPs ahead of this month’s dinner ­accusing the event organiser, the Australian Intercultural Society, of having links with last year’s failed coup in Turkey and urging all MPs not to attend.

The Turkish government intervention was rebuked by 16 members of the Victorian and federal parliament, representing Labor, the Liberals, the Greens and minor parties, taking their seats at the June 5 event.

A co-host of the dinner, state Liberal MP Inga Peulich, said the Turkish government was entitled to raise...


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Census data 2016: Melbourne overtakes Sydney as most popular city - Herald Sun

MELBOURNE is one of the fastest growing cities in Australia, with inner city suburbs Brunswick and Richmond booming.

Wyndham in the city’s west is also experiencing one of the biggest growth surges in the state.

The Census 2016 figures released on Tuesday morning reveal how Melbourne will overtake Sydney as the most populous Australian city — with an average of almost 2000 new residents moving here each week.

The Census, taken less than 10 months ago by the Bureau of Statistics, show since 2011:

— The City of Melbourne’s population grew by 45 per cent (up 94,000 to 136,000)

— There was a 34 per cent growth in Wyndham in the city’s west (up 56,000 to 220,000)

— The Surf Coast-Bellarine Peninsula was the highest growing regional area (up 18 per cent)

— Bendigo’s population grew by 9.6 per cent, while Ballarat’s population grew by 8.6 per cent

— Melbourne was the third-fastest growing...


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Victorian Government “tees off” with course strategy - Golf Australia

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The Victorian Government kicked off their planning strategy for the golf industry last week by releasing Planning for Golf in Victoria, a strategy to promote the growth and sustainability of golf for recreation and tourism purposes while addressing future land use impacts.

Planning for Golf in Victoria has been formed as part of the Plan Melbourne 2017 – 2050 Implementation Plan. A task force has been established to develop a strategy that addresses some key issues facing Victorian golf courses. These include but are not limited to, declining club memberships, rising operating costs and the contested nature of golf course land developments.

It is designed to capture the value golf courses play in urban planning and identify the full range of benefits they offer the Victorian community. Ultimately a planning decision framework for golf course land development proposals will be...


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Want to migrate to Australia? Victoria releases new Skilled Occupations List - SBS

From 1 July 2017, applications for ICT occupations re-open with new application process.

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Mosiqi Acharya

27 Jun 2017 - 10:21 AM  UPDATED 5 HOURS AGO

In November 2016, SBS Hindi reported about Victorian Government’s decision to temporary stop accepting applications for skilled visa for certain ICT occupations.

Skilled visa applications for 11 occupations were temporarily closed by the Victorian Government for certain ICT occupations from 11 November 2016 till 6 March 2017 which was later revised and extended till 30 June 2017. 

The state government has announced that from 1 July 2017, the Victorian Skilled and Business Migration Program will reopen applications for ICT occupations. 

New application process for ICT occupations

Due to the high number of ICT applications that Victoria receives, the state government is changing the application process for ICT occupations. The aim of...


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Victorian greenhouse gets $565m wind farm - The Australian

Victorian greenhouse gets $565m wind farm

A huge new wind farm will power a hydroponic farm in western Victoria as part of a $565 million expansion.

The Nectar Farms business at Stawell will expand from 10 hectares to 40 and be powered by a new wind farm and battery storage facility, the state government announced on Tuesday.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says the project will make Stawell Nectar Farms the world's first ever protected crop farm completely powered by renewable energy.

"This really is a great example of what's possible when you have a Victorian renewable energy target, a government that's sensible, balanced, (and) job-friendly planning laws," Mr Andrews told reporters on Tuesday.

Three-quarters of the 1300 jobs created will be in construction, while about 270 will be ongoing at Nectar Farms and the wind facility.

The wind farm will include 56 turbines at a...


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Australia's third-largest wind farm switches on to full capacity - RenewEconomy

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Victoria, Australia – June 27, 2017 – Victoria’s Ararat Wind Farm was officially opened today with a ceremony in Ararat to mark the completion of the 240MW wind farm. The wind farm is now operating at full capacity providing enough electricity to power the equivalent of 120,000 homes across Victoria and the ACT.

The $450 million wind farm development, financed by shareholders Partners Group (on behalf of its clients), RES, OPTrust and GE, was the first wind farm development to be signed following restored bipartisan support for the Renewable Energy Target (RET) in June 2015.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, Victorian Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio, Member for Wannon Dan Tehan and Member for Brindabella Mick Gentleman attended the ceremony to mark the completion of construction and commencement of full operations.

“I would like to congratulate RES Australia and...


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Century-long driving ban for Melbourne man - NEWS.com.au

A 24-year-old Victorian man disqualified from driving for 100 years has a "horrific history" for only driving for a few years, police say.

Highway Patrol Senior Constable Kev Hooper said he intercepted the silver 2000 Mitsubishi Lancer driving on the Westgate Freeway at Altona on Thursday.

He said he checked the car's number plates matched the colour, model and make of the car but the Pascoe Vale male driver had a century-long driving ban.

"He doesn't like stopping for police," he told AAP on Friday.

"He has a horrific history for someone driving as short a time as he has."

Sen Const Hooper said a magistrate had to put an end date on a disqualification, so made it 100 years.

"As a result of his offences, he has to complete a safe driver program and until he does that he has been disqualified," he said on Friday.

Sen Const Hooper said he had a number or serious driving matters and...


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Melbourne gang violence: Australian Federal Police to tackle Victorian street violence youth gangs - Herald Sun

FEDERAL intelligence and forensic officers will join ­forces with Victoria Police squads to form an elite team to crack down on youth gangs running riot across Melbourne.

Victorian authorities will, for the first time, be granted access to the Australian ­Federal Police’s rapid forensic labs and criminal intelligence ­mapping as part of a renewed blitz on street gang-related ­violence and crime.

Authorities are also preparing to make further use ­federal “character laws” to ­deport non-Australian offenders over the age of 18 as part of their ­armoury.

Police attend the notorious Moomba riots at Federation Square last year.

They will also use hi-tech crime-fighting capabilities to target gang leaders who are using social media to recruit new members.

The new direction is based on a similar model in the US, where the Los Angeles Police Department joined with the Federal Bureau of...


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Victoria's entire network of road safety cameras to be reviewed over software virus - ABC Online

All of Victoria's 280 red light and speed cameras will be reviewed in the coming weeks to make sure they have not been infected with a software virus, but officials have warned they will still be operational.

A total of 97 cameras have now been identified as having the virus, mistakenly put into the cameras by a contractor during a routine maintenance program.

The matter has caused police to withdraw up to 8,000 fines issued between June 6 and June 22, in case they are incorrect.

Police cancelled almost 600 speeding and red light tickets on Friday after 55 cameras in Melbourne and country Victoria were found to be infected with the WannaCry virus.

Police Minister Lisa Neville on Saturday said one of the contract providers for the cameras, Redflex, contacted the Department of Justice at 5:55pm on Friday and told them 42 additional cameras had been...


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Man killed in crash after Northcote police chase - Herald Sun

A MAN has died after crashing his car as he sped away from police at 120km/h in a Northcote street last night.

The man was found lying outside the car on Victoria Rd about 11pm after it smashed into a fence and two parked cars.

A police officer involved in the pursuit attempted to save the man but he died at the scene.

Police had earlier tried to intercept the Holden on nearby Dundas Street over a traffic matter.

Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer said the whole incident unravelled in 30 seconds at speeds in excess of 120km/h.

A man has died crashing his car into parked cars after a short pursuit with police, on Victoria street Northcote. Picture: Nicole GarmstonOne of the damaged parked cars. Picture: Nicole GarmstonA tree lands in the middle of the road where a man died after fleeing from police. Picture: Nicole Garmston


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Man killed after crashing during high-speed police chase in Melbourne's inner north - ABC Online

Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer speaks about the crash
Related Story: Victoria Police won't 'educate criminals' about revised pursuit policy

A man, believed to be in his 30s, has died after crashing a car during a high-speed police chase in Melbourne's inner north.

Key points:

  • Police say man made "conscious decision" to drive at reckless speed
  • No seatbelt worn, alcohol believed to be involved, police say
  • Victoria Police's Professional Standard Commands to investigate

Police said the man, who was driving a station wagon, was found lying on the road at Victoria Road, Northcote, about 11:00pm.

The driver, who has not been formally identified, died at the scene.

Highway Patrol officers had earlier tried to intercept the car on nearby Dundas Street for a traffic matter, police said.

The driver sped away to Victoria...


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Melbourne Woolworths evacuated by bomb squad - Yahoo7 News

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A Melbourne supermarket was evacuated on Tuesday morning after the bomb squad was called in to investigate a suspicious package.

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The Arson and Explosives Squad was called to the Woolworths supermarket in Ashwood after reports of the suspect article.

The Arson and Explosives Squad has been called to the Melbourne supermarket. Source: 7 News

The supermarket southeast of the city was evacuated as a precaution while the specialist police officers carried out their investigation.

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Victoria regional rail to get $1.6b injection - Herald Sun

TRAIN commuters will get extra services, upgraded stations and faster trips thanks to a long-awaited $1.6 billion injection into Victoria’s ageing regional rail network.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will today unveil a major funding package for nine railway lines running to all corners of Victoria.

The Herald Sun can reveal the PM contacted Premier Daniel Andrews last night to offer $1.42 billion for the project, ending a stalemate in which Canberra had refused to put in more than $1 billion and Victoria had baulked at providing its own funding.

The biggest winners are the Ballarat and Gippsland lines, where almost $1 billion is to be spent on upgrades, including major track duplications. The North East, Surf Coast and Warrnambool lines will benefit, as will Bendigo, Echuca and Shepparton, and the Murray Basin freight network.

Another $95 million is to be spent upgrading the...


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Vic's $1.4b win for federal rail cash - NEWS.com.au

Victoria has won its $1.4 billion spat with Canberra over its reward for selling the Port of Melbourne lease, with money now flowing to regional rail upgrades.

The Turnbull government has committed to pumping $1.42 billion into regional rail and the Andrews government will tip $150 million into the fund.

The mammoth project will revamp the Ballarat and Gippsland lines and provide small upgrades to six other regional lines.

"It is going to make an enormous difference to business, to the economy of this state, to bring all of those regional cities closer to Melbourne and Melbourne closer to them," Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters on Tuesday.

The federal government had previously offered Victoria only $877 million from the asset-recycling fund for the Port of Melbourne lease sale.

It argued the state didn't apply or get approval in time before the June 30, 2016,...


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Body lies in Melbourne house for a week - NEWS.com.au

A body of a man shot dead in a Melbourne home was not discovered for almost a week.

The dead 49-year-old Deer Park man was found in his home on Erin Square on Monday afternoon when neighbours and a person known to the man entered his home, police said on Tuesday.

Investigations have revealed neighbours heard at least one gunshot about 3am on June 20.

Police won't yet reveal what part of his body was shot or where in his house he was at the time of his death.

Detective Inspector Tim Day says he's unsure how the killer got in and out of the house.

"I have no information to suggest there is a rogue gunman out there shooting at anybody," Det Insp Day told reporters.

"There will be a reason behind this, there is always a reason behind it.

"Whether the deceased is known to the offender, that's what the investigation will uncover."

The victim is believed to have been running a sewing...


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How Victoria became Australia's pot capital - The Age - The Age

While Canberra is the nation's capital Melbourne can quite rightly boast of being the unofficial capital when it comes to matters of real importance.

Such as footy, wine bars, stern-faced bearded baristas, gangland wars, birdman rallies, penguins on parade, trams, asthma and even airports. And for some reason Melbourne has become the cannabis capital of Australia with sophisticated international syndicates pumping out tonnes from state-of-the-art grow houses dotted around suburbia and, increasingly, rural Victoria.

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