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Tourism Australia pulls promotion of Bushrangers Bay after drowning


A 90-minute drive from Melbourne and then accessible only via a 45-minute walk, it is described as Mornington Peninsula’s remotest beach by local surfing mates Sam Kallis and Jack Smolik.

“It’s a high-risk, high-hazard kind of area,” said Mr Smolik, a peninsula resident since birth. “And the fact there’s no lifeguards, it’s so remote there’s not many people coming to save you here. All those factors contribute.”

Above the rock pools at a remote end of the beach is a cliff face that director Spike Jonez featured in the film Where the Wild Things Are.

Three signs on the path to Bushrangers Bay warn of strong currents, powerful surf and dangerous conditions. A red wooden sign at the entrance to the beach reads: “Warning/Danger”. “Sudden large waves. Strong rip currents. Unstable cliff edges.” No information accompanies the rock pools.

Peter Panos had visited Bushrangers Bay and the rock pools on Tuesday with 15 family members ranging in age from 12 to 60. He calls the rock pools the “washing machine”.

“The surf was pretty harsh. We were there at low tide, but there was water smashing around a lot of people swimming and playing around in there,” said Mr Panos, a seasoned fisherman who intentionally visited at low tide.

Drowning victim Aida Hamed.

Drowning victim Aida Hamed.

“One or two struggled to get out of that rockpool, who we assisted. There was a white wash of water and one guy actually sunk because there was a lot of bubbles. He seemed like he was quite confident, but that initial reaction he had when he went under those bubbles of water … I think he himself got a shock. This was when it was relatively safe.”

Ms Hamed was one of three people to die in separate water tragedies on Wednesday. A man in his 80s died after being pulled unconscious from the water at Rye front beach, and a woman in her 20s drowned after helping a teenage girl in distress at Venus Bay in Gippsland.

On Thursday, Tourism Australia asked for internet site Broadsheet to remove its sponsored content promoting Bushrangers Bay as a “lesser known swimming spot to explore”.

“There are lots of places to swim on the Mornington Peninsula, but places like Bushrangers Bay are a little harder to find, which is what makes them so special,” the sponsored content said.

“Walk along the basalt cliffs and cool off in the water at low tide. The rock pools here come in many shapes and sizes – some as big and deep as full-size pools, others small enough for just one to bathe in – all with ocean views.”

A warning sign at Bushrangers Bay.

A warning sign at Bushrangers Bay.Credit:Michael Fowler

Tourism Australia on Thursday extended condolences to Ms Hamed’s family.

“Whilst the reference to cooling off in the water ‘at low tide’ was in line with advice from Life Saving Victoria that Bushrangers Bay is ‘moderately safe when waves are low’, we have requested that Broadsheet remove this content,” a Tourism Australia spokeswoman said.

Tourism Australia’s own website, Australia.com, discourages swimming at Bushrangers Bay and describes the site as a coastal walking destination.

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Life Saving Victoria general manager Liam Krige said he completely understood promoting the “beautiful location”.

“We want people to be able to enjoy these places, but we want them to do so safely. So we want them to look up the safety information … be right across the dangers and don’t underestimate the currents. The sea has the potential to cause you harm at any point so be vigilant about your safety.”

On Thursday, Premier Daniel Andrews urged Victorians to be extra cautious this summer.

“It’s got to be a partnership. It’s a timely, tragic reminder of just how dangerous, our beautiful coastline can be. Please, swim between the flags, please swim in conditions that you know about and are certain about and to your ability,” Mr Andrews said.

He extended his sympathies to the families of the victims and honoured the volunteers and emergency service workers who will “carry the burden of that experience”.

There have been 38 drownings since July 1, with the toll in the past six months surpassing any 12-month total in records going back to 2000.

There were 34 drownings in the 12 months to June 30 last year, according to Life Saving Victoria records.

Emergency Services Commissioner Andrew Crisp said it was possible there were fewer opportunities to head to the beach last summer during the devastating fire season.

Children missed their swimming lessons last year as a result of COVID-19 lockdowns, which had also affected people’s fitness and could have contributed to a higher drowning toll, Mr Crisp said.

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Aida Hamed identified as Bushrangers Bay drowning victim


Another friend, Kefayat Nouri, told The Age that Ms Hamed was a “nice, kind and lovely soul”.

The 45-year-old, an employee of Australia Post, was a “much-loved member” of the Lalor post office.

“We are deeply saddened at the passing of Aida Hamed,” a spokesman for Australia Post said.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to Aida’s family and colleagues at this sad time.”

Friends are mourning Ms Hamed.

Friends are mourning Ms Hamed.

Another friend wrote on Facebook: “You will always be my sunshine, my beautiful friend. You were taken from us way too soon.”

Another said Ms Hamed was “loved by everyone” and had “such a beautiful soul and heart”.

“No words can be said to describe the pain of losing you,” another friend wrote. “You brought happiness to everyone that met you with your gorgeous smile and warming heart, we will miss you forever.”

Several helicopters were deployed to the dramatic scene at Bushrangers Bay where two men had jumped into the water to rescue Ms Hamed, her friend and two teenage girls after they were swept into the sea by a large wave.

Victoria Police confirmed a 45-year-old woman, a 47-year-old woman, a 19-year-old woman and a 13-year-old girl had been swept into the sea about 3.30pm on Monday. Two men, aged 28 and 47, then jumped in after them.

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Multiple helicopters from Victoria Police, Life Saving Victoria and Air Ambulance scoured the water for the six people, alongside water police and local lifesavers.

All were pulled from the water, including Ms Hamed. Paramedics transported the five survivors to hospital: four to Frankston Hospital and one to Rosebud Hospital.

Mornington Peninsular Local Area Commander Inspector Janene Denton said if two bystanders hadn’t jumped in to assist the four family members, there might have been more fatalities.

A view from Bushrangers bay lookout at the Mornington Peninsula on Thursday.

A view from Bushrangers bay lookout at the Mornington Peninsula on Thursday.Credit:Paul Jeffers

“If they hadn’t done that, I think more people [would have] drowned, more people [would have] lost their life,” Inspector Denton said.

“It can be very, very hazardous … these waves crept up in this situation.”

Inspector Denton said one of the men, an off-duty lifeguard, grabbed his surfboard and huddled the imperilled swimmers together to keep them afloat until they could be rescued.

Three of the women, including Ms Hamed, were winched out of the water by helicopters. The 13-year-old girl and the two rescuers were pulled into a Victoria Police boat.

In a separate incident, a man in his 80s died on Wednesday after being pulled unconscious from the water at Rye front beach.

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The day’s third drowning happened on Wednesday night at Venus Bay in Gippsland where, police said, a teenage girl was seen struggling in the water about 7.30pm and a number of people entered the water to help her. One of those who went to help, a woman in her 20s, got into trouble herself.

Police said an off-duty lifeguard pulled the woman from the water and started CPR but could not revive her.

All others involved in the incident came out of the water unharmed, including the teenager who had initially been in distress.

Police will prepare reports for the coroner for all three deaths.

Meanwhile, police are also investigating after a three-year-old girl was pulled unconscious from Lysterfield Lake about 5.50pm on Wednesday. Emergency Services worked on the girl and she was revived. She was transferred to the Royal Children’s Hospital and remained in a critical condition on Thursday morning.

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Bushrangers Bay drowning victim identified


A single mother who died when she was swept off rocks into the ocean on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula has been remembered by a friend as “the most beautiful person on earth”.

Aida Hamed, 45, drowned off Bushrangers Bay on Wednesday afternoon after a freak wave washed her and three others into hazardous waters about 3.30pm.

Ms Hamed, of Epping in Melbourne’s north, was visiting the remote beach on a day trip, Victoria Police Inspector Janene Denton said.

It’s understood the Australia Post employee was washed into the sea with a female friend, 47, and her friend’s two daughters, 13 and 19.

The other three survived after the quick thinking by an off-duty lifeguard who dived into the water, with the group clinging to his surfboard.

Ms Hamed was pulled from the water but she could not be revived despite the efforts of emergency services.

One of her friends, Leyla Shi, told NCA NewsWire that Ms Ahmed was “the most beautiful person on earth”.

“She had a beautiful heart,” Ms Shi said.

“She was a single mother of four kids. She loved life and travelling – a beautiful soul.”

Inspector Denton said there would have been more deaths “without doubt” if not for the bravery of two men, aged 24 and 48, who dived in after the group.

The 24-year-old hero, an off-duty lifeguard, was able to use his surfboard as a makeshift flotation device that the struggling family clung to until police arrived.

A 48-year-old man also leapt into the water to help.

Neither men knew each other but didn’t think twice about working together to save strangers’ lives, Inspector Denton said.

“They’re (the rescuers) doing fine, it was huge effort on their behalf and a really brave act,” she said.

Inspector Denton referred to Ms Ahmed as the “aunty” of the two teenagers rescued at the scene.

“They’re still receiving care,” she said.

“They were just swept off by a really large wave. It’s a treacherous place, it’s a hazardous place – it can be calm and it can turn quite rough. I wouldn’t call it unusual.

“The size of the wave has completely taken them by surprise.”

An Australia Post spokesperson said the organisation was “deeply saddened” by Ms Hamed’s death.

“She was a much-loved member of Australia Post’s Lalor licensed post office. We extend our deepest sympathies to Aida’s family and colleagues at this sad time,” the statement said.

Inspector Denton said the incident was a reminder of the dangers involved in swimming at remote and un-patrolled locations like Bushrangers Bay.

“It’s actually very difficult for emergency services to get in there. Swim where the beaches are patrolled,” he said.



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Three dead, six rescued in Victorian water tragedies at Bushrangers Bay, Venus Bay and Rye


Police said an off-duty lifeguard pulled the woman from the water and started CPR but could not revive her. Victoria Police said late on Wednesday they would probe the death and send findings to the coroner.

In the first drowning, police confirmed a man in his 80s was pulled from the water at Tootgarook about 4pm on Wednesday, but he was unable to be revived.

Several helicopters were deployed to a dramatic scene at Bushrangers Bay at Cape Schanck on the Mornington Peninsula where two men had jumped into the water trying to rescue a group of four women and girls who were swept into the sea by a large wave.

Victoria Police confirmed a 45-year-old woman, a 47-year-old woman, a 19-year-old woman and a 13-year-old girl were swept into the sea about 3.30pm. They were followed by two men, aged 28 and 47, who entered the water to assist the group of four in distress.

Multiple helicopters from Victoria Police, Life Saving Victoria and Air Ambulance scoured the water for the six people, alongside water police and local lifesavers.

All were pulled from the water, including the deceased 45-year-old woman.

The same spot where the group of four were washed away, according to an eyewitness.

The same spot where the group of four were washed away, according to an eyewitness.

A witness, who did not wish to be named, told The Age two men jumped in after the group to help.

“They climbed to the rock, then [a] big wave came, and swept them off into the water,” they said.

The witness said the waves crashing against the rocks were large at the time of the incident.

Life Saving Victoria’s General Manager of Lifesaving Services Liam Krige said crews arrived on scene about 4pm and began winching two of the people to a nearby headland, where they were met by paramedics.

Air Ambulance and other emergency services on scene on Wednesday.

Air Ambulance and other emergency services on scene on Wednesday.Credit:Nine News Melbourne

Only two people could be transported at a time due to the capacity of the helicopter, he said.

“In the interim, an LSV lifeguard paddled to two of the remaining swimmers, keeping them afloat on their rescue board while the helicopter crews continued the winching operation,” he said.

“At around 4.30pm, Air Ambulance also arrived on scene and commenced winching a further person from the water.

“Shortly after, Police Air Wing and Water Police arrived on scene by boat and collected the final two swimmers, the LSV lifeguard and a bystander who had entered the water to assist.”

Aerial footage from the scene on Wednesday.

Aerial footage from the scene on Wednesday.Credit:Nine News Melbourne

Paramedics transported the five survivors to hospital: four to Frankston Hospital and one to Rosebud Hospital.

Frankston hospital was treating the 47-year-old woman who was reported to be in a serious but stable condition on Wednesday night, along with the 19-year-old woman and a 13-year-old girl.

Life Saving Victoria’s Mr Kriger said he and his staff’s thoughts were with those affected by the tragedy.

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“This incident is a stark reminder of the importance of always exercising caution around water and never taking your eyes off the surf,” he said. “Many people who are rescued never planned on entering the water.”

“Even when you don’t intend on swimming, you should never underestimate the power of the ocean.

“Bushrangers Bay is an unpatrolled beach located at a remote stretch of coastline, making it difficult for emergency services to access if you get into trouble.”

The beach is known for its dangerous conditions.

Bushrangers Bay is not patrolled by Life Saving Victoria, according to beachsafe.org.au.

The service describes the 300m beach as “moderately safe” for swimming when waves are low.

“However stay on the bar and clear of the rocks, and rips against the rocks,” the advice reads.

In January 2019, Melbourne musician Jjay De Melo drowned while swimming with a friend at Bushrangers Bay.

In 2017 seven people were swept off the rocks by a large wave, with one man airlifted to hospital in a critical condition.

On the back of a record number of drownings last year, the Victorian government launched a campaign targeting the two most at-risk groups – younger males from non-English speaking backgrounds with limited water skills and “complacent” middle-aged men.

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At Venus Bay south-east of Melbourne, police said a teenage girl was seen struggling in the water about 7.30pm and a number of people entered the water to help her. One of those, a woman in her 20s, got into trouble herself.

The woman was pulled from the water by an off duty lifeguard and she was given CPR but couldn’t be revived.

All others involved in the incident came out of the water unharmed, including the teen who had initially been in distress.

Police will prepare reports for the coroner for all three deaths.

Meanwhile, police are investigating after a three-year-old girl was pulled unconscious from Lysterfield Lake about 5.50pm on Wednesday. Emergency Services worked on the girl and she was revived. She was transferred to the Royal Children’s Hospital and remained in a critical condition on Thursday morning.

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Police crack down on Byron Bay illegal beach parties


About 200 backpackers have allegedly gathered at an illegal beach party in Byron Bay, just hours after health authorities warned mass gatherings could easily become “superspreader events”.

Furious locals took to social media to show images of trash, including empty bottles of alcohol and dumped eskies and bins scattered across Belongil Beach on Sunday morning.

The images were accompanied with a post saying the disgusting mess was the “remains of a backpacker beach party” from Boxing Day.

“I know it was a backpackers party because I was tasked to find a lost phone,” Ivan Saric wrote.

“There were smouldering logs from the fire and broken glass throughout the sand. The sand had so much buried trash that I was stepping on buried bottles, cans and trash of every description. This is bloody disgusting.”

Mr Saric alleged about 200 people had attended the gathering.

“The fire would have been visible from most beaches in the bay,” he said.

“The beach needs patrolling to stop this c**p, maybe locals that live nearby can report to the police.”

The Tweed and Byron Police District also said officers had been called to break up about 300 people at Belongil Beach in the early hours on Sunday.

There were also 300 people gathered at another party at Main Beach.

Under the current restrictions, outdoor gatherings are limited to no more than 100 people in a public place including beaches and parks.

NSW Police said they had seen an increase in large public gatherings requiring “significant clean-up efforts”.

Police moved on large crowds gathered at Apex Park on Thursday and Friday, and were again called to the National Park area at Tyagarah about midnight on Saturday – where another illegal party had been organised.

Tweed/Byron Police District Commander Superintendent David Roptell warned police would be focusing on illegal parties over New Year’s.

“This year’s Christmas and New Year’s celebrations must be conducted in a COVID-safe environment,” he said.

“In saying that, we have a very clear message to those choosing to come to Byron over the Christmas and New Year period – this year is very different, there will be no large gatherings, no dance parties in the park. Social distancing is the new normal, and we all have to do our bit to stop the spread.”

It comes after NSW Police were called to Bronte Beach in Sydney‘s eastern suburbs to break up large crowds gathered at a Christmas Day party.

There were scores of revellers in Santa hats who appeared to be giving little consideration to social distancing.

It prompted a stern warning from NSW health authorities that these type of gatherings were not encouraged over Christmas and New Years over fears they could turn into “superspreader events”.

“It is absolutely appalling to see what was clearly a group of people, a large gathering of people who didn‘t give a damn about the rest of Sydney,” NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said on Saturday.

“Let me tell you, that event, I am hoping, will not become a superspreader event. But there’s every chance that it could be.

“Obviously in the earlier stages of the pandemic we had some challenges with backpackers who clearly wanted to party in the eastern suburbs. It cannot go on.”

Gladys Berejiklian will address the media later on Sunday morning with the state’s latest coronavirus case numbers.



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Byron Bay party with ‘200+ people’ who trashed beach angers locals


Byron Bay locals are furious this morning after waking up to find their prized beach trashed by backpackers in a crazy party with more than 200 attendees.

Angry residents shared photos of the rubbish scattered across the sand in Belongil Beach, the main strip of beach in Byron Bay along the northern NSW coast.

Tweed/Byron police were kept very busy last night from shutting down multiple illegal parties, with no more than 100 people allowed at outdoor gatherings because of COVID-19 restrictions.

It comes after Sydney siders were caught throwing a massive party in the eastern suburbs’ Bronte Beach on Christmas Day.

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard called the Sydney event “appalling” and a 25-year-old man was arrested and charged for ignoring police officers.

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Although Australia’s backpacker community largely went home after news of the coronavirus pandemic broke, locals believe backpackers are to blame for the wild party that happened on Saturday night, December 26.

“This was the remains of a back packer beach party at Belongil Beach yesterday,” a local posted to a community Facebook page.

“I know it was a backpackers party bc (because) I was tasked to find a lost phone.

“There were smouldering logs from the fire & broken glass throughout the sand.

“The sand had so much buried trash that I was stepping on buried bottles, cans & trash of every description. This is bloody disgusting.”

Another local said “Apparently there was 200+ people.

“Everyone should be able to grab a rubbish bag and do their part, bunch of lazy ass pigs. So disrespectful. No wonder locals are mad.”

Tweed/Byron Police estimate that number to be higher, after shutting down the Belongil Beach party where they said 300 people had gathered.

It wasn’t the only illegal party happening last night.

Police said they broke up a gathering at the National Park area at Tyagarah around midnight and they also crashed a gathering at Main Beach where another 300 people were partying.

Early this morning, police attended Apex Park after a large number of people gathered.

“Police moved on the group and ensured the alcohol they were consuming was tipped out,” officers said in a statement.

During the many parties, police seized music equipment and issued 73 parking infringements.

Police are now urging visitors and locals alike “to celebrate responsibly” and reminded everyone that public places are “alcohol-free zone(s)”.

Tweed/Byron Police District Commander, Superintendent David Roptell, is appealing for those involved to respect the environment and be mindful of the amount of rubbish left behind.

“It’s not fair for council workers and locals to have to clean the significant mess that is being left after each of these gatherings. I urge those who are intent on meeting in parks and beaches to not only do so safely but be respectful to the environment and those around you by cleaning up after yourself,” Supt Roptell said.

Locals said a bonfire on the beach was so large that it “would have been visible from most beaches in the bay”.

Now residents are calling for their beach to be patrolled by police to stop it from happening again.

“The beach needs patrolling to stop this crap, maybe locals that live nearby can report to the police,” said one person on social media.

Others called for the perpetrators to be kicked out of the country.

“Disgusting. Strip the visa of the poeple (sic) responsible for those trash or at least make an example out of a few so the others won’t do it again …”

Byron Bay is a popular vacation spot and is home to many Aussie celebrities including Chris Hemsworth and wife Elsa Pataky, and earlier this year Zac Efron was spotted staying there



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Wilsons Promontory to get $6m fence to keep foxes, cats and deer at bay as part of $23m budget package


Parks Victoria chief conservation scientist Mark Norman said the 10-kilometre fence would create a 50,000 hectare sanctuary allowing vulnerable species to thrive, including ground parrots, southern brown bandicoot and long-nosed potoroo.

“I think climate change, and even the recent bushfires, has really shown people how precious and vulnerable nature is,” he said.

Dr Norman said farmland next to the promontory would be leased so the fence could be built without damaging any native vegetation.

The fence will be built across the Yanakie isthmus, which connects the promontory to the mainland, allowing Parks Victoria to focus on eradicating pests that have invaded the national park. It will be almost two-metres high and dug deep into the ground to prevent animals burrowing beneath.

Dr Norman said feral animals had presented a persistent challenge at Wilsons Promontory and were responsible for killing thousands of native species every year.

But the fence, Dr Norman said, would help to bring the national park closer to its original state.

The planned fence will cross the Yabakie isthmus.

The planned fence will cross the Yabakie isthmus.

“It allows us to once and for all remove foxes, cats and deer from that area.”

Some animals that no longer dwell in Wilsons Promontory will be reintroduced, including eastern bristlebird, eastern bettong and the spot-tailed quoll – a native marsupial cat.

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“We’re hoping these animals will become household names,” Dr Norman said. “We’ll bring them back into the sanctuary as we get rid of the pests.”

The funding will also go towards upgrading walking tracks and car parks.

Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said the investment would help preserve and improve Wilsons Promontory.

“This funding will protect the prom’s spectacular and unique coastal wilderness and help more people enjoy it,” she said.

Some environment groups have long called for the construction of a predator fence at Wilsons Promontory. The Coalition promised to build a fence during the 2018 election campaign at a cost of $1.8 million.

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Sculptural bricks blend old with new in Rose Bay


With apartments on one side and townhouses on the other, the form of this sculptural development was partially driven by the need for privacy, as well as creating an outlook.

“Brick was going to be ingrained in our design from the outset, but we were keen to give brick a greater sense of fluidity,” says Waterman.

As well as creating a series of curves, MHN Design Union used two different types of white brick: one matt, the other glossy.

“The building is never static.

The reflection of the light on the bricks continually changes depending on the time of day, giving them an animated quality,” he adds.

Spotted gum soffits complete a limited palette of materials.

Spotted gum soffits complete a limited palette of materials.Credit:Brett Boardman

To allow these sculptural bricks to further come to the foreground, irrespective of the elevation (the property runs west-east), the architects used matt black steel for some of the walls concealed behind the brick blades, as well as for the balustrades and cladding for the entire top-level apartments.

Spotted gum soffits complete the limited palette of materials.

Rather than dominate the front facade with an entrance, reducing the garden space, the architects created a sinuous path of raised concrete garden beds at the core of the development, separating the front apartments from those at the rear.

The lobby’s crazy bluestone paving and hit-and-miss brickwork, combined with an overhead skylight, creates an indoor-outdoor feel upon arrival.

Operable windows behind the brickwork allow for cross-ventilation.

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“We were mindful of providing a certain quality of light, whether you were arriving at your front door or in the three bedrooms,” says Waterman.

The interiors designed by Lawless & Meyerson, also reflect the high standard of finishes for the empty nester market, with the third bedroom conceived as either as a study or a guest bedroom.

Marble kitchens and bathrooms, and European oak parquetry floors combined with bespoke joinery, are all included.

Strategically placed skylights in areas such as kitchens also add to the private yet open feel.

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And to ensure all the habitable rooms receive natural light and have an aspect, the wet areas such as the bathrooms and laundry are located at the core of each apartment.

As important was the concern for outdoor living.

So, while the rear ground floor apartments have their own private gardens, and one of the apartments on the top floor has its own rooftop garden, the other units enjoy generous terraces, three metres in width and spanning the entire living areas, to accommodate serious alfresco dining.

The architects also elevated the development one metre above the street to ensure privacy as well as create a verdant ‘platform’ for the neighbourhood.

For MHN Design Union, this latest offering exemplifies a move toward brick apartments like those in the early 20th century, but combined with features expected for contemporary living.

“Making the transition from a large home to an apartment requires mirroring a certain level of space and amenity that was available in the house left behind.

People still want to be able to have grandchildren stay over and appreciate unimpeded views,” adds Waterman.

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Moreton Bay man stabbed in alleged wounding


A father-of-three is dead and a woman is assisting police after an alleged stabbing at Murrumba Downs in Moreton Bay this morning..

Neighbours reported screams of “not my baby, not my baby” at a Burnett Drive address about 8.15am.

The man, understood to be Sean Murray, died on the side of the road from the alleged wounds to his back.

No charges have been laid.

A crime scene has been declared and police are investigating the circumstances.

Mr Murray’s wife is being interviewed by detectives.

One neighbour said the couple allegedly had loud verbal arguments and had been fighting through the morning.



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Police search for Moreton Bay jet skier amid heavy fog


A jet skier missing for eight hours in Queensland’s Moreton Bay has been found, as Brisbane wakes to a heavy blanket of fog on the Friday public holiday.

Police confirmed the man had been located “safe and well” near the Caboolture River, just before 7am on Friday morning, having spent the night stranded on his jet ski in the water.

Police were alerted at 10.40pm on Thursday night that the man had not returned from jetskiing, and that his vehicle and trailer were still at the boat ramp car park.

A multi-agency land, sea and air search was launched with Polair and QGAir Rescue 500 helicopters, as well as water police currently searching.

It continued into Friday morning amid heavy fog conditions.

It comes as Bureau of Meteorologist Shane Kennedy said the city could see fog hang around for a few more hours.

Mr Kennedy said it would fine up to a mostly sunny public holiday, with temperatures expected to reach a maximum of 26 degrees in Brisbane, a few degrees above the average before temperatures drop again tomorrow.

“There is a (cold) change on the way tomorrow … there’s a fairly strong trough system that will sweep across the south east,” he said.

“There will be a cloud build up overnight with some patchy light rain. There’s a change of gusty thunderstorms on Saturday afternoon.

“It should be a dry and sunny Sunday.”

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