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Sydney suburbs on virus alert


Sydney’s south-west is on high alert after virus fragments were found in sewage at a Glenfield treatment plant.

“While this could reflect known returned travellers in the area, everyone living or working in Airds, Ambarvale, Appin, Bardia, Blair Athol, Blairmount, Bow Bowing, Bradbury, Campbelltown, Casula, Claymore, Currans Hill, Eagle Vale, Englorie Park, Eschol Park, Gilead, Glen Alpine, Glenfield, Gregory Hills, Holsworthy, Ingleburn, Kearns, Kentlyn, Leumeah, Long Point, Macquarie Fields, Macquarie Links, Menangle Park, Minto, Raby, Rosemeadow, Ruse, St Andrews, St Helens Park, Varroville and Woodbine should monitor for symptoms and get tested and isolate immediately if they appear,” NSW Health said in a statement.

The department urged residents of those areas to remain “extra vigilant”.





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Seed libraries sprout in suburbs and towns


It’s a simple idea that’s growing. Similar programs run at Eastern Regional Libraries, at Castlemaine and Woodend libraries and at sites across the City of Darebin including Jika Jika and Alphington community centres.

Justine Hanna, a team leader at Sam Merrifield Library in Moonee Ponds, said the Moonee Valley Libraries program started in September 2019 after a Canadian visitor said seed libraries were popular in his country and asked if there were any in Melbourne.

Seeds from the library.

Seeds from the library.Credit:Jason South

Ms Hanna loved the idea, and it aligns with the mission of today’s libraries to cater for patrons’ health and wellbeing, not just reading needs.

Moonee Valley Libraries members can take up to three seed packets per visit, each with 10 to 15 seeds. Written on the packets are the plant’s name, a description and care instructions.

During Melbourne’s second COVID-19 lockdown, library staff mailed over 140 envelopes, each containing at least five packets of seeds, to members.

Popular food seeds include tomatoes, pumpkins, carrots, chillis, and parsley. Popular flowers include marigolds and Russian sunflowers.

Seed Library box from Moonee Valley Libraries

Seed Library box from Moonee Valley Libraries

Donations have included an Italian heirloom lettuce variety called the Drunken Woman, and a ground cover herb with a pretty purple flower called Glycine clandestina.

Ms Hanna said the community had embraced the program, “donating seeds, talking to us about it and sending us photos, thank you notes and unboxing videos”.

Judith and Abigail’s mother, Betty Nellanikat, said the program was a great way to teach the girls where food comes from and that some plants don’t survive or bear fruit. “I think it’s a beautiful scheme,” she said.

They have “borrowed” and planted seeds for dill, tomato, coriander, lettuce and radish from the Seed Library, and have deposited blackberry seeds, which they had washed and dried from excess fruit they bought at a market and didn’t eat.

Ms Nellanikat said gardening was “good during the COVID-19 lockdowns for the girls to have something purposeful to do”.

“Everything was closed down, even the park — we could only go there for an hour.

“But when they came home there was still something, off technology, that they could go back to, which was their own. They love gardening now.”

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Lime rolls out fleet of 400 dockless share bikes in Melbourne’s inner city suburbs


Lime acquired Uber’s Jump division in June, with plans to relaunch the bikes. Earlier this month they were back on Melbourne’s streets with the City of Port Phillip, City of Melbourne and City of Yarra taking part in the scheme.

Lauren Mentjox, Lime’s government relations and public affairs manager, was confident the company’s bikes wouldn’t suffer the same fate as the yellow oBikes, which were regularly dumped in the Yarra and left up trees.

“Our e-bikes have been designed to counter theft and vandalism and, weighing just over 30 kilograms each, they are also difficult to move and vandalise without booking through the app,” she said.

“We have seen seen minimal vandalism since we started operating. We will take action against anyone disrespecting our bikes.”

Carlton North man Jeremy Pereira took one of the bikes for a ride in Brunswick on Tuesday with his partner, Gianna Donnini.

“We thought they were very cool actually, we’ve been wanting to ride them for a while,” he said.

There are 400 Lime share bikes on Melbourne's streets.

There are 400 Lime share bikes on Melbourne’s streets.Credit:Eddie Jim

The bikes can be unlocked with the Lime and Uber apps and cost $1 to ride plus 45¢ per minute – 15¢ more than during the first trial. Some bikes come with shared helmets attached for riders to use.

“It’s probably a bit on the expensive side, I still think public transport is the way to go [for regular trips],” said Mr Pereira. “But for a recreational thing, on a day when you’re not doing anything, they’re great.”

Ms Mentjox said there had been just over 1200 active riders in the first two weeks, which she described as a “great number” that would increase when more bikes become available.

As for the price rise, Ms Mentjox gave a number of reasons for the higher cost, including that the bikes were maintained regularly by social enterprise Good Cycles and that the batteries were swapped every couple of days.

Lord mayor Sally Capp is all in favour of the bikes.

Lord mayor Sally Capp is all in favour of the bikes.Credit:Eddie Jim

One complaint about oBikes, which did not need to be returned to a docking station, was that they took up space on footpaths when riders were finished with them.

City of Melbourne lord mayor Sally Capp cited a memorandum of understanding between councils and Lime which required the e-bikes to be properly parked with no footpaths blocked.

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“Our busiest footpaths have been designated as no parking zones and users will be fined if they leave bikes there,” Cr Capp said.

“Previous bike share schemes launched in Melbourne did not have a local team overseeing bike locations and did not provide high quality electric bikes that were GPS trackable.”

City of Port Phillip mayor Louise Crawford said council would monitor and evaluate the service throughout the trial to determine the best outcome for the community.

“We are anticipating electric bikes will appeal to both existing and new riders as a practical and accessible alternative transport choice,” she said.

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Melbourne’s first bike share scheme, the so-called “blue bikes”, was scrapped last year by the state government a decade after it was first introduced due to low use.

The low take-up of the bikes was initially attributed to mandatory helmet laws, with the government subsidising the sale of $5 helmets from city convenience stores in a bid to encourage greater uptake.

They were followed by the disastrous influx of oBikes, which drew the ire of local councils after the Singapore-based company introduced them onto Melbourne’s streets without warning.

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Melbourne Airport rail link leaves western suburbs, Geelong on slow track


“I think they’re absolutely turning their back on the regional and rural commuters,” said Cr Harwood, the council’s transport spokesman.

Secretary of Rail Futures Institute transport lobby group John Hearsch warned the upgrades would bring minimal benefits to commuters in Melbourne’s fast-growing west, and said any claims the Geelong rail upgrade delivered on fast-rail promises were false.

Yesterday, both governments pledged $5 billion for the Tullamarine airport rail link, which has been on Victoria’s infrastructure agenda since the mid-60s but never delivered, whereas Sydney and Brisbane built airport train links two decades ago.

Construction on the airport rail link will start in 2022 and finish by 2029, delivering train services to the city within half-an-hour every 10 minutes. Airport trains will run through the new Metro Tunnel and into the south-eastern suburbs via Cranbourne and Pakenham lines.

The airport rail route was broadly welcomed by public transport advocates and regional councils, which said the service would be paid for on a Myki card and have comparable prices to SkyBus tickets ($19.50).

But Mr Hearsch said airport trains would chew up a third of the Metro Tunnel’s initial capacity, which was needed for extra Melton services.

Tuesday’s state budget will include $2 billion for the Geelong upgrade, matching $2 billion pledged by the federal government on the project to be built from 2023.

The planned route will be no faster than the Skybus at peak hour.

The planned route will be no faster than the Skybus at peak hour. Credit:Roy Chu

The first stage of the upgrade will restore a direct link between Geelong and Werribee and run most of Geelong’s trains via new express 12-kilometre tracks between Werribee and Laverton.

This new route will be eight-kilometres shorter and bypass a slew of stations on the Werribee line, freeing up capacity on the congested Geelong corridor through Wyndham Vale for services to Wyndham, Melton, Ballarat and Bendigo. Some Geelong services will continue to run on the current route.

Both the state and federal government said these changes would result in a 15-minute saving on trip times.

Mr Hearsch said several peak-hour trains on the Geelong line already take 55 minutes or less. One existing Southern Cross service is 50 minutes with stops at Footscray, Sunshine and North Geelong.

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The former V/Line executive estimated that 160km/h express tracks through Werribee would save about eight minutes on the journey.

“The notion that simply providing two additional express tracks between Laverton and Werribee will result in ‘fast trains’ to Geelong is a bit of a con job,” Mr Hearsch said.

“What about the poor commuters from the burgeoning growth area around Melton that were meant to have between nine and 11 high-capacity metro trains per hour in the peaks connecting directly into the Metro Tunnel?”

Public Transport Users Association spokesman Daniel Bowen said running Geelong trains on the separate track would free up capacity at Wydnham Vale and Tarneit, where commuters face a crowded, unreliable service.

But these trains still face constraints between Newport and the city, where Geelong trains will mix it with other suburban services on tracks that are already at capacity.

Running airport trains through the Metro Tunnel revives an old plan that was rejected by bureaucrats four years ago, as it would result in less capacity for desperately needed new services in the Melton growth area.

The notion that simply providing two additional express tracks between Laverton and Werribee will result in ‘fast trains’ to Geelong is a bit of a con job.

John Hearsch, Rail Futures Institute

The Metro Tunnel will initially only have capacity for 18 trains per hour when it opens, which will be used up by six airport trains and 12 to Watergardens or Sunbury.

The tunnel will ultimately have capacity for up to 24 trains per hour – and could run an additional six Melton services.

Mr Andrews on Saturday defended a decision to ditch a private-sector proposal for an airport rail tunnel, saying the chosen option would be cheaper and delivered faster.

He said that under the chosen route, commuters from the city would be able to get to the airport from five Metro Tunnel city stations rather than just Southern Cross.

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“You’re getting to the centre of Melbourne quicker, you’re using a service that simply isn’t available now and getting where you want to go rather than everybody having to hub through Southern Cross Station,” Mr Andrews said.

Cr Harwood questioned why the federal and state governments had committed a total of $14 billion to the upgrades without a business case. He backed a business case prepared by a group of regional councils for a high-speed tunnel for airport trains that would also overhaul the country rail network, bringing Ballarat within 45 minutes, Geelong 35 minutes and Bendigo 65 minutes.

“This is really bad news for regional and rural train commuters – there’s no business case to substantiate what is being said and no financial modelling to give us some description of the cost and savings,” Cr Harwood said.

The business case for the airport rail link route was due for completion this year, but is now expected next year.

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Melbourne suburbs on alert after wastewater find


Seven Melbourne suburbs are on alert after coronavirus fragments were found in wastewater.

The fragments were found in a sample collected from the Altona sewage catchment, in the city’s southwest, on Wednesday, the state’s Department of Health and Human Services said.

Samples of untreated wastewater are analysed for fragments of SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19 – are taken from more than 40 sites across the state.

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Residents and visitors to Altona and surrounding suburbs from Monday, November 16 to Wednesday, November 18 are urged to get tested if they have any symptoms, no matter how mild.

Suburbs in the wastewater catchment include Altona, Altona Meadows, Seaholme and Sanctuary Lakes, and parts of Laverton, Point Cook and Williams Landing.

The DHHS said the result was “unexpected given that it has been about eight weeks since the last known resident in the area had a coronavirus illness or diagnosis”.

“A positive wastewater test result may be due to someone with coronavirus (COVID-19) being in the early active infectious phase or someone who is no longer infectious continuing to ‘shed’ the virus,” the department states.

“It can take several weeks for someone to stop shedding the virus.

“The person or people shedding the virus may be local or visiting a community.”

Saturday marked the 22nd consecutive day of zero coronavirus cases across Victoria.

LOCAL TESTING LOCATIONS FOR ALTONA CATCHMENT

Drive through testing facility: Wyndham City Council Civic Centre

Outdoor Carpark, 45 Princes Highway, Werribee 3030

Monday to Sunday, 9am-5pm

Walk through testing centre: Werribee South Foreshore Reserve

Werribee South Foreshore Reserve, Beach Rd (opposite Werribee Coast Guard, near corner O’Connors Rd),

Saturday, November 21 to Sunday, November 22, 9am-4pm

Walk through testing centre: Tarneit Community and Learning Centre

150 Sunset Views Boulevard, Tarneit 3029

Saturday, November 21 to Sunday, November 22, 9am-4pm

Drive through testing facility: IPC Health – Wootten Road Reserve

Wootten Rd Reserve, 25-51 Wootten Road, Tarneit 3029

Saturday to Sunday, 10am-4pm



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22 people in isolation in western suburbs


A mystery case of COVID-19 has forced 22 people into isolation across Melbourne’s western suburbs.

The Department of Health on Tuesday afternoon said that all close contacts connected to the “new mystery case” had tested negative, but the 22 people in isolation were yet to be tested.

“There is one new mystery case in Victoria in the postcode 3023, the suburbs of Deer Park, Caroline Springs, Cairnlea, Burnside, Burnside Heights and Ravenhall,” a DHHS statement said.

“This case was notified on 30 October and has been under investigation by the Department.

“All close contacts have been identified, isolated and have tested negative. There are 22 people currently isolating who are linked to this case.”

There are two cases from an unknown source in the last 14 days across metropolitan Melbourne and zero from regional Victoria.

The other mystery case is in the postcode 3081 which covers Heidelberg West, Heidelberg Heights and Bellfield.

“Anyone living in postcodes with a mystery case who has even the mildest of symptoms should get tested,” the DHHS said.

It comes as Victoria recorded no new cases for the fourth day in a row on Melbourne Cup Day.

Melburnians took advantage of the hot public holiday to crowd city beaches in droves, with many not wearing face masks.

Beachgoers flocked to the St Kilda foreshore as the mercury hit 30 and by 2pm, there was only one beach in the area left with space.

By 5pm, the beaches were full and parking was at capacity.

City of Port Phillip council officers conducted hourly beach checks across the 11km of foreshore to ensure COVID rules were being met.

Melbourne Cup crowds around the iconic Flemington Racecourse were fairly tame with families gathering on the lawns at Footscray Park to celebrate the public holiday.



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Swimmer found unresponsive in Melbourne’s inner suburbs


A 61-year-old swimmer has died after being found unresponsive at a public pool in Melbourne’s inner suburbs.

Emergency services were called to Fitzroy swimming pool, on Alexandra Parade, shortly after 10am on Friday.

A police officer and lifeguard seen through the fence of the Fitzroy pool following a reported drowning there today.

A police officer and lifeguard seen through the fence of the Fitzroy pool following a reported drowning there today.Credit:Harry Rekas

A police spokeswoman said paramedics worked on the man but he died at the scene.

The death is not being treated as suspicious. Police will now prepare a report for the coroner.

The 50-metre outdoor swimming pool reopened for lap swimming, water exercise and rehabilitation at the end of September when COVID-19 restrictions were eased in metropolitan Melbourne.

Currently, outdoor pool capacities are capped at 50 swimmers with hour-long session. Indoors pools remain closed.

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More cases expected from outbreak in northern suburbs


The new cases came as it was revealed that the boy attended East Preston Islamic College on Monday and Tuesday despite members of his family remaining in quarantine at home with active COVID-19 infections, and that the virus had spread as members of the extended family moved between households.

Seventy-three of the student’s close contacts, 400 of their contacts and 120 public housing residents were in self-isolation on Thursday.

Mr Andrews remained confident that he would be able to ease coronavirus restrictions on Sunday, with an expected announcement of a reopening of hospitality and retail.

Associate Professor Hassan Vally, an epidemiologist based at La Trobe University, warned, however, that the outbreak would test multiple aspects of Victoria’s public health response.

“We shouldn’t panic, but this has all the elements of the kind of thing that can pose a problem,” he said

“We have got schools. We have got housing towers. We have got multiple people living under one roof. And we have the language issue.

“These are all situations that pose a threat in terms of the transmission of the virus. It is certainly a situation which we have to respond to aggressively.”

Some members of the multi-generational Somali family, whom one source familiar with the cases said were moving between several households in recent weeks, were permitted to leave home as they had recovered, but the boy who attended school had yet to complete his day-11 test, which came back positive on Wednesday.

A Somali community group based in Heidelberg West was on Thursday working with local health authorities to door-knock residents of Broadmeadows, Preston, Dallas, Roxburgh Park and West Heidelberg to urge anyone with coronavirus symptoms to get tested.

Ekrem Ozyurek, principal of East Preston Islamic School, said the grade five boy’s parents had been “very up-front and honest” with the school about the fact that others in the family had previously had the virus.

“On Monday … his mother brought the clearance letters from the department for the other two siblings, because they were positive and they were given a clearance letter on the 17th of October,” Mr Ozyurek said.

East Preston Islamic College has been closed for cleaning.

East Preston Islamic College has been closed for cleaning.Credit:Simon Schluter

He said the boy had previously tested negative to the virus, but on Tuesday while he was at school his father was contacted by DHHS for the boy’s 11th-day test.

The department also contacted the school for the first time on Tuesday afternoon to inquire if the boy was at school, saying he should be at home, Mr Ozyurek said.

“When they rang me and said, look he’s not supposed to be at school … I rang and spoke to the father who said the department rang him as well to say they are coming at 4 o’clock to test him,” he said.

Mr Ozyurek shut the school as a precaution, and was told by DHHS on Wednesday that the boy had tested positive to COVID-19.

Students at the Islamic college are likely to resume remote learning until November 4. Dallas Brooks Community Primary School also closed on Thursday as a precaution on the advice of DHHS, due to a close contact being identified at the school.

Some close contacts of the boy have taken up the department’s offer of alternative accommodation while they self-isolate. Only staff who had taught the boy this week were self-isolating, Mr Ozyurek said.

Pressed on the health department’s communications with the family, Mr Andrews said it had gone to “extraordinary lengths”, as deputy chief health officer Allen Cheng admitted each family member had been assigned a different health department worker who regularly checked in and advised them on when they should be testing.

“I think it is understandable that there can be confusion when there’s multiple people in the family and symptoms start on a particular day and are cleared on a particular day,” Professor Cheng said.

Professor Kirsten McCaffery, director of the Sydney Health Literacy Lab and health communication expert, said communication with different language groups was inevitably difficult, but it was essential that a single health department official was assigned to each family outbreak.

“It doesn’t matter how good our systems are, if the human communication and behaviour adherence breaks down, we’re nowhere,” Professor McCaffery said. “It feels like that element of the COVID response has been a poor cousin.”

The Premier said work was under way to increase face-to-face contact with families where members had tested positive, and reform the model of every family member having their own case manager.

Somali community leader Farah Warsame – who worked with residents of nine inner-city public housing towers put into lockdown in July – said his community, like many multicultural groups, communicated via social media and applications such as WhatsApp, rather than traditional media.

In late August, Mr Warsame recorded a YouTube video with the health department in Somali on wearing a face mask that has been viewed just 94 times since it was uploaded.

A study of 200 multicultural people in Melbourne in June found almost 22 per cent did not understand COVID-19 information.

Mr Warsame said he had been asking the health department to engage community members to work with officials on translation and constant messaging since July.

While the the health department said it was expecting more cases to emerge from 10 testing sites set up in the northern suburbs, the Premier was “still hopeful” Melbourne would take its next step out of coronavirus restrictions after federal Health Minister Greg Hunt on Thursday again urged Mr Andrews to back Victoria’s contact tracing and reopen further.

Associate Professor Vally said it was “anyone’s guess” if Sunday’s changes would go ahead.

“My hope is that all that has been learnt and all that we’ve improved in our contact tracing and ring fencing of clusters will see us limit transmission in these clusters and we should be able to ease restrictions as planned.”

Mobility data from Google and Facebook, analysed by Melbourne University researcher Rohan Byrne, suggests lockdown compliance has been declining in Hume for at least a month – before dropping sharply over the past week.

Dallas Brookes Community Primary School was also closed after a link was found with a case at East Preston Islamic College.

Dallas Brookes Community Primary School was also closed after a link was found with a case at East Preston Islamic College.Credit:Simon Schluter

Mr Byrne’s data compares Hume’s performance to other council areas with similar levels of socio-economic disadvantage. Even then, Hume was an outlier.

“Hume is a particular travel hotspot – it has been since September,” he said.

The owner of Broadmeadows coffee shop Lakeside Espresso said he was worried the area would end up staying in lockdown due to the outbreak.

He said he received a text message from the Health Department on Wednesday informing him of nearby exposure sites.

“I just worry about the government easing restrictions for others but maybe holding us for a little bit longer. It’s probably not likely because it’s hard to lock down a few suburbs … [but] the situation is not good.”

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Shore School students name Blacktown, Mt Druitt as worst Sydney suburbs


One of Sydney’s elite private schools has been hit with another controversy, just hours after vile muck-up day challenges set by Year 12 students were uncovered.

Students from Shore School in North Sydney have been filmed labelling some of Sydney’s poorest suburbs as the “worst” in the area, with one student labelling residents “druggos”.

The video was uploaded to TikTok by popular creator Fonzie Gomez and showed boys in the Shore school uniform being asked to name the “worst” suburbs in Sydney.

A group of four boys all name Blacktown, in Sydney’s west, as one of the worst suburbs.

When asked why, one boy simply says “because it’s Blacktown”, before another jumps in, adding “yeah, druggos”.

One of the other boys claimed there were “too many eshays” in the suburb. ‘Eshays’ are characterised as groups of teenagers, mainly boys, that wear branded clothing, bum bags and are often associated with muggings and violence.

Other students claimed Bankstown, in Sydney’s southwest, was the wost suburb, with one boy also naming “eshays” as the reason for his answer, claiming “they’ll roll ya”.

Another boy branded Mt Druitt, also in western Sydney, as the worst suburb, saying it was full of “lame thugs and eshays”.

There was one student whose answer was very different to his peers, naming the affluent suburb of Mosman as the worst due to “the rich kids” living there.

The video has since been taken down.

News.com.au contacted Shore School but was told the school would not be commenting on the video.

This isn’t the first time students have sparked fury with a TikTok video. The school was blasted last week after students uploaded footage showing off the campus facilities.

In the video, students showed off the Shore “recovery pool”, a “harbour view library” and a “50 mill gym”.

The school later ordered students to take the clip down but not before it went viral, with students from public schools using the video to show the stark comparison between their own facilities.

NSW Greens MLC David Shoebridge branded the video “deeply offensive”, saying it showed how unfair it was that private schools continue to get public funding.

This latest controversy comes just hours after a crime-filled rampage planned by Shore School seniors was brought to light, with some of the activities so vile they were reported to NSW Police.

A rule book for Year 12 students’ muck-up day, which encouraged other school leavers to complete challenges in the “Triwizard Shorenament”, was obtained by The Sydney Morning Herald.

The document included a list of activities for the students to complete on Wednesday night, with points given to challenges based on their level of difficulty.

Some of the most disturbing challenges asked students to “spit on a homeless man”, “sack whack a complete random walking past”, “deck” a stranger of their choice and defecate on a train.

Many of the challenges encouraged students to take drugs, including “rail a cap” (snorting MDMA) and “rip a cone on Harbour Bridge”.

Other tasks revolved around various sexual activities, with one alarming challenge urging the senior students to target girls under the age of 15 and kiss them.

They were also challenged to have sex with women that fill various categories, including a woman 40 years or older, weighing over 80kg or “lower than a 3/10” in terms of attractiveness.

Shore School’s Headmaster, Dr Timothy Petterson, said the school “unequivocally condemns” the activities outlined in the document.

“The document appears to be the work of a small number of boys who are not representative of our wider Year 12 group. The activities are unlawful, harmful and disrespectful of the public and have appalled our school community,” Dr Petterson said in a statement.

“The activities do not reflect Shore’s values or what the school stands for.

“Shore has already communicated to parents in the strongest possible terms that boys are not to take part in the activities. Any boy who does participate risks losing their place at Shore.”



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Boiled water warning lifted for 26 suburbs after contamination scare


A quarter of the nearly 100 Melbourne suburbs cautioned to boil their water due to a contamination scare have been given the all clear.

Late on Saturday night Melbourne Water, South East Water and Yarra Valley Water in consultation with the Department of Health and Human Services, lifted the Boiled Water Advisory Notice issued on Friday for the following suburbs:

Jacqui Agostinello and 4 year old Kobe from Boronia collecting clean drinking water from a water tanker set up by South East Water at Ferntree Gully on Saturday.

Jacqui Agostinello and 4 year old Kobe from Boronia collecting clean drinking water from a water tanker set up by South East Water at Ferntree Gully on Saturday.Credit:Scott McNaughton

  • Attwood
  • Blackburn South
  • Box Hill North
  • Broadmeadows
  • Burwood
  • Campbellfield
  • Coolaroo
  • Craigieburn
  • Dallas
  • Doreen
  • Greenvale
  • Kalorama
  • Meadow Heights
  • Melbourne Airport
  • Mernda
  • Monbulk
  • Mont Albert North
  • Mount Dandenong
  • Olinda
  • Research
  • Roxburgh Park
  • Somerton
  • South Morang
  • Westmeadows
  • Wollert
  • Yarrambat

Customers whose suburb is not listed will need to continue to boil their water for drinking and food preparation for now, a Yarra Valley spokeswoman said.

Customers who can’t access boiled or bottled water can call Yarra Valley Water’s emergency hotline on 13 27 62 and South East Water’s customer line on 13 28 12.



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