Girl bitten by shark at Avoca Beach
A teenage girl has sustained minor injuries after she was bitten by a shark on the Central Coast this morning. Police were informed the 13-year-old was surfing at Avoca Beach around 6.30am when the one metre shark bit her on the left ankle. She made her way back to shore and was treated by onlookers who then drove her to Gosford Hospital. Surf Life Saving NSW spokeswoman Donna Wishart said the Westpac Life Saver Helicopter was en route to the area to look for the shark. There have been no sightings so far.
Tony Abbott cycles out of town
Prime Minister Tony Abbott set out on a three day bike ride from Sydney to Dubbo this morning to help raise funds for a depression treatment facility. Mr Abbott is in a group of 120 cyclists who will travel almost 400 kilometres from Taronga Zoo to Dubbo’s Western Plains Zoo. The ride is to raise funds and awareness for the Black Dog Institute, focusing on depression, bipolar disorder and suicide. Before leaving, Mr Abbott stressed the importance of raising awareness about mental health. “Mental health is the hidden epidemic in our community,” he told The Australian. “It’s something that’s happening everywhere, so often unrecognised and so often untreated.”
Professor Barry Spurr’s racist rant
Sydney University professor Barry Spurr allegedly described Aboriginals as “human rubbish tips” and women as “whores.” The poetry professor refers to Prime Minister Tony Abbott as an “Abo lover” and says one day the world will be taken over by “Mussies and Chinky-Poos.” The university is shocked by the professor’s foul mouthed rant which launched an investigation into the offensive emails. They have described the allegations as deeply disturbing.
Prisoners charged after last month’s riot at Goulburn Jail
Eleven prisoners have been charged after last month’s riots in which inmates chanted Islamic State slogans. The Daily Telegraph revealed that on September 20, the riots were sparked after the cancellation of a monthly BBQ. One of the indigenous Muslims who converted to Islam, made “very derogatory comments” to a female prison officer. Two of the ringleaders have been moved to the maximum security unit for violent institutional offenders at Lithgow Correctional Centre. The prison officers, who helped bring the riots under control, will get a commissioner’s commendation.
Fire engulfs The Good Guys complex near Erina Fair Shopping Centre
It has been found the fire that ripped through stores at Erina in Central Coast early yesterday was deliberately lit. The damage bill is estimated to be over $1 million. Sam and Mark Catanzariti, the father son duo who built the shopping centre 14 years ago said they had “no idea” what triggered the inferno but they did not believe it was the work of arsonists. Fire crews worked through the day to extinguish the fire and prevented the flames from spreading into other shops. – Payal Rishisen
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