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(NSW) #Coronavirus Report: More than 1,100 people in New South Wales have been ordered into a five-day “lockdown” and will be tested for #COVID19 after visiting Western Australia, while the virulent UK strain was potentially circulating in Perth.

NSW forces West Australian arrivals into five-day lockdown to stop spread of virulent UK strain

ABC News: Posted 26m ago

On Sunday it was revealed a hotel quarantine security guard in Perth had tested positive for the virus and had visited more than a dozen venues since January 25 while potentially infectious.

A man wearing a thick coat stands on a hill overlooking water.
Stewart Marshall is returning to Sydney today rather than risk becoming stuck in Perth.(Supplied: Stewart Marshall)

More than 1,100 people in New South Wales have been ordered into a five-day “lockdown” and will be tested for COVID-19 after visiting Western Australia, while the virulent UK strain was potentially circulating in Perth.

About two million people in Perth and the nearby Peel and South West regions of WA have been plunged into a five-day hard lockdown and several states rushed to close borders to WA.

The NSW border has remained open but anyone arriving from the locked-down areas since January 25 is required to follow the same stay-at-home restrictions as they would have faced had they stayed in WA.LIVE UPDATES: Read our blog for the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic.

They are also required to be tested for COVID-19 within 48 hours of arriving in NSW

Anyone who refuses to be tested faces a 14-day mandatory quarantine period.

The recent arrivals locked-down in NSW are allowed to leave home with one other person to exercise for an hour each day, to shop for groceries and essentials, or seek medical attention.

A security guard sits at the entrance to the Four Points Sheraton hotel in Perth talking on a walkie talkie.
A security guard at Perth’s Four Points Sheraton, where another guard tested positive.(AAP: Richard Wainwright)

But they must wear a face mask while doing so, unless exercising outside on their own.

Those restrictions are due to expire at 9:00pm AEDT on February 5 — the same time as the WA lockdown ends.

A NSW Health spokesman said health officials would be “checking in” with people to make sure they understood and were following the requirements.

He also urged anyone who might be confused by the rules to call NSW Health.

Stewart Marshall, 26, is returning to Sydney today and admits he’s “a little confused” about the state’s rules.

He had been in Perth since December visiting family and friends and said it had been tough deciding when to leave.

“It’s awkward timing because you don’t know what will become of it,” he said.

“You’re kind of waking up every day and wondering what the case numbers will be and wondering what NSW might do.

“I’m hoping NSW don’t introduce any stricter measures if there’s new cases in WA.”

Fearing he may become stuck in Western Australia, Mr Marshall decided it was time to head home.

“Either way, I’m going to be having a stint in isolation, so I feel like it’s unavoidable,” he said.

“I’m not stoked about it, but it is what it is.”

There were no new cases of COVID-19 recorded in WA on Monday after 3,200 tests were conducted on Sunday.

The NSW President of the Australian Medical Association, Dr Danielle McMullen, said recording zero cases in WA should not be cause for confidence until testing rates increased.

“WA really needs to be doing as much testing as possible … certainly 3,000 doesn’t sound like many,” she said.

A woman with brown hair smiles.
AMA NSW President Danielle McMullen says testing rates in WA need to rise.(Supplied: AMA)

Passengers who arrived in Sydney on a flight from Perth on Sunday night were screened for symptoms and asked if they had attended any of the same venues as the security guard.

None of the passengers reported being at those venues.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian yesterday defended keeping the NSW border open to WA.

“I want to make clear that New South Wales has a standing policy on keeping its borders open, and that’s what we’ll continue to do,” she said.

“It’s a manageable situation at this time, and that’s why we will be keeping our borders open.”

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TRIBUTE: IN LOVING MEMORY: ‘Today, Monday, 1 February, marks the 50th anniversary of PC Karpal Kaur Sandhu joining the Metropolitan Police as the first female Asian police officer in the UK serving from 1971 to 1973’ #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Feb.01: The event will be opened by Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball and will feature contributions from Tanmanjeet Singh ‘Tan’ Dhesi MP, the UK’s first turbaned Sikh MP, Paramjit Kaur Matharu, CEO of the Sikh Assembly, and Sikh officers from across the Met:

‘Met remembers PC Karpal Kaur Sandhu, the first female Asian and Sikh police officer’

‘To mark Karpal’s unique contribution to policing, the Met is holding a virtual event to remember her life and legacy’

[PC Karpal Kaur Sandhu]

[PC Karpal Kaur Sandhu]

Speaking about today’s commemoration event, Romy Sandhu, Karpal Kaur Sandhu’s daughter, has expressed her pride, saying: “I’m so proud of my mother, and her legacy as the UK’s first female police officer from an Asian and Sikh background. It’s wonderful that 50 years on she is remembered, and is an inspiration to generations of new female police officers joining the Met.”

Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball, said: “PC Karpal Kaur Sandhu was a true pioneer and ahead of her time. I have no doubt that her decision to join the Met Police in 1971 was a brave one and she would have faced considerable challenges along the way.

‘As Britain’s and the Met’s first Asian female officer, Karpal paved the way for so many others who have gone into policing since 1971’

“ Fifty years to the day after PC Sandhu joined the Met, I am pleased that we are able to remember her life, her career and the legacy she has left policing.”

Ravjeet Gupta, Chair of the Metropolitan Police Sikh Association, said: “Today, together with representatives from the Met’s Sikh Association, Met police officers and staff and the wider Sikh community, we remember Karpal’s special contribution to policing, as the UK’s first female Asian and Sikh police officer: Karpal was an invaluable ambassador for the Met who helped break down barriers with London’s communities and will always be remembered for being a trailblazer of her time.”Karpal was born to a Sikh family in Zanzibar, east Africa, in 1943 and came to the UK in 1962, where she got a job as a nurse at Chase Farm Hospital: Karpal joined the Met in 1971 at the age of 27, where she served at Hornsey police station before moving to Leyton.

At a time when there would have only been about 700 female officers in the Met, Karpal was both the first female Sikh and female Asian police officer in the UK……………..Writing in a report at the time, her Chief Superintendent said that she was “proving invaluable with our dealings with the immigrant population and she is also assisting other divisions in this work and also in teaching police officers Asian dialects.” He added that she was “energetic, intelligent and conscientious” and enjoyed playing hockey and driving’

In November 1973, Karpal passed away in tragic circumstances. Sadly, the Met lost a promising officer who had a bright future: Today, 50 years on from PC Karpal Kaur Sandhu joining the Met, we remember her life and legacy with this special event.

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‘Turning Women Into Cannon Fodder’

You couldn’t help but be elated upon hearing that Pfc. Jessica Lynch was rescued. But it was a little like the relief that parents experience before the anger sets in after junior has done a death-defying stunt and lived to tell about it.


Many brave men risked their lives to save Pfc. Lynch following an Iraqi man’s report that a woman soldier was being tortured at a hospital. We still don’t know what the Iraqis did to her. The two broken legs and spinal injury indicate torture. No word on whether she was sexually assaulted as well. Her comrades, most of them men, did not fare as well, with nearly a dozen bodies found.


Instead of shaking off our ’60s feminist hangover and vowing to end the lunacy of sending young women like Miss Lynch into harm’s way, you’d think her brutalization was actually a good thing.
Gen. Wilma Vaught, the harridan who wants to draft our daughters and put them into combat, gushed that Miss Lynch reportedly took out some Iraqis on the way to being captured, so this proves women ought to be in the front lines.


Liberals like the terminally grimacing Patricia Schroeder echoed the call, saying it is time to end all combat exemptions for women, since, in our enlightened way, we are not supposed to care that wives and daughters are turned into hamburger by enemy troops.


Liberalism has a remarkable record for worsening any situation. Are welfare programs destroying black families and creating poverty and crime in the nation’s cities? Throw more money at them to snag even more people into a failed system! Does gun control exacerbate crime by disarming innocent citizens? Press for tighter controls!


On the military front, the armed forces have been in full retreat from liberal feminists. If the Navy’s Tailhook sex scandal during the ’90s proved anything, it is that men and women mixed tightly together will create spontaneous combustion. Instead of admitting this simple truth, feminists used Tailhook to “out” recalcitrant traditionalists who opposed putting women closer to combat. Naval officers who could fearlessly face down enemy fire cowered before the, uh, ladies.


The same folly was at work recently at the Air Force Academy, where several female cadets reported sexual assaults by male cadets. The Academy’s response? They took down the big letters over a stone arch that read: “Bring Me Men.” That’s right, men. Real men. The kind that don’t assault women and who think that protecting women from harm is one of the duties that God assigned them. Let’s opt for androgyny instead.
The more that we buy into the fiction that women are indistinguishable from men, the more we sleepwalk into an unfolding disaster.


Forget about Miss Lynch for a moment. How about Pfc. Lori Ann Peistewa, the first U.S. servicewomen killed in Iraq? She left behind two preschool kids, aged 3 and 4. Her body was found at the site where Miss Lynch was rescued. Or how about Shoshana Johnson, a single mother of a 2-year-old? We have not heard anything about her since the Iraqis released a haunting photo of her frightened face, along with those of some male comrades.


“Jessica was a clerk, essentially a secretary, doing yeoman’s work, I might add,” said Martha Kleder, a Culture and Family Institute policy analyst who served with the Air Force in Alaska. “Shoshana Johnson joined the Army to be a cook. Today, no woman is safe in the military. There are no more rear-support jobs. All women should expect to be made cannon fodder. Thanks, Pat Schroeder, thanks for your utter glee that these women who only wanted to serve their country in rear-support jobs are now facing hostile enemy fire.”


Political correctness at the Pentagon hangs in the air like Napalm smoke. At the press conference announcing Miss Lynch’s rescue, the spokesman lauded her as a “brave woman,” and then turned to give credit to her rescuers. “We have to remember” – and then he paused ever so slightly – “the brave souls” who risked their lives to save Miss Lynch. Had he used the term “brave men,” it would have clarified the absurdity of putting Miss Lynch near the front lines in the first place.


Americans are probably largely unaware that women are prohibited from being on the front lines, a policy increasingly being broken by our gender-neutral military.


The practice of turning women into cannon fodder got a huge boost when the Clinton administration largely dispensed with the “risk rule,” which exempts women from jobs in which they are likely to face enemy fire. Although women are still not technically in combat, it sure looks like they are.


Take 2nd Lt. Sarah Ewing Skinner, for instance. With her “finger on the trigger of her M-16, [she] gives the order to move forward as troops under her command prepared to storm 20 derelict buildings where die-hard Iraqi defenders may have taken refuge,” the Associated Press reports in an article headlined “Not for men only.” Now isn’t that special? Women are supposed to be exempted from combat, and yet they are going house to house just like the grizzled Vic Morrow and his squad in the old “Combat” TV show.
The loophole is that they are serving as military police, and those squads have been ordered to do dangerous cleanup work that looks a lot like combat. In fact, it is combat.


“In Iraq, this stuff includes escorting supply convoys through ambush-prone areas, sweeping villages for weapons, arresting Iraqis hostile to U.S. forces and handling prisoners of war,” AP said. Pvt. Kristi Grant, a military policewoman, told AP, “I guess the only thing is that I can’t lift some of the same things males do, but I try.” How would you like to be her comrade, wounded and in need of being dragged to safety? A good try wouldn’t cut it.


There are some other key physical differences between the sexes, but you would never know it from the AP report. Sex means nothing: “She quickly got over her initial anxiety about being squeezed into a tent with male soldiers and discovered ‘we were much like one family.'” Nothing about the jealousy, broken marriages and fights that erupted during the Gulf War when men and women were billeted together. Do any parents really want their 20-year-old daughter sleeping in a tent with a bunch of men?
“Women are treated like trash, they’re objects in the service,” said former Marine Cpl. Carmelo Torres. “They may talk PC, but it’s a different story behind closed doors. Women are treated like dirt.”
Torres recalls being stationed at the Quantico Marine base in Virginia and seeing staff sergeants picking out attractive young women and declaring them off-limits to other men. “In the women’s barracks, the women were being sexually harassed by the lesbians when they weren’t being hit on by the men,” he said. “Two of the lesbians got new recruits drunk so they could gang-rape them in the women’s barracks.”
This is not about military women’s willingness to serve their country, which is commendable, or their bravery. America owes much to its women service members.


But they shouldn’t be in combat. First, they are the bearers of life and the heart of family life, an utterly indispensable role. When America sends young women off to war, watching them kiss their toddlers goodbye, we are making a moral choice that children are just not important anymore. It is much more important to drive a military truck. This callousness is an outgrowth of the abortion culture in which human life itself is cheapened. Any job those women do could be done by a man, but nobody else can be a mother to her children. It is bad enough for children to lose their father, but it is utterly unnecessary for them to lose their mother. Raising children is the most important job in society, and yet it takes a back seat to feminist ambitions to pursue sameness in the name of equality.
Second, women lack the upper-body strength, endurance and speed of men, which, despite all the talk of “push-button wars,” can be crucial in battle. As Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness has said, “Women don’t have an equal ability to survive on the battlefield.”


Third, although some feminists claim that they have a right to serve if they want to, military service is a privilege and a duty – not a right. The armed forces bar numerous classes of people, regardless of individual ability, because they could have a negative impact. Homosexuals are a case in point. Putting women into combat endangers all of our daughters because in the 1986 case Rostker v. Goldberg, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that women could not be drafted because they did not serve in combat, and that Congress had the power only to raise armies to fight wars. A few feminists in the front lines could destroy that exemption.


Fourth, women have a profound effect on men. In 1948, the Israelis put women soldiers into the front lines, but had to pull them after a few weeks. Discipline broke down, morale plummeted and men ignored orders, rushing instead to protect the women. Some men lost their sanity when they saw women being blown apart. These men must have been chauvinist pigs.


The Israelis quickly grasped that women have no business being in combat, and that is their policy to this day. They train women for emergency situations, removing them if combat begins. But we have brushed aside that lesson. We are actually training men to ignore their noble impulse of being protectors. The Navy introduced a program a few years ago in which men were conditioned to endure the cries of women being tortured. The other services have adopted these programs as well. This is progress?


Imagine what these men will be like when the war is over and they return to civilian life. Do we really want thousands of men among us who are indifferent to women’s cries of pain? That’s a recipe for domestic violence and rape. The floodtide of pornography only makes it worse. But liberals like porn. It’s religion they despise. As C.S. Lewis said, the social goal of liberals is to make religion private and pornography public.
It is barbaric to allow pornography to permeate our entire culture, and it is barbaric to put women in combat, even if they are fool enough to want to go.
We’re glad that Miss Lynch made it to safety, but we would like to see the larger question addressed. What was she doing there in the first place?

Turning women into cannon fodderWorldNetDaily.com ^ | April 11, 2003 | Robert KnightPosted on 13/4/2003 22:02:45 by Tailgunner Joe

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(MOSCOW) In a statement Monday, the Prosecutor General’s Office called the Federal Penitentiary Service’s Dec. 29 request to convert Navalny’s 3.5-year suspended sentence to a real prison term “legal and reasonable.” #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Feb.01: Russian prosecutors have supported handing opposition leader Alexei Navalny a prison sentence of up to 3.5 years in a high-profile trial that starts Tuesday.

Navalny was swiftly detained upon his Jan. 17 return to Russia from Germany, as Russia’s prison service accused him of violating his probation in a 2014 fraud conviction by failing to report to his parole officers. The Kremlin critic, who had been recovering from a nerve-agent poisoning in Berlin since August, argues that his whereabouts in Germany were well-known to parole officers.

In a statement Monday, the Prosecutor General’s Office called the Federal Penitentiary Service’s Dec. 29 request to convert Navalny’s 3.5-year suspended sentence to a real prison term “legal and reasonable.”

Prosecutors pointed to Navalny’s upcoming trial on criminal charges of defaming a World War II veteran during his probation period last summer as a supporting circumstance for sentencing him to prison.

In December, investigators also opened a criminal probe against him for large-scale fraud, alleging he used more than 356 million rubles ($4.8 million) of donations to his organizations for personal purposes. The charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. 

Navalny and his supporters believe all three cases are politically motivated.

The anti-corruption campaigner’s detention prompted two weekends of unprecedented protest across Russia, with tens of thousands calling for his release and rallying against Russia’s ruling elite. 

Thousands were detained at the protests, and several of Navalny’s allies and family members have been detained or sentenced to house arrest in connection with the rallies. His allies have called for new protests on Tuesday, the day of his court hearing.

AFP contributed reporting.

(c) The Moscow Times

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(FRANCE) Officials on Monday urged Germany to scrap a major gas pipeline project with Russia in protest over the detention in Moscow of opposition leader Alexei Navalny’ #AceNewsDesk report

“#AceNewsReport – Feb.01: “ We have always said we have the greatest doubts on this project in this context,” European Affairs minister Clement Beaune told France Inter radio.

Asked specifically if France wanted Berlin to drop the project, Beaune said: “Indeed, we have already said this.”

The United States as well as several European countries such as Poland have criticized the Nord Stream 2 project, saying it will increase German and EU dependence on Russia for critical gas supplies.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has insisted on the project, and work resumed on it in December after nearly a year because of American sanctions.

Beaune said European leaders were weighing new sanctions against Russia over President Vladimir Putin’s crackdown on the opposition led by Navalny, who was arrested in mid-January and faces a trial that could see him detained for years.

Thousands defied government warnings to protest across the country on Sunday in a second weekend of mass demonstrations against the arrest of Putin’s most prominent opponent.

“Sanctions have already been imposed, we could do that but we have to be clear, they will not be enough,” Beaune said.

“The Nordstream option is one under consideration,” he added, while acknowledging that “it’s a decision for Germany, because the pipeline is in Germany.”

(c) The Moscow Times

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(AUSTRALIA) Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally reached out to Australian officials to try to persuade them to change their position on the country’s “News Media Bargaining Code” legislation, but failed to convince them to change course, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has revealed #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Feb.01: Appearing on Insiders, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation equivalent to NBC’s Meet the Press, on Sunday, Frydenberg confirmed that he and Communications Minister Paul Fletcher talked with Zuckerberg last week after the Facebook chief “reached out” to Canberra.

‘Australia Unmoved by Zuckerberg Appeal to Scrap New Media Code, Treasurer Says’

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“Mark Zuckerberg didn’t convince me to back down, if that’s what you’re asking,” the treasurer said, when queried on whether the Facebook CEO had convinced the government to make any changes to its plans.

“We’re in detailed discussions with Google, with Facebook, with the other players across the industry. This has not been a short conversation that we’ve had with these companies over these issues. This has been the product of an 18 month inquiry…and at every step of the way these businesses have been consulted,” Frydenberg added.

The official also suggested that the talks have seen a shifting of the “goal posts” regarding the code, with the internet giants coming up with various excuses to try to get Canberra to change course.

“Originally they had a concern with the algorithm requirements of notification. Then it was about the [Australian dollar exchange rate]. Then it was about the final arbitration model. Now we’re told that if we go ahead with this we’re going to break the internet. What I do know is that media businesses should be paid for content,” Frydenberg explained.

The official added that Prime Minister Scott Morrison has already spoken to Microsoft about expanding into Australia with its Bing search engine amid Google’s threats to pull its Search function.

Facebook joined Google in making dire warnings to Australia, with the latter company threatening to disable Australian users from being able to post news content to its platforms. In his interview Sunday, Frydenberg said he doesn’t dismiss Google’s threats, but is “not intimidated by them either.”

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Australian Treasurer Slams Google’s Experiment Blocking News Outlets From Local SearchEarlier this month, the search engine giant carried out an “experiment” blocking some domestic news websites from Google’s search results.

Facebook and Google have balked at the idea of paying Australian media for news content, arguing that companies already gain from clicks and referrals to their websites.

Washington recently joined the US-based internet giants in pressuring Canberra, arguing that the terms of the proposed code “raise concerns with respect to Australia’s international trade obligations.”

Legislation on the code of conduct follows a comprehensive government review which found that Google and Facebook receive a whopping 80 percent of Australia’s total online advertising spending. The probe followed years of complaints by local media that its online content was not being fairly compensated.

An estimated 19 million Australians use Google monthly – 17 million have Facebook accounts.

Australia’s legislature is expected to make a final vote on the code of conduct sometime in February or March.

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(VICTORIA) A ban on cladding deemed by the Victorian Government to be high risk comes into force today in a bid to reduce fire hazards #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Feb.01: Victoria’s Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, announced that flammable aluminium composite panels and rendered expanded polystyrene would be banned for use as external wall cladding for all multi-storey developments into the future: “ These products are a high risk when used inappropriately or installed incorrectly. That’s why we’ve acted to ban them for new multi-storey buildings,” he said in a statement.

‘Victorian Government bans high-risk cladding for new multi-storey buildings in ‘world first’

ABC News Posted 18m ago

“This ban will ensure new developments are built to the highest standard to keep Victorians safe.”

The prohibited materials will not be allowed for use on apartment buildings, hotels, aged care facilities and other residential buildings with two or more storeys.Want more local news?We offer tailored front pages for local audiences in each state and territory. Find out how to opt in for more Victorian news.Read more

The ban also applies to office buildings, retail premises such as shopping centres, warehouses, factories and car parks with three or more storeys.

“We’re continuing to act on the most up-to-date expert advice on cladding products, and anyone caught flouting this ban will face significant penalties,” Mr Wynne said.

Building companies that breach the ban will be fined up to $400,000, to be enforced by the Victorian Building Authority.

Individuals can be fined up to $80,000.

Mr Wynne called on other states and territories to take a co-ordinated, national response to the issue.

“We would’ve hoped of course that other states, particularly up the eastern seaboard, would’ve followed us and I’ve tried to persuade my colleagues in other states who’ve also got this problem of combustible cladding to join us but unfortunately they’ve been unwilling to do so,” he said.

Mr Wynne said he expects the building industry to fully embrace the changes.

“We don’t expect any backlash at all from the building industry more generally because we have consulted very widely and industry absolutely understands the critical importance of ensuring that we put up buildings that are clearly safe.”

Looking down the side of a  Melbourne apartment building damaged by fire.
The Neo200 building in Melbourne’s Spencer Street was damaged by fire that spread up cladding in February 2019.(Supplied: MFB)

The Victorian Government said a cost-benefit analysis found the ban would result in a net economic benefit of around $1 million per year in reduced insurance costs.

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Cladding has been a major headache for Victoria as well as other jurisdictions across Australia.

Insurance companies have stopped giving surveyors personal indemnity coverage for properties with cladding.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has previously declared it a “national problem”.

The Andrews Government announced a $600 million Cladding Rectification Program in July 2019 to reduce hazardous cladding on existing buildings, which Mr Wynne said was a “world first”.

Cladding Safety Victoria was established to oversee the process.

An apartment building corridor with a danger construction site sign beside a door.
Reconstruction work inside a Melbourne apartment building damaged by a combustible cladding fire in 2018.(ABC News: James Oaten)

An audit of more than 2,200 buildings in Victoria found cladding on hundreds of buildings posed a safety risk, including an “extreme risk” in 72 cases.

Consumer Advocacy organisation, The Victorian Building Action Group, has said that $600 million is not enough to fix the problem of cladding in the state.

The Opposition’s planning spokesman, Tim Smith, estimates the real cost of removing cladding on buildings in Victoria is upwards of $2 billion.

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(TASMAINIA) Rugged coastline has claimed many ships since the early years, some estimates put the number of wrecks at more than 1,000 #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Jan.31: Many are well documented and protected by heritage laws, but the Tamar River in the state’s north has its own unique set — an area called the Burial Ground.

‘Tamar River is home to a ‘ship graveyard’, but these vessels were deliberately sunk in a row’

ABC News Posted 54m ago

Aerial view of sunken vessels in a river bed.
The shapes of the vessels are visible from above with one, the Platypus, visible from the public boardwalk.(Google Earth)

Such is its reputation for silting up, the Tamar has been referred to by locals as the river that floats upside down, and over the yearsgovernments have poured millions of dollars into fixing the problem.

In an early attempt to create more flow in the river’s main channel, at least 14 vessels were sunk in a line between the 1920s and 1970s.

The sunken ships at Tamar Island.
The sunken ships at Tamar Island make up one of Tasmania’s largest ship graveyards.(Supplied TAHO)

Parks and Wildlife Service Historic Heritage section leader Mike Nash said the area in the Tamar Wetlands was one of the largest ship graveyards in Tasmania.

“The idea was if they put those vessels on the western side of the river near Tamar Island, you would force the current to come around the eastern side,” he said. 

“The Tamar for shipping is not that great because it is constantly silting up.” 

Aerial view of sunken ships in Tamar River.
The vessels were sunk in a line over a 50 year period.(Supplied)

The vessels, mostly wooden lighters and barges, were burnt to the waterline and then sunk. 

A three-masted sailing ship, the Zelateur, and a floating dock were also discarded as part of the scheme.

Mr Nash said most of the vessels were out of use, making it a convenient spot, rather than towing them out to sea.

“Each of the ships now acts as a little floating island. Most have completely silted up and are covered with weed and growth,” he said. 

Dredging operations were originally based on Tamar Island itself, with workers living in huts. 

As the number of ships using Launceston’s port increased, the area was used as a site to dump silt.

It’s estimated at least 115 watercraft were deliberately discarded in Tasmanian waters between 1808 and 1997.

Mr Nash said the Tamar Island discard site was only outdone by the ship graveyard near Betsey Island in Storm Bay in the state’s south, where at least 18 unwanted vessels were scuttled.

Environment adapts to manmade barrier 

A metal steam dredger, known as Platypus, is the only vessel visible from the public boardwalk to the island, with the shapes of the others visible from above. 

“Wildlife has adapted, and it is a perfect resting location for birds, like cormorants and egrets,” Mr Nash said.

“They’ve sort of become part of the natural environment.”

Mr Nash said the scheme’s successful was a topic of contention, but major floods in 1929 breached the barrier. 

“Eventually overtime the hulls will rot away and the timber will collapse,” he said.

“They seem to have stood up fairly well over the last 100 years, but the wrecks themselves will be there for a very long time.”

A pelican and swan on a wetland
The wetlands are home to many birds which sometimes use the wrecks as a resting site.(Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Services: Helen Jones)

West Tamar Mayor Christina Holmdahl said not many people knew about the Tamar Wetland’s unique history.

“It’s a wonderful tourist attraction that you won’t find in many other parts of the world, where you can have this fabulous area that is full of both history and natural beauty,” she said.

“Most people see it as just a sleepy river, but there is so much more to the history that we have in the Tamar Valley.”

The boardwalk to Tamar Island is 1.5 kilometres long, with the Burial Ground in the area north of the third bridge.

Flooding in 1929 on the corner of Holbrook and Forster Streets, Invermay
Flooding in 1929 on the corner of Holbrook and Forster Streets, Invermay(Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office)

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