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Police Report 30th August 2018


Thefts from vehicles

Police have received several reports of thefts from vehicles parked near the school. If anyone has any information, please contact us.


P Plate Curfew and Passenger Restrictions

Over recent weeks it has been brought to our attention that a number of provisional drivers are either failing to adhere to, or simply ignoring some conditions of their licences, mainly the 10pm curfew and single passenger restrictions. We recognise that obtaining a drivers licence is part of growing up and becoming independent, however holding a drivers licence is a privilege, not a right. These conditions, like all road rules, are put in place for one simple reason, to keep all road users safe. There are studies (as well as incidents that have occurred on Norfolk Island in the past), that tend to prove that novice drivers are more at risk of having a collision while driving during the hours of darkness.


There are special provisions under the Traffic Act 2010 for provisional drivers to have their curfew hours amended to accommodate employment or other circumstances deemed appropriate by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles. Unfortunately, hanging out with your buddies isn’t one of those circumstances, so we ask that our provisional drivers abide by the conditions surrounding their licences. The Traffic Act 2010 does not allow us any discretion when dealing with these breaches, so the only other option for us (apart from asking you politely) is to place you before the Court with the potential outcome being the loss of your licence for up to six months. We don’t want that…we don’t think you want that either.  

 

School Zone Speed Limit Reminder

A reminder that the 30km/hr school zone is now in operation from 8.00am to 3.30pm on school days. Please remember that it only takes some inattentive driving from one person for a tragedy to occur so please be vigilant when driving around the school.


Contact

Phone 22222 or 000 for Police enquiries, attendance and emergencies. Police officers are available 24/7.

Norfolk Island Police Force                           

PO Box 470                                        Email:           enquiries@police.gov.nf

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Police Report 25th August 2018



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Police Report 16th Aug 2018


Drink and Drive, Get Court.

Police are reminding motorists that we will be continuing to actively target drink driving on Norfolk Island after the twentieth driver of the year was detected allegedly over the prescribed concentration of alcohol on Saturday 11 August 2018.


In the latest incident, a young adult man has been summonsed with drink driving as well as driving whilst on a suspended licence. To put this in context, in a typical year about ten drivers face court for drink drive offences. 


International Youth Day – “Safe Spaces for Youth.”

Last Sunday 12 August was International Youth Day and the theme this year was “Safe Spaces for Youth.” This includes being online. We are all responsible for ensuring these spaces are respectful, inclusive and safe; especially for children and young people.


If you have not already, talk to your children and young people about the importance of being respectful and inclusive online as well as empowering them to speak up if something is not right. And while this may be an uncomfortable conversation topic for many parents to have with their children, this is an issue that shouldn’t be ignored. 

 

Things to discuss with your children about online use:

  • Encourage your child to think before they post online.
  • Ensure they know how to block and report people on the sites they use.
  • Advise them to avoid talking online to people they don’t know.
  • Ensure they know that they can talk to you if someone makes them feel uncomfortable online.
  • Discuss ethical relationships with your child.
  • Promote empathy and looking at situations from other people’s perspectives to prevent cyberbullying.

Visit ThinkUknow.org.au for resources on online safety.


Witnesses Sought to Vehicle Damage

We are seeking witnesses or information in relation to the damage to the windscreens of two vehicles whilst parked at Eldoo on New Cascade Road over the weekend of 11-12 August 2018.


Please give a call if you have information that can assist us.


Contact

Phone 22222 or 000 for Police enquiries, attendance and emergencies. If the station is unattended, please use the courtesy telephone located near the front door to contact on duty or on-call Police officers 24/7.


Norfolk Island Police Force                           

PO Box 470                                        Email:           enquiries@police.gov.nf

Norfolk Island 2899                            Facebook:    Facebook.com/NorfolkIslandPolice

                                                          Crimestoppers.com.au:  1800 333 000

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Police Report 3 Aug 2018


Grass Fire Queen Elizabeth Lookout

About 12:15am on Friday 3 August 2018, Norfolk Island Fire Service and Norfolk Island Police Force responded to a grass fire adjacent to the Queen Elizabeth Lookout on Rooty Hill Road. The 30-40 square metre fire was extinguished by the Fire Service in about 20 minutes as luckily it was not a windy night and the fire did not spread out of immediate control.


A witness has advised that the sound of fireworks was heard in the area shortly before the fire. The use of fireworks always carries with it a risk of fire and should only be used in wide open areas away from anything that can catch fire (including dry grass).


If you have any information about the use of fireworks around that location or time or have any information that can assist us investigate this, please give us a call.  


If it was you letting off fireworks from the lookout over a sloped, grassed area, What Were You Thinking?


Man Facing Court for High-Range Drink Driving

A man will soon be facing court on a charge of High Range Drink Driving after he was allegedly detected more than four times the legal limit of alcohol on Tuesday night 31 July 2018 following a single-vehicle collision.


This is the highest blood alcohol concentration detected by Norfolk Island Police Force in two and a half years and the 19th driver detected allegedly over the limit this year.


We remind all motorists that officers will continue to actively target drink driving on Norfolk Island.


Webcam and Password Phishing Scam

This week we have had a few Norfolk Island residents report to us that they have received emails threatening the recipient with the circulation of a comprising video to all of their contacts if they do not pay the sender money through Bitcoin. The email attempts to prove legitimacy by sending a password of the recipient in the email.


This is a scam. These emails have been sent all over the world. The password comes from a data breach of the Linkedin career/professional social media site in 2016. No they do not have a compromising video of you from your webcam.


If you have received this email:


1. Update your passwords (using a strong password format including letters, numbers and symbols)


2. Delete the email.


Contact

Phone 22222 or 000 for Police enquiries, attendance and emergencies. If the station is unattended, please use the courtesy telephone located near the front door to contact on duty or on-call Police officers 24/7.


Norfolk Island Police Force                           

PO Box 470                                        Email:           enquiries@police.gov.nf

Norfolk Island 2899                            Facebook:    Facebook.com/NorfolkIslandPolice

                                                          Crimestoppers.com.au:  1800 333 000

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Police Report 13 July 2018


Tax Time Scams

Please be aware of the rising use of bullying tactics by fraudsters at tax time to try and scare people into making payments or to hand over their personal and financial information such as their Tax File Number or banking information.  Targeting people at tax time is a “very efficient business model” for scammers, because people keep falling for the scams. The Australian Tax Office last year received more than 81,000 scam reports.


Our advice is to never immediately open any attachments or links on emails that claim to be from the Australian Tax Office or other government agencies. Instead you should telephone them or go separately to their official website. The Australian Tax Office will never threaten your immediate arrest or request your personal information via email, text messages or social media. This is a clear sign that the communication is a scam.


Kids about on the Roads

As there are school holidays at the moment, there are increased numbers of kids near the roads on their bikes and on foot.

For drivers, please keep a careful watch for children when driving in the shopping precinct or residential streets as children can very quickly and easily move from safety to danger. Children act on impulse and have difficulty judging speed and distance.


Can parents please ensure that you encourage safe behaviour on the roads ensuring your kids wear a helmet when using their bike, scooter or skateboard (even though they may resist) and limit the riding of bikes on the road to older kids that are sufficiently experienced in riding in other areas first. Younger children under 9 should not ride on the road without active adult supervision. It is also safer to work out routes for your children to ride that limit riding on the road to avoid unsafe crossings or curves that may limit a driver’s view.


New Traffic Handbook coming

An updated Traffic Handbook is coming…. Watch this space.


Contact

Phone 22222 or 000 for Police enquiries, attendance and emergencies. If the station is unattended, please use the courtesy telephone located near the front door to contact on duty or on-call Police officers 24/7.

Norfolk Island Police Force                           

PO Box 470                                        Email:           enquiries@police.gov.nf

Norfolk Island 2899                            Facebook:    Facebook.com/NorfolkIslandPolice

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Police Report - 29 June 2018


Wet Weather and Road Safety

As we start to get a bit more rain a reminder to motorists to please drive to the conditions. Wiping a few kilometres off your speed will ensure you have sufficient distance to stop should an unexpected incident or obstacle appear in front of you.

Check your vehicle to ensure it is roadworthy – having sufficient tread on your tyres to disperse water becomes essential. It also makes good sense to turn your headlights on a little earlier given the reduced visibility in the rain. Other drivers can sometimes get distracted in focusing on the rain, so having your headlights on provides a little more insurance that you will be observed in the oncoming traffic.

 

Police power to impound vehicles

 

Did you know that Police have the power to impound vehicles on the spot for seven days under section 40D of the Traffic Act 2010 for reckless, negligent or dangerous driving behaviour? (As well as for driving under the influence, driving a vehicle whilst unregistered or driving a vehicle in an un-roadworthy condition).

 

In the past couple of weeks, police have received multiple reports of driving behaviour by our younger drivers and riders that would qualify for this action.

 

 

Contact

Phone 22222 or 000 for Police enquiries, attendance and emergencies. If the station is unattended, please use the courtesy telephone located near the front door to contact on duty or on-call Police officers 24/7.

 

Norfolk Island Police Force                           

PO Box 470                                        Email:           enquiries@police.gov.nf

Norfolk Island 2899                            Facebook:    Facebook.com/NorfolkIslandPolice

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Police Report 31 May 2018


Bounty Day – 8 June

We wish everyone on the island a happy Bounty Day on Friday and a great day of celebrating with family and friends.

As we do every year, we will be ensuring the safety of participants and spectators with the road closures in the Kingston area. These will be commencing at 9.00am to allow the safe movement of the parade. 

 

Please arrive before 9.00am so that you will not be inconvenienced by the road closures

Norfolk Island Police Force Constable William Fellowes on horseback at Bounty Day 1932 (Photo courtesy Norfolk Island Museum)


New Justice of the Peace Service

We are pleased to announce that we are now able to provide a Justice of the Peace service at the Police Station as Deb (Fishy) has been appointed as a JP of Norfolk Island.


Justices of the Peace can:

- attest to the execution of a document

- witness an affidavit for use in court

- witness a statutory declaration

- certify a true copy of an original document

- certify a person’s identity.


Call ahead if you need assistance with a large number of documents. Otherwise, just pop into the station during office hours.


Reports of Unsafe Firearm Use

We’d like to remind our firearm licence holders of their obligations under the Firearms and Prohibited Weapons Act when using firearms near public areas.

The law is very clear that a “A person must not knowingly or carelessly or negligently discharge a firearm on, from, towards or across a public road, public street or public place” or “discharge a firearm to endanger, annoy or frighten, or in a manner that is likely to endanger, annoy or frighten, the public or a person” without a lawful excuse.


These laws are in place for the safety of the public.


National Police Checks

If you are a resident of Norfolk Island who requires a police check, you are required to obtain a National Police Check from the Australian Federal Police.

Further information and application forms can be obtained from: https://www.afp.gov.au/what-we-do/services/criminal-records/national-police-checks


Contact

Phone 22222 or 000 for Police enquiries, attendance and emergencies. If the station is unattended, please use the courtesy telephone located near the front door to contact on duty or on-call Police officers 24/7.


Norfolk Island Police Force                           

PO Box 470                                        Email:           enquiries@police.gov.nf

Norfolk Island 2899                            Facebook:    Facebook.com/NorfolkIslandPolice



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POLICE REPORT – 10 May 2018


Drink Driving

The Norfolk Island Police Force wish to remind drivers that getting behind the wheel when you have been drinking alcohol puts yourself and all other road users at increased risk of being involved in a serious collision.


So far in 2018 we have seen a significant increase in the number of drink driving offences in comparison to previous years.


If you are the holder of a full drivers licence your blood alcohol concentration to drive a motor vehicle on Norfolk Island needs to be below 0.05%, if you decide to have a few drinks over the course of an evening and drive home, it is highly likely that you will be over the legal limit. If you are caught and convicted, you could lose your licence, face hefty fines or possibly go to jail.


As a general rule if an adult consumes 2 standard drinks of alcohol in their first hour their blood alcohol concentration will be raised to 0.05% and 1 standard drink per hour thereafter will maintain that level.


So the next question you’ll probably be asking is what constitutes a standard drink.


Remember if you are the holder of a Learner or Provisional drivers licence you are required to have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.00%.


There is no way to speed up the rate your body processes alcohol. Whilst small amounts leave your body through urine, sweat and breath, your liver breaks down most of the alcohol and a healthy liver will break down less than one standard drink an hour.


Coffee, showers, water or food do not speed up this process. The only thing that will sober you up is time.


So if you were to have 10 schooners of full strength beer over a 6 hour period, you would have consumed the equivalent of 15 standard drinks. The average person will return to a blood alcohol concentration of 0.00% approximately 11 hours after their last drink.


So if you are planning on having a few drinks, make alternative arrangement to get home or simply walk, don’t get behind the wheel of a car or hop on your motorbike.


Driving Near Horses

Horses are large powerful animals but they can easily panic and bolt if startled. By following some basic advice, you can help avoid an accident involving horses on the road.

- Slow down and be ready to stop if necessary
- Look out for riders' signals to slow down or stop
- Watch out for sudden movements, horses can be easily frightened and unpredictable
- Don't sound your horn or rev your engine
- Pass wide and slow when overtaking; giving the horse plenty of room. 
- Don’t accelerate rapidly once you have passed them.


Business Liaison

Fishy is Looking forward to making her way around to businesses and having a friendly chat to update the Key holder Register. 

This is a great way for our community to have all relevant information available should the Police ever need to make contact owners/managers.

Please feel free to contact Fishy as the new administrative / community liaison officer at the Norfolk Island Police station if you have any queries, otherwise she looks forward to touching base with everyone.

 

Contact

Phone 22222 or 000 for Police enquiries, attendance and emergencies. If the station is unattended, please use the courtesy telephone located near the front door to contact on duty or on-call Police officers 24/7.

Norfolk Island Police Force                           

PO Box 470                                        Email:           enquiries@police.gov.nf

Norfolk Island 2899                            Facebook:    Facebook.com/NorfolkIslandPolice


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Principal's Report 4 May 2018


Welcome back to students and staff, Term 2 is a very busy term with a lot of wonderful opportunities on offer for students at NICS. We welcome Jaimie Mongta who has joined the K-6 staff, and we will be farewelling Mike Dickson at the end of week 4 who will be replaced by Emily Rayner until the position is advertised and filled.


Congratulations to our Principal, Brett, and his wife, Bri, who welcome a little girl, Finleigh, into their family; a new little sister for Jos and Eli. Brett and family return to the island on Monday. 

Arki Nobbs has been selected as a solo vocalist for Southern Stars which will be held at the WIN stadium in Wollongong. He is also through to the third round of auditions for a soloist position in School Spectacular. Leading up to this audition, he has had a chest infection but we are hoping he is well enough on Thursday to audition. 

Year 12 HSC students all have access now to their HSC Examination timetables. The countdown has well and truly started for them. 

Some of the activities occurring in Term 2 are our Athletics Carnival in Week 4; a financial literacy workshop, the Love Bites program that focuses on Respectful Relationships; NAPLAN; Year 9 Language Camp; Norfolk Culture Day; Bounty Ball; Country Music Concert; reports and Parent/Teacher interviews. Also like previous years our school will be tending for interested person/s to take our school photos for 2018. More information will be available in next week’s Norfolk Islander. 

NICS School Captains represent the student body at the 2018 community ANZAC service… 

On 25th April each year we celebrate ANZAC Day. This is a day on which we pay our respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice; to pause, reflect and remember the significant contribution made by the people of Norfolk Island. This year we had four of our Year 10 History students assist in serving the gunfire breakfast to our veterans. A huge thank-you to Aiden Evans, Sam Cribb, Cameron Rogers and Nic Johnson for their fabulous efforts! In addition, our junior and senior leaders attended the mid-morning service at the All Saints Church at Kingston. This year our school was represented by Jade Umlauft, Liam Christian-Bailey, Nakeira Douran, Mauatua Christian – Reynolds, Hannah Bigg, Karla Finch, Tilly Menzies-Thompson and James Bigg. Our captains were present for the ceremony and laid two wreaths on behalf of Norfolk Island Central School. They all did the school proud! Particular thanks to all of the parents for making their children available for this important event and a huge THANK-YOU to Tilly Menzies-Thompson for making the wreaths. 

ANZAC Day Ceremony at NICS 

Fine e’a beautiful ilen, all yorlye come see. 
Se famous now f d simplicity 
Cos h’yu, bird sing whoal day, en em cattle roam free 
En wi nawa far from d song of d sea 



The above section from the poem ‘Uklan’ by Ena Ette Christian was beautifully read by school Vice- Captain, James Bigg, and marked one of the uniquely Norfolk moments in the NICS ANZAC Day Ceremony, which was held on Tuesday 1st May. Students K-12 were joined by distinguished guests, Terence Grube and Warren Finch from the Norfolk Island RSL Sub-Branch, Mrs Robin Adams, Mayor of Norfolk Island, and this year, we were incredibly privileged to be joined by Korean War veterans. Our school captains Jade Umlauft, Liam Christian-Bailey, Nakeira Douran, Mauatua Christian – Reynolds, Hannah Bigg, Karla Finch, Tilly Menzies-Thompson and James Bigg ran the ceremony that included a stirring speech from Tilly and an amazing version of ‘In Flanders Fields’ read by Hannah Bigg. This year included the reading of the roll of “the fallen”, which was capably read by Tilly. Wreaths were placed on our memorial by Mauatua Christian – Reynolds and Karla Finch on behalf of the student body; Mrs Thompson and Ms Peterson on behalf of the Department, Mirabelle Creek and Maycee Deszecsar on behalf of the Cadets; Hannah Bigg on behalf of Mayor Robin Adams; and Warren Finch on behalf of service personnel. Students paid their respects to the fallen in a moment of reflective silence after the Last Post. The ceremony finished with God Save the Queen and the Pitcairn Anthem led by Terence Grube. This ceremony was a wonderful example of the strong links between the student body at NICS and service personnel. Many of our students have a connection to those who have previously served or are currently serving. The Ceremony marked a time during which students could commemorate the fallen and reflect on the truly remarkable contribution of the service men and women of Norfolk Island. NICS would sincerely like to thank Mayor Robin Adams, Terence Grube, Warren Finch, all our wonderful veterans and the RSL for their continued support of the school. 

Lest We Forget 

 
Year 11/12 Debating team's success North Coast Region 
Congratulations to our Year 11/12 team for their first round victory against Grafton High School on Wednesday. The topic was "That schools should implement compulsory drug tests for students" and we were the affirmative. 

The experience of our debaters shone through in their approach to the topic. Their model was that drug testing would be implemented immediately from Year 6 as a well-being strategy, not a punitive measure. This threw the other team as they were expecting a debate about student expulsion and criminal records. Our team sustained this focus throughout the debate and were rewarded for it.

Jemima Quintal excelled in her first debate at this level as first speaker and was competently supported by Ella Langusch at second speaker. Joni King stepped up for this debate, as none of our speakers had experience at third. Her performance in organising the arguments and presenting the team's rebuttal was again mentioned by the adjudicator. Brancker South has followed on from where he left off in 2016 and contributed brilliantly as Team Adviser. This was definitely a "team" effort.

Year 11/12 Team's next debate is next Wednesday against Nambucca Heads.  

NICS students travel to Fiji to represent Norfolk Island

On Saturday, nine NICS students started their journey to Lautoka, Fiji to compete in the 2018 ITF OTF West Pacific Regional Championships. The students involved are:

U12’s: Aly Miller and Tony Martinovich 

U14’s Hannah Wright and Kyran Randall 

U16’s Tiana Randall, Brianna Tavener, Sam Cribb, Cameron Rogers and Croyden Snell 

The tournament has been significantly impacted by the rain, but our NICS kids are still representing our school and our island beautifully!  Hannah, Sam, Croyden and Cameron all had sound first round victories, while Tony and Aly played strongly, teaming up with kids from other nations to compete in a team’s round robin tournament. Tiana, Brianna and Kyran all performed strongly in their singles matches; Brianna and Tiana are teaming up in doubles, while Kyran and his partner have had a great start to the doubles draw. A full report on results of our kids next week! 

We wish all of our kids and manager Danny Nobbs all the best!! 
 
NICS represented at National Championships 
We also extend our well wishes to our PE teacher and Secondary Sports Co-ordinator, Melissa Pulsford, as she leads the NSW tennis team in their quest to defend their title at the National Championships. Melissa has been working incredibly hard with a team of girls and boys from across NSW, and we wish her all the best as they compete against the other states and territories of Australia. A full report will be included next week. 
Regards
Sally Thompson
Acting Principal 

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Police Report 4 May 2018


Wet Weather and Road Safety

As we start to get a bit more rain, we’d like to remind motorists to please drive to the conditions.

  • Taking a few kilometres off your speed will ensure you have sufficient distance to stop should an unexpected incident or obstacle appear in front of you.
  • Remember to check your vehicle to ensure it is roadworthy – having sufficient tread on your tyres to disperse water becomes essential.
  • It also makes good sense to turn your headlights on a little earlier given the reduced visibility in the rain. Other drivers can sometimes get distracted in focusing on the rain, so having your headlights on provides a little more insurance that you will be observed in the oncoming traffic.
  • Keep your wipers clean and top up your windscreen washer water so that when you use your wipers, you have a clear windscreen to see through.

Changing to a Norfolk Island Licence

For any new residents on Norfolk Island, welcome!  However you may not know that once you decide to live here in paradise, you will need a Norfolk Island driver’s licence.

Once you have been a resident of Norfolk Island for a period of 3 months, your recognised licence from another jurisdiction ceases to be recognised and you are then driving unlicenced. Not only is this an offence, but your insurance company may deny your claim for compensation following a motor vehicle accident. As an unlicenced driver, you are committing further offences if your blood alcohol is above 0 percent.

If you are a Provisional or Learner licence holder from another jurisdiction, you cannot use this licence to drive on Norfolk Island and you are required to apply for a Norfolk Island licence. After holding a Norfolk Island Learner’s licence for 3 months, you may apply for your Norfolk Island Provisional Licence.


So, if you have been here for more than 3 months and you are still relying on your existing licence, please drop into the station and we’ll help you apply to transfer your licence to a Norfolk Island licence.


Contact

Phone 22222 or 000 for Police enquiries, attendance and emergencies. If the station is unattended, please use the courtesy telephone located near the front door to contact on duty or on-call Police officers 24/7.

Norfolk Island Police Force                           

PO Box 470                                        Email:           enquiries@police.gov.nf

Norfolk Island 2899                            Facebook:    Facebook.com/NorfolkIslandPolice

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