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SIX children aged between 12-15 years have been arrested in an allegedly stolen car in Beaconsfield on Wednesday night 24 August.
Detective Sergeant Gavin Hiku, of Southern Metro Region Crime team, said the Hyundai vehicle was allegedly stolen during a burglary in Armadale, about 1pm that day.
Half an hour later, the car was spotted at a home burglary in Berwick in which video games were stolen.
Police, with the help of the Air Wing, intercepted the car driven by a 15-year-old boy in Beaconsfield, about 8pm.
The occupants were from Noble Park, Hallam, Keysborough and Patterson Lakes.
Four boys and a girl have been remanded in custody facing burglary and theft charges.
A 15-year-old boy was released on bail on a theft of motor vehicle charge.
An imposing wall in central Dandenong will become the area’s ‘art and soul’ under a new project.
The community can have its say on a new public artwork being considered for the Walker Street car park’s Thomas Street-facing wall.
It spans more than eight storeys and covers about 1000 square metres.
It’s a visual backdrop for Harmony Square and can be seen from locations around Dandenong.
A small group of community members developed a vision for the site during a series of workshops earlier this year.
Following a national expressions of interest process, the council short-listed five Melbourne-based artists to create detailed visual concepts.
Emma Anna combines 305 hexagonal panels in interconnected clusters to represent the community’s diversity in her artwork Aurora.
Their colours represent history, hospitality, culture, diversity and the future, and night time will reveal LEDs in constellation-like symbols and shapes.
Ash Keating’s Walker Street Response uses paint layers to depict people leading individual lives in a shared space, side by side. It features a bold, bright palette.
See the massive art wall come alive.
Blender Studios created billboard-style artwork The Dandenong Dream to illustrate the city’s welcoming soul and the stories behind the residents.
The concept of the Australian Dream inspired the artwork which uses images and icons to explore the Dandenong Dream.
Juddy Roller’s Walker Street Mural would feature portraits of people identified through community engagement.
Their eyes would symbolise their emotional, historic and community connection to place.
An accompanying video documentary would capture the essence of the project.
Interconnections by Yandell Walton would combine a static painted design which is visible during the day and has an animated light projection at night.
It would use dance and movement to explore the emotional, historic and community connections that people have to place.
Residents will be part of the artwork through an invitation to be filmed using 3D camera technology.
Greater Dandenong Mayor Heang Tak said the council asked the artists to capture the municipality’s welcoming soul.
“The shortlisted artists were asked to create an artwork that celebrates people and the humanity of Dandenong and is equally as colourful and engaging during the day as it is at night,” he said.
“The shortlisted artists have all worked nationally and internationally across various mediums.
“We look forward to hearing what the community has to say about the options presented.”
View the five concepts online from Thursday 25 August or in the Dandenong Library windows in Harmony Square from Thursday 1 September.
Community comments and feedback are invited until Tuesday 20 September on the website or at the library.
INTERVENTION orders are increasingly failing to protect victims of domestic abuse in the neighbourhood.
Police crime statistics show a steady increase in the rate of recorded family violence order breaches in the Cardinia Shire area, most of which are threatening enough to be ’flagged’ within the crime category.
Worryingly, breaches against family violence orders – which seek to protect the victim – make up 71 per cent of all recorded family violence incidents recorded in Cardinia Shire in the 12 months to March this year.
Police statistics indicate 1484 family violence incidents were recorded, and 1056 related to offences where a domestic abuser has breached an order set up to protect their victim.
The crime statistics indicate 1037 breaches were significant enough to be ‘flagged’, meaning the victim was subjected to some form of violence despite the protection order.
The rate of flagged breach offences is up 16 per cent on the previous 12-month period, according to the Crime Statistics Agency (CSA) data.
In 2015, more than 50 per cent of all family violence incidents recorded related to breaches to victim protection orders.
Pakenham police Senior Sergeant Graeme Stanley said an increase in recorded protection order breaches did not necessarily mean more victims were being reviolated by their abuser.
Instead, he attributed the rise to increased manpower at the Cardinia Family Violence Unit, now a seven-member team operating out of the Pakenham Police Station.
Sergeant Richard Dawson, who heads the family violence dedicated unit, said a shakeup of the unit’s operational targets a few months back saw officers turn their focus largely onto recidivist offenders in an effort to drive down re-offending rates.
Historically, data shows domestic abuse is more likely to be perpetrated by a repeat offender rather than by one-time offenders.
He reported significant decreases in recidivism rates in the shire in the last three months.
Though the Gazette has no hard figures yet, it was reported recidivism rates have dropped by about 14 per cent in recent months in the shire at a forum working to drive down rates of family violence in homes in the area.
Sgt Dawson attributed forward strides in the region’s fight against family violence to an ’accelerated justice’ program being trailed exclusively in Cardinia Shire, Casey and Greater Dandenong through the Dandenong Magistrates’ Court.
It works off a pro-arrest, pro-remand policy where violent offenders are brought before court the same day that they offend.
If not immediately, alleged offenders are bailed to appear before the court within the next seven days, Sgt Dawson said.
“It’s about immediacy. Their actions are being held to account quickly and consequences are swift,” he said.
Recidivism statistics show 60 per cent of family violence victim reports in Cardinia between April 2015 – March 2016 related to a repeat victim, up four per cent on the previous year.
Some 66 per cent related to a repeat perpetrator, also up three per cent on the previous 12-month period.
Data also shows police have been issuing more family violence safety notices.
About 14 per cent of incidents resulted in the issue of a safety notice to the perpetrator in the 12-month period, barring them from contacting their victim in any way including through social media.
It’s a slight increase on the previous two years.
The data provided is up to date until March 2016.
The Cardinia Family Violence Unit has processed over 250 offenders since September last year.
The CSA listed non-flagged breaches as including cases where the offender breaches conditions including restrictions on attending the victim’s home or blacklisted venues, or failing to report to police as required.
Police who attend ‘flagged’ family violence incidents are required to fill out a six-page form detailing the abuse, possible vulnerability factors including pregnancy or isolation and previous threats against the victim that are stored into a police managed casefile.
It also records service referrals made and safety plan recommendations.
GABRIELLE Lovett from Hillcrest Christian School has been selected as captain of the state equestrian team and will lead the team at the upcoming National Equestrian Interschool Championships.
Ms Lovett has been riding horses and training with them for eight years, but really got into competition riding after attending Hillcrest.
Elected jumps captain last year, Ms Lovett has put in a lot of hard work and training to get the position of overall captain this year.
“I am honoured to be captain,” she said.
“I have put in a lot of hard work over the last two years in particular, and it has all paid off.”
Ms Lovett has completed VET Equine Studies units one through four and currently is undertaking a track riding apprenticeship while at school.
She says being selected captain of the Victorian team will be great for her future job prospects as well as for her personal development.
“It’s great for future job opportunities, but also a great way to help other people,” she said.
“I can be a role model for the younger riders and set a good example; it’s a lot of responsibility but I’m up for the challenge.”
Gabrielle Lovett’s mother Debra is Equestrian manager at Hillcrest and says she is very proud of her daughter and what she has chosen to do.
“I have a daughter who, on a Friday and Saturday night, is up cleaning, preparing, and packing for events,” she said.
“Her riding and her dedication has really positive lifestyle benefits.”
Ms Lovett said getting to where she was now would not have been possible without the support of her coach and her family.
“My coach Paul Williams is an amazing coach, and has helped me and other kids gain knowledge, confidence, and skills like no other,” she said.
“Of course my older sister Rachael who has let me ride her horses and use her gear and my dad has been really supportive, too.”
Ms Lovett and her team will travel to Horsley Park in Sydney for the National Equestrian Interschool Championships from Sunday 25 September to Thursday 29 September.
A SPECIAL ceremony will take place on Sunday morning to unveil memorial stones in honour of Australian service personnel.
Pakenham RSL plans to erect seven stones beside the Pakenham cenotaph over two stages in recognition of those who have served or fought overseas since World War II.
The first three stones represent the Korea, Malaya and Indonesia (Far East Strategic Reserve), and Vietnam wars, while the remainder expect to be installed by late next year to honour those who served in peace keeping efforts in Somalia, East Timor and Iran, and in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The line of stones will serve as a commemorative walk for service personnel, their families and the general public to pay their respects.
The unveiling ceremony will take place at 11.30am on Sunday 28 August at the Pakenham cenotaph, with guest speaker military historian Marcus Fielding and speeches from Australian war veterans from each of the three conflicts.
Lunch and refreshments will be served following the ceremony at the Pakenham RSL Hall, corner James Street and Snodgrass Street, Pakenham.