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Rashadul Islam’s visa cancelled after girl ‘raped, held captive’ in Blacktown

The house in Blacktown where the girl was allegedly held captive for four weeks. Photo: Rachel OldingA man who lived with up to eight flatmates in a cramped western Sydney share house kept a 15-year-old girl captive for four weeks and allegedly raped her at least four times.
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Yet not one of Rashadul Islam’s housemates in the run-down bungalow on Balmoral Street, Blacktown, noticed anything amiss as he allegedly held the girl against her will until she managed to escape last Thursday.

Neighbours were woken by the girl’s screams at 1.30am on Thursday.

A passing police car then saw her running barefoot down Balmoral Street with Mr Islam, 29, chasing behind her.

He allegedly tried to drag her back to the house until police intervened and arrested him.

The girl, who was reported missing from a residential out-of-home care facility in October, told police that she had been held against her will for four weeks.

It is understood she met Mr Islam in passing after running away from her foster parents in early October.

Her biological mother posted a status update on Facebook about six weeks ago desperately looking for her daughter and asking her to call. “It’s urgent,” she posted.

Mr Islam, a Bangladesh national on a bridging visa, had his visa cancelled on Monday by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

He withdrew a scheduled bail application in Penrith Local Court on Tuesday and repeatedly interjected the  proceedings to complain about his visa being cancelled.

“Why won’t the court grant me bail for seven days so I can sort out the visa?” he said through an interpreter.

“I can’t talk to anyone to take on my visa matter.”

Mr Islam was told repeatedly that the local court had no jurisdiction to deal with his visa issues.

Neighbours said they believed up to eight people lived in the house with Mr Islam, an unemployed 29-year-old who came to Australia by boat in 2013.

The homeowner, who also lives in the house, chased Fairfax Media off the property on Tuesday. Last week, he told News Corp Australia that the girl had been living with Mr Islam for three weeks.

“He said she was a girlfriend,” he said. “[I] saw them together making dinner … shopping together, always together.”

Another resident in the home said the girl appeared to be happy and relaxed with Mr Islam yet they often stayed in his room with the door locked.

Mr Islam came to Australia by boat as an asylum seeker in 2013. He was held in detention on Christmas Island and then transferred to Australia to live in the community on a bridging visa.

The girl was taken to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead for medical assessment and was released last week.

Police also seized a number of items from Mr Islam’s home for forensic examination.

He will reappear in court on December 16.

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Thief on run, baby safe after Mercedes, child stolen from outside Coburg school

Police at the scene in Coburg, shortly before the baby was found. Photo: Courtesy of Nine News A woman clings to the stolen car. Photo: Supplied
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The woman clings to the car, while the thief speeds off. Photo: Supplied

A mother has watched in a horror as a man jumped into her car and sped off with her six-month-old baby in the back seat in Melbourne’s north.

The mother was standing next to her Mercedes station wagon as she waited to pick up her three eldest children from primary school when a man brazenly jumped into the front seat at the intersection of Ohea and Ross Street in Coburg and drove off, about 3pm on Tuesday.

Her six-month-old daughter, believed to be named Amira, was in a baby capsule in the back seat.

Another woman threw herself on the car’s bonnet in an attempt to stop the thief.

Dramatic CCTV footage shows the woman clinging desperately to the car for about 400 metres before falling off.

The footage also shows the baby’s mother running down the road, chasing after the vehicle.

The car was found dumped near Haig Avenue a short time later, with the baby safe and well inside.

The mother and her baby were reunited, before being taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital for an assessment.

The thief remains on the run.

He is described as being aged in his 30s and of European appearance, with dark wavy hair. He was wearing a light coloured T-shirt and dark pants.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. WATCH – the desperate bid to save a baby from a stolen car. #TenNews#Melbournepic.twitter南京夜网/DFjkKfqcTf— Ten News Melbourne (@tennewsmelb) November 8, 2016JUST IN: A six-month-old boy has been found safe and well after the car he was in was stolen and then dumped in Coburg. #9Newspic.twitter南京夜网/OmcIh6c39F— Nine News Melbourne (@9NewsMelb) November 8, 2016*/]]>

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McLean offers great care packs

Care options: McLean Care community care manager for the southern area Kelli Smith.
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Life expectancy for Australians has increased quite dramatically in the past 50 years, but luckily these days, age is no barrier to achieving a full and rewarding lifestyle, especially with the range of help options that are available.

McLean Care is known for excellence in residential aged care, but they also offer community care services.

McLean Carecommunity care manager for the southern area Kelli Smithsaid there was a huge range of care options available for older people across the New England and North West regions.

“McLean Care can help with lifestyle support if you want someone to help with the shopping or go withyou to bingo or lawn bowls,” MrsSmithsaid.“We offer in-home respite care so the carer can have a break and there are also a range of services in between like meal preparation and house keeping for long and short terms.”

Changes to the Australian Government’s Home Care Packages introduced in July last year mean the focus has changed to consumer-directed care. This allows a huge amount of flexibility.

“It means we can provide whatever the client needs – within reason,”MrsSmith said.“Some people want to go swimming or need help with rehabilitation, others just might not have the confidence to drive to activities.”

It also means some of the budget for home care can be put aside and then used for a trip with a careworker – for example to visit a family farm or a cemetery –or it could be put aside and used to purchase something like a new easy chair or recliner.

McLean Care has delivered community care services since 2001.

MrsSmithsaid older clients were usually happiest at home, surrounded by their own things, cherished memories, loving friends, and family, or pets.

“Being where you want to be, in the place where you feel most relaxed, and doing the things that give you the greatest joy,”she said.

“We offer a diverse, creative, and often fun range of services, delivered by a passionate, nurturing and supportive team of highly skilled lifestyle facilitators andcare workers.”

“We are here to support you in your life in the community, and our aim is to assist you to fully engage in lifeso that you enjoy every day to the fullest.”

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Weekend of Wheels back for another spin

Ready to race: This weekend a 20th Anniversary celebration of the last ‘Round the Houses’ Motorcycle Race in Australia will be held in Collie. Photo: Supplied. This weekend an anniversary celebration of thelast‘Round the Houses’ Motorcycle Race in Australia willbe held in Collie.
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The Weekend of Wheels event will be held across Saturday and Sunday, and will mark 20 years since the race was last held.

There will be amotorcycle parade, show and shine, memorabilia display, trial bikes, speedway bike race and Historic Motorcycle Racing.

The first “Around the Houses” was held in 1948 on Easter weekend, and was held annually in November up until 1996.

The anniversary celebrations will start at the Recreation Grounds on Prinsep Street at 9.30am where the bikes will first gather andfood outlets will be available.

The parade around the streetswill begin at 11.30am, and will start at the footy ground thengo down Medic Street, into Johnson Street, up Atkinson Street, along Jones Street into Newbold Street, and down Ogden Street.

At 12 noon the paradewill end at theRecreation Groundwhere there will be a bike display and memorabilia displays open.

A show and shine, various motorcycle clubs andfootball club bar will be open. Saturday night there will be bikes racing at the Collie Speedway and on Sunday there will beHistoric Club racing at the Collie Motorplex.

Motoring South West board member Michelle Smith has contributed to coordinating and organisingthe event and said it will mark an important occasion for Collie’s motoring history.

“The idea of this is to get people tocome to Collie, It’s such a huge part of our history because Round the houses was a national championship they used to run in Collie, so they had the likes of Valentino Rossi on the streets of Collie back in the day,” she said.

“You would get threeor four thousand people visiting or more during the Round the Houses weekend.”

Ms Smith said organisers will review the event to determine if they will make it a regular occurrence.

“We’re going to see how it goes, and if it is successful we will look at it again and see what we can do differently because you don’t want the same thing, we are thinking about doing it again,” she said.“It wouldn’t be yearly, it would probably be bi-annually because it’s a big thing to organise.”

“The Motroplex is one of the big tourist attractions because we have such a history with Motorsports, it has been a huge part of Collie, probably bigger than anywhere else.”

Motorcycle clubs and enthusiasts from across the state will be attending the event.

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Roots band tops indy music awards

Winners: Cornstalk bandmates Lyle Goodman, Chris Hamall and Kane Starkey at the MusicOz Awards. Picture: Amy Halpin, AMNplify.IF you play music for the love of it, taking four years to make an album probably doesn’t seem like a long time.
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Winners: Three members from Newcastle band Cornstalk accept the award as Best Blues and Roots Band at the MusicOz Awards. PIcture: Craig Wilson

For Cornstalk, a six-piece original roots rock band from Newcastle, it’s been worth it. Last month, on the back of their debut album, Pennies Fall, the band won Best Blues and Roots band at the Australian Independent Music Awards.

“We’ve all got families, day jobs,” says band leader Chris Hamall. “Everything took it’s sweet-arse time. In the end it was about getting an album out, getting the quality out. We didn’t looked at it as a rushed process.”

The other band members are Shayne Hamall (Chris’ brother) of Cardiff Heights, Kane Starkey of Warners Bay, Lyle Goodman of Port Stephens, Ben Pettet of Kotara and Evan Doyle of Cardiff.

“The way the music industry is these days, it’s almost not about the money, it’s about getting to play,” Hamall says. The band will celebrate the CD with a show at the Cambridge onJanuary 21 and is aiming for slots at several blues festivals next year.

Music was always in the Hamalls’ blood. Their fatherRex Hamall, now 70,was an award-winning country music performer.

Cornstalk leader Chris HamallVideo Hits with The Good Life.Their music video Great Love was ranked number 8in 2013 AIMAS Awards.

Cornstalk’s name originally came from a reference found when band members were scanning through an old dictionary. Under cornstalk, it said “tall skinny men from NSW”, according to Hamall. Research unveiled a reference to an Indian chief called Cornstalk in the US prior to the American Revolution. Cornstalk was killed by American militiamen in an act of betrayal. Legend has it there is a “curse of Cornstalk” to this day.

The band’s music is moulded from classic American southern rock. Hamall likens it to “cross the Black Crowes with Alice in Chains”, a la southern rock/grunge.

“My lead guitar player comes from a heavier background,” he says. “But when it comes to harmony, we have a good crack at the Seattle sound.”

At the end of the day, Cornstalk has its own category of music.

Hamall says; “My idea of playing music, Iwant people to feel, whether good, bad, sad, joyful –that’s the gift of music.”

Winning amajor awardat MusicOz, as the independent awards are known, was an encouraging sign that the band has been on the right track for a long time.

“Longevity will get you anywhere, my dad says,” Hamall says. “Longevity gets you the gold card. Despiteknockbacks, knockdowns, you’ve gotto believe in yourself.”

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