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New Zealand travellers burst Australia's travel bubble

<p>Travellers arriving as part of the newly minted international arrangements with New Zealand have left state authorities scrambling after taking internal flights to jurisdictions outside of the travel bubble.</p> <p>Under the original arrangements, passengers from New Zealand were permitted to enter New South Wales and the Northern Territory.</p> <p>But on Friday night, it was revealed that a few trans-Tasman arrivals took connecting flights to Melbourne.</p> <p>Authorities in Victoria have now spoken to all 55 people who were gearing up to arrive in the state to explain local coronavirus rules.</p> <p>The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) released a statement saying some of the travellers were in family groups, with most of them staying in private homes.</p> <p>Three of the travellers expected to enter the state remained in NSW.</p> <p>And one who was in Victoria returned to NSW on Sunday.</p> <p>"Twenty-one of the 55 travellers arrived at Melbourne Airport … the remainder arrived using other modes of transport," the statement said.  </p> <p>"DHHS authorised officers continue to meet incoming flights at Melbourne Airport and provide information to arriving passengers."</p> <p>Authorities in West Australia have also confirmed 23 people, including a child, all from New Zealand, are currently in hotel or home quarantine after flying into Perth overnight. </p> <p>WA has a hard border and Premier Mark McGowan said the Federal Government needed to provide more support.</p> <p>"We would like further assistance from the Commonwealth, in particular, about making sure that those people who come on aircraft into WA that we get proper manifests and proper advice as to those people that are coming so we can deal with these situations," he said.</p> <p>Unlike Western Australia, Victoria does not have restrictions on incoming arrivals, but Premier Daniel Andrews has issued criticism over the way events unfolded.</p> <p>He said his government had repeatedly requested to be excluded from the arrangement.</p> <p>"We were asked, 'Do you want to be in the bubble?' and we said no," Mr Andrews told reporters on Sunday, as he announced easing of restrictions in the state.</p>

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The Queen and Prince William blasted online for not wearing face masks

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>The Queen and Prince William stepped out for a joint engagement and have been blasted online for not wearing face masks.</p> <p>The pair visited the British military's Defence Science and Technology Labratory, which was the Queen's first public appearance in months.</p> <p>However, the pair weren't wearing facemasks, much to the dismay of the public and Piers Morgan.</p> <p>The UK is currently experiencing a second COVID-19 wave, with restrictions being reintroduced in some areas.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CGXP2DNngfr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CGXP2DNngfr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Royal Family (@theroyalfamily)</a> on Oct 15, 2020 at 4:54am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"Why no masks or social distancing?" Piers Morgan questioned on Twitter. </p> <p>"Sorry, but this is not a smart move by the Royal Family as the virus rages and the country heads into another lockdown."</p> <p>The palace has said that the decision to go maskless by the Queen, 94, was made after consulting her medical team.</p> <p>“Specific advice has been sought from the medical household and relevant parties, and all necessary precautions taken, working closely with the laboratory,” said royal reporter Chris Ship on <a rel="noopener" href="https://twitter.com/chrisshipitv/status/1316701765795024896" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink">Twitter</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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"Not obvious to everyone": Road rule quiz sparks confusion

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A road rule question that was posted on Facebook has left people scratching their heads at how others have missed the obvious answer.</p> <p>The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads asked who had the right of way with a picture of an orange car planning to turn left with a blue car in the opposite direction wanting to turn right down the same street.</p> <p>People said it was too confusing straight off the bat.</p> <p>“Too confusing as you not often see two cars using their indicators,” one said.</p> <p>“Legally it’s the orange car but if the blue car takes right of way the orange car should yield otherwise there is an accident where people are injured or killed then there is absolutely no point of having road rules in the first place,” another said.</p> <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FTMRQld%2Fphotos%2Fa.295748123801411%2F3446702908705901%2F&amp;show_text=true&amp;width=552&amp;height=615&amp;appId" width="552" height="615" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe> <p>“Sometimes you may get a very busy intersection with built-up traffic behind the blue car, so a thoughtful law-breaking orange car will hold back and wave the blue car through to get the flow moving again,” a third added.</p> <p>“The blue car is in a dangerous position and should be given priority to get out of the intersection,” another claimed.</p> <p>The correct answer is that the orange car has the right of way.</p> <p>“I almost thought this was a trick question because it seemed so obvious. I guess it’s not obvious to everyone – which is how accidents happen,” somebody commented.</p> <p>“If you can’t answer this one you shouldn’t be on the road,” another concerned road user said.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Newlyweds tragically killed in plane crash four days after wedding

<p>A newlywed couple has been killed in a light plane crash just four day after their wedding.</p> <p>Authorities identified the couple on Wednesday after their Beechcraft Bonanza plane crashed outside of Telluride in Colorado on Tuesday.</p> <p>The victims, United Airlines pilot Costas John Sivyllis, 30, and wife Lindsey Vogelaar, 33, had been weed four days before the fatal crash.</p> <p>The pair had eloped to Telluride for a small wedding on a mountain top, and were not heir “adventure-filled honeymoon” which they’d been documenting online, said the San Miguel Sheriff.</p> <p>A friend wrote in a Facebook tribute: “For such a tragedy to happen to such a perfect couple is hard to understand.”</p> <p>The couple were both a part of the airline industry, and Mr Sivyllis was a United Airlines pilot and flight instructor.</p> <p>“Their Beechcraft Bonanza departed Telluride Airport 1245 pm yesterday (Tuesday) and is believed to have crashed as soon as 10-15mins later in Ingram Basin east of Telluride,” the Sheriff said.</p> <p>“The newlyweds were heading back to Florida with a possible stop in Oklahoma to refuel. They were the only two on the aircraft,” the Sheriff said. “The (National Transportation Safety Board) is handling the investigation.”</p> <p>The previous day, officials successfully completed a body recovery mission. They recovered two deceased victims at the crash site, and no survivors.</p>

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1-year-old girl dies in hot car after father allegedly refuses to break window

<p>A Las Vegas father has been arrested after he refused to break the window of his new car to save his dying toddler, according to authorities.</p> <p>Sidney Deal, 27, got the attention of officers after he left his one-year-old daughter in the car with the keys inside on a hot Monday afternoon.</p> <p>The officers offered to break the window, call a tow truck or get a locksmith but Deal declined and asked to call his brother.</p> <p>After a few minutes, officers decided to smash the window, pulled out the unresponsive girl and she passed away at the scene.</p> <p>The cause of death is pending, but authorities believe that she had been trapped in the car for more than a hour.</p> <p>Detectives also interviewed Deal's brother who he called and the brother explained he was confused by the call and quickly headed to Deal's house.</p> <p>Deal described in the call saying that he accidentally locked Sayah in the car and claimed that he had the airconditioning running.</p> <p>After Deal's brother arrived, he immediately wrapped his shirt around his hand and offered to punch out the window, but Deal stopped him as he claimed he didn't have enough money to fix a broken window.</p> <p>He instead asked his brother to call their mum to have her insurance company to send a locksmith.</p> <p>Deal's girlfriend told police she also called the insurance company for him, but he told her to hang up after he didn't agree with the price quoted for a tow truck.</p> <p>He was booked in the Clark County Detention Centre on one count of child abuse or neglect causing substantial bodily harm and is being held on $20,000 bond.</p> <p><em>Photo credits: Facebook</em></p>

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David Attenborough’s “blunt” advice for climate change deniers

<p>David Attenborough may be 94 but the world-famous naturalist isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.</p> <p>In fact, Sir David is busier than ever, convincing the world to take action on climate change.</p> <p>Appearing on ABC’s 7.30, the British broadcaster and environmentalist told host Leigh Sales the global population was “heading for disaster”.</p> <p>“More of us are living more comfortably than ever in history … Humanity by and large has taken what it wants from the natural world and taken its own construct, its own surroundings, which we tend to think of our world and now we are realising that it isn’t our world, actually, we don’t control as much as we think we do, and we are heading for disaster,” he said.</p> <p>Attenborough was on the current affairs program to promote the release of his latest film, A Life On Our Planet, on Netflix from October 4.</p> <p>Attenborough said the melting of the polar ice caps was the most pressing threat and admitted it was “anybody’s guess” what the consequences would be.</p> <p>“For the first time now you can sail from the Pacific into the Atlantic and across the North Pole in the summer and before long it looks as though you are going to be able to do that the year round.</p> <p>“If you are going to have all of those thousands of tonnes of freshwater in the icecaps, melting and going into the sea, rising the sea level, changing the salinity, changing the climate and the way the winds circulate around the world, you are interrupting and changing a fundamental rhythm that our world has lived with for centuries – millennia – and what the consequences will be is anybody’s guess.”</p> <p>But as Attenborough fights for action on climate change, Sales admitted that even his fame may not be enough.</p> <p>“To be blunt, messages like yours have so far failed – political leaders have failed to act decisively, the public is insufficiently motivated to force them to do so. Why do you think that is, and what‘s the answer?” Sales asked.</p> <p>“Why it hasn‘t happened is because it’s not going to happen tomorrow. It’s going to happen the day after tomorrow,” Attenborough said.</p> <p>“We ourselves are concerned with what happens tomorrow, that what seems urgent and if someone says, ‘look a little farther down the road, oh, yes, we ought to be doing something about that’. Then, something else happens, and we need to deal with that tomorrow, and this problem has been delayed again, and yet again, and yet again, and if we deal with it tomorrow it will be too late.”</p> <p>Attenborough also created an Instagram late last week to urge action on climate change, quickly gaining more than a million followers if his first few hours.</p>

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Heartbroken mum shares warning after son dies of carbon monoxide poisoning

<p>A family day out boating has turned into tragedy for the Free family after her 9-year-old son died of carbon monoxide poisoning.</p> <p>Despite each adult on board having 20+ years of boating experience, the death has come to a shock as the family.</p> <p>Andy spent the day at the rear of the boat and fell unconscious into the lake.</p> <p>His mother, Cassandra Free, had no idea that could happen.</p> <p>“One of the things we hadn’t considered was the long no-wake zone,” Free explained, referring to the area of the lake where boats must maintain slower speeds.</p> <p>“We had no idea it was so dangerous. Prior to that we had been out doing our normal stuff, tubing, wakesurfing.” Wakesurfing is a water sport where a rider trails behind the boat, riding the boat’s wake.</p> <p>"I didn’t know this. No one I know knew this. It’s called open-air carbon monoxide poisoning. Another friend looked into and found that it can also happen on other recreational vehicles like 4-wheelers. Our little Andy, our Dude, was probably slowly dying that afternoon/evening and we didn’t know it. He would’ve been tired. His head would’ve started to hurt. Sounds like too much sun after a long, physically draining day of wakeboarding, wake surfing, and tubing," she shared in a heartbreaking post on <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/cassi.free/posts/10224706671240635" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink">Facebook</a>.</p> <p>Gasoline powered boats can emit carbon monoxide, and as many boats' generators vent toward the back of the boat, this is how Andy passed away.</p> <p>“Looking back, hindsight is 20/20,” said Free tearfully.</p> <p>“It was not unusual for our kids to be tired and cranky. You’re out in the sun all day,” she said, as the parents initially thought he was tired from the sun.</p> <p>She and her husband Brett are parents to sons Johnathan, 15, and Blake, 13.</p> <p>“We were packing and cleaning up and the kids are groaning that they don’t feel good, just want to take a nap,” she recalled.</p> <p>“My husband got Blake, my middle son, up.</p> <p>“When he tried to get Andy, the boat just rocked and Andy rolled off. My husband, he was like, ‘What the heck?’”</p> <p>Brett and two other men were able to find Andy, but he was unresponsive.</p> <p>“They were able to recover him but he never breathed another breath,” said Free.</p> <p>“They did CPR forever, it seemed before emergency services came. The doctors said there is zero brain activity. Even if they got a single breath, there would have been no quality of life.”</p> <p>She shared a Facebook post outlining her story to raise awareness about death due to carbon monoxide poisoning on boats.</p> <p>“It’s not common knowledge and we are going to have to be more proactive in sharing these stories,” she said.</p> <p>“Somebody is going to have to take a closer look at boat emissions. We post road signs to let people know there might be falling rocks or a sharp curve. But there are no signs to tell people to turn off their boats or warn people of the danger of carbon monoxide.”</p> <p>“Andy was supposed to grow up and save the world,” she said. “He still can. He can never grow up, but he can still save the world. His name will be forever tied to the lives he saved. That has become my mission. To make sure that no mom stands in my shoes.”</p> <p><em>Photo credits: </em><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/health-wellbeing/mum-shares-warning-after-son-9-dies-of-carbon-monoxide-poisoning-on-boating-holiday-c-1346775" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink">7News</a></em></p>

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WARNING: New coronavirus scam to watch out for

<p>The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a firm warning to residents over a new scam throughout Australia.</p> <p>The scam impersonates government COVID-19 contact tracing officials.</p> <p>“We’ve detected a possible COVID-19 case near your neighborhood,” the text reads.</p> <p>“Check the maps to find out the most dangerous places to avoid tomorrow,” it adds, before prompting the user to click on a URL.</p> <p>The consumer watchdog's Scamwatch issued the warning on Twitter, saying that if you receive the text message, just delete.</p> <p>“Beware of the latest COVID-19 themed government impersonation scam,” it wrote.</p> <p>“If you receive this text, don’t click the link, just delete it.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Beware of the latest <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#COVID19</a> themed government impersonation scam. If you receive this text, don't click the link, just delete it. Not sure if a text is legitimate? Contact the relevant agency using details you’ve sourced yourself or visit the official website via your browser. <a href="https://t.co/SoetaiD6Xb">pic.twitter.com/SoetaiD6Xb</a></p> — Scamwatch_gov_au (@Scamwatch_gov) <a href="https://twitter.com/Scamwatch_gov/status/1308605756317429765?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 23, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Scamwatch has received over 4,000 COVID-19 related scam reports, including online shopping scams and scams targeting people who want to access their superannuation early.</p> <p>“Scammers are pretending to be government agencies providing information on COVID-19 through text messages and emails ‘phishing’ for your information,” it warned.</p> <p>“These contain malicious links and attachments designed to steal your personal and financial information.</p>

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Deadly tiger snake found hanging around petrol tank

<p><span>A deadly tiger snake was found curled up around a petrol pump at a suburban service station in Melbourne.</span><br /><br /><span>The deadly reptile had completely wrapped itself around a bowser at the Coles Express in Nunawading, in the city's east on Wednesday.</span><br /><br /><span>Snake catcher Raymond Hoser was called in to remove the one-and-a-half metre tiger snake after it crawled out from under a car.</span><br /><br /><span>"They are deadly, you get bitten by a tiger snake and it's pretty intense… they're quite erratic," he told Nine.com.au.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837920/snake-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/53b9fbe5696740d28697ba6db0affc5f" /><br /><br /><span>Mr Hoser said snakes will often crawl up the wheels of parked cars and into the engine cavity, and when the car stops somewhere else it will slither away "and no one knows any different".</span><br /><br /><span>However the snake proved to be unique after emerging from the vehicle and crawling around the gas pump.</span><br /><br /><span>Tiger snakes are the most common snake in Melbourne.</span><br /><br /><span>They are often found along the Yarra River and in the creeks that run off them, Mr Hoser said.</span><br /><br /><span>However, the expert has warned people not to approach the deadly creatures and said they will usually keep moving if they are not bothered.</span><br /><br /><span>"One wrong move by one wrong person is just destruction."</span></p>

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Ejected: Mum's humiliation at being kicked off flight

<p>A mum has revealed she felt “super humiliated” after being kicked off a flight because her toddler pulled down his mask to eat a snack.</p> <p>Mum Jodi Degyansky and her two-year-old son were sitting on a flight due to depart to Fort Myers in Florida for Chicago on Saturday.</p> <p>As they waited for takeoff, her son decided to have a snack.</p> <p>The mum said she was approached by flight attendants after the plane had pushed back from the gate and was taxiing to takeoff.</p> <p>Speaking to<span> </span><em>Fox 5 Vegas,</em><span> </span>she said there was “no heated discussion” but the flight soon returned to the gate and they were asked to leave. </p> <p>“I’m super humiliated,” she said, adding her son replaced his mask once the attendants approached her.</p> <p>“Flight attendants kept coming over asking if we would wear it for the full flight, and I said he would,” she told<span> </span><em>NBC</em>.</p> <p>“It definitely was a struggle but something we’re working on.”</p> <p>She said she tried her best to keep the mask on her son’s face but they were eventually told to leave the flight. </p> <p>“A couple minutes later, we were pulled back into the gate and I was asked to leave the plane, accompanied by the manager, the supervisor, the flight attendants and the pilot,” she said.</p> <p>The airline said they are investigating the incident, but stand by their mask policy.</p> <p>Ms Degyansky has been given a refund by Southwest Airlines for her tickets.</p> <p>“If a customer is unable to wear a face covering for any reason, Southwest regrets that we are unable to transport the individual,” a spokesperson from Southwest Airlines told<span> </span><em>NBC</em>.</p> <p>“In those cases, we will issue a full refund and hope to welcome the Customer on-board in the future, if public health guidance regarding face coverings changes.”</p> <p>They later flew back to Chicago on a different flight on Saturday night.</p>

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“It doesn’t look half bad”: Fake number plate draws acclaim

<p>An Ohio man’s uniquely creative approach to rustling up a fake licence plate has drawn laughs – and some acclaim – from around the world after he was booked by US police when they spotted something a little off with his number plate.</p> <p>The driver was pulled over in Millersburg, Ohio, on September 2, and at the time a Millersburg highway patrol officer said in a statement on Facebook: “Something just didn’t seem right about this particular licence plate.”</p> <p>It turns out – yep, you guessed it – the driver’s licence plate had been completely drawn on, and quite realistically too.</p> <p>“After further investigation it was determined that the driver of the vehicle had no insurance and was driving on a suspended licence,” police explained further, before adding: “Pro Tip: Don’t forget to draw the registration sticker.”</p> <p>While the ultimate penalty handed down to this particular driver remains unknown, reactions to his creative effort had people on Facebook highly amused.</p> <p>“I ain’t even mad,” commented one woman, “that’s dedication.”</p> <p>Another man added “you can’t knock that effort”.</p> <p>And even more went on to comment that the hand-drawn effort was actually surprisingly well done.</p> <p>“I mean... it doesn’t look half bad, if I’m being real,” wrote one commenter.</p> <p>“From art class to the jail house,” said another.</p> <p>Many others agreed that the police could perhaps have spent their time catching more serious perpetrators.</p> <p><strong>Image:</strong> Facebook / Millersburg Police</p>

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"Ridiculous speed": Mum's crucial decision that saved her baby's life

<p>A mum has shared a decision that she made that saved the lives of her family after her car was hit by a car going more than 160km/h.</p> <p>Hayley explained that she was driving with her one-year-old son to do a quick errand when they were hit from behind.</p> <p>“We were in the wrong place at the wrong time,” the mother wrote on Facebook.</p> <p>She explained that a car travelling at a “ridiculous speed” of more than 160km/h smashed into them.</p> <p>“Ran straight up the back of us and slingshot our car into the drain,” she wrote.</p> <p>Both mum and baby Miles escaped with minor injuries.</p> <p>“My son and I walked away from this terrifying crash a little battered and bruised, but nevertheless we were able to walk away,” Hayley wrote.</p> <p>The lifesaving decision that she and her husband made that saved the life of her one-year-old was choosing a child car restraint with rear-facing capabilities, which allowed Miles to continue to travel in the rear-facing position.</p> <p>“...the police officer ‘took her hat off to me’ for still having my 1-year-old REARWARD FACING! He only had two little bruises from the harness in all this carnage.</p> <p>“If he was facing forwards, the police officer said this would of been a whole different conversation we would of been having and his injuries would of been horrendous instead of minor,” she explained.</p> <p>She posted the ordeal on Facebook in the hope that other parents would think twice before changing their child's car seat to a forward-facing option.</p> <p>“Please, please, please keep your babies safe! Keep them rearward facing as long as possible! You just never know when the unexpected can happen,” she wrote.</p>

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City's fury as bashed grandfather wakes from induced coma

<p>Perth is in shock as an 84-year-old grandfather was bashed outside his own home in the city's south west.</p> <p>Emiliano Lombardi's story and images of him bruised and bloodied on his bed shocked Perth, but his children were just as shocked by the outpouring of community support.</p> <p>"We've all got a dad… it hit home because it could be anyone," son Don Lombardi said.</p> <p>Strangers have volunteered to look after Emiliano's dogs as well as sending dozens of get well cards to him while he's recovering in hospital.</p> <p>Tradies are repainting and replastering his home for free while other local businesses are supporting him by providing new furniture and bedding.</p> <p>"Suddenly we get this flood of emotion and support from everybody that wanted to tell us the world is good, wanted to tell us that Perth is good and it is," Don Lombardi said.</p> <p>"There's good in this community, just a few little percentage that have lost their way, but the majority of people are always there for you and do the right thing, it's good to see," his son Carlo Lombardi said.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837527/body-old-man.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/0f3bbae722234015b1d5cb80a17e03bb" /></p> <div class="body_text "> <p>The 84-year-old lived alone and loved to garden, who would often share his fruit and vegetables with his neighbours.</p> <p>However, it is unknown whether he will feel safe living home alone.</p> <p>"I don't want him to be fearful, he's got a nice community and we are fearful he's going to lose that," his daughter Laura Hussein said.</p> <p>Quade Karsum Jones, 28, has been charged over the alleged random and unprovoked violent attack.</p> <p>Not wanting to be a bother, the stoic grandfather went to bed after the alleged assault and tried to sleep it off.</p> <p>If it wasn't for persistent police officers who repeatedly knocked on his door, he may never have woken up.</p> <p>"If it wasn't for those two and being persistent that my father was safe, he wouldn't be here today," Don Lombardi said.</p> <p>Emiliano Lombardi spent a week in an induced coma and recently underwent facial surgery.</p> <p>His children want to share a simple message to the community: "Thank you Perth."</p> <p><em>Photo credits: </em><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/perth-grandfather-bashing-community-reaches-out-to-family/9e323228-3e5b-482f-a147-0d4179dc3523" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink">9News</a></em></p> </div>

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