More bad news for the West

Just when things are quiet, we get a shooting and a machete attack on the same day. A woman was shot by her ex-partner at the Watergardens Railway station during the evening peak hour. With trains arriving every half hour to bring residents home, many were unable to move their vehicles because they were part of the crime scene. Good thing it was a Monday evening. There would have been more people milling around on Thursday and Friday evenings, with the attached Watergardens shopping centre opened til 9 pm.

Earlier in the day, a teenager was attacked with a machete in Copperfield College on their Delahey campus. How a youth can go around carrying a machete baffles my mind, and where in Victoria do you buy a machete?

Just another day.

News Link
The Age “Double shooting at station
Herald Sun “Gunman shoots himself dead …”
The Age “Teenager to face court …”
Herald Sun “Teenager to face court …”

6 Comments so far

  1. wills on August 12th, 2008 @ 9:43 pm

    Come on, these kinds of things happen everywhere. Funny you only mention the ones happening in the west and this random slashing in Ringwood station in the east on the same day was conveniently overlooked.

  2. adrock2xander (mel_john) on August 13th, 2008 @ 3:15 am

    My friend, that Ringwood slashing incident didn’t even get a picture on the headlines of The Age Online. Watergardens attack had a large, full colour picture with headline news. Believe me if I told you, but the media is biased against the West. The bogans, the uneducated, the danger, the immigrants, the non-whites, the low property prices…

  3. squirt (mel_corinna) on August 13th, 2008 @ 1:53 pm

    Adrock’s right. The Ringwood incident didn’t get any coverage at all. But the one in Watergardens was on Sky news, channel 9 and 10 news for two days and on both Victorian’s newspaper.

    I wouldn’t consider the property prices in the West low … Caroline Springs pretty expensive.

  4. squirt (mel_corinna) on August 13th, 2008 @ 1:55 pm

    I guess I wrote about it because I live out in the West, and it concerns my area. I frequent the Watergardens Station frequent enough to know it is a safe station, even at night. If we have writers who lives in Ringwood … or anywhere else, I’m sure they will blog about this incident too.

  5. adrock2xander (mel_john) on August 13th, 2008 @ 5:25 pm

    Thanks Squirt. Yes, I live in the West as well but I don’t live that far out in Watergardens. However I do go there every other week for shopping et al.

    It takes someone who lives in the West to know what kind of media-bashing we Westies cop. It’s highly unlikely the journalists and reporters in Melbourne all live in the East, but the way they go about reporting news in a way such that the a foreigner coming into Melbourne for the first time would think the West is high crime, povo, uneducated. When it’s not. If anything, it’s the same likelihood one gets attacked, raped, kidnapped, murdered in any suburb across Melbourne.

    I’m sick of reading the Victorian ministers or leaders complaining about the Asian/African students forming groups and causing trouble in Sunshine Station when there are just as many White Anglo/Wog students milling around the area destroying property or spraying graffiti.

    I could go on but until the media proves us otherwise, my argument stands uncorrected.

  6. wills on August 15th, 2008 @ 9:09 pm

    Thanks for the clarification Squirt. Yes adrock, I notice that in the press too hence I am bit sensitive when people seem biased against the west. I guess I should direct my complaint at the press rather than this blog. Let’s see how much (or how little) coverage that cop slashing at Knox will get, if it’s Watergarden or Highpoint it would have been plastered all over the front page again.

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