Perth recycling facility staff who pocketed part of a $40,000 cash haul from conveyer belt charged

Recycling facility staff who pocketed some of the $40,000 they found mixed in with recycled rubbish and ‘kept quiet about it’ face serious charges – but who owns the original stash?

  • Perth recycling facility staff allegedly helped themselves to some of the money 
  • Police called to centre in city’s south after receiving tip-off about alleged theft 
  • Workers had allegedly found the cash haul in the form of $50 and $100 notes 
  • Three workers at the facility have been charged with possessing stolen cash 

Recycling staff who found almost $40,000 in cash on their facility’s conveyer belt allegedly helped themselves to some of the money and told their colleagues to ‘keep it quiet’.

Police were called to the recycling centre in Perth’s south on April 12 after receiving a tip-off that the workers had found the money in the form of $50 and $100 notes. 

The person who reported the alleged theft claimed the staff had been told to keep quiet about the discovery.

The initial report claimed as much as $1million in cash was found on the conveyer belt before police later established the figure was under $40,000. 

Workers at a Perth recycling centre allegedly pocketed some of the cash after finding just under $40,000 on one of the facility’s conveyer belt. File image of a different recycling centre

Three members of staff at the facility – including the centre’s supervisor – have been charged with possessing stolen or unlawfully obtained cash.

Police believe the majority of the cash taken has been recovered. 

Western Australia Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said the discovery was ‘an amazing story’ but the workers should have reported the find to authorities.

‘There were large bills, notes that appeared on the conveyor belt,’ he told 6PR.

‘We’ll be alleging that one of the people there arranged for staff to stay quiet and just share the cash among themselves. 

‘What we’re also alleging is that those people should not have kept it quiet.

Police alleged the workers  found the money in the form of $50 and $100 notes

Police alleged the workers  found the money in the form of $50 and $100 notes

‘I’m sure it’ll be making the rounds at not only that recycling facility but others.’ 

The charged workers are the 53-year-old facility supervisor and a 22-year-old man from Balga and Nollamara in the city’s north and a 24-year-old man from Greenmount in eastern Perth.

The origin of the cash has not been established and the police investigation is ongoing. 

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Giant shed home in Glen Forest off Great Eastern Highway, WA, is for sale

Incredible giant shed hits the market featuring a living room that doubles as a 1950s diner and a goods lift to take the owner up to their bedroom – so would you live there?

  • Shed-style house with eight bedrooms and six bathrooms is on the market 
  • The home off the highway in Glen Forrest, WA, has one person living in it
  • Giant shed built next to standalone 1950s cottage, and has two separate levels
  • The property, which is on the market, is expected to be sold for $850-900K

A property with three standalone houses on it has hit the market offering homeowners eight bedrooms, six bathrooms, four kitchens and a living room decorated like a 1950s diner.

Set on an acre-and-a-half plot of land a giant shed-style home with over 800sqm of floor space has been built alongside a 1950s cottage at 2350 Great Eastern Highway Glen Forrest, 30 minutes south of Perth in Western Australia.

The residence – currently lived in by one person – is expected to sell for between $850-$900,000 and includes a theatre, function room and two powered workshops.

This property in Glen Forrest, 30 minutes south of Perth in Western Australia, includes a 1950s diner-style living room (pictured)

The house includes the original cottage (left), a giant two storey shed-style home (middle), a small studio and two fully functioned powered workshops

The house includes the original cottage (left), a giant two storey shed-style home (middle), a small studio and two fully functioned powered workshops

Some of the furniture inside the house was bought from a famous West Australian restaurant called Jimmy Dee's

Some of the furniture inside the house was bought from a famous West Australian restaurant called Jimmy Dee’s

Real estate agent Mike Steadall from Earnshaws Real Estate told Daily Mail Australia the house was ‘bigger than Ben Hur.’ 

‘It was built by a dad and his son. They bought the original cottage which was the blue one next door first and then decided they wanted to build this shed, and it’s enormous,’ he said.

‘It’s massive, I’ve taken people through and they’re just open-mouthed.

‘The son’s a FIFO and dad was retired, you try and stand there and imagine why they built this house and I can’t get my head around why it’s so big.

‘And it’s awkward big, it’s a blokes big, there’s not a woman’s touch in there I believe.’

Mr Steadall said he expected it would go to ‘a very unique buyer’, such as an extended family of around 20 relatives, a business owner or someone ‘creative’ who wants to put their own spin on the home. 

He said it could be split into three or four homes as the shed had two separate spaces with their own kitchens, including an elevator which makes the top level more accessible and double-glazed windows facing the highway. 

The entire residence has six bathrooms (one pictured) including three in the main shed-styled house

The entire residence has six bathrooms (one pictured) including three in the main shed-styled house 

There are eight well-sized bedrooms across the entire property painted with different colours

There are eight well-sized bedrooms across the entire property painted with different colours

There is also a one-bedroom, one-bathroom studio flat with a kitchen (pictured) on the block

There is also a one-bedroom, one-bathroom studio flat with a kitchen (pictured) on the block

The original two-storey 1952 home was bought in 2010 for $455,000 and has three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

In 2014 and 2015 the owner built the giant two-level Colourbond shed-style house which has four bedrooms, including a 55.6sqm master with an ensuite.

The shed has three bathrooms, a cinema, entertainment room and a 1950s-themed living room with red leather couches and a traditional dining booth. 

Some of the furniture was bought off the iconic West Australian restaurant Jimmy Deans Diner and can be included in the sale of the home. 

There is also a standalone studio with a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen, plus two fully functional powered workshops that can fit trucks inside them. 

The property has two fully-functional powered workshops (one pictured) that can fit large trucks

The property has two fully-functional powered workshops (one pictured) that can fit large trucks 

The homes are set on a 7214m2 block off the Great Western Highway in Glen Forrest, WA

The homes are set on a 7214m2 block off the Great Western Highway in Glen Forrest, WA

The floor plan of the homes (pictured) shows there are three to four standalone living spaces

The floor plan of the homes (pictured) shows there are three to four standalone living spaces

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Australian booze prices to drop as producers handed big tax cut

Cheaper beer at last! Australia’s world-topping booze prices are finally set to drop with producers handed a big cut to their enormous alcohol tax burden

  • Government announced tax cuts of up to $250,000 a year for liquor producers
  • The move will come into effect from July 1 and will be unveiled in Federal Budget
  • Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said it will benefit smaller brewers and distillers

Booze prices are set to tumble around Australia as alcohol producers are handed a tax cut to boost the hospitality sector’s recovery.

Australian drinkers have long endured some of the most expensive pints in the world, with Perth ranking second only to Oslo, due to enormous taxes. 

But on Saturday the federal government announced tax cuts of up to $250,000 a year for liquor producers hit by coronavirus.

The move will come into effect from July 1, and will be unveiled when the federal budget is handed down later this month.

The move will come into effect from July 1, and will be unveiled when the Federal Budget is handed down later this month

Under the changes, the first $350,000 will be remitted by the government

Under the changes, the first $350,000 will be remitted by the government

Producers will be allowed to sell triple the amount of alcohol before being required to pay excise tax, reducing their overall tax burden.

The government rebates brewers and distillers up to 60 per cent of their tax money when their product leaves the warehouse, up to a cap of $100,000.

However, under the changes, the first $350,000 will be remitted by the government, the Daily Telegraph reported.

The tax cuts will be worth $255 million a year to the liquor industry. 

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the tax cut would greatly benefit smaller brewers and distillers, which move smaller volumes and may fall under the cap.

‘Australian brewers and distillers are world leaders in their field and this measure is going to assist them to continue to invest, grow and create jobs,’ he said.    

Four Pillars Gin boss Stuart Gregor said the boost for the sector was welcomed by liquor producers. 

‘It’s also a great day for drinkers in Australia because it will give the distillers of Australia a better chance to get their drinks into the bars, clubs, hotels of Australia,’ he said.

‘If they’re particularly small they might be able shave a couple of bucks off the price (and) it probably means they won’t have to raise their prices.’

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the move will greatly benefit smaller brewers and distillers

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the move will greatly benefit smaller brewers and distillers

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Australian dating coach Louanne Ward reveals most desirable personality traits

What traits make someone ‘magnetic’? Relationship coach reveals the most ‘irresistible’ personality type – and the two that have trouble with dating

  • Dating coach Louanne Ward revealed what makes someone irresistible
  • She said there are ‘certain character traits’ that attract us to partners
  • But what is desirable in the early days could turn you off  further down the track
  • The Perth relationship expert said there is one trait common to dating success

The personality traits that make you ‘irresistible’ to others have been revealed by a dating coach – and the answers might surprise you.

Louanne Ward posted in her Facebook group, She Said He Said, asking Australian singles what they believe ‘makes someone magnetic’.

The professional matchmaker from Perth, WA, said there are ‘certain character traits’ we look for in potential partners, but what might attract you to someone in the early days of romance could be the very thing to turn you off further down the track.

Ms Ward said men and women who are successful in dating and long-term love ‘almost always’ have one common trait – what she calls a ‘central maintenance’ persona.

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Professional matchmaker Louanne Ward (pictured) said those with ‘central maintenance’ personality types are most successful in the game of love

These people know exactly who they are and set clear boundaries that allow relationships to flourish, she said, providing a perfect balance of independence and partnership that helps both parties grow.

‘You’ve got to be spontaneous, joyful, independent and fun, they’re the things that are desirable in a relationship,’ she added.

Ms Ward said being either ‘low maintenance’ or ‘high maintenance’ make it difficult to attract suitors and maintain long-lasting relationships.

Although being ‘laidback and low maintenance’ can be attractive, she warns being too relaxed and lackadaisical can make you ‘uninteresting’ after a while. 

Ms Ward recalled a client who was heartbroken after being dumped by a string of three consecutive boyfriends. 

Despite her most recent relationship appearing to run smoothly, her partner ended things after just two years because he felt ‘bored’ by the fact they already behaved like an ‘old married couple’.

Ms Ward said it’s important for those with easy-going dispositions to remember that relationships still need some excitement.

‘Being low maintenance is fine, but it’s not natural to be in that state all the time,’ she added. 

Ms Ward said what might attract you to someone in the early days of romance could be the very thing to turn you off further down the track (stock image)

Ms Ward said what might attract you to someone in the early days of romance could be the very thing to turn you off further down the track (stock image)

Likewise, Ms Ward argues those who are ‘high maintenance’ in terms of their emotional needs and dependencies will have trouble sustaining long-term relationships.

‘At first when you meet them, having someone high maintenance can be quite attractive. People love a challenge,’ she said.

But overly assertive partners can be ‘demanding’ and ‘controlling’ over time, Ms Ward warned. 

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Tiny delivery car with two coffee cups, biscuits and $10 bill spotted in Floreat, Perth, WA

Coffee addict locked down in Perth straps a speaker and $10 note to a remote control truck and carts two brews from the local shop back home

  • Perth resident spotted two coffees and a tenner riding in a cart through streets
  • The beverages were spotted travelling through the inner-city suburb of Floreat 
  • Passerbys wore masks and people on social media debated the delivery method 

A coffee addict has devised an ingenious way to get their caffeine fix while stuck in isolation during Perth’s lockdown.

Unable or unwilling to leave their home for the local café, they strapped a speaker and $10 note to a remote control truck and set it rolling.

The contraption was seen trundling down the main street of Floreat, in Perth’s central western suburbs, on Monday.

Two coffee cups with tiny biscuits perched on top of them were sitting in the little truck’s tray as it made its way home through lively foot traffic.  

The solar-powered truck even had a flag sticking out of it to warn passersby who appeared unfazed by the mini delivery vehicle. 

Some social media users imagined the coffees spilling onto the sidewalk or being taken by dogs, but others called the idea ‘genius.’ 

‘That thing asking to be punted, hard,’ one person said. 

Others called the idea ‘genius’ and pondered getting their own.

‘You could do the morning coffee run from bed,’ a follower remarked. 

‘I would 100% do this for a coffee or a pint,’ another claimed.  

A resident in Perth have been amused to see two coffees in takeaway cups with small biscuits riding in a cart with a ten dollar note

Millions of Western Australians were plunged into lockdown after two cases of coronavirus were recorded on Friday.

From midnight residents in the Perth and Peel region were locked down which ended on Monday, although masks remain compulsory.

Pubs and restaurants were only able to supply take away food and residents could only leave home for essential reasons such as exercise and medical care, exercising with one other person for up to an hour, or attending work. 

The lockdown ended on Tuesday with cafes, restaurants, and other businesses allowed to open with strict patron limits. 

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Renovated railway carriage with separate bathroom and no kitchen for rent in Perth for $230 a week

A tiny granny flat with no bathroom or kitchen has hit the rental market in Perth for $230 a week. 

The renovated railway carriage at the bottom of a backyard in Bayswater – a short distance from the CBD – is fully furnished, but only has one room. 

The studio has just enough space to fit a queen bed, a lamp, a few pot plants, some free-standing storage and a small table.  

The tiny granny flat in the Perth suburb of Bayswater asks prospective tenants for $230 a week but has a separate bathroom and no kitchen

The bathroom of the private rental is located in the main house and there is no kitchen, just a small bar fridge, microwave and induction cooker. 

‘This lovely carriage is tastefully decorated with its own separate entrance and bathroom’, a description of the rental reads on Airbnb. 

‘Situated in gorgeous Bayswater, it is close to the city, river and shopping districts’. 

The owner posted photos of the rental property in the Facebook group ‘Perth Housemate Finder Official’ on April 15.  

‘Looking for someone reliable and relatively quiet. The street and neighbours are awesome!’, they said.  

The studio has barely enough room to fit a bed, a lamp, some free-standing storage, a few pot plants and a small table

The studio has barely enough room to fit a bed, a lamp, some free-standing storage, a few pot plants and a small table

However, one group member was unimpressed with the renovated train carriage.   

‘$230 per week for a shed’, they said, with eight other users ‘liking’ their comment. 

‘It’s furnished in a good location. Looked at the rental market lately?’, another member responded.

The Bayswater carriage is just one of the properties part of a wave of new accommodation options to hit the market, as the states rental prices soar.  

Damian Collins, head of REIWA, the peak body for real estate, said the trend of renting out a guest house to earn a second income was making a comeback. 

The owner of the renovated railway carriage posted the listing to a local Facebook group, with one user describing the property as a 'shed'

The owner of the renovated railway carriage posted the listing to a local Facebook group, with one user describing the property as a ‘shed’

‘Granny flats were popular seven or eight years ago but that tapered away in the last four or five years,’ he told the West Australian

I expect that will become popular again because we’re going to be in a rental shortage for some period.’

Mr Collins encouraged residents to think about opening their guest houses, caravans, sheds or sea containers to host prospective tenants. 

However, having a tenant in such close proximity to a homeowner does mean taking some risks, Mr Collins admitted, the biggest being their relationship.  

‘We often find that they then become close and they don’t put the rents up, they give let tenants go into arrears and don’t take appropriate action.’

The real estate boss suggested owners look into getting a property manager as an intermediate third party and to always have lease agreements in place.   

The listing is just one in a wave of new accommodation options hitting the city's rental market, as the vacancy rate in greater Perth continues to plummet

The listing is just one in a wave of new accommodation options hitting the city’s rental market, as the vacancy rate in greater Perth continues to plummet

The vacancy rate in greater Perth is currently sitting at 0.4 per cent, having only dipped under one per cent three times in 40 years. 

Michelle Mackenzie from housing non-profit Shelter in Western Australia, said she welcomed the new accommodation options that were popping up across the state. 

Ms Mackenzie said the Residential Tenancy Act was in desperate need of updating, describing renters in WA as ‘second class citizens’. 

‘The rental protections do not support long term renting and as more and more people rent for life, we need rental laws to support that.

‘We need laws that make it more secure for people.’

Devoted mum makes her son an entire street of shops from Kmart cubbies – and it cost less than $800

A devoted mother has made her son a miniature street of shops from the popular Kmart cubby houses, and she spent less than $800 on the whole project.

Kymberleigh Krzysztofiak, 28, from Perth, spent just $763 on the dream toy for her one-year-old son, Timmy, and the street encompasses a fire station, police station and a café in between them.

‘We have both firemen and policemen in our little man’s life so it was only fitting to create both in his town’s Main Street,’ Kymberleigh told FEMAIL.

‘I had always wanted to try a cubby hack, and so when I became pregnant with my son, I had already started planning it.’ 

A devoted mother has made her son a miniature street of shops from the popular Kmart cubby houses, and she spent less than $800 on the whole project (the street of shops pictured)

Kymberleigh Krzysztofiak, 28, from Perth, spent just $763 on the dream toy for her one-year-old son, Timmy, and the street encompasses a fire station, police station and a café in between them (buildings pictured)

Kymberleigh Krzysztofiak, 28, from Perth, spent just $763 on the dream toy for her one-year-old son, Timmy, and the street encompasses a fire station, police station and a café in between them (buildings pictured)

Kymberleigh Krzysztofiak, 28, from Perth, spent just $763 on the dream toy for her one-year-old son, Timmy, and the street encompasses a fire station, police station and a café in between them (buildings pictured)

To make the street of shops, Kymberleigh first of all bought two cubby houses at $199 each from Kmart.

She then spent $365 on a mixture of paint, decorations, interior furniture and Kmart play sets, totalling $763.

‘My son adores being outside and is so energetic,’ she said.

‘He doesn’t own many toys so I thought an outdoor play space would be a great opportunity to encourage his passion for adventure and the outdoors.’

To make the street of shops, Kymberleigh first of all bought two cubby houses at $199 each from Kmart (pictured) - and she then attached them together with extra wood

To make the street of shops, Kymberleigh first of all bought two cubby houses at $199 each from Kmart (pictured) – and she then attached them together with extra wood

The 28-year-old mum explained that she 'took inspiration from the old main streets you see in Disneyland' (the police station pictured)

The 28-year-old mum explained that she ‘took inspiration from the old main streets you see in Disneyland’ (the police station pictured)

The 28-year-old mum explained that she ‘took inspiration from the old main streets you see in Disneyland’ and started dreaming up how she could make the most of two cubby houses for her son.

‘I didn’t really have any idea how I was going to join them together, however I’ve always loved a DIY project and I’m quite handy after watching my dad build things as a kid and watched my mum sew,’ Kymberleigh said.

‘I like to just throw myself in and have a go.’ 

Kymberleigh explained that she is incredibly 'savvy' and so made as many of the interiors as possible by hand, and bought a lot of it off Facebook Marketplace and budget sites (pictured)

Kymberleigh explained that she is incredibly 'savvy' and so made as many of the interiors as possible by hand, and bought a lot of it off Facebook Marketplace and budget sites (pictured)

Kymberleigh explained that she is incredibly ‘savvy’ and so made as many of the interiors as possible by hand, and bought a lot of it off Facebook Marketplace and budget sites (pictured)

The first step of the transformation was to build the first cubby excluding one side wall.

Kymberleigh then turned this side wall inside out and attached it beside the front of the already built cubby, so it could later become the front panel for the café.

‘I then constructed the second cubby only this time using one side wall as the back panel for the café,’ Kymberleigh said.

‘By this stage I had a long rectangular shaped cubby consisting of three front panels, three  back panels and one panel at each end.’

Kymberleigh said the hardest part was the roof, as while she had two parts for the rooves of the two cubby houses she had bought, there was still a large gap in the centre.

Because she didn’t want to spend money on expensive wood, she got her hands on some old floorboards from Facebook Marketplace, cut them to size and nailed them on to the roof.

When Kymberleigh shared the results of her cubby on Facebook, more than five thousand people were impressed with her handiwork (interiors pictured)

When Kymberleigh shared the results of her cubby on Facebook, more than five thousand people were impressed with her handiwork (interiors pictured)

When it came to decoration, Kymberleigh said she did two full coats of $25 undercoat from Bunnings Warehouse.

She then painted the outside with Taubmans exterior white and blue paint, before adding in the details with other areas.

‘Once the painting was done, the interiors fun began,’ Kymberleigh said.

‘I’m a savvy shopper and hate paying full price. I got the fire house and door handles from Ali Express, the brackets, bell and awning from Bunnings and then made the fire hydrant using random PVC pipe fittings, a plastic plate for the base and a plastic bowl for the top.’

Finally, she used grass table runners from Kmart to create the grass at the front, before finishing off the interiors.

When Kymberleigh shared the results of her cubby on Facebook, more than five thousand people were impressed with her handiwork.

‘Love it – it’s beautiful. I’m almost 70 and I want one,’ one commenter wrote.

‘Wow this is absolutely amazing, well done and what an incredible play space. His imagination can go wild,’ another woman added.