News

Minister calls urgent review into UFO group funding mystery

A UFO group on the Central Coast says “anything’s possible” when it comes to the possibility of aliens checking out life on Earth.
A UFO group on the Central Coast says “anything’s possible” when it comes to the possibility of aliens checking out life on Earth. News Corp Australia

A DISBELIEVING federal minister has launched a probe into an X-File mystery of why taxpayers have forked out thousands of dollars for a Central Coast UFO group to conduct its out-of-this-world activities.

Minister for Social Services Christian Porter this week called for an urgent review­ into his department's decision to approve a grant of $2645 for Tuggerah Lakes UFO group to "do their important work", after it had received $2994 in 2013.

"The minister's office has been advised that this group was previously funded under the Labor government in 2013 and that some of this grant goes to the transport costs of volunteers with a disability," a spokeswoman for Mr Porter said.

"However, the minister is somewhat surprised at the nature of this particular volunteer­ group being funded through this grant program and he has instructed his department to hold the transmission of funds pending a re-examination of the application­."

Not ET. Minister for Social Services Christian Porter has called for an urgent review into the funding of a Central Coast UFO group.

A Tuggerah Lakes UFO group spokeswoman said the close encounter with a funding investigation was "disappointing", but "it's not the end of the world".

Asked what the group - which has more than 800 Facebook members - used the funding for, she said: "We have elderly people we pick up and take to meetings, where we need projectors and microphones so everyone can see and hear what's going on.

"We also have outings out at night checking for unusual­ activity."

The Department of Social Services says on its website that "the funding will help (the UFO group's) volunteers to do their important work".

"By sharing their experiences and knowledge within the community, the volunteers foster social inclusion­ and enrich the local region," it said.

The Coast has long been a hot spot for UFO sightings. The 1994 Gosford UFO incident, where business owners, policemen and retired academics witnessed a large object beaming "four or five" bright lights into Brisbane Water, made national headlines.

The Tuggerah Lakes UFO group spokeswoman says the truth is out there for the "many" locals who have since spotted unusual activity­ in the region.

"It's always hard to get a definitive photo," she said. "Often people find it easier to speak about their experiences­."
Quizzed on how the public reacted to the UFO group, she said: "It's getting better, but some people think we're all crazy. We actually get people come to our meetings from all walks of life.

"We're all open-minded to aliens being out there. When you read and hear the stories (of UFO sightings), anything's possible."

GOSFORD 1994 X-FILES STILL A MYSTERY:

IT'S one of Australia's most intriguing UFO cases.

On New Year's Eve 1994, police switchboards lit up with reports of an unidentified illuminated object over Brisbane Water.

Witnesses reported seeing a "huge ball-shaped object with bright lights on the bottom" where it appeared to be sucking up water.

Some believed the "four or five" beams of light were turning the water to steam, while others described the water frothing.

Reports came in that night from respected members of the community including police officers, doctors, teachers, nurses and lawyers. Police were sent out to investigate, but they soon found themselves chasing a "strange metallic craft" back and forth across the bay.

Officers said that when they came within 50m of the UFO, the "craft would turn off its own lights and shoot up skywards, out of sight".

Residents also reported their pets acting strangely, with dogs howling for no apparent reason.

UFO researcher Moira McGhee investigated the eyewitness reports, putting in calls to possible launching sites for planes and helicopters. But her inquiries brought no evidence on the UFO's origin.

The mystery has never been explained.

News Corp Australia

Topics:  christian porter department of social services editors picks ufo


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

LIVE BLOG: Two debutants in Blues team for Origin I

Jarryd Hayne will return to the NSW side.

Protests ramp up against Lennox Head Ski Jump

NO RAMP FOR LENNOX: Pictured (front) are Cr Phil Meehan and Michelle Shearer with others who this Saturday will protest the proposal to build a ski jump at Lennox Head.

Ski Jump protesters putting pressure on Ballina mayor David Wright

Unique program brings students back to learning

Year nine students talk with residents at Crowley Village in Ballina as part of Xavier Catholic College's 'Enrichment Program'.

New program recognises Year 9 as a difficult period for students

Local Partners

Grow your own dwarf citrus trees

LIMITED gardening space and/or sick of expensive shop-bought fruit? The our gardening expert has some vaulable advice plus a new lemon variety to try.

First female superhero film in 12 years

AMAZON: Actress Gal Gadot in a scene from the film Wonder Woman.

Wonder Woman opens next Thursday

Stories Troy Cassar-Daley carries around

LEGEND: Troy Cassar-Daley after receiving the Golden Guitar Award for Album of the Year during the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January.

You can see him in Ballina this weekend

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

Ariana 'in hysterics' after blast

THE entertainment industry is reeling today after news of a blast at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester that’s killed 19 people.

19 dead, reports of nail bomb at Ariana Grande concert

Armed police stand guard at Manchester Arena after reports of an explosion at the venue during an Ariana Grande gig in Manchester, England Monday, May 22, 2017.

"We saw blood on people when we got outside."

Pitch Perfect star suing Woman’s Day over ‘liar’ articles

Actor Rebel Wilson outside court on Friday.

REBEL Wilson's career destroyed by grubby campaign, court hears.

First female superhero film in 12 years

AMAZON: Actress Gal Gadot in a scene from the film Wonder Woman.

Wonder Woman opens next Thursday

Seven Year Switch: The boner to end all boners

Johnny’s outraged over claims he has a cracked boner.

She gulps. Her face says it all.

Bay to star in Hollywood shark thriller ‘Cage Dive’

Cage Dive, written and directed by Gerald Rascionato, is now screening in the United States of America. It had scenes filmed in Hervey Bay.

And our visiting humpback whales also make appearance.

Celebrity sex tapes: Where does all that money go?

Basically, did Paris and Kim earn fortunes from their videos?

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

WATCH: Take a tour of a tradie's dream home

5a Bruce Hiskens Court, Norman Gardens, going for $720,000. INSET: Lea Taylor.

Huge block with potential for anything

REVEALED: Where it's cheaper to pay off a mortgage than rent

6/190 Ewing Rd, Woodridge, is listed for offers $215,000. Picture: realestate.com.au

Brisbane suburbs where it is cheaper to buy than rent

The hardest place in the state to find a rental property

RENTAL SHORTAGE: Richmond River, Ballina Bar Emigrant Creek Pacific Highway Teven Interchange. Photo Jay Cronan / The Northern Star

Not enough supply to meet insatiable demand

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!