NSW bushfires near Ebor and Drake to be stoked by ferocious winds
9 Sep 2019,
It will be another demanding day for firefighters in northern NSW, with strong winds set to fan the 50 blazes still active across the state and more properties expected to be lost.
Five fires are burning out of control and three watch and act alerts are in place for blazes at Drake near Tenterfield, Ebor near Armidale and Shark Creek in the Clarence Valley.
Rural Fire Service (RFS) deputy commissioner Rob Rogers said those two fires were "just absolutely enormous".
The Armidale fire covers 55,000 hectares and has a perimeter of more than 100 kilometres.
"There's no quick resolution to this," Mr Rogers said.
HH the Kuwait Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and US President Donald Trump
White House: Trump looks forward to hosting Kuwait Amir upon recovery
WASHINGTON-- US President Donald Trump wishes a speedy recovery for his friend, His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and hopes to welcome him in Washington once again upon his recovery, a White House statement read on Sunday.
This comes after Trump was informed that His Highness the Amir of Kuwait was forced to postpone their September 12 talks at the White House after being admitted to hospital for medical check-ups, the White House added in a statement.
His Highness the Amir is a highly revered leader, who has been a tremendous partner for the US in tackling the region's challenges, it said.
Lockout laws to remain in place for Kings Cross
Plans to lift Sydney's contentious lockout laws are being welcomed by city councilors and the Business Chamber but critics are concerned the changes will see a surge in violence and crime. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said it was time to boost the city's night time economy after a cross-party parliamentary committee review of the laws earlier in the year. Under the changes, the 1:30am lockouts will be lifted in the CBD but will remain in place for Kings Cross. The lockout laws were introduced in 2014 after the fatal one-punch deaths of two people.
Albanese’s popularity drops six points in Newspoll
Anthony Albanese has suffered a dramatic blow to voter support with his popularity dropping six points. Newspoll – released on Sunday night – showed the approval rating for the Labor leader has plummeted to 35 per cent. Mr Albanese – who has been championing the case of the Sri Lankan family facing deportation – also suffered a six-point increase to his dissatisfaction score which now sits at 40 per cent. Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s approval rating rose one point to 49 per cent. The two-party-preferred numbers remained unchanged at 51-49 in favour of the Coalition.
Boris Johnson accused of 'political vandalism'
After resignations, defections and sackings, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is far from having the majority he needs in parliament. The former Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd accused Mr Johnson of an 'act of political vandalism' after he expelled 21 Tory rebels who refused to back him.
Lambie throws support behind cashless welfare cards
The Prime Minister is close to securing a major victory for the expansion of the cashless welfare card and drug test for welfare recipients after receiving support from Jacqui Lambie. Senator Lambie’s support for the cashless welfare card is expected to give the government passage through the Senate. “I’ve always been a big supporter of the cashless welfare card, I’ve seen the results that it has had,” she said. Ms Lambie also sharpened her attack on Union Boss John Setka, urging him to resign. She threatened to vote for the government's industrial relations bill immediately, if Setka did not step down. The Morrison Government singled out Setka in a push to legislate the 'Ensuring Integrity Bill' and create a list of criminal offences which provided grounds for the disqualification of a union member.
Cost of Australian housing driving inequality
The poorest fifth of Australian workers are pouring more of their income into housing costs than ever before. Analysis from the Grattan Institute shows 29 per cent of incomes were spent on housing costs, up from 21.9 per cent in 1995. For the richest fifth, in 2018 9.4 per cent of gross income was spent on housing costs, compared to 9.3 per cent in 1995. Disposable income also grew twice as much for the richest Australians when compared to the nation's poorest.
US brothers die in separate crashes
September 9, 2019
Two brothers have died within minutes of each other in separate crashes in the US, with authorities saying one man died as he searched for his missing sibling.
Officers say the two crashes in open topped all-terrain vehicles happened about 10 minutes apart near Eckelson, North Dakota.
Authorities say a 43-year-old man died at the scene on Friday when his vehicle rolled on his way to a farm.
His 47-year-old brother made it to the farm and then began to retrace his route to find his brother, but lost control of his car, which rolled into a ditch.
He died on the way to hospital.
Authorities say neither driver was wearing a helmet.
NECA Centre of Excellence Opens in Chullora
9 September 2019
Thousands of young people are set to benefit after the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) Training and Apprenticeships Centre of Excellence in Chullora was officially opened today by Deputy Premier John Barilaro.
“This is a first-class training facility and a testament to the hard work of NECA. This Centre will make a significant contribution towards boosting the skills capability of thousands of young people,” Mr Barilaro said.
“What I have seen today is hugely encouraging as we look to get more people into Vocational Education and Training to address ongoing skills shortages.”
Coffs Harbour Community Has Their Say
7 September 2019
Tunnels, lower gradients and low-noise pavement have been included in the design for the Coffs Harbour bypass following community feedback.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack and NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole were in Coffs Harbour today ahead of the launch of the Coffs Harbour Bypass Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
“We know how important a bypass is to the Coffs Harbour community and the Australian Government is working with the NSW government to deliver this key infrastructure project,” Mr McCormack said.
“The 14-kilometre bypass will get people across this beautiful region home sooner and safer, saving motorists 11 minutes of travel time, bypassing up to 12 sets of traffic lights and removing up to 12,000 vehicles a day from the CBD.
SES Launches New Fleet in Western Sydney
8 September 2019
The rollout of a brand new lifesaving fleet for the NSW State Emergency Service (SES) was officially launched today at the International Peace Park in Seven Hills.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said the $56.4 million Fleet Replacement Program would provide the SES with 270 vehicles, 124 marine vessels and 95 storm trailers across four years to support communities in their times of crisis.
The vehicles include storm trucks, rescue vehicles, snow mobiles and a 22-seater bus.
“SES volunteers play a crucial role in keeping the community safe and we have to make sure their vehicles are up-to-date with the latest technology to provide effective and efficient capability during emergencies,” Mr Elliott said.
More information about becoming an SES volunteer or making a donation is available here.