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(AUSTRALIA) BOM REPORT: Emergency services have carried out floodwater rescues across NSW & Queensland AFTER Sydney’s main dam is overflowing and a town is under evacuation orders amid rising floodwaters in both states #AceNewsDesk report

#AceWeatherDesk says that after a bridge collapses, people rescued from floodwaters in New South Wales and Queensland according to Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is carefully watching catchments as far south as Victoria after days of drenching rain across eastern Australia……

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Ute falls into floodwaters after bridge collapsed in NSW’s central west

People in two cars had lucky escapes when a bridge they were driving over collapsed in floodwaters in New South Wales.

A ute fell into the water as the Nyrang Creek Bridge, between Canowindra and Eugowra in the state’s central west, gave way.

A vehicle in floodwater under a collapsed bridge.
A ute ended up in floodwater when this bridge collapsed in NSW’s central west.(Supplied: Chris Watson/Farmpix Photography)

The passenger, a 30-year-old man, climbed out the car window, before pulling the female driver to safety.

She was taken to Orange Hospital in a stable condition while the man did not need to go.

A second car following the ute had no time to stop and was forced to jump the collapsing bridge.

The ABC understands a baby and a four-year-old were in the car but all passengers are fine.

A collapsed bridge with a car in the river below
The passenger climbed out the car window and pulled the driver to safety.(Supplied: Margaret Wallington)

Canowindra local Adrian Wheeler says he’s never seen the water so high. 

“I actually drove through here yesterday when the water was over the road, so I was probably lucky that’s not my car there,” he said.

“Too much water, too much volume and it’s running too fast.”

A man in a red cap stands in front of a collapsed bridge.
Adrian Wheeler says he was very lucky he wasn’t driving across the bridge when it gave way.(ABC News)

Elsewhere, NSW police rescued four people from floodwaters. 

A four-wheel-drive was swept 200 metres downstream from a causeway at Burrell Creek, south-west of Taree, on the state’s mid-north coast.

Two men entered the floodwaters to try to help the trapped driver, a 65-year-old man, but also became stranded.

Police threw a rope to the three men and pulled them to safety.

At Muswellbrook in the NSW Upper Hunter, a vehicle that had tried to cross a spillway was swept into floodwaters and found 400m downstream.

Police say the driver, a 52-year-old man, climbed out of the ute but began drifting downstream with the vehicle.

Two police officers waded in to help the man and he was safely returned to shore.

Flash flooding hits southern Queensland

Nine people rescued from floodwaters in QldThe Logan River hits major flood level and is rising further after severe storms slowly moved over southern Queensland overnight. Nine people were rescued from floodwaters, including a newborn baby.Read more

In southern Queensland, nine people were rescued overnight in flash flooding after a band of severe storms dumped a month’s worth of rain onto parts of the region.

The Logan River at Rathdowney rose by 10 metres from major flooding, while a major flood warning has been issued for the Logan River at Beaudesert.

In Queensland’s South Burnett, a swift water rescue crew launched a boat at Tingoora near Wondai after two cars became stuck in floodwaters. 

Two people were rescued from each vehicle, and a dog was also retrieved.  

In the Scenic Rim, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services brought in an excavator just before midnight to help get to two campers stuck in rising waters at Barney View.

The heaviest recorded rainfalls overnight were in South-East Queensland, with a number of locations west of Brisbane receiving more than 100mm.

Heavy rainfall wasn’t just confined to South-East Queensland, with 50-90mm recorded along the coast of New South Wales as well.

On watch for major flooding

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The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is watching a number of catchments across southern Queensland, New South Wales and eastern Victoria.

Senior meteorologist Sarah Scully said, in NSW, a warning issued for the Hunter River at Muswellbrook, Denman, Singleton, and Maitland has been upgraded, with major flooding expected on Saturday night.

“The good news is that the main rain band has moved offshore, however showers and thunderstorms remain on the forecast for much of eastern Australia.”

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The clean-up has begun in NSW’s Upper Hunter, but there’s a fresh risk for downstream communities.(ABC News: Jake Lapham)

In the NSW central west, warnings have been issued for the Lachlan River with major flooding expected at Jemalong and moderate flooding at Namami and Condobolin.

Major flooding is also expected at Mandagery Creek at Eugowra on Saturday afternoon, while moderate flooding is occurring along the Belubula River at Canowindra.

With soils across most of eastern Australia near saturation and dams at capacity, any further rainfall risks exacerbating already swollen rivers.

Warragamba Dam spills

Sydney’s main water catchment, Warragamba Dam, is overflowing after reaching capacity about 9pm Friday.

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Warragamba Dam is spilling at a peak rate of 60-80 gigalitres per day.(ABC News)

“Projections hold steady around at an estimated peak rate of 60-80 gigalitres per day,” WaterNSW spokesperson Tony Webber said.

“We expect some impacts in the river downstream.”

With another 5-10 millimetres expected to fall on Greater Sydney, there is potential for minor flooding on the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley at North Richmond and Colo.

Residents are advised any flooding would be well below the flood levels experienced in March this year.

Burrendong Dam received huge inflows on Friday which pushed storage capacity to almost fill the dam’s 500GL flood mitigation zone.

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Minor flooding on the lower Macquarie River at Dubbo and Wellington.(ABC Western Plains: Olivia Ralph)

Water released overnight caused minor flooding on the lower Macquarie River at Dubbo and Wellington on Saturday morning.

Burrendong is one of the largest inland dams, holding enough water to fill Sydney Harbour three times. 

Residents inspect damage

A man stands in a basement
Scone resident Ernie Trew said the water rose from the his back fence into the garage within an hour.(ABC News: Jake Lapham)

The clean up in flood-affected Scone in the Upper Hunter is underway after major flooding hit the town on Friday, inundating properties.

Resident Ernie Trew said the water rose from the his back fence into the garage within an hour, causing “a few thousand dollars” worth of damage to work equipment.

In the rush to move possessions to higher ground, his wife slipped on stairs and fractured her ankle.

“We had to get her into the lounge room, the paramedics fixed her leg in there for a while then … got her out on the stretcher,” he said.

“[We] then passed her down the steps, loaded her into the dinghy and took her across to the ambulance.”

Preparations are also underway in Singleton ahead of possible major flooding tonight.

The State Emergency Service is doorknocking low-lying homes after an evacuation warning was issued.

Sandbags are being distributed from the council building.

People in SES uniforms fill sandbags.
The SES has been busy preparing and distributing sandbags throughout Singleton.(ABC Upper Hunter: Jake Lapham)

The NSW SES is warning people to remain alert to changing conditions, with fresh flood warnings now issued for several communities.

NSW SES spokesperson, Adam Jones has asked people to remain vigilant after 17 flood rescues on Friday.

“We’re really appreciative of the community who are adhering to the message of not riding, driving or walking through floodwater.”

“Those 17 yesterday were too many but as a whole … we’re really seeing a [positive] trend and we want to thank those [people].”

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Nov.29: 2021:

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(AUSTRALIA) Coronavirus Report: NSW: Government said the adjustments would come into effect after the state reached the 95 per cent double-dose vaccination target or December 15, whichever comes first #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.27: Under new rules announced on Thursday masks would only be required on public transport, planes, at airports and for unvaccinated front-of-house hospitality staff.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says that the NSW government updates roadmap for easing of #COVID19 restrictions after state reaches 95pc double dose vaccination target…..

Kindness & Love❤️ says Be safe ALL and God Bless Amen 🙏’s

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Masks will be strongly encouraged in settings where people can’t social distance.(ABC News) Mark Leonardi)

Mandatory mask rules in NSW will be largely scrapped next month under the state’s updated roadmap for easing #COVID19 restrictions.

Masks will still be strongly encouraged in settings where people cannot socially distance.

QR code check-ins will also be scaled back to only high-risk settings such as hospitals, aged and disability care facilities, gyms, places of worship, funerals and beauty venues.

Check-ins will remain at pubs, bars, registered clubs and nightclubs and for indoor music festivals with more than 1,000 patrons.

a woman wearing a mask carrying a shopping basket inside a grocery store
Masks will no longer need to be worn in supermarkets.( AAP: James Gourley)

There will no longer be density limits for businesses and venues, with the current one person per 2 square metre rule to be scrapped.

COVID-safe plans will become optional for businesses and will be supported by WorkSafe NSW.

Proof of vaccination will no longer be required by Public Health Orders for most activities, although businesses can still require proof at their own discretion.

People attending indoor music festivals with more than 1,000 people must still show their proof of vaccination. 

In NSW, 94.4 per cent of people aged 16 and over have had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 92.1 per cent are fully inoculated. 

Case numbers have remained steady in the state since lengthy lockdowns on Greater Sydney and major regional centres were lifted on October 11.

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QR code check-ins will be scaled back to only high-risk settings.(ABC News: Mridula Amin)

Premier Dominic Perrottet said NSW’s status as one of the most-vaccinated populations in the world had made the further easing of restrictions possible.

“We’re leading the world when it comes to vaccinations and that is a tremendous achievement we can all be proud of because it has allowed us to return to normal as quickly and safely as possible,” Mr Perrottet said.

“The easing of these restrictions will allow people to get out and enjoy summer providing a boost for some of our hardest industries as we do everything we can to ensure we keep people safe as we learn to live with COVID.”

Currently in NSW all people over the age of 12 must wear masks while indoors in places other than a residence, in residential common areas, on public transport and while working in hospitality or retail.

Adults over 18 face fines of $500 for failing to carry or wear a mask under the current laws.

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What COVID-19 travel insurance doesn’t cover you for(Emilia Terzon)

#AceHealthDesk report ………..Published: Nov.27: 2021:

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(AUSTRALIA) NSW Parliamentary Inquiry Report: Hears the state’s building commissioner is investigating defects in three other apartment blocks constructed by the builder behind the beleaguered Opal Tower #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.23: Mr Chandler said he was investigating defects in Lindfield Village at 23-41 Lindfield Avenue, the Avantra Apartments at 659-669 Gardeners Road, Mascot, and another apartment block at 1-31 Victoria Street in Roseville.

#AceDailyNews says according to an ABC News Report: NSW inquiry told three more Icon-built Sydney projects under investigation for alleged defects: The inquiry is looking into the state’s building regulations and heard from the state’s Building Commissioner, David Chandler on Monday” We are currently in the process of applying post-occupation certificate audits on these three projects,” Mr Chandler told the committee.

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The Icon-built Avantra Apartments in Mascot are being investigated by the state’s Building Commissioner.(Facebook: Avantra)

“In the event the defects are confirmed — and I’ve been out and had a look at these, and I have to tell you that I expect they will be— there will be orders placed on the developers of those projects because the [Residential Apartment Buildings] Act goes to the developer who engaged Icon.”

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Building Commissioner David Chandler says he has inspected the three sites and expects to confirm they have defects.(ABC News)

Mr Chandler told the parliamentary inquiry there was litigation afoot for all the projects and, collectively, the costs were in the millions.

“My urging to this company has been, ‘Why don’t you stop spending your money on litigation and go and fix the defects’?” he said.

A spokesperson for Icon said in a statement the company stood behind its projects and that it was working with owners’ corporations and residents to resolve any issues.

“While Icon is taking these matters seriously, it is important to note the matters identified by the Building Commissioner are not structural issues and we have already undertaken a number of steps to address them,” the statement read.

“We are continuing to engage directly with the owners and residents of the three buildings to accelerate the process.”

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The apartments on Victoria Street in Roseville are among the three sites under investigation.(Supplied)

‘More names than Scarlet Pimpernel’

Chair of the inquiry, Greens MLC David Shoebridge characterised the builder as “wrecking people’s financial lives through these defect-ridden buildings” and questioned if they were still allowed to operate.

Mr Chandler told the parliamentary inquiry he believed Icon was tendering for new work and they may have been chosen as preferred builder for an upcoming project.

“They’re now contracting under Icon SI Australia Pty Ltd at the moment, so they’re not contracting any new projects as Icon New South Wales,” Mr Chandler said.

“When we get to the bottom of this, there will be a couple of things we’ll make some recommendations about.

“I think the days of simply being able to buy a company out of a company and leave the shell behind is something we need to look at closing down.

“They simply closed down the statutory warranties by going into receivership. We should have a look at that.”

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Icon has denied involvement in the Otto 2 complex at Rosebery.(ABC News: Simon Amery)

Mr Chandler went onto say that Icon had a history of that kind of behaviour.

“This Icon company that went broke and [was] put into receivership last year was previously known as Icon Southern Cross Pty Ltd, Southern Cross Icon Pty Ltd and, ultimately, Icon Construction Australia Pty Ltd,” he told the inquiry.

“They’ve had more names than the Scarlet Pimpernel.”

Icon has previously denied involvement in a project called Otto 2 at 32-38 Rothschild Avenue, Rosebery.

Under parliamentary privilege, Mr Chandler said Icon had built the project but the developer would have to take responsibility for fixing any issues.

“The developer, Christian Life Centre, has had to step-up and take responsibility for the defects that are present in that project,” he told the inquiry.

“Unfortunately, they will also have to step-up and face the consequences because, just across the road, there is Otto One, which has similar defects in it, and I just haven’t got to that project because I wanted to deal with one and then deal with the other.”

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Mr Chandler tabled the legal letter from Icon asking him to abandon any plans to make a report to ASIC. (Supplied)
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Inquiry chair David Shoebridge described the letter from the builder as a “thuggish communication”.(ABC News)

In their statement, the Icon spokesperson said Mr Chandler was conflating “old projects built by a company Kajima [Icon’s parent company] did not buy, with projects built by the existing Icon business”.

Mr Chandler also said Icon’s legal representatives had sent him a deed, accompanied by a letter threatening to take him to court if he didn’t agree to relinquish any ability to refer them to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) over the Otto 2 development.

“The moment I got this I just said, ‘You are joking’,” Mr Chandler told the inquiry, referring to the letter.

“It came with a covering letter that [said], unless I agreed to enter into this they’d be taking the matter to the Supreme Court the following Tuesday at 5 o’clock.

“I said, ‘Good luck with that. I’ll see you in the Supreme Court if you wish to get an injunction and they’ve withdrawn in that matter’.”

Upon reading the deed, Mr Shoebridge described it as a “thuggish communication”.

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Builder Icon is also behind the Opal Tower, which had to be evacuated in 2018 due to cracks.(ABC News: Nick Sas
)

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Nov.23: 2021:

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(AUSTRALIA) Orica’s Greenhouse Gases Report: One of NSW’s largest industrial polluters is set to slash its greenhouse gas emissions by half with a $37 million investment in new technology #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.12: Orica’s plant on Newcastle’s Kooragang Island manufactures vast quantities of ammonium nitrate to make explosives for the Hunter Valley’s coal mining industry…..

#AceDailyNews says according to ABC News Report: Orica’s Newcastle plant to slash greenhouse gas emissions with new technology

A huge pile of white ammonium nitrate inside a shed with two men standing in the foreground
Orica produces ammonium nitrate at its Kooragang Island site for the Hunter Valley’s coal mining industry.(ABC News: Ben Millington)

Each year the plant’s chemical process to make nitric acid generates about 1,900 tonnes of the potent nitrous oxide (N2O), a greenhouse gas 300 times stronger than carbon dioxide (CO2)…………Orcia says its new emissions reduction technology will reduce nitrous oxide emissions by 92 per cent.

“Basically at the end of our [nitric acid] plant we install this catalyst which turns the nitrous oxide that we generate from our manufacturing process into nitrogen and water,” the plant’s general manager Paul Hastie said.

“Very similar to how you have a catalyst on the exhaust pipe of a petrol-powered car, which reduces the emissions generated by the car’s engine.”

Paul Hastie in a hard hat and high vis vest, factory behind him
Paul Hastie says the new technology will reduce the plant’s overall emissions by 48 per cent.(ABC News: Ben Millington)

NSW government gives $13m grant

The project will be funded by a $25 million loan from the federal government’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation and a $13 million grant announced today by NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean.

“This is the first of many major projects to be funded out of our $750 million Net Zero Industry and Innovation Program,” Mr Kean said in a statement. 

“Orica’s new emissions reduction system is expected to cut 567,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent each year, which is equal to emissions from 50,000 Newcastle homes. 

“This is a massive abatement at one of the state’s largest heavy industrial sites, which will help New South Wales meet its target of halving emissions by 2030.” 

The front entrance of Kooragang plant with Orica sign out front and factory in the background
Orica’s ammonium nitrate is used to make explosives.(ABC News: Ben Millington)

The project is expected to be completed by early 2023 and cut overall emissions from the Kooragang Island site by 48 per cent.

Keith Craig from the Stockton Community Group said the announcement was welcome news that was long overdue.

“If you’re looking at greenhouse gas emissions it’s the worst in Newcastle and globally ammonia plants put out 1 per cent of the world’s entire greenhouse gases,” Mr Criag said.

“Plus, the ammonium nitrate product is going purely to the coal industry which is creating so many more problems globally when you burn that coal.

“So the whole scenario has concerned the community for many years.”

An aerial view of the plant with numerous chimneys and steam coming out of them.
Orica hopes to install the emissions reduction technology by early 2023.(Supplied: NSW government)

CO2 and PM2.5 concerns

The plant is also a significant source of carcinogenic PM2.5 particles, which a 2016 CSIRO study found were at elevated levels in the nearby suburb of Stockton.

Orica was recently given development approval to install scrubbers in its prill towers which will capture 99 per cent of the fine particles.

Mr Hastie said that project should be completed by the end of 2023.

The plant also produces a significant amount of carbon emissions from the manufacture of ammonia.

Orica is working with Mineral Carbonisation International to develop a pilot plant that it hopes will capture its CO2 emissions and reuse them to make products like plasterboard and cement.

The Orica company more broadly has committed to a 40 per cent reduction in emissions by 2030 based on 2019 levels.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Nov.12: 2021:

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(AUSTRALIA) BOM REPORT: Today’s focus is on northern New South Wales and southern Queensland, with heavy rain expected to result in flash and riverine flooding, while erratic thunderstorms are expected to be in the mix #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.11: November rain records have already been smashed through Australia’s west and centre — now the focus is moving east…..……This is going to be the most widespread and heavy rainfall event we’ve seen so far heading into summer,” according to Bureau of Meteorology senior meteorologist Jonathan How.

#AceWeatherDesk says according to BOM Report: Forecasts heavy rain, flooding as more wet weather descends upon eastern Australia: Keep up with your local warnings via ABC Emergency and heed the advice of the emergency services……

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Todd River swells after record rainfall lashes the Northern Territory

And with it will come a plunge in temperatures, with Canberra expecting a maximum temperature of just 12C on the weekend. 

Warnings have been issued for severe thunderstorms that are likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall.  

A 93kph wind gust was recorded at Roma this afternoon and 46 millimetres of rain fell in just 30 minutes at Isaac River Bridge near Moranbah, inland of Mackay. 

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Heavy rainfall is expected for large areas until Friday.(ABC News)

Heavy rain is also expected in South Australia, where a low pressure system is expected to deepen. 

Mr How is paying particular attention to this low, which is expected to be the focus of the rain, wind and storms over the next few days. 

The low is expected to move through South Australia and western New South Wales tomorrow before diving down towards the ACT, eastern Victoria and south-east New South Wales late Thursday and into Friday.  

“We are expecting the heaviest rain and winds to be quite tightly bounded to that low pressure system,” Mr How said. 

“It’s going to be quite critical where this system moves.” 

Easterly winds from this system could spell trouble for Victoria, where gusts from this uncommon direction have caused havoc in the past

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Graham Creed on significant rainfall and severe weather across Australia

It’s also going to be freezing 

Conditions are expected to ease over Queensland and northern NSW on Friday and into Saturday, but the cold wet conditions are expected to linger down south over the weekend. 

“We’re seeing maximum temperatures all through central and eastern Australia over the next few days between six to 16 degrees below average for this time of year,” Mr How said. 

He predicts some places could see their coolest November days on record, particularly around South Australia. 

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It has been a broody day in Kempton, Tasmania.(Supplied: Adam Apple)

Canberra is expecting a maximum temperature of just 12C on Saturday and Sunday; Melbourne is only forecast to reach 15C over the weekend. 

“It’s hard to believe that we are just two to three weeks away from summer,” Mr How said. 

It has been snowing in Tasmania, where more falls are expected down to 500 metres over the weekend, when Victoria can also see snow down to 900 metres as another cold front comes through. 

Synoptic maps showing troughs snaking across the country and low developing over the next few days
The low near the centre of the continent is expected to deepen over the coming days.(Supplied: BOM)

The flooding has started

More than 340mm hit the gauge at Samuel Hill, just north of Rockhampton, in the 24 hours to 9am today, with widespread falls in the region above 50mm. 

The southern Northern Territory has also seen phenomenal rain; Alice Springs recorded 100.2mm to 9am and the usually dry Todd River is a raging brown torrent. 

“We haven’t seen rainfall that high since January 2001. It’s a 20-year kind of number for Alice Springs,” Mr How said.

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Clouds are looming over Queensland as yet more rain and storms descend upon the east coast.(Supplied: Rick Britton)

Less than a fortnight in, and the region has already broken its November rainfall record.

Earlier today a man was rescued from the Todd River after clinging to a tree for six-and-a-half hours after his car was swept off a causeway.

Over in the west, it has also been wet with many long-standing November rainfall records falling.

Coorow picked up a November record with 50mm, while Perth metro recorded up to 40mm in a storm yesterday.

Heed those warnings 

Few parts of the country will avoid some sort of rain over the coming days and warnings will be coming in thick and fast. 

As always, be careful around flood waters.

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Nov.11: 2021:

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(AUSTRALIA) ICAC REPORT: Former NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian has vowed to “get on with my life” after giving evidence at a corruption inquiry for a second day #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.02: The watchdog is considering whether she turned a blind eye to alleged corrupt conduct despite an obligation to report suspicions: Ms Berejiklian addressed the media after she finished giving evidence today: She reiterated that every decision she ever made was in the “public’s interest” and said the inquiry had been “difficult” for her: I intend to get on with my life and I want to thank everybody for their support,” she said: It has been my honour and privilege to serve you in my role in public life………..Earlier, Ms Berejiklian denied lying to her then-chief of staff about her secret relationship with Mr Maguire being “historical”.

#AceDailyNews says according to continuing reports Gladys Berejiklian vows to ‘get on with my life’ after giving evidence at ICAC inquiry as she lost her pension and job more to come as the committee continue their investigating on whether she breached public trust by failing to declare a potential conflict of interest during her secret relationship with former Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire: As it happened: Berejiklian gives evidenceGladys Berejiklian has given evidence for a second day at a corruption inquiry after Friday’s hearing exposed a series of extraordinary calls between the former premier and her then-boyfriend Daryl Maguire. See how the day unfolded.

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Gladys Berejiklian speaks to media after ICAC

Under questioning, Ms Berejiklian agreed news of the relationship would have been “politically explosive”, but she claimed whether the “on-again-off-again” liaison was ongoing while she was premier was irrelevant.

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Ms Berejiklian describes shock at hearing of Darryl Maguire’s evidence at ICAC

Sarah Cruickshank last week told the ICAC she clearly remembered a phone call in July 2018 in which Ms Berejiklian said her connection to Mr Maguire ended before she took the state’s top job.

“That’s not my recollection, that’s not what I remember,” Ms Berejiklian said today.

“I remember telling her how close we were, the time that we’d spent together.”

“I don’t think that would have made a difference whatsoever,” she said.

Counsel assisting the inquiry Scott Robertson repeatedly quizzed Ms Berejiklian on the exact timeframe of her relationship with Mr Maguire, before applying to enter a temporarily closed session to “further explore this matter with the witness”.

“I wish to do it by reference to some material available to me, which in my respectful submission, is more appropriately dealt with in private than in public,” he said.

The former premier also told the inquiry she believed Mr Maguire’s requests for her to use a private phone or encrypted apps reflected a concern for privacy. 

The commission has heard Mr Maguire told Ms Berejiklian he received a summons to appear before a separate ICAC inquiry in July 2018 in advance of his appearance.

Between the time he informed her of the summons and his appearance before the commission, Mr Maguire sent Ms Berejiklian a link to the app WeChat.

Sarah Cruickshank
Former chief of staff Sarah Cruickshank gave evidence at the inquiry last week.(AAP: Joel Carrett)

“You need to get a private phone,” he added in intercepted text messages.

She asked if everything was OK and Mr Maguire made a mysterious statement about having “more info and data than them”.

“I wouldn’t have taken it as any more than privacy issues,” Ms Berejiklian said of his requests.

Ms Berejiklian repeatedly insisted she trusted Mr Maguire when he told her he had done nothing wrong and said she “certainly” knew she had done nothing wrong herself.

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Gladys Berejiklian questioned on whether her failure to report was due to her feelings for Daryl Maguire

Mr Maguire also wrote: “They can read texts but not the little green man, it leaves no trace.”

Asked whether the “green man” may have been a reference to the green WeChat icon, Ms Berejiklian said she was unsure and never used the app.

During the 52-minute phone call in which he told her of the summons, Mr Maguire also referenced property developers and making introductions.

Ms Berejiklian insisted she had no knowledge of his dealings.

“That’s what I was told, doesn’t mean that I absorbed, cared or assumed or knew anything else,” she said.

Mr Maguire made admissions about being involved in a money-making exercise linked to the Canterbury Council during his 2018 evidence. 

Ms Berejiklian said she was “mortified” and “shocked” because it was “not, in my opinion at the time, within his character”.

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The ICAC heard Daryl Maguire urged Gladys Berejiklian to get a private phone.(AAP: Dean Lewins)

“The shock of what happened did make me question everything,” she said.

But Ms Berejiklian said while she suspected something was “awry” and Mr Maguire may have lied to her, she did not suspect corrupt conduct and assumed he was unintentionally caught up in something.

This was despite her warning to him, during the earlier tapped phone call, against associating with “dodgy people”.

“He told me that there was nothing to worry about, and it was almost a mistake or he’d been caught up in something unawares, as opposed to having a close association with them.”

Mr Maguire was under a “cloud”, she said, but she did not “join the dots” with previous information he had told her about a Badgerys Creek land deal.

“Was the fact that you didn’t make a report about Mr Maguire influenced by the feelings that you had for Mr Maguire at the time?” Mr Robertson asked.

“No. No. Because I sacked him,” Ms Berejiklian replied.

“It was based on the fact that I didn’t feel that I knew anything. I didn’t know any details. I didn’t know anything. I didn’t suspect him of corruption.”

Under cross-examination by her own barrister, Sophie Callan SC, Ms Berejiklian told the ICAC members of parliament contacted her with problems to be fixed “all too frequently” and contacted her in “a myriad of ways”.

“That was my style of leadership,” she said.

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Ms Berejiklian was cross-examined by her own barrister team of Ms Callan and Brett Walker. (AAP: Mick Tsikas)

“Members of my team, of the government and even other members of parliament knew that I was accessible and there to support them in issues they wanted to progress for the electorates.”

Ms Callan then put to Ms Berejiklian one of the commission’s central questions for consideration: that as treasurer and then premier she had a private interest, namely her close personal relationship, which objectively had the potential to influence the performance of her public duties.

“I completely rejected that suggestion,” she replied.

Ms Berejiklian said the relationship was always separate to her public responsibilities.

“What I felt for him was completely separate to what I did in terms of executing my responsibilities, and I stand by that ever so strongly.”

Ms Callan then asked: “Did you feel your emotional attachment to him influenced the performance of your public duties?”

“Not at all,” the former premier replied.

The public hearings have now adjourned to a date to be fixed.

All parties will have the opportunity to make submissions before the ICAC begins to prepare a report and findings.

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(AUSTRALIA) NSW/VICTORIA: EV Tax Report: Buyers will soon be charged for every kilometre they drive, with the state adopting electric vehicle taxes #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.29: A bill to allow the tax passed South Australia’s Legislative Council on Thursday, with SA Best’s MLCs Connie Bonaros and Frank Pangallo as well as independent MLC John Darley voting with the government to approve it…..

#AceDailyNews says according to ABC News Report: South Australia adopts electric vehicle tax, joining New South Wales and Victoria: South Australia was the first Australian state to propose an electric vehicle (EV) tax in November last year, but delayed the introduction of legislation amid debate and community opposition.

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A bill introducing an electric vehicle tax has been passed in South Australia.(ABC: Ben Deacon )

In order to secure its passage, the government offered some short-term sweeteners, including a three-year registration fee exemption for new electric vehicles, and a $3,000 subsidy for the first 7,000 electric vehicles sold.

Those subsidies will not apply for hybrid vehicles, or those priced at more than $68,750.

The bill will also establish a parliamentary committee to examine the rollout of electric vehicles.

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John Darley voted with the government to approve the electric vehicle tax.(ABC News: Nick Harmsen)

The new tax will come into effect in July 2027, or when electric vehicles make up 30 per cent of the market, whichever is earliest.

Owners of plug-in hybrid vehicles will be charged an indexed fee of 2 cents per kilometre, while the owners of any other electric vehicles will be charged an indexed fee of 2.5 cents per kilometre.

The charge will be levied in arrears as part of the vehicle registration process, with the final cost calculated on the distance travelled since the previous registration renewal.

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South Australian Treasurer Rob Lucas says an electric vehicle tax was “inevitable”.(ABC News: Michael Clements)

Treasurer Rob Lucas said that, while South Australia was the first to propose the tax, it would not be the last state to enact it.

“Look, I think it’s a recognition that this is inevitable,” he said.

“Sooner rather than later, we’re going to be almost 100 per cent electric vehicles on our roads.

“And we’re going to have to have a mechanism which funds the maintenance and replacement of our road network, because fuel excise will completely disappear.”

Fuel excise is currently charged by the federal government.

Opponents of the new tax said its passage would slow the state’s ambition to be a national leader of electric vehicle uptake.

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The Australia Institute’s South Australian director Noah Schultz-Byard said the electric vehicles package falls “well short” of what is being offered in NSW.(Supplied)

“While statements and goals are good, adequate policy commitments to support the EV sector are now needed,” said the Australia Institute’s South Australian director, Noah Schultz-Byard.

“Our research shows the EV package in South Australia falls well short of what is being offered by the SA government’s Coalition counterparts in New South Wales.”

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A Greens MLC says the vote on the bill is an “embarrassing day for South Australia”.(ABC News)

The Labor opposition said the passage of the bill days before the Glasgow Climate Change Conference sent the wrong message.

“This is a state government trying to fix a federal government revenue issue while the planet is literally on the verge of climate catastrophe,” Deputy Labor Leader Susan Close said.

“While most of the rest of the world is trying to incentivise take-up of electric cars, Steven Marshall’s government has just brought in a big new tax to act as a disincentive. 

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The Deputy Labor Leader Susan Close says the tax is “a state government trying to fix a federal government revenue issue”.(ABC News)

“Sadly, it seems the reckless climate policies of the Liberals at a federal level are now infecting the Liberals here in SA.

Greens MLC Robert Simms said the vote on the bill was an “embarrassing day for South Australia”.

“Much like the Morrison federal government, the Liberals here in South Australia just aren’t taking the threat of climate change seriously,” Mr Simms said.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Oct.29: 2021:

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(AUSTRALIA) NSW Coroners Court Report: The family of murdered Corowa teenager Bronwynne Richardson say they are relieved that two men involved in her murder have finally been named after 48 years #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.27: NSW Deputy State Coroner Carmel Forbes told the Coroner’s Court in Albury that she was satisfied Ms Richardson’s cousin, Colin Newey, and his associate, Maxwell Martin, were involved in her murder in 1973: Martin had been released from prison on the morning Ms Richardson was kidnapped: Both men are now dead.

#AceDailyNews says according to an ABC News Reporting on a ‘Cold Case Murder’ Richardson’s Cousin among men named in murder of teen beauty queen Bronwynne Richardson: The family of murdered Corowa teenager Bronwynne Richardson say they are relieved that two men involved in her murder have finally been named after 48 years: Further formal findings will be released later this week.

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Corowa teen beauty queen Bronwynne Richardson was abducted from an Albury street in October 1973. (Supplied: NSW Police)

In 2014, Newey was arrested in connection with Ms Richardson’s rape and murder but the charges were dropped weeks before he was scheduled to appear in court.

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Colin Newey being extradited from South Australia in 2014 to be charged with the abduction, rape and murder of his cousin Bronwynne Richardson.(Supplied: NSW Police)

Ms Richardson, a local beauty queen, was abducted from Albury’s Smollett Street on October 12, 1973, after finishing work at a Coles supermarket: She had planned to go to a dance later in that evening: She never made it: The 17-year-old was abducted, sexually assaulted and murdered by a group of men, two of whom were Newey and Martin, according to Monday’s formal findings: Ms Richardson’s body was found in West Albury’s Horseshoe Lagoon.

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A crime scene photo taken from Smollett Street in Albury.(Supplied: NSW Police)

Ms Forbes said in her formal findings that Ms Richardson died of a combination of pressure to the neck and drowning: She also said the balance of evidence did not support a finding that her former boyfriend, Geoffrey Charles Brown, had any involvement in her abduction and murder.

The court heard in submissions made by counsel assisting Michael Dalla-Pozza that suspect Ross Eames could not have been involved in the murder: He also said there were no conclusive findings ruling Kevin Newman, who is now dead, both in or out of being involved in the abduction, assault and murder: Monday’s findings follow the third coronial inquest, which was held last year, into Ms Richardson’s murder.

Truth won’t be silenced

The victim’s family said the findings were what they had expected but they did not provide closure.

“Evil cannot exist with beauty, it has to destroy it,” Ms Richardson’s sister, Fiona Hume, said.

“Death may silence the monsters but it hasn’t silenced the truth.”

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Ms Richardson’s family say they are not surprised by the coroner’s findings.(ABC Goulburn Murray: Mikaela Ortolan)

Ms Hume said it was also hard to rest while violence against women was still rampant in communities.

“Even in the modern day, what happened to her continues to happen,” she said.

“I think that if anything … she would like to not be forgotten.

“I think that people can continue to support women and break this cycle that continues, the violence.”

The family paid a visit to Ms Richardson’s grave after the initial findings were handed down before returning home.

Uncertainties remain

Mr Dalla-Pozza made further submissions to the court regarding preliminary issues in the case.

He submitted that Ms Richardson had been abducted very shortly after 7.15pm on October, 12, 1973, and that the physical assault had begun by 7.26pm — the time her watch had stopped.

The court also heard in the submissions that it was not possible to determine the vehicle used in Ms Richardson’s abduction.

He also submitted that “the evidence suggests strongly” that Newey made an anonymous phone call to police from Murray Bridge in 1989, which was aimed to divert the focus of the investigation away from himself.

#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: Oct.27: 2021:

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(AUSTRALIA) #Coronavirus Report: NSW: Has surpassed 500 deaths from the Delta outbreak which took hold in Sydney fhour months ago before spreading across most of the state #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Oct.26: The death toll since the beginning of the Delta outbreak in June now stands at 502 people: Before June, the state had only recorded 56 deaths from #COVID19

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says according to ABC News Report: NSW surpasses 500 #COVID19 deaths since start of Delta outbreak in June: There were 294 locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and four more deaths in the 24 hours to 8:00pm on Sunday.

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Staff working on the COVID-19 ward at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney’s east. (Supplied: Kate Geraghty)

Three men and one woman between the ages of 40 and 70 died during the reporting period.

Two were from Sydney’s inner west, one person was from south-west Sydney, and one person was from the Central Coast.

The person in their 40s was not vaccinated, the two people in their 60s had received one dose of a vaccine, and the person in their 70s had received two doses. All four people had underlying health conditions.

NSW’s high vaccination rate has seen cases and deaths fall over recent weeks despite many rules being eased at the beginning of October.

But Premier Dominic Perrottet said this did not mean NSW was immune to what has happened in other countries across the world when restrictions were lifted.

Cases and deaths in the UK and US have been steadily increasing since restrictions were eased earlier this year.

The UK is now recording close to 50,000 cases a day and 135 people died from COVID-19 yesterday.

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In the UK, the double-dose vaccination rate for those aged 12 and up is 79.2 per and in the US it is 67.2 per cent.

Ninety-three per cent of the NSW population who are 16 and over have had their first dose and 84.8 per cent have had both.

In the 12-15 year old age group, 77.9 per cent have had their first dose, and 50.8 per cent are fully vaccinated.

“Our success here has been our vaccination rate … but this pandemic isn’t over,” Mr Perrottet said.

“To say there are not challenges ahead would be wrong. There are going to be difficulties, we are seeing that around the world and we will be no different here.

“As we open case numbers will increase and hospitalisations will increase but I’m very confident based on the investments we have made in our health system over time, that we are ready.”

The Delta outbreak began in Sydney’s east after a limousine driver, who was transporting international flight crew, contracted the more contagious strain of COVID-19 in early June.

The virus spread quickly after the driver, who was in his 60s, visited Bondi Junction Shopping Centre while infectious.

His infection was picked up on June 16 and since then there have been 67,910 locally acquired cases in NSW.

Most people who died from the Delta strain had not received one dose of a vaccine.

The latest NSW Health data, which covers June 16 to October 2, showed 75.5 per cent of the people who died were not vaccinated.

Only 10.8 per cent of people who died were fully vaccinated.

The majority of deaths have been in people aged between 80 to 89, according to the same data.

COVID-19 spread through many aged care facilities which resulted in numerous deaths, including eight at the Allity Beechwood Aged Care Facility in Western Sydney and eight at the Hawkesbury Living Aged Care Facility in Richmond.

Twelve people died after an outbreak at the Liverpool Hospital, in the heart of Western Sydney where transmission was highest.

There are 474 people in hospital with COVID-19 with 116 in intensive care and 57 who require ventilation.

#AceHealthDesk report …………Published: Oct.26: 2021:

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(AUSTRALIA) JUST IN: A woman has been airlifted to hospital to be treated for a spinal injury after she was swept off rocks south of Sydney, along with her husband and two grandchildren #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.24: The grandfather, 71, and the two boys, 13 and ten, were able to pull themselves out of the water, but the woman, aged in her 70s, needed more assistance….

#AceDailyNews says that a dramatic rescue has taken place after grandparents and two children washed from rocks at Stanwell Park Paramedics say they were knocked from their feet while walking along a rock platform near a remote bush track off Chellow Dene Avenue at Stanwell Park and her husband jumped back in to support her as she said that she had some back pain,” NSW Ambulance Chief Inspector Norm Rees said.

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The couple and their two grandchildren were washed from a remote rock platform at Stanwell Park.(ABC News)

“A doctor and a paramedic were winched in and retrieved the woman with the aid of Surf Life Saving, and they determined that she had spinal injuries.

“The two grandsons and the grandfather walked out with the aid of paramedics and sustained only minor cuts and abrasions.”

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The grandmother had to be winched from the water.(ABC News)

‘Quite a task’

Chief Inspector Rees said it was a tricky rescue from the moment the grandfather alerted emergency services his family was in trouble.

“They raised the alarm by phone from the site but the reception was intermittent, so he’d give part of the detail and then the next thing was he’d lost reception,” he said.

“It was quite a task — it was a long and hard walk in, 20 to 30 minutes, and that doubled to walk them out.

“I think there was about 15 to 20 emergency services personnel involved and everybody was rescued.”

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The grandmother had to be winched to safety before being airlifted to hospital.(ABC News)

The woman was flown to Royal North Shore hospital for further treatment.

Mr Rees said the man and the boys were relieved to see the paramedics arrive.

“They were all in very good spirits and glad to see us,” he said. 

“They were very thankful for our response.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Sept.24: 2021:

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