October 14, 2019 08:58:43
Here’s what you need to know this morning.
Fish kills begin
The NSW Department of Primary Industries says an aerial photo appears to show a mass of dead fish in a residual pool at Lake Pamamaroo, part of the Menindee Lakes.
In a statement, the DPI says the remote location and limited access to the site will make confirming any fish kill extremely difficult, but that historical fish kills in the drying lakes have been dominated by the introduced European Carp.
The Federal Government today announced it will set aside $300,000 in emergency funds to help manage extreme fish deaths in the Murray-Darling Basin.
Bushfire looting fears
Farmers in northern New South Wales are unwilling to leave their fire-ravaged properties for fear of looting.
Those fears have prompted volunteers to come up with a community initiative to deliver much-needed supplies to their front doors.
Bushfire community coordinator Andrew Porter from Casino Golf Club said property owners had welcomed the initiative because it meant they did not have to leave their vulnerable homes.
“Yeah that’s always a concern for people, so we’re trying to take that out of the equation,” he said.
Mr Porter said volunteers were going door-to-door to find out what farmers most needed and then getting those supplies to them as soon as possible.
Women’s hospital without mammogram machine
NSW Labor is demanding the Berejiklian Government provide a mammogram machine for the Royal Hospital for Women which does not have its own, despite being the biggest women’s hospital in the state.
The Breast Centre at the Royal Hospital for Women (RHW) has to borrow a mammogram machine from BreastScreen NSW but can only use it three days a week.
This means women have to wait longer for diagnosis, which has recently seen patients and staff fundraise to buy a machine.
Labor member for Maitland Jenny Aitchison, a breast cancer survivor, said the lack of equipment demonstrates the struggle women face to get adequate health care.
“Many people just cannot afford screening from a private clinic,” she said.
Campbelltown and Liverpool Hospitals also do not have mammogram equipment.
Police officer charged with drink driving
An off-duty police officer has been arrested and charged with mid-range drink-driving after being pulled over in western Sydney.
The 36-year-old senior constable, who is attached to a South West Metropolitan Region Command, was stopped by an officer in Narellan around 11:00pm on Friday.
He returned a positive roadside breath test before being taken to Eagle Vale police station where he underwent a breath analysis, returning an alleged reading of 0.088.
The officer’s licence was suspended and he is due to appear at Picton Local Court later this month.
Partly cloudy. Light winds becoming north-easterly in the late afternoon.
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