Bushfire north of Adelaide now contained but SA on alert as state swelters


The Country Fire Service (CFS) says a bushfire burning in severe weather conditions at Templers, north of Adelaide, has now been contained.

The CFS earlier this afternoon issued an emergency warning for the grass fire, which was burning in a south-easterly direction towards the Thiele Highway and the towns of Roseworthy, Freeling and Lyndoch in the Barossa Valley, about 60 kilometres north of the Adelaide CBD.

It declared it contained at 2:30pm but said there was still an “elevated fire danger risk” and that members of the public should remain vigilant.

The temperature in Roseworthy reached 44.8 degrees Celsius today.

A water bomber above the Templers fireground.(ABC News)

CFS Assistant Commissioner Rob Sandford said more than 50 trucks and six aircraft had responded to the fire.

Control lines are being built around the fire, which burnt more than 650 hectares.

“That fire is now contained, which is fantastic,” Mr Sandford told ABC Radio Adelaide.

“We still have about 40 appliances on the ground — there’s a fair bit of mopping up that will be needed.”

Incident controller Rob Styling said volunteers would monitor the fire overnight.

He said the cause of the fire was undetermined but urged people to report anyone engaging in suspicious behaviour.

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Earlier, local resident Helen told ABC local radio conditions around the Gungellan Hotel in Freeling were challenging for firefighters.

She said it was a reminder of the 2015 Pinery fire, which burnt down her home.

“Quite a lot of the smoke — it’s probably about 5km from us at the moment,” she said.

The fire danger rating for the area is severe.

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Farming country in the western Barossa Valley.(File: Julie Walters)

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a fire weather warning for southern parts of the state this morning.

It says the weather will be very hot and dry with north to north-westerly winds of 25–40 kilometres per hour, turning north-west to south-westerly during the afternoon and gradually easing.

The CFS says the threat from a fire at Kapunda has reduced, however people in the area may see smoke from the Templers fire.

We’re responding to a number of [other] incidents rights across the state,” Mr Sandford said.

Other parts of the state have sweltered today, with tops in the mid-40s including at Moomba, which has already tipped 45C.

A top of 38C day is forecast in Adelaide tomorrow.



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AMBER ALERT, Caboolture – Queensland Police News


The Queensland Police Service is seeking urgent public assistance to help locate two girls aged one and four years who were taken from Caboolture who may be at significant risk.

The first girl is a baby with fair skin, thin brown hair and brown eyes.

The second girl is described as Caucasian in appearance, around a metre tall, has brown hair, a thin build an also has a fair complexion.

A man, known to the children is believed to have taken the children from a Diamond Street address at some point today.

The man is described as of olive complexion around 180cm tall, has dark hair, brown eyes and is of a proportionate build.

He may be traveling in a blue 1999 Commodore registration 451ZYK but may have different plates.

Extensive searches have failed to find them.

   

Ring 131 564 to provide information about this abduction.

Please ring 000 for life threatening information about this abduction.



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Trump says he’ll leave White House peacefully; Victoria’s 28-day virus milestone, officially coronavirus-free; NSW train delays; Biden faces test over sharing Trump’s secret calls; Nation braces for severe heatwave; Shopping centres added to South Australia virus alert list


People who attended certain shopping centres are certain times need to monitor for symptoms and get tested, South Australia’s Chief Medical Officer has said.

“Even mild symptoms, so feeling a bit down or tired, a slightly itchy nose, scratchy throat, a bit of a headache even, a bit of an upset tummy,” Dr Nicola Spurrier said.

“Anything at all and you’ve been in this locations, get tested.”

The Kilkenny Arndale shopping centre last Sunday from 11am to 11.30am, or Sunday, November 15, from 11.30am to 12.30pm.

Port Adelaide Plaza on Friday November 13 from 6.40pm until 9.30pm, or Sunday November 15 from 3pm to 3.30pm.



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Anantapur on alert after cyclone threat


ANANTAPUR: The district administration sounded an alert to avoid heavy damages from the impact of Cyclone Nivar. Collector Gandham Chandrudu directed district and mandal level teams to act fast and concentrate on minor irrigation tanks and horticulture orchards.

In the view of the high alert about heavy rains, Chandrudu directed the mandal officials to take steps that reduce or avoid damages.

 

Heavy rains along with whirlwinds can damage tanks, canals and outstanding horticulture orchards of papaya, betel nut, banana, sweet orange and other crops.

All ward volunteers and gram sachivalayam staff were asked to alert people in their jurisdictions over adverse impact of the cyclone, the collector said and added that revenue and housing departments were asked to shift people staying in huts to nearby schools and community halls.

“We noticed that many irrigation tanks would bear losses and directed the minor irrigation department to concentrate on strengthening bunds of tanks”, he said.

 

He further said that a control room was opened at the Collectorate to assist people.

Similarly, Anantapur SP Satya Esubabu formed special teams to tackle all exigencies. The teams have been deputed to various parts of the district.



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Tasmanian Premier keeps South Australia on ‘medium risk’ coronavirus alert


Tasmania will keep South Australia on a medium-risk coronavirus alert level until at least the end of the week, the Premier says.

Peter Gutwein told a media conference the results of further testing out of South Australia were looking favourable but the alert would be kept in place.

On Monday more than 1,200 travellers from South Australia who had come into Tasmania since November 7 were told they should self-isolate.

Mr Gutwein said they should do so for at least another 24 hours.

“Subject to circumstances continuing favourably, we would hope that as of tomorrow those visitors [from South Australia] would be able to return to normal activities but we will provide an update tomorrow,” he said.

“As we gain more information on the South Australian circumstance we will be able to better inform ourselves of the next steps to take with those who have entered the state.”

South Australia was categorised as a medium alert state last night.

Mr Gutwein said anyone who had entered since then would be required to quarantine for 14 days.

South Australia has identified 23 COVID-19 cases in its northern suburbs.

Mr Gutwein said it appeared that they were all linked to each other and there were no unexplained cases.

“For travellers looking to arrive in Tasmania — to be clear — the medium alert arrangements will remain in place certainly for some geographical locations but at the moment blanketing the entire state until the end of the week,” he said.

He said regional South Australia may be able to be treated differently to Adelaide, depending on public health advice, and he would give daily updates.

“That might pivot to where we put in place geographical restrictions, this is an outbreak in the northern suburbs of Adelaide, regional South Australia may be able to be treated differently,” he said.

“Public Health will provide details should we be able to relax and have a more targeted approach in coming days.”

He also apologised to people visiting from South Australia.

“Tomorrow we will provide further advice to them as to whether or not they need to continue to remain self isolating in a residence or in their current hotel accommodation.”

Three Capes Walk evacuation ‘appropriate’

A helicopter was sent to remove walkers from the Three Capes Track.(Parks and Wildlife Service/Tasmanian Government)

Mr Gutwein defended the need to remove tourists from Tasmania’s Three Capes Track on Monday afternoon.

On Monday, when South Australians were asked to self-isolate, 12 people on the Tasman Peninsula walk had to be taken off the track.

A helicopter was sent to retrieve the tourists, who were then brought by bus to Hobart by Pennicott Wilderness Journeys to self-isolate.

“Definitely they were disappointed but they were very understanding,” Rob Pennicott said.

“We had a plan with our COVID-19 response, we did adapt that for this situation, and there’s no doubt that in the bus or the boat we’ll improve from this. But I think it ran very smoothly.

“I think there’s no doubt that people will be cautious after this, but I think when they book a Tasmanian holiday they know that might be something they have to factor in.”

Mr Gutwein said it was the right course of action.

“If one of those walkers turns out to be COVID positive, it would have been a very good response,” the Premier said.

“We take our role very seriously and it was determined that that was an appropriate thing to do, so that was done.”



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Peter Gutwein keeps South Australians on medium-risk COVID-19 alert



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Pumas and Michael Cheika have Wallabies on high alert


The Wallabies will be without James O’Connor for Saturday night’s crucial clash against high-flying Argentina.

O’Connor, who missed the last two Bledisloe Cup matches due to a knee injury, has been ruled out of the match because of a foot problem.

The Wallabies are wary of former coach Michael Cheika’s influence over an Argentina side high on confidence and belief after their shock Tri-Nations disposal of the All Blacks.

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NSW Rural Fire Service declare Watch and Act alert for Deniliquin bushfire | The Border Mail


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A WATCH and act warning has been issued for a bushfire burning out of control near Deniliquin. The alert was issued in the early hours of this morning as firefighters from the Rural Fire Service responded to the blaze burning about seven kilometres south of Deniliquin and to the east of the Cobb Highway. NSW Rural Fire Service stated that a westerly wind change has moved across the fireground pushing the fire towards the Edwards River. The bushfire has, so far, burnt about 1000 hectares. IN OTHER NEWS: Waterbombing aircraft will be sent this morning to assist in the firefighting efforts. People are advised to keep an eye on the Fires Near Me app for updates with the current watch and act status.

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Sydney news: NSW Government’s $32 billion renewable energy plan, COVID-19 alert for Sydney’s Rouse Hill


Here’s what you need to know this morning.

$32 billion for renewables

The NSW Government has released a $32-billion renewable energy plan ahead of next week’s state budget.

Energy Minister Matt Kean said the transition away from coal-fired power would begin with a series of grants worth $50 million for pumped hydro projects.

He said the plans would encourage investment from the private sector over the next decade.

“Our priority is to keep the lights on and get power prices down, with the Roadmap forecast to save NSW households an average of $130 and small businesses an average of $430 on their electricity bills each year,” Mr Kean said.

COVID-19 alert for Sydney’s north

People in Rouse Hill in Sydney’s north-west are being urged to get tested for coronavirus even if they have mild symptoms.

A public health alert has been issued for the area after traces of COVID-19 were found in the sewerage system.

There were no locally acquired cases of coronavirus recorded in NSW yesterday.

Three cases were reported in returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine.

Hit-and-run in Sydney’s west

Police are seeking information about a red or burgundy vehicle which was involved.(ABC News)

A man has been seriously injured in a hit and run at Cabramatta overnight.

Emergency services were called to Cumberland Street about 10:15pm and found a 22-year-old man with serious head injuries.

Police have been told the man was with two friends crossing Cabramatta Road when he was struck by a red or burgundy-coloured hatchback, which failed to stop.

The man was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to Liverpool Hospital under police escort.

Calls for workers’ rights in gig economy

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Lihong Wei said it was important gig economy workers are protected by the law.(ABC News: Jack Fisher)

The widow of a food delivery driver is calling for changes to the law that would allow gig economy staff to be entitled to workers’ compensation.

Xiaojun Chen was killed in Zetland in September while delivering food for Hungry Panda.

The company paid his funeral expenses and for his widow, Lihong Wei, to travel to Sydney from China. But Mr Chen was not entitled for compensation.

Ms Wei will today address a NSW parliamentary inquiry into the gig economy that will look at whether laws should be introduced to protect workers like her husband.

“It’s very important for the riders to get more rights. The riders work very hard. They leave home early and come home late and sometimes even under extreme weather conditions they still have to travel far to every corner of the city,” she said.

Driver charged over fatal crash

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Libby Ruge was killed while walking with friends on a night out.(Instagram)

A man will appear in court today charged over a fatal pedestrian crash in Wollongong on Saturday night.

Libby Ruge, 19, was killed and two others seriously injured when a Toyota Camry mounted a kerb and struck four pedestrians who were on a night out.

The front-seat passenger is facing several charges, including dangerous driving occasioning death and two counts of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.

Police will allege the 21-year-old man pulled the handbrake up before the crash.

COVID-19 vaccines begin production

Coronavirus vaccines could be available by mid-next year, with an Australian company starting to make doses.

Manufacturing of Oxford University’s vaccine is starting in Victoria today.

The company, CSL, is making about 30 million doses despite the vaccine still going through clinical trials.

Sydney bio-ethicist Professor Angus Dawson said starting production was a calculated risk.

“It is extremely unusual to do so. Normally you would conduct the trials and know that it is effective and safe and then go ahead and start manufacturing.” he said.

“But we are in unusual times, there is a pandemic going on.”



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