Riverina roads near Wagga and Griffith claim two lives overnight in separate single-vehicle incidents | The Border Mail

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Investigations are under way after two drivers were killed in separate single-vehicle crashes on what was a horror night on Riverina roads at the weekend. Emergency services were called Oura Road at Wantabadgery, east of Wagga, about 10.30pm on Friday following reports of a crash involving a Toyota Landcruiser 4WD. The driver, a 55-year-old man, was ejected from the vehicle after it left the road near the intersection of Wantabadgery Road and hit a tree. NSW Ambulance paramedics assessed the driver, but he died at the scene. Just two hours earlier, emergency services rushed to reports of a single-vehicle accident on Merungle Road near Hillston. IN OTHER NEWS The driver, a 44-year-old woman, was ejected from a Toyota Hilux utility after it left the road and rolled about 8.30pm. Paramedics also responded and assessed the woman when they arrived at the crash. However, she died at the scene. Griffith police Inspector Justin Cornes said the woman had now been identified, but the cause of the crash was still under investigation. “It’s very early in the investigation, so we’re looking at everything at this stage and obviously appealing for witnesses to come forward,” Inspector Cornes said. Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances of both crashes and will prepare separate reports for the coroner. Anyone with information about these crashes is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.


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Popular Riverina event Tumbafest cancelled for 2021 | The Border Mail

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Organisers of Tumbarumba’s Tumbafest have announced the event will not be going ahead in 2021, citing ongoing crowd capacity restrictions. Tumbafest Inc president Andrew Rae said the committee had been monitoring health advice over the past six months, and had decided to make the decision early to avoid further impact on those involved. “We have taken the decision to cancel now in consideration of fans, performers, suppliers, volunteers, businesses, market stall holders and our committee to minimise the impact on them and enable them to plan for the 25th anniversary of the event in 2022,” he said. IN OTHER NEWS: “It’s been such a tough time for Tumbarumba and regional NSW who have battled drought, bushfires, COVID-19 and the recent flood event, however we’ll be back to celebrate 25 years in February 2022.” The event was able to go ahead early this year despite the impact of the summer bushfires, a month before the virus shut down all major events across the country.


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Thunderstorm asthma strikes early in Riverina, emergency department on alert

Emergency departments in southern New South Wales are preparing for an increase in people needing treatment for thunderstorm asthma, with dangerous conditions expected over the weekend.

Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) saw a surge in cases last weekend, with more than a dozen presentations of thunderstorm asthma at emergency departments across the Riverina.

Thunderstorm asthma can be deadly, with nine people dying after an event in Melbourne in 2016.

MLHD respiratory clinical nurse consultant Robyn Paton said another thunderstorm asthma alert had been issued for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

“It’s the sort of asthma that comes on very quickly,” she said.

“We’ve got lots of pollens in the air at the moment because we’re having a really good season and lots of intermittent rain.

Ms Paton said last weekend’s thunderstorm asthma alert came a week earlier than normal. And with increased rain, she expected the danger period would go beyond the usual four-week period.

She said their predicted timeline for the most dangerous period in the Riverina was usually the two weeks before and after the Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday of November.

“Sometimes we need to extend [the timeline] if the pollen in the air is still ripening and we’re still getting thunderstorms in late spring,” Ms Paton said.

Ms Paton said thunderstorm asthma could affect people who hadn’t had asthma before, and it was common among those people with hayfever who often breathed through their mouths.

She encouraged Riverina residents with asthma to stay indoors this weekend, carry an asthma puffer and wear a mask when going outside.

“If your medication doesn’t hold you, please don’t hesitate to call an ambulance or get someone to drive you to the emergency department,” Ms Paton said.

“I think what’s happened since COVID, people are a little loath to come to the emergency department or even to go to their GPs because they’re concerned about the COVID presentations.”

Asthma sufferers already on alert

Asthma sufferer Craig Giles has started exercising indoors to avoid getting sick.(Supplied: Craig Giles)

Temora resident Craig Giles, who suffers from asthma and hayfever, said he had started exercising inside.

Mr Giles said he would increase his medication and exercise over the coming months to manage the increased risk.

“This last month the weather has been really unpredictable,” he said.

“Normally we don’t start this sort of business until early November, but it started four to six weeks ago and the season is ahead of itself for sure.”

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Riverina restaurant owner and woman fined over separate breaches of Public Health Orders – 16 News

Police in the Riverina region have issued two Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) in the past 24 hours for non-compliance with COVID-19 Public Health Orders.

As part of proactive compliance operations, officers from Riverina Police District attended a restaurant on Fernleigh Road, Mount Austin, just before 7pm on Saturday (15 August 2020).

After speaking with the 39-year-old male owner, officers conducted a walk-through and established that a COVID Safety Plan had not been completed.

Further, the owner, who was also the chef, claimed to be the designated COVID marshal.

The owner was informed he would receive a $5000 PIN for non-compliance with the Public Health Orders, which was issued yesterday (Tuesday 18 August 2020).

In a separate and unrelated incident, officers from Riverina Police District have been conducting inquiries into suspected non-compliance of self-isolation directions since late last month.

On Saturday 25 July 2020, local police were contacted after a 25-year-old woman, who had arrived in Wagga Wagga from Victoria on Thursday 23 July 2020 on a valid permit, was reportedly not self-isolating.

Police conducted a number of inquiries, including repeat compliance checks, during which it was established she had not been self-isolating.

Officers advised the woman she would receive a $1000 PIN for fail to comply with noticed direction in relation to s7/8/9 – COVID-19 and reminded she must complete the full self-isolation period.

The woman was issued with the PIN yesterday (Tuesday 18 August 2020).

Police continue to appeal to the community to report suspected breaches of any ministerial direction or behaviour which may impact on the health and safety of the community.

Anyone who has information regarding individuals or businesses in contravention of a COVID-19-related ministerial direction is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

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