Sydney food delivery rider in serious condition after crash in Rockdale


A food delivery rider in Sydney is in a serious condition after a crash in the city’s south only 200 metres from where another rider died last year while working.

The 20-year-old man was riding a scooter at about 9:00pm yesterday when he was hit by a car at the intersection of the Princes Highway and Rockdale Plaza Drive, Rockdale.

He sustained serious head injuries and remains in a serious condition at St George Hospital where he is expected to undergo surgery.

The 22-year-old woman driving the car was arrested and taken to hospital for mandatory testing and has since been released.

Police are appealing for information and dashcam or CCTV footage from the area at the time of the crash as their investigations continue.

Father of three, Khaled Bouzidi, said he held the hand of the delivery rider to keep him responsive as he lay on the street bleeding.

Khaled Bouzidi saw the crash from his balcony and raced downstairs to provide first aid.(

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He said he heard the crash happen from his nearby home and rushed out to help while others called emergency services.

“I just did my best because that is what I learnt at my first aid certificate, just squeeze their hand and try and get the person to be responsive,” he said.

“A group gathered around him and everyone was shocked as we waited for the ambulance.”

There has been a spate of delivery driver deaths in recent months, with four people killed on Sydney roads late last year.

Bijoy Paul, 22, from Bangladesh was on a delivery for UberEats when he was hit by a car in Rockdale last November.

He was on a bicycle when he was hit by a car at the corner of Princes Highway and Lister Avenue after picking up a delivery from the nearby McDonald’s.

He died several hours later in hospital.

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Police are appealing for information after the crash at the intersection of Princes Highway and Rockdale Plaza Drive.(

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In 2020 the NSW government set up the Gig Economy Joint Taskforce to investigate the recent deaths of food delivery riders.

Last month the taskforce issued draft guidelines to food delivery companies and said common hazards that needed to be managed included “unsafe systems of work”, like “poorly designed apps” and “unrealistic estimated delivery times” resulting in time pressures and unsafe riding.

The guidelines called on delivery companies to make sure the app used by riders is designed to be used safely on the road and is based on average rider speeds and traffic conditions, to not result in “unreasonable time pressures and physical exhaustion”.

They also called on companies to design their apps to recognise rider fatigue, so they can lock riders out after 12 hours of working and not allow them to log back in for another 10 hours.

Better Regulation Minister Kevin Anderson said the draft guidelines would be included in an Industry Safety Action Plan to be released in April.

However the Transport Workers Union said direct government intervention was needed as a non-binding plan will not force food delivery companies to make the required changes.

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Everest BBQ ~ Nepalese, Rockdale


It’s not hard to find a Nepalese restaurant in Rockdale these days, there seems to be a momo joint on every corner. But the smokey siren call of Everest BBQ gets us in, smack bang outside the railway station.

We trek over to Rockdale often lately, mostly to walk down to Botany Bay and walk around to the start of the Cooks River. Just at the steps to the railway station where the buses pull over for a furlough, this small shop is pumping out BBQ, dumplings and noodles with plenty of outdoor seating.

 

Sekuwa is Nepalese for BBQ skewers. Our first foray we make easy by trying the set plate, it’s often the best way to try a bit of everything. And those bits were so fabulous, every single last piece. Each set comes with aalu ko achar (potato salad) sadeko bhatmas (tiny fried soybean salsa), vuteko chiura (fried flattened rice) and a small dish with timur ko chhop, a szechuan pepper and chilli spice mix. This is the tandoori set.

The lamb set at $17, same fab price, same delicious set up. When you got toward the end the mix of all the side dishes was in itself spectacular. There’s hints of pickled lemons as an under flavour, we oohed an aahhed with pleasure with every bite.

Mango lassi for the lassie.

Sweet masala tee for the boy-ee.

And a plain lassi, because why just have one? The plain was still a little sweet.

On our second visit we tried the afternoon special for starters, a sel roti. This is a sweet ring of bread served with the potato pickle and a cup of sweet masala tea. At $5 it’s a bargain snack.

A veg chowmien is simply flavoured, there’s a mix of shredded veggies and fried soybeans for crunch. This is the food that sustains trekkers in Nepal. The housemade tomato sauce has a touch of sweetness, similar to Filipino banana ketchup (or Heinz with a teaspoon of sugar). It adds a little zing to the noodles.

The jhol momo ($12) is filled with spiced chicken mince, and is served in a soupy curry sauce. These guys are just a good spoonful in size, there’s about 8 in a serve.

We finish with gulab jamon ($6), served in yoghurt with a honey syrup. Time to waddle off.

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Everest BBQ is at 4 Tramway Arcade, Rockdale.

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