Month: December 2018

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Horror day on North’s roads

Lucky escape: The driver walked away uninjured from his badly damaged truck, after it jack-knifed on the West Tamar Highway yesterday. Picture: Neil RichardsonIn the fatal accident, a 67-year-old Riana woman died after a two- vehicle collision on the Old Bass Highway at Sulphur Creek.
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She was a passenger in a white Ford Econovan being driven by her 67-year-old husband when it was involved in a collision with a black Daewoo sedan shortly before 2pm.

The woman was taken to the North West Regional Hospital at Burnie but died soon afterwards.

Her husband was treated at the hospital for minor injuries.

A Penguin woman who was driving the Daewoo was admitted to hospital in a stable condition with fractures.

Police appealed for anyone who may have seen either vehicle before the collision to contact the Burnie police station.

In Launceston, a one- year-old boy was hit by a car in Tudor Ave, at Newstead, just after 5pm.

The child had crawled underneath a car in a private driveway and the car was reversed about 12m before the driver noticed the child.

The boy was taken to the Launceston General Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

At Wynyard, a man aged in his 20s was hit by a vehicle at 8.10pm on the Old Bass Highway.

He was taken to the North West Regional Hospital in a serious condition.

And a notorious stretch of the West Tamar Highway almost claimed another victim yesterday when a truck jack-knifed just outside Exeter, crushing the truck’s cabin under the tanker.

The driver of the Linfox double, travelling north, had alucky escape, walking from the scene uninjured.

Exeter resident Eileen Outram described hearing an “almighty bang” when the truck crashed.

“The truck’s cabin is a real mess,” she said.

Mrs Outram said she had seen several crashes on the right- hand bend going to Beaconsfield.

“We’ve had people come off the bend a few times,” she said.

Mrs Outram said it was fortunate no one has been killed on that part of the road.

She said the driver was clearly shaken by the incident and had a coffee on her verandah while waiting for emergency crews to arrive.

Firefighters were called to attend to the truck’s ruptured fuel tank.

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Drive-off fuel thefts: Servos urged to take action

PETROL stations in Ballarat are being encouraged to introduce a pre-pay system to combat the increase in fuel theft drive-offs.Ballarat Police have joined a statewide call for more pre-pay stations in the wake of growing drive-off thefts, which have been linked to rising petrol prices.Figures released yesterday by Victoria Police show petrol thefts across the state had increased by more than 41 per cent in 2005-06.According to police, petrol drive-offs were the fastest-growing crime in Victoria, with almost 20 thefts a day – or 7135 in 2005-06 – reported across the state. Most theft was occurring in the evenings after 9pm.Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Christine Nixon said petrol stations should adopt a pre-pay system at night to combat the surge in drive-off fuel thefts. “What we’re asking the proprietors to do is to have a payment scheme during the hours of about six at night until about four in the morning,” Ms Nixon said. “If they put that into play then we’ll prevent the crimes occurring in the first place.” While exact figures of drive-offs from petrol stations in the Ballarat region were unknown, local police admitted it was a growing problem.Ballarat police Senior Sergeant Peter McCormick said more incidents of petrol theft were reported in the region each week.And he has urged regional petrol stations to consider introducing a pay-before-you-buy system.”(Pre-pay) is not a new concept. It was raised here last year, but was not met with a lot of enthusiasm from distributors, who believed motorists would be less inclined to frequent a pre-pay petrol station” Sen Sgt McCormick said.”A pre-pay system needs to be seriously considered .th.th. but petrol distributors can’t be forced into it.”The incidence of number plate thefts in Ballarat had also increased, Sen Sgt McCormick said.Figures released by Victorian Police yesterday indicated there was a 32 per cent increase in number plate thefts across the state in the past 12 months.Sen Sgt McCormick said some thieves put false or stolen plates on their cars when stealing fuel. “The number of (plate) thefts (in Ballarat) is not alarming, but it is a growing trend,” Sen Sgt McCormick said.Victorian police will now be working with the service station industry to stem the flow of stolen fuel.The latest figures from Victoria Police have been met with scepticism by Victoria’s peak motoring organisation.The RACV’s David Cumming said while Victoria had experienced more than 7000 petrol theft drive-offs in the last financial year, the majority of the state’s motorists were honest.”Some of the new statistics are highly dubious. When you consider there are millions of cars on the state’s roads and only 7000 drive-offs, it proves that the bulk of motorists are doing the right thing.” Mr Cumming said.”The RACV does not support a pre-pay petrol system. In recent years service has been taken out of service stations. Why should motorists be inconvenienced by having to enter the shop twice.”I have also heard of some service stations demanding that motorists leave their credit cards and keys in the shop while they fill up their vehicles. You should never leave your credit card or car keys, which usually contain your house keys as well, with a total stranger.”The service station industry decided to turn themselves into convenient stores … now they’re inconvenience stores,” he said.Several service station operators contacted by The Courier yesterday declined to comment.
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RAMPING UP: The port made a big investment in accomodating the new twin ferries.(1/2)The ship, which will be used for TT-Line’s Sydney- Devonport service, is due to begin trial runs up and down the river in early January before the first operational sailing on January 14.
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And although catering for three ships has called for $10 million in spending and very detailed planning, corporation chief executive officer Richard Barnard is watching the significant growth with a satisfied smile.

“It has been a huge job and a huge investment by the port,” he said.

“Who would have dreamed three years ago that the port would be catering for two ships, let alone three?

“Who knows what other things are around the corner to bolster the financial contribution the port makes to this city and Tasmania?”

The upper-deck loading ramp which was built at the ferry terminal to make loading all three ships faster is now in operation.

Now another $5 million will be spent on new infrastructure specifically for Spirit of Tasmania 3.

Berth no. 3 will be extended and a floating mooring fender built.

Piles of rock sit ready to build a causeway with a floating bow ramp to the south of the berth.

Another $2 million will be spent converting an East Devonport paddock into a passenger vehicle marshalling area to ease traffic problems and to allow TT-Line to keep its Melbourne-Devonport and Sydney-Devonport freight and vehicles separate.

The Driscolls Paddock marshalling area will be finished by January 1.

Mr Barnard said the Mersey could accommodate all three ships and its container services, but things would become a little complicated when a Bass Strait ferry and the new Sydney-Devonport ship were in port at the same time.

During daylight Bass Strait sailing seasons, Spirit 1 and 2 will be gone by time the Sydney service arrives in Devonport.

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Travel figures recovering
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[BB] SYDNEY – The number of Australians visiting Bali was gradually recovering after last year’s terrorist attack, a Roy Morgan research survey released yesterday shows. Numbers fell by 57 per cent directly after the October 12 bombings, in which 202 people were killed, including 88 Australians.

About 162,000 people were planning to holiday in Bali in the six months before the bombings but this dropped to 69,000 following the tragedy.

However the latest figures showed an estimated 118,000 people intended to travel to the island between July and September this year.

Service to be held in London

LONDON – More than 500 people are expected at a private service in London today to commemorate the first anniversary of the Bali bombings that killed 26 Britons.

The families and friends of each of the British victims will attend the closed service at St Martin’s In The Field church in Trafalgar Square, along with some family members of the 88 Australians killed.

US pays tribute to the victims

WASHINGTON – The US paid tribute to the victims of last year’s Bali terrorist attacks yesterday and welcomed counter-terror steps taken by both Indonesia and Australia in the 12 months since the deadly bombing.

“We express our support and our solidarity with the peoples of Indonesia and Australia and with the families from all the countries who lost loved ones in this terrible act,” State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said ahead of today’s anniversary.

Militants plan more attacks

BALI – Militants were planning more attacks in Indonesia and had already built two bombs, a top police officer said yesterday.

Security is extremely tight in Bali for the anniversary with thousands of police and security personnel deployed.

Bali police chief I Made Mangku Pastika, who has led the investigation into the October 12, 2002, bombings, said the devices were similar to those used last year.

“The two bombs are not in Bali. In Indonesia, but not in Bali,” he said.

Temple cleansed for service

KUTA BEACH – The spectacular mountainside temple where today’s Bali bombing first anniversary will be commemorated has been ritually cleansed in a Hindu ceremony.

Under a full moon in the velvet tropic sky, the 21/2-hour ceremony ended at midnight.

Keeper of the temple’s holy water Ibu Seni explained that the ritual was needed before the Christian service, which will be held at Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Centre, the biggest temple in predominantly Hindu Bali.

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Family left with nothing

TAMRA Kay turns eight years old tomorrow, but she and her family don’t feel like celebrating after their home at Ballan was destroyed by fire early yesterday morning.The four members of the Kay family were left with only the clothes they were wearing after they fled the blaze, which started about 7am in their Edols St Housing Commission home.Fortunately, Tamra’s birthday present, a new bike, was stored in a shed on the property and was not damaged in the fire.The Ballan community is now rallying behind single mother Rebecca Kay and her three children, Tamra, Dylan, aged five and Brodie, 2, after the young family lost everything in the fire.Neighbours and strangers alike have donated clothes, toys, food and essential household items to the Kays, who were lucky to escape the fire unharmed.The family was last night staying with friends until emergency accommodation could be found.Two fire units from Ballan attended the blaze, which caused about $150,000 worth of damage. The three-bedroom brick veneer house and its contents were fully insured.Senior Constable Andrew McSwain from Bacchus Marsh police said the cause of the fire was not suspicious. It is believed an electrical fault started the blaze.Ms Kay’s boyfriend, Simon Thomson, returned to the gutted house late yesterday morning to assess the damage.”Rebecca and the kids were lucky to get out unhurt … the house was well ablaze by the time the fire brigade turned up,” Mr Thomson said.”She got the kids out safely and then went back to try to put the fire out herself. Rebecca was left with just the jeans and t-shirt she was wearing … she didn’t even have a pair of shoes.”Within hours of the blaze, the Ballan community started rallying around to help one of its own.”Donations of clothes and toys have been coming in from everywhere. This is a close knit community that thinks nothing of helping one of its own,” Mr Thomson said.
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