Live: NSW Nu: de regering heeft $ 750.000 betaald voor advies over hoe Virgin over de grens kan worden geloktseptember 18, 2020
Here’s what you need to know this morning.
Huge delays to hazard burns
The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) says it has only completed a third of its planned hazard reduction burns this year due to poor conditions.
Hazard reduction burns planned for yesterday had to be postponed due to hot and gusty conditions on the coast.
RFS Inspector Ben Shepherd is now worried upcoming rain could postpone more burns and make it hard to catch up before summer.
“We have been able to take advantage in the last few weeks to conduct a number of burns but we are sitting at about 30 per cent of where we’d like to be at this time of year,” he said.
NSW paid $750,000 to lure Virgin to Sydney
The NSW Government paid a private consulting firm $750,000 to help with its failed bid to move Virgin Australia’s main office to Sydney, it has been revealed.
As Virgin Australia went into administration, a tug-of-war broke out between NSW and Queensland in order to prop up the airline.
NSW Treasury paid $750,000 to private firm Boston Consulting Group for advice on how to protect the airline and grow its presence south of the border.
Opposition MP Walt Secord said it was an extraordinary contract considering Treasury could have provided the advice.
“The NSW Treasury should have the economists and individuals who’d be able to do this work,” he said.
Virgin Australia’s winning bidder Bain Capital eventually agreed to keep Virgin’s headquarters in Brisbane after a $200 million incentive from Queensland.
Don Bradman’s cricket pitch under threat
The cricket pitch that Donald Bradman grew up playing on in Bowral is under threat from a proposed housing development.
Sir Don would play afternoon scratch matches on the concrete wicket, which is next to the church and opposite Bowral Primary school, which he attended.
Developers want to demolish the pitch and build townhouses on the site and have taken the matter to the Land and Environment Court.
Researcher and Bowral resident Nick Corbett said he feared an important slice of Australian sporting history would be lost.
“In years to come people will ask us why … did we let that go? I would love to see this retained so the children of Bowral and visitors of Bowral could actually experience that same environment that Bradman had,” he said.
Airport workers appeal directly to PM
Sydney Airport workers laid off due to the coronavirus pandemic and staff cuts by airlines are taking their campaign for more help to the Prime Minister’s own electorate today.
The Transport Workers Union said it was opening a shopfront next to Scott Morrison’s electoral office in Cronulla.
NSW State secretary Richard Olsen said there had been widespread job losses, with airlines such as Qantas trying to replace workers with cheaper labour.
He said the Prime Minister needed to listen to his own electorate.
“There are thousands of workers in and around the Cronulla or Sutherland Shire area and it seems to make sense that if we’re going to campaign about what has been done to the aviation industry this is a logical place to start,” Mr Olsen said.
Couple charged over theft of dog statue
A man and woman have been charged with the theft of a $40,000 statue of a dog in Sydney’s south-west.
The statue of the dog, known as Caesar, is celebrated as one of 11 local tracker dogs that saved their handlers’ lives during the Vietnam War.
It was stolen in December last year from Edmondson Park Railway Station.
A 39-year-old man and a 51-year-old woman, both from Liverpool, were charged with stealing and granted conditional bail to appear before Liverpool Local Court on September 30.
Police have recovered the statue and it is being assessed for damage.
Changes to adoption on birth certificates
The NSW Government will allow people who have been adopted to get the history of both their birth and adopted families on their birth certificate.
Attorney-General Mark Speakman said the changes were accepted in State Parliament yesterday.
He said while open adoption was a well-established policy in NSW, that information had not been available on people’s birth certificates before.
“Under these reforms adopted people will now be able to use what’s called an integrative birth certificate that will include information about an adopted person’s birth parents and birth siblings as well as their adopted parents and adopted siblings,” he said.
The Olympic raincloud that put forecasters into a flap
Weather forecasters during the Sydney Olympics were shocked to discover unexpected rain pop up on the radar minutes into the closing ceremony.
They feared the event would be ruined as performers were soaked by drizzle in front of billions watching across the world.
But it wasn’t until a large bogong moth landed on Yvonne Kenny’s torso as she sang the Olympic Hymn, that forecasters realised the true culprit.
The massive rain cloud approaching the stadium was actually a swarm of millions of moths, attracted to Stadium Australia’s giant lights.
“It’s turned into a great story and it was a beaut night,” games head forecaster Tony Bannister said.