Driver dies following Millbrook crash

Source: State of Victoria Police

Monday, 9 September 2019 06:47

Police are investigating a fatal single vehicle crash in Millbrook this afternoon.

It’s believed the vehicle left the road and struck a tree at the intersection of Old Melbourne and Sullivans Road just after 1.30pm.

The yet to be formally identified driver and only occupant of the vehicle died at the scene.

The exact cause of the crash is yet to be determined at this stage.

Anyone with information, who witnessed the crash or with dash cam footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Live Lost:

2019: 198

2018: 137

Belinda Batty

Media Officer

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09/15:34 WST Fire Weather Warning for Kimberley and North Interior fire weather districts

Source: Weather Warnings – Australia

IDW30100

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Western Australia

Fire Weather Warning
for the Kimberley and North Interior fire weather districts

Issued at 3:34 pm WST on Monday 9 September 2019.

Weather Situation

Hot and very dry conditions over northern parts of the State, with fresh and gusty east to southeasterly winds.

For the rest of Monday 9 September:

Severe Fire Danger in the following fire weather districts:
North Kimberley Coast, Kimberley Inland and North Interior

For Tuesday 10 September:

Extreme Fire Danger is forecast for the following fire weather districts:
West Kimberley Coast and Kimberley Inland

Severe Fire Danger is forecast for the following fire weather district:
North Kimberley Coast

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services advises you to:

  • Action your Bushfire Survival Plan now.
  • Monitor the fire and weather situation through your local radio station, www.dfes.wa.gov.au and www.bom.gov.au.
  • Call 000 (Triple Zero) in an emergency.

For information on preparing for bushfires go to www.dfes.wa.gov.au.

The next warning will be issued by 5:00 am WST Tuesday.

09/15:34 WST Fire Weather Warning for Goldfields, Eucla and Esperance Shire Inland fire weather districts

Source: Weather Warnings – Australia

IDW30000

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Western Australia

Fire Weather Warning
for the Goldfields, Eucla and Esperance Shire Inland fire weather districts

Issued at 3:34 pm WST on Monday 9 September 2019.

Weather Situation

Hot and dry conditions over the southeast of the State on Tuesday, with fresh north to northwesterly winds in the afternoon.

For Tuesday 10 September:

Severe Fire Danger is forecast for the following fire weather districts:
Goldfields, Eucla and Esperance Shire Inland

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services advises you to:

  • Action your Bushfire Survival Plan now.
  • Monitor the fire and weather situation through your local radio station, www.dfes.wa.gov.au and www.bom.gov.au.
  • Call 000 (Triple Zero) in an emergency.

For information on preparing for bushfires go to www.dfes.wa.gov.au.

The next warning will be issued by 5:00 am WST Tuesday.

Something to be alarmed about

Source: State of Victoria Local Government 2

Monday 09 September 2019

There’s been a major change to fire safety advice around smoke alarms.

It’s now law in Victoria that in any new home, or home undergoing significant renovation, that multiple smoke alarms must be interconnected. Interconnection means that the smoke alarms communicate with each other so that if one smoke alarm activates all the smoke alarms in the home go off. Smoke alarms should be installed in all bedrooms, hallways and all living areas, where most fatal fires start.

The Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) have shared some smoke alarm tips to help keep you safe:

  • Each month, test smoke alarms by pressing the test button.
  • Each year, vacuum all smoke alarms to clean the vents, and change batteries in any nine volt battery-operated alarms.
  • After 10 years, replace smoke alarms regardless of the type.
  • Install smoke alarms in all bedrooms and living areas, including hallways and stairs.
  • Get a smoke alarm powered by a 10-year lithium battery so you don’t need to change the battery every year.
  • Consider installing interconnected smoke alarms, so that when any alarm activates, all smoke alarms will sound.
  • Landlords are responsible for fitting smoke alarms in rented properties.
  • Tenants are responsible for testing and cleaning the smoke alarms in their rental property monthly.
  • Tenants must contact their real estate agent or landlord if their smoke alarms are not working or emitting an occasional chirping sound

To learn more about the new changes, visit the MFB website.

Six schools to be closed tomorrow due to bushfire threat

Source: Government of Queensland Regions

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Those schools are:

  • Beechmont State School
  • Pozieres State School
  • Linville State School
  • Ballandean State School
  • Glen Aplin State School, and
  • Severnlea State School.

Ms Grace said seven other Stanthorpe state schools and one Catholic School that were closed today were due to re-open Tuesday.

“The decision to close schools is never taken lightly, but our number one priority remains the safety of students, staff and their families,” Ms Grace said.

“We will continue to liaise closely with emergency services personnel and the local disaster management group and take further action if required.”

The most up-to-date information on Queensland state school closures can be found at https://closures.det.qld.gov.au/.

Ms Grace said parents and caregivers concerned about traveling to or from their local school in the current conditions should act in the interests of safety.

“I strongly encourage everybody to tune into their local ABC radio service for updates on bushfires and follow all advice from emergency services in your area,” she said.

Ms Grace said parents, caregivers and children are being urged to not take risks and be especially cautious during bushfire conditions.

“I also urge families to be aware of potential risks to children with respiratory sensitivities, due to significant smoke and dust in the air. If you have any concerns, please contact your local GP for advice,” Ms Grace said.

Further information about current weather conditions can be found on the Bureau of Meteorology website at www.bom.gov.au and updates on local conditions on QFES social media accounts.

Media contact: Scott Chandler – 0439 578 472

Australia’s long-distance growth record outpaces OECD partners

Source: Australian Trade and Investment Commission – Austrade

Australia’s economy grew by 0.5% in the fourth quarter (Q4), lifting Australia’s annual economic growth rate to 1.9% in FY2018/19, according to the latest National Accounts figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The economy grew by 2.9% in 2017/18.
The result is in line with the latest projected rate from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) but marginally lower than the 2¼% predicted by the Reserve Bank of Australia in its August 2019 Statement on Monetary Policy.
Given the current economic uncertainties, the latest outcome is a positive sign. Australia has sustained the momentum that has delivered a record 28 years of uninterrupted economic expansion. The period since 1991 is now the longest continuous stretch of growth that Australia has recorded for at least the past 50 years, with an average growth rate of 3.1% per annum.
First among the OECD
In the 1970s and 1980s, our growth phases lasted only six or seven years before another recession hit. By comparison, since 1991 all of the other 36 member countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have experienced at least one recession – as defined by two consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth.
Many economies experienced two recessions during that period: one in 2001 following the collapse of the dot-com bubble; and one in the 2008 Global Financial Crisis (GFC).
By our count, Australia’s tally of consecutive quarters of positive growth has now exceeded all OECD member countries including the Netherlands (96 quarters between Q4 1981 and Q2 2008), South Korea (79 since the Asian Financial Crisis in 1998) and the USA (66 quarters Q2 1991 and Q2 2008).

Our estimates for Australia’s growth performance are based on the national accounts collected by the OECD . At first glance, the Japanese economy came close to matching Australia’s recent economic record. However, the total number of positive quarterly consecutive growth rates in Japan was actually 63 from Q1 1975 to Q1 1993 instead of 119.
The history is interesting: Following the Arab oil embargo Japan went into a severe recession with GDP shrinking by 1.2% in 1974. Note also that although no two consecutive negative growth numbers were reported on a quarterly basis between 1960 and 1974, Japan did suffer a sharp GDP slump of 3.4% in Q1 1974.
The Japanese economy then experienced a modest recovery of 0.7% and 1.3% in the following two quarters and then fell again in the Q4 1974.
The outlook remains positive
Australia’s economic resilience has been the envy of many economies in the world. Australia sailed through the Asian economic crisis of 1997–98, prospered through the US stock market bust and recession of 2001, and continued to grow through the GFC of 2008–09.
Looking forward, the IMF predicts that Australia’s real GDP will grow by an average rate of 2.7% per annum between 2020 and 2024, up from an average rate of 2.5% per annum between 2015 and 2019, which is well ahead of most major economies. [1]
Australia’s impressive performance over the past two and half decades has been largely attributable to a wide range of factors including economic reforms, longstanding trade ties with booming Asia, and strong population growth.

Ashes Won, Now Urn Prepares For Return To Melbourne

Source: Government of Victoria 2

Victorians will be able to revel in Australia’s Ashes victory for months to come with the original Ashes urn coming to the State Library as the centrepiece of a major new exhibition.

Celebrating the win, Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said the urn will come home to Victoria for only the third time in its history as part of the upcoming Velvet, Iron, Ashes exhibition – a ground-breaking showcase that will explore the surprising connections between some of the state’s greatest stories.

Cricket lovers usually must make the long trip to England to see the iconic trophy, with the urn kept behind glass at Lord’s in London.

Melbourne’s free, interactive exhibition will celebrate the origins of the Ashes urn, which started as a light-hearted joke 137 years ago in Sunbury before becoming a symbol of one of sport’s fiercest rivalries.

It will also reveal the urn’s unexpected connection to notorious bushranger Ned Kelly, as well as key objects and stories from Victoria’s history.

Marylebone Cricket Club has exclusively loaned the urn to the Library as part of the first exhibition to be staged in the new Victoria Gallery, a stunning heritage gallery opening as part of the Library’s $88 million Vision 2020 redevelopment.

This significant redevelopment has been supported by an investment of $60.4 million from the Andrews Labor Government.

The Ashes will be on display at the State Library Victoria from November 2019 until February 2020. The Victoria Gallery has been made possible through an endowment by the John and Myriam Wylie Foundation.

To find out more visit slv.vic.gov.au.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley                                                                

“While just 11cm high, the Ashes looms large in Victoria and Australia’s story. We look forward to putting the urn on display in an exhibition that will be a big part of State Library Victoria’s exciting new chapter.” 

“The Ashes urn is one of the most famous and contested items in sport and a symbol of rivalry that spans generations. Today’s win will be made even sweeter when we welcome it home to Victoria.”

“Velvet, Iron, Ashes will be the first exhibition to showcase the new spaces that have been created through the transformative Vision 2020 redevelopment.”

Integrity of water markets paramount

Source: Australian Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources

9 September 2019

  • Minister has written to the ACCC asking reports of alleged ‘unconscionable conduct’ in the water market be investigated
  • Minister has also written to MDBA asking they invoke their powers under the Act
  • Basin states urged to improve the accuracy and transparency of water prices

Minister for Water Resources David Littleproud said today, alleged ‘unconscionable conduct’ by water traders and brokers in the Murray-Darling Basin would not be tolerated.

“I want to make sure the water market is a fair and even playing field,” Minister Littleproud said.

“Horticultural groups have written to me concerned some water holders are inflating prices, which hurts farmers and Basin communities.

“I take these allegations very seriously.

“I have written to the ACCC and asked it to investigate the allegations brought to me by the Almond Board and other peak grower groups as soon as possible.

“I’ve asked the ACCC to step in and use its powers of prosecution if it finds evidence Commonwealth laws have been breached.

“The ACCC will also refer the matters to ASIC if they identify any relevant breaches of the Corporations Act.

“I’ve also asked the MDBA to use their powers under the Basin Plan to investigate allegations related to transparent water price reporting.

“I will also be writing to Basin Ministers to expedite their work to improve the accuracy and transparency of water prices on state trade registers.

“I have also provided the allegations to Murray-Darling Interim Inspector-General, Mick Keelty.

“The delivery of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan depends on an accurate and transparent water market for everyone.

“Anyone operating in bad faith has no place in water markets and will not be tolerated by this Government or the community.”

Robert Sciotti wanted on warrants

Source: State of Victoria Police

Monday, 9 September 2019 06:11

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate Robert Sciotti.

Three warrants have been issued for the 42-year-old’s arrest in relation to drug and dishonesty offences.

Investigators have released an image of Sciotti in the hope someone may have information on his current whereabouts.

Sciotti is Caucasian in appearance with short black hair, 190cm tall with a medium build.

Anyone who sights Sciotti or has information about his whereabouts is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Sergeant Megan Stefanec

Media Officer

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09/16:08 CST Frost Warning for Mid North, Riverland, Murraylands and Upper South East forecast districts

Source: Weather Warnings – Australia

IDS21007

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
South Australia

Frost Warning
for the Mid North, Riverland, Murraylands and Upper South East forecast districts

Issued at 4:08 pm CST on Monday 9 September 2019.

Please be aware
Temperatures at ground level can be many degrees lower than those recorded by standard weather stations, especially in calm conditions with clear skies.

Severe frosts with temperatures down to -3 degrees which can cause significant crop damage are forecast for Tuesday morning in parts of the Riverland forecast district

Frosts with temperatures down to -1 degrees are forecast for Tuesday morning in parts of the Mid North, Murraylands and Upper South East forecast districts

No further warnings will be issued for this event.