Sydney news: Fears for NSW’s indigenous Moama community as Victoria flood threat intensifies

Here’s what you need to know this morning.

Hundreds of residents ordered to evacuate

The State Emergency Service (SES) is working to evacuate residents of an Aboriginal community near Moama on the NSW-Victorian border as the threat of flooding intensifies.

Given the devastation of the floods in Victoria, the SES is concerned about the swelling of the River Murray and its impact on communities on the NSW side of the border around Moama.

Residents staying at the Moama Caravan and Tourist Park have been ordered to evacuate by 9am this morning, while other low-lying areas are ready to leave.

Scott McLennan of the SES says up to 200 people from the indigenous Cummeragunja community must be out by noon.

“We are just working closely with the crowd on the country in Cummeragunja now to make sure that we identify all vulnerable people, help them evacuate to Moama or any of their friends or families,” he said. he declares.

Unions support Labour’s pledge to bring manufacturing back

If elected, NSW Labor promises to build trains, ferries, trams and trams in the state.(Supplied: Transport NSW)

Unions say NSW Labour’s pledge to build trains and other public transport locally, not overseas if it wins the March election, will help revive the struggling manufacturing industry.

Leader Chris Minns unveiled the policy during his keynote speech at the PLA state conference on Sunday.

He promised that a locally built fleet of Tangara trains would replace the state’s aging rail fleet, with trams, ferries and light trains also to be built in the state in the future.

“It is these types of announcements that will go a long way in getting manufacturing back to where it needs to be,” said Australian Manufacturing Workers Union Secretary of State Cory Wright.

“It’s going to help ensure that we have good jobs, secure jobs, well-paying jobs and plenty of opportunities for apprentices and interns.”

Mr Wright said it could also benefit regional areas like Taree, which used to build chassis for wagons.

“It’s regional places like that, which are going to give a boost to their local economy.”

Transport Minister Elliott called Labor’s commitment ’empty’ and insists the government has delivered on its promises to get more transport projects built locally.

Star Casino fined

Sydney’s Star Casino is set to be fined 100 million by the NSW Independent Casino Commission after a damning report into its operations.

An official investigation earlier this year revealed that Star Entertainment was not fit to hold a license for its Sydney casino.

The inquest heard allegations of money laundering, links to organized crime and fraud at Pyrmont Casino in Sydney.

In accepting the findings, Star Entertainment said it had taken “significant and urgent corrective action.”

Inquest into 2017 plane crash deaths begins today

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Pilot Gareth Morgan, 44, was among six people killed in a plane crash on December 31, 2017.(Facebook: Sydney seaplanes)

An inquest in Sydney is due to open today into six deaths after a plane crashed into the Hawkesbury River in 2017.

Deputy State Coroner Derek Lee will review the deaths during an inquest expected to last a week.

On New Years Eve 2017, Canadian pilot Gareth Morgan, 44, and five British passengers, Richard Cousins, 58, his sons William and Edward, his fiancée Emma Bowden and daughter Heather, boarded a plane Sydney Seaplanes for a flight. from Cottage Point to Rose Bay.

Shortly after takeoff, it crashed into Jerusalem Bay on the Hawkesbury River, killing everyone on board.

A report by the Australian Transport Safety Board (ATSB) found that carbon monoxide fumes affected the pilot’s ability to operate the aircraft.

The ATSB also found missing bolts in a firewall, which isolated the plane’s engine, could have allowed poison gas to enter the cabin.

Party infighting costs Labor leader frontbench member

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The country’s longtime Labor MLC member Mick Veitch (right) was dropped from the party ticket.(Facebook: Mick Veitch MLC and ABC News)

Opposition leader Chris Minns has lost a member of his bench after a bitter pre-selection battle for the Upper House.

Mick Veitch was dropped from the Labor Party ticket for the March state election.

A vote of 850 Labor delegates installed barrister Cameron Murphy, the former head of the NSW Council of Civil Liberties, on the ballot instead.

Mr. Murphy ran twice for a seat in the lower house. It is unclear whether this will prompt the Labor leader to overhaul his frontbench

Mr Veitch, a Country Labor MLC, has served in parliament since 2007 and is shadow minister for regional NSW and agriculture.

Western Sydney factory fire under investigation

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Ninety firefighters were on hand to put out the blaze at the pharmaceutical and beauty care factory. (ABC News)

An investigation is underway into the cause of Sunday’s large factory fire in western Sydney.

Flames and plumes of thick black smoke billowed from the building in Smithfield and the suburbs, with residents urged to stay indoors and keep their windows closed to avoid toxic fumes.

Fire Superintendent Luke Unsworth of Fire and Rescue said multiple resources were mobilized to control the blaze.

“We had 90 firefighters on site plus an incident management team, so definitely a big incident and we haven’t seen one like this for a little while,” he said.

“At the moment it is certainly too early to speculate on a cause. It is a pharmaceutical and beauty care factory and that is all we know at this stage.”

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