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Echonetdaily : February 1st 2012
PARTNERS A.CUMMINGS & CO. GLENDOWIE THE ONE STORE FOR YOUR PERFECT FLOOR SPONSOR OF THE DAY Wednesday 1st February 2012 Edition 110 The North Coast’s Independent News Click to zoom netdaily fashion | arts | dining Click below for the current and archived issues of The Echo Email Editor Email Sales Manager LOCAL NEWS Solar panel pose flood risk NATIONAL NEWS Red Dog sweeps AACTA awards ARTICLES Bangalow set to pool resources INSIDE Chook farmer vows to remove sheds Classifieds Home Entertainment Surf & Weather Nation & World Property Service Directory Articles Good Taste News No beached Whales in this line-up Classifieds Man drowns in floodwaters Sugar mill spill causes evacuation A man has died attempting to cross a flooded road at Coutts Crossing, just south of Grafton, overnight. About 10 o’clock last night, the 66-year-old man from Coutts Crossing was driving towards Grafton and tried to drive across a flood-affected road but his car stalled in the water. He attempted to walk through the 160cm-deep water but was swept into a culvert and washed underneath the road. Police located the body of the man but were unable to revive him. More rain on the way Grafton recorded 90mm overnight, and the Pacific Highway was again closed between Grafton and Ballina for several hours. More rain is predicted for the region although an earlier flash flood warning has been withdrawn. More north coast shires, including Tweed and Clarence, have been declared natural disaster areas after counting the cost of mopping up after last week’s deluge. A spill of toxic mercury prompted the evacuation of Broadwater Sugar Mill around 2.30pm yesterday. About 900ml of the heavy metal was in a glass container that was dropped outside the factory, according to NSW Fire Brigade. The brigade, together with a HAZMAT crew, cleaned up the spill and also retrieved a number of other vials to be correctly disposed of. The concern was that mercury easily vaporises and is easily ingested in that form. Ambulance crews were on the scene but no-one required attention. The EPA is investigating the spill. It is not immediately evident what purpose the mercury serves and why it was used at the mill. Steve Spencer A rogue poultry farmer who has been defying a court order to remove two huge chicken sheds from his Cudgen property has been given extra time to close down his operation. Dean Sikiric was ordered by Tweed Council in August to dismantle the sheds and remove his 4000 chickens and again, in December, by the NSW Environment Court. The court can heavily fine and imprison anyone found guilty of contempt of its orders. But Mr Sikiric has now promised his chooks will be gone by 15 February and councillors this week voted unanimously to postpone considering further legal action until after that date. Chief planner Vince Connell told councillors he had received legal advice that Mr Sikiric’s offer was ‘reasonable’, considering the cost to ratepayers of further court action. Mr Sikiric erected the sheds and relocated the birds from his free-range... The Byron Bay Winter Whales are understandably proud that this year’s Byron Shire Community Event Award went to their annual Beach Hotel Ocean Swim Classic. Held on the first Sunday in May each year this event, along with the shorter Westpac Mini-swim, is not only a great ocean swim event but the money raised from it is distributed to selected charities and local organisations. These include local water-based clubs, the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter, The Salvos, Cancer Support Groups... The Elite Superfish look to Main Beach while waiting for the start of the Swim Classic’s ultimate event in 2010. Photo Tree Faerie. READ MORE ➤ READ MORE ➤
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