Port Stephens Emergency Services Weekly Update – News from the area

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A truck crashes on the Pacific Highway.

IT’S time for your weekly emergency services update.

Truck accident

On October 25, a truck crashed into the Pacific Highway just off Bucketts Way.

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Raymond Terrace Fire and Rescue attended the scene and successfully helped recover the truck that had crashed in the bush by the side of the road.

The driver of the vehicle was fine and suffered minor injuries.

Rural boundary compensation code

The NSW RFS has developed a “Rural Boundary Deforestation Code” to help residents identify areas around their homes where they should remove vegetation to prevent the spread of fire.

The Code allows landowners in identified areas to clear vegetation within 25 meters of their land property lines, without approval, to help prevent the spread of fire.

You can search for your property using the Rural Boundary Clearing Tool on the NSW RFS website.

It will indicate to which parts of your property the provision may apply.

For more information see the Rural Boundary Clearing Code and the tool at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/boundaryclearing

Crime on the spot

With the easing of restrictions and summer just around the corner, it’s time to enjoy our wonderful restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and clubs again.

Port Stephens Hunter District Police are reminding the community that they will be close to supporting everyone to ensure a safe and enjoyable time after the lockdown.

There is no excuse for behavior that interferes with the comfort of others or for being intoxicated, violent and offensive.

Please drink responsibly.

Operation Chrome

Port Stephens Hunter Police District launched Operation Chrome over the weekend as it relates to traffic operations, with local police joining fellow traffic and highway patrol for high visibility policing in our district.

They focus on the four Ds, including alcohol, drugs, distraction, and reckless driving.

Detective Superintendent Chad Gillies said the district will target all roads in the area.

“We will be there to perform fixed and mobile RBTs and drug tests not only on our main arteries, but all along our back roads in our vast district.

“I encourage our local community to do the right thing and make sure not only that you are driving safely, but that you are not tempted to drive with drugs or alcohol in your system,” said said Detective Superintendent Gillies.

Rescue at sea

On Sunday, October 31, Marine Rescue was called in to assist a 12-meter monohull vessel experiencing fuel problems with a broken pump just east of Broughton Island.

All three on board were fine and the skipper indicated they would sail to Port Stephens Head to meet PS31 so they can be towed safely to Nelson Bay Marina.

PS31 soon arrived and placed the mono sail at the marina for some urgent repairs to be made.

By Tara CAMPBELL


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