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International conference highlights Australian red meat achievements on climate

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International conference highlights Australian red meat achievements on climate

This month, world leaders and policy makers met at the 2022 Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC summit, commonly known as COP27, in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

At the conference, Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) supported the Australian Government, National Farmers Federation (NFF) and Australian Forest Products Association (AUSFPA) as part of the Australia side event delegation to profile Australian agriculture’s commitment and progress in climate mitigation.

Representing MLA at COP27 was Sam Gill, Regional Manager – Middle East and North Africa and Edwina Clowes, Manager – Sustainability Frameworks & Stakeholders.

Joining the Australian Government’s Decarbonisation panel presentation on Friday November 11 and the Agriculture Day panel presentation on November 12, Sam Gill highlighted the Australian red meat and livestock industry’s Carbon Neutrality by 2030 target (CN30), the roadmap to meet that commitment and industry’s significant progress to date.

Since 2005, the Australian red meat and livestock industry has reduced net emissions by almost 60 percent and halved its contribution to national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

This represents the greatest reduction by any sector in Australia’s economy. According to Sam Gill, this was a critically important story for the industry to be telling at COP27.

“While the Australian red meat and livestock industries have made great strides compared to similar industries overseas, it was highly beneficial to share our expertise with our international colleagues,” Mr Gill said.

“Greater attention around food security, food systems, food production and agriculture was evident at COP27 compared to previous forums which was encouraging to see.

“Farmers right around the world need to be engaged early in government and policy discussions when it comes to the overall climate solution.

“COP27 was an excellent opportunity to showcase the scientific innovation done by the Australian red meat and livestock industry towards CN30. We are looking forward in continuing these conversations in market here in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as all around the world,” Mr Gill said.

Edwina Clowes noted the importance of the conference in connecting with international colleagues in working towards CN30.

“It was extremely beneficial to meet with groups like the International Meat Secretariat, the World Farmers Organisation and representatives from numerous country farmer organisations, who are all committed to strong global agriculture and farmer presence at subsequent forums,” Ms Clowes said.

As COP27 wraps up, MLA has demonstrated how the Australian red meat sector is the global gold standard for proactively improving productivity while reducing environmental impact.

For further information on COP27 and MLA’s investments in CN30, you watch last week’s webinar hosted by MLA and Cattle Council of Australia: Webinar.

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What do you do if you are the first on the scene of a crash, or arrive before emergency services?

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What do you do if you are the first on the scene of a crash, or arrive before emergency services?

 

Some people do, many people don’t.

Do I get out and help?

It’s an individual’s choice to stop at a crash scene.

Most people should stop if they feel confident.

The reason for that is because they may at some stage render life-saving assistance or at least evaluate the scene and provide that information to emergency services or police.

Whether a motorist should stop can also depend on the location.

For example, on a bridge it’d be fairly difficult, you’re going to create a lot of disruption there.

If you come across a crash there the best thing to do is ring triple zero as we can get the emergency services there before it becomes congested.

It can also depend on conditions and whether it’s safe.

Not only do you have to consider the safety of the persons in the crash, your own safety has to be paramount as well, because you’re no good to us or anyone else if you’ve been run over.

Do I direct the traffic?

Most police would prefer members of the public did not get out and direct traffic at a crash scene.

That’s the job of emergency services, in particular police and sometimes TfNSW and Councils.

Directing traffic is quite difficult and quite dangerous — you’ll never see police doing it without wearing hi-vis protective clothing, a torch, a wand, a police vehicle parked nearby with emergency lights flashing so we can warn people. Some cars nowadays come with cones and triangles, etcetera, that you can put out in an emergency-type situation.

Don’t forget to call triple-0

 

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Next major step in reforming emergency services funding

 

The public is invited to have their say on the best path forward to reform the way emergency services are funded via a consultation paper which is now online.

The NSW Government is encouraging views on the design and scope of a new model to replace the current system which places the burden of an Emergency Services Levy (ESL) on insurance premiums.

Currently, only households and businesses that pay for insurance are paying the levy to fund Fire and Rescue NSW, the NSW Rural Fire Service and the NSW State Emergency Service.

The NSW Government last November announced the levy would be removed from insurance and applied instead to property.

The ESL Consultation Paper is seeking feedback on four possible models to create a sustainable system that will spread the costs across all property owners.

The NSW Government is committed to ensuring any new model will include protections for pensioners and vulnerable members of the community. The model will also be revenue-neutral and continue to be determined solely by the funding needs of the three agencies.

As climate change increases the instances of natural disasters, the funding requirements of our emergency services are expected to continue rising, increasing the ESL, and making insurance more unaffordable.

In fact, NSW Treasury estimates that the total annual cost of flood and bushfire to the economy is projected to increase from $7 billion in 2020-21 to $24 billion by 2070-71 as climate change related extreme weather events become more frequent and intense.

The existing ESL has pushed insurance premiums in NSW up by around 18 per cent for residential property and around 34 per cent higher for commercial property.

Rising costs now mean more than one-third of households in NSW do not have home contents insurance – which is the highest rate of any state in the nation.

The Government is asking for feedback on a range of design features, including how levy rates should apply to different property types and locations, how the levy should be collected, and what protections should be provided for pensioners and other vulnerable groups.

The release of the Consultation Paper follows the announcement of a Stakeholder Reference Group which is providing the Government with a broad range of expert advice on a new model.

The Consultation Paper is open for feedback until 22 May 2024, and can be found here.

Treasurer Daniel Mookhey said:

“Public feedback is an important step in reforming the way emergency services are funded into the future.

“I want to ensure that we create a lasting system where everyone contributes to the crucial emergency services we all rely on.

“We’re encouraging industry stakeholders and the wider community to express their views now so the new funding model for emergency services in NSW is fair, efficient, simple and adapted to the future impacts of climate change.”

 

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Teenager in Custody After Alleged Church Stabbing Incident – Wakeley

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Teenager in Custody After Alleged Church Stabbing Incident – Wakeley

A teenager is currently in police custody following an alleged stabbing incident at a church in Wakeley, located in Sydney’s south-west. The unsettling event unfolded around 7:10 PM on Monday, April 15, 2024, prompting a swift response from law enforcement.

Upon arrival at the church on Welcome Street, Fairfield City Police Area Command officers discovered a 53-year-old man with head lacerations and a 39-year-old man, who sustained lacerations and a shoulder injury while attempting to intervene. Both victims received prompt medical attention from NSW Ambulance paramedics and were subsequently transported to Liverpool Hospital with injuries assessed as non-life-threatening.

The alleged assailant, a 15-year-old boy who had been restrained by members of the public, was apprehended by police at the scene. However, the situation escalated as a large crowd gathered outside the church, prompting additional police units from across the Metropolitan Region, including specialized teams, to respond.

In the ensuing public disorder, officers faced a barrage of projectiles, resulting in injuries to several law enforcement personnel, damage to police vehicles, and theft of property. The 15-year-old suspect, who sustained injuries during the incident, was promptly taken to the hospital under police guard and has undergone surgery for his wounds.
In response to the severity of the incident, Fairfield City Police Area Command has initiated Strike Force Petrina to investigate the stabbing, while Strike Force Dribs has been tasked with probing the public disorder and identifying the perpetrators involved.

As the investigations progress, authorities urge anyone with relevant information, including witnesses or individuals in possession of mobile phone footage, to come forward and assist law enforcement. They can provide information anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or directly contact the police.

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