MORE RAIN AND BIG WINDS ON WAY
FORECASTERS are warning of possible flooding in northern NSW and say Gold Coasters should expect rain to bucket down this weekend, with almost 100mm expected.
Bureau of Meteorology spokesman Chris Joseph said it was unlikely storms would occur, but the Gold Coast should expect the rain to build up.
“For the Gold Coast, it’s just going to be rain,” he said. “For Saturday, it’s expected to be 15-25mm of rain. Sunday will be the peak with an expected 25-50mm.”
The bad news is that the rain is expected to continue throughout next week.
“Monday is more showers around 8-25mm,” Mr Joseph said.
“Tuesday a little less, and it will start decreasing over Wednesday and Thursday.”
NSW SES operations commander Mark Somers warned of possible damaging winds in the Northern Rivers. ASSISTANT Treasurer Stuart Robert has repaid nearly $38,000 for his home internet usage after a public outcry.
The Member for Fadden came under fire after it was revealed the internet usage at his home cost $2832 in May while he was a backbencher and he had charged more than $1000 every month, dating back to 2016.
Last week Mr Robert’s office said he would repay about $20,000 but yesterday, following completion of a Department of Finance investigation into his internet usage, Mr Robert confirmed he had repaid $37,975.
He said the charges for 4G internet “were not in line with community standards’’.
“The Department of Finance set it up and approved it as they do with every MP,” he told the Bulletin. “I recognise that the excess charges are not in line with community standards and I have already paid it back in full.”
Mr Robert initially defended the amount, saying he had been forced to use 4G because of poor internet connections at his Nerang home.
The Bulletin last week revealed that the Gold Coast MP would pay back what was initially said to be more than $20,000.
Mr Robert vowed to get the NBN installed at his house to replace the previous connection.
Special Minister of State Alex Hawke confirmed the amount had been repaid voluntarily.
“Whilst the Department of Finance approved the current internet solution, very high excess data charges have understandably caused concern,” he said.
Don’t put the umbrellas away just yet.