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An­other house fire at Wellington

PO­LICE in­ves­ti­ga­tions are con­tin­u­ing into a blaze at a home in Wellington’s Walker Cres­cent last Satur­day, Septem­ber 7.

The fire was ex­tin­guished by Fire and Res­cue NSW but un­for­tu­nately the house was par­tially destroyed – thank­fully the home’s oc­cu­pants weren’t in the house at the time the fire started.

Po­lice com­menced an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent and wish to speak with three chil­dren aged be­tween eight and 10 years old who were seen near the house ear­lier in the day.

There was a sep­a­rate house fire in the town last month.

My ute win­dow smashed

NO thanks to the scum who hurled a brick through my ute win­dow on Satur­day night. My ute is nor­mally parked in a locked and se­cured drive­way on the week­ends, but un­for­tu­nately not this time.

The force of the throw was so great that the brick dam­aged the door han­dle on the other side of the car.

I had valu­able tools in the ute and other gear, but noth­ing was taken, lead­ing to many com­ments that it was a tar­geted at­tack.

It’s pretty small pota­toes in the scheme of things, but in an in­cred­i­bly busy week I’m seething at the fact that I have to spend a lot of wasted time so I can get it fixed to go to Syd­ney on the week­end. If the aim was to cause me to lose many hours, as well as the dol­lars it’s cost me to fix it up, you’ve done your duty for the devil.

I’ve got eight CCTV cam­eras cov­er­ing the house, in­clud­ing out the front, I’m just wait­ing for some­one more dig­i­tally-minded to get the vi­sion off that sys­tem so I can give it to the po­lice.

A far greater prob­lem than mine

THE dam­age to my ute is re­ally just a blip on the radar com­pared to what Emily Bruce and her part­ner have gone through this week – their ute was torched last Friday.

Emily told me that at about 3am to 3.30am, she heard some noises out­side her house and the dogs were go­ing off.

“I didn’t take much no­tice be­cause our dogs go off all the time at peo­ple just sim­ply walk­ing past, but then one of our neigh­bours from up the road come run­ning down knock­ing on our door yelling out, ‘Wake up your car is on fire,’” Ms Bruce said.

“Me, my mother and part­ner ran straight out­side to see that our pride and joy was on fire from the in­side.”

She rang Triple 000 while the oth­ers tried to put the fire out.

“They had smashed the pas­sen­ger back win­dow and lit the fire from that side so we couldn’t reach with the hose to put the fire out, so our neigh­bour got a bucket and started fill­ing that up then re­alised we had to smash some win­dows to get the wa­ter in,” she said.

“He then smashed win­dows so we could ac­cess the fire. We fi­nally got the fire out be­fore the firies ar­rived but ev­ery­thing was too gone, it was too late.”

Wit­nesses said two boys ran from the ute and up the road.

“It’s such a heart­break­ing thing to hap­pen, es­pe­cially since we have only had the ute for about three months and my part­ner worked hard for it,” Ms Bruce said.

“That was our fu­ture. We got that Ute so we could start our fam­ily, but now all of it is gone,” she said.

Here’s a hard-work­ing young cou­ple just try­ing to get ahead and peo­ple with zero con­sid­er­a­tion do that to them – if any­one knows any­thing, please get that in­for­ma­tion to po­lice as soon as pos­si­ble.

RFS open days

MANY other parts of the coun­try have had a hor­ror start to their fire seasons and it’s a stark re­minder that it can hap­pen any­where, any­time.

It’s tin­der dry in our part of the world and al­ready towns like War­ren are talk­ing about the lack of wa­ter to fight house fires in town, so it’s pretty dire.

Al­ready some Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice (RFS) brigades have staged in­for­ma­tion meet­ings to brief res­i­dents on what to do in a fire emer­gency, now it’s Geurie’s turn.

Geurie RFS will be host­ing an open day on Sun­day, Septem­ber 15, from 11am to 2pm.

Ev­ery­one’s in­vited to come down to the shed and meet the lo­cal fire­fight­ers, talk about your bush­fire sur­vival plan, learn how you can make your prop­erty bush­fire ready, jump in the fire trucks and learn more about what the RFS vol­un­teers do.

There’ll be a free sausage siz­zle and you’ll have the chance to put your fire­fight­ing skills to the test.

Geurie RFS is ask­ing peo­ple to take this sim­ple test: z Would your plan stand up to the test of a fire? z How fire­proof is your plan?

Get­ting ready for Get Ready Week­end

MEAN­TIME, the NSW RFS is call­ing on all res­i­dents in the Dubbo Re­gional and Nar­romine coun­cil ar­eas to join with NSW RFS vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers and pre­pare for the com­ing bush fire sea­son on Get Ready Week­end.

Dubbo Re­gional Coun­cil res­i­dents can get in­volved across Septem­ber 14-15 in fun fam­ily events in­clud­ing chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties, fire­fight­ing dis­plays, op­por­tu­ni­ties to get aboard a fire truck, and see some of their spe­cial­ist equip­ment.

Im­por­tantly, they can also get some in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice on pre­par­ing their prop­er­ties for the bush fire sea­son.

NSW RFS District Co­or­di­na­tor Pe­ter Fothergill said all res­i­dents in the Dubbo Re­gional Coun­cil and Nar­romine Shire ar­eas need to be pre­pared for the bush fire sea­son.

“Al­ready this fire sea­son we have seen more than 2700 bush and grass fires across NSW,” Mr Fothergill said.

“With the vast ma­jor­ity of NSW drought af­fected and a fore­cast of on­go­ing warm and dry con­di­tions, there is the po­ten­tial for a long and pro­tracted fire sea­son – NSW RFS mem­bers have been busy pre­par­ing by un­der­tak­ing haz­ard re­duc­tion burns, main­tain­ing fire­fight­ing equip­ment and un­der­go­ing train­ing.

Get Ready Week­end is a chance for res­i­dents to do their bit to plan and pre­pare their fam­ily and prop­er­ties for the fire sea­son, he said.

Lo­cal events in­clude:

z Dis­play stand and NSW RFS vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers at Bun­nings, Septem­ber 14, 8am-5pm

z Open Day at NSW RFS Eu­lo­mogo Brigade, Septem­ber 14, 10am-4pm

z Open Day at NSW RFS Eu­mun­gerie Brigade, Septem­ber 14, 10am-2pm

z Open Day at NSW RFS Elong Elong Brigade, Septem­ber 15, 9am-11am

z Open Day at NSW RFS Mi­nore Brigade, Septem­ber 15th, 10am-2pm

Co­bar ar­rest

PO­LICE have charged a man fol­low­ing an as­sault that left an­other man in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion in Co­bar on Au­gust 31.

Of­fi­cers were called to a li­censed premise on Mar­shall Street fol­low­ing re­ports a man had been as­saulted. Upon ar­rival po­lice were told the in­jured man was al­legedly punched by an­other man which re­sulted in him fall­ing back­wards, hit­ting his head heav­ily on the pave­ment and be­ing ren­dered un­con­scious.

The 34-year-old man was treated by NSW Am­bu­lance paramedics and taken to Co­bar Hos­pi­tal with se­vere head in­juries be­fore be­ing air­lifted to Syd­ney’s Royal Prince Al­fred Hos­pi­tal.

A 27-year-old man was ar­rested af­ter pre­sent­ing to Co­bar Po­lice Sta­tion, he was charged with reck­lessly cause griev­ous bod­ily and has been refused bail.

Re­tired cops meet

ONE thing I love about the lo­cal cops is the cul­ture which en­sures that any re­tired of­fi­cers are still made to feel like part of the fam­ily.

This is not only great for serv­ing of­fi­cers, and es­pe­cially younger po­lice who get great re­sults from hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced men­tors, but the re­tired peo­ple don’t feel like they’ve left the job and have been thrown on the scrapheap.

Septem­ber 5 was Re­tired Po­lice Of­fi­cers Day and, when a large group of re­tired po­lice met with lo­cal of­fi­cers, it was cal­cu­lated that the for­mer cops had more than 400 years of ser­vice on the po­lice force be­tween them.

It’s great that ex­pe­ri­ence isn’t lost en­tirely from lo­cal po­lice thanks to these con­nec­tions.


Above left: Dam­age to John Ryan’s ute caused by a brick thrown through the win­dow. Right: The burnt out in­te­rior of Emily Bruce’s ute – that in­ci­dent has caused a lot of heart­break.


The Wellington home dam­aged by fire on the week­end.

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