The Dubbo Photo News page dedicated to the hard work of our emergency services personnel.
THANKS to everyone who helped clean up the Macquarie River in Dubbo on World River Day.
The volunteers found quite a few syringes (pictured above) which shows just how dangerous it can be, and just how selfish some people can be when it comes to respecting the rights of others to go about their lives safely.
Needle-stick injuries are one of the worst-case scenarios, with often a long wait before victims find out if they’ve contracted a serious disease.
Bad crash at Nevertire
I’VE covered plenty of motor vehicle crashes in my time and have been amazed that some people are killed in crashes where there’s little apparent damage to the cars they were travelling in, yet other times multiple people walk away from horrific damage to their cars with no serious injuries at all.
That was the case out the Mitchell Highway near Nevertire during the massive dust storm on the weekend where, thankfully, everyone involved escaped relatively unscathed.
Well done to the emergency services who had to rush as fast as they could to the crash site while driving at a speed which was still safe in the dust, a difficult balancing act.
Summer isn’t even here and the dust storms have already begun, so unless we get drenching rain very soon, we can probably expect there’ll be many more on the way.
If these dust storms do appear, this recent crash should serve as a brutal warning to road travellers that they really need to drive to the conditions.
And people who suffer from asthma or allergies really need to stay inside. It’s almost impossible to get a timely GP appointment in Dubbo these days, with many practises having a one or two week wait for the first available.
Wello in ecstasy
WELL, at least it’s not ICE.
An 18-year-old man has faced court after more than 40 grams of prohibited drugs were allegedly found during a vehicle search last Thursday, September 19.
Police had stopped a vehicle travelling on Maughan Street because it’s headlights weren’t on.
The officers spoke with the occupants and obtained reason to search the vehicle and the people in it, allegedly locating quantities of ecstasy and cannabis inside the car as well as various drug paraphernalia.
The 18-year-old man was arrested and taken to Wellington Police Station where he was charged with drug supply and drug possession.
Four juveniles charged
FOUR teenage boys have been charged following an incident last month at Dubbo’s Juvenile Justice Centre.
It’s alleged staff were assaulted by four detainees on August 9.
Police were called to the scene and found three of the boys on the roof of the facility and it’s further alleged those boys, aged 16 and 17, threw items towards police as they tried to negotiate.
A fourth boy, aged 17, was arrested by police in the courtyard of the facility.
Corrective Services Special Operations Group officers arrived and continued negotiations with the teenagers who were detained around 6.50pm.
Two Youth Justice workers were taken to Dubbo Base Hospital with minor injuries.
Last Wednesday, September 18, the four boys were issued Future Court Attendance Notices.
Shots fired at Pilliga
POLICE have charged a 44-yearold man after shots were allegedly fired during a domestic violence incident at a Pilliga home.
About 3pm on September 19 police responded to reports a firearm had been discharged during an altercation
It is alleged two men, aged 44 and 20, were drinking at the home and became involved in a physical altercation after the older man discharged a firearm several times within the home.
During the struggle it’s alleged the younger man was struck to the head and bitten on the hand.
Police responded from Pilliga, Wee Waa and Narrabri and established a perimeter around the house.
About 5.40pm, the 44-year-old man allegedly drove from the home before being intercepted and arrested by police.
Police seized a rifle from the vehicle and established a crime scene at the home.
The man was taken to Narrabri Police Station and charged with numerous offences. He was bail refused to appear before Inverell Local Court.
Mudgee teen’s big night out
A TEENAGER has been charged with various offences alleged to have occurred while under the influence of drugs in Mudgee.
On September 22 it’s alleged a 19-year-old man entered a home on White Circle where he stole car keys and a wallet.
Police allege the man then stole a hatchback sedan parked in the driveway of the home before performing a series of burnouts on the street and driving off.
He then drove to an unoccupied housing estate where he performed more burnouts, damaging temporary fencing as well as the hatchback.
Police say the man drove to Inglis Street where he crashed the car into the front yard of a home before attempting to steal a second vehicle parked in a driveway.
Occupants of the home disturbed the man and followed him as he ran from the location, with the man entering the car park of a fast food restaurant on Church Street where he attempted to push a man off his motorbike multiple times.
Police arrived and arrested the man who allegedly appeared drug affected.
He was taken to Mudgee Police Station where he was later charged with a number of offences.
IF you’re living alone, are over 65 and have limited mobility, hearing or vision impairment, or are supported by carers family or friends, it might be time to arrange a Safety Visit from the guys at Dubbo Fire Station.
A Safety Visit assists people to reduce their risk of an accidental fire in the home and to safely escape in the event of a fire occurring.
During the Safety Visit, firefighters attend your home and check that you have working smoke alarms, that they are in good working condition, and are installed in suitable areas.
If you don’t have one, the firies will install a long-life battery-powered smoke alarm as well as replace existing smoke alarm batteries all at no cost.
To book a home fire safety visit in Dubbo, please call Dubbo Fire Station on 02 6884 7447.
For further info go to www.fire. nsw.gov.au.
What a great service.
Even if this isn’t applicable to you, do some thinking about who you may know who could benefit from a Safety Visit but may not have read this article.
Who knows, your actions could potentially save a life.
Local firies help northern neighbours
LOCAL firefighters have been working with Strike Team Zulu, and have battled some fierce blazes around Tenterfield.
A massive blaze ripped through the Ewinga State Forest with several homes lost and many local firies were on the ground to help protect property.
Local firies have been working with strike teams in many areas in the state’s north for the past few weeks and it looks like that’ll be the case for some time to come.
Dubbo Fire Station has issued a warning that the dry conditions and warm weather which have seen fires break out across the state should serve as a warning that they should heed some basic bushfire tips.
For information on Bush Fires, download the Fires Near Me app or dial 1800 679 737.
Follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan and ensure you know what you will do before, during and after the fire.
Leaving early is your safest option.
For more information on Bush Fire Safety, contact your local Fire Station or visit www.rfs.nsw.gov. au. To report an emergency dial 000.
The Nevertire crash scene