Animal death toll most likely higher than 480 million
The University of Sydney academics who said 480 million animals had been killed in the NSW bushfires have explained how they made their sobering findings. The authors of yesterday's confronting revelations said they used World Wild Fund estimates for mammal density in NSW, and calculated how it would extrapolate to bushfire-destroyed areas."The authors deliberately employed highly conservative estimates in making their calculations," the university said in a statement.Pictures: Australia's bushfire emergency "The true mortality is likely to be substantially higher than those estimated.
Kylie Pobjie and Leon Elton allegedly ransacked a bushfire -damaged store. The pair were arrested on Friday accused of looting the Batemans Bay store. Police seized hundreds of dollars of electrical equipment from two homes. Pobjie and Elton were denied bail and will appear again in court on
A New South Wales man accused of lighting a fire in fire -ravaged Victoria has been threatened with A firefighting helicopter tackles a bushfire near Bairnsdale in Victoria's East Gippsland region on Truong has allegedly refused to co-operate with police and upon carrying out a bail application
A man and a woman have been refused bail in court after being charged with looting on the fire-ravaged New South Wales South Coast to pay for drugs.
Police arrested 38-year-old plumber Leon Elton and part-time cleaner Kylie Pobjie, 31, after allegedly seizing a number of electrical items during a search of a home at Narooma on Friday.
The pair are accused of stealing the items from a Beta Electrical store at Batemans Bay, which they allegedly broke into twice on Wednesday night.
Batemans Bay residents warned it's too late to leave
Residents stranded in the NSW South Coast town of Batemans Bay have been warned to seek shelter as fires surrounding them jump containment lines. Warning levels are now at emergency level with many locals already forced to flee their homes and set up at evacuation centres.Residents around Clyde Mountain, including North Batemans Bay, Surfside, Long Beach, South Durras, Maloneys Beach have been warned it is too late to leave and must seek shelter as the firestorm draws near. © 9NEWS Batemans Bay fire at emergency level.
Bushfire victim pens an emotional poem after helplessly watching his house burn down in a ferocious A bushfire victim has penned a heartfelt poem about bushfire in Batemans Bay Jim Hughes wrote 'The Burning Bay ' one week after he lost his house in NSW 'Where fires are burning, for over a month and a day, I live on the coast, in sunny Batemans
Kids play cricket in Batemans Bay during the fire crisis (Nine). The gear was allegedly found at homes in Tilba Tilba and Narooma yesterday. Earlier this week police bosses vowed to ensure three men charged over alleged offences committed in areas of the New South Wales' South Coast impacted by
They appeared in Wollongong Local Court on Saturday via video link from Batemans Bay.
According to the police facts tendered to the court, the pair drove some 70 kilometres from Narooma to Batemans Bay and parked outside a cemetery across the road from the business before entering the premises and taking several electrical items.
Police prosecutor, Sergeant Tanya Pavlin, alleged the pair then drove off and rummaged through the items before returning to loot the store for a second time.
It is alleged Ms Pobjie and Mr Elton exchanged the items for drugs and as payment for use of the vehicle.
Monopoly money, jail time in criminal history
The solicitor representing the pair, Adam Sumbak, urged the court to exercise leniency.
He said Ms Pobjie had phoned the police and admitted to the alleged crime and would therefore be unlikely to breach her bail conditions.
Elton John announces $1 million donation to Australian bushfire relief fund during Sydney concert
Elton John has announced a $1 million donation to the Australian bushfire relief fund during his Sydney concert on Tuesday evening. Addressing Qudos Bank Arena at Sydney Olympic Park the iconic singer told fans he is "in awe" of firefighters and is heartbroken by the devastation across Australia.
A 37 year old man has been arrested, charged and refused bail , over a break in at a home in Mount Austin on Friday, where thousands of dollars’ worth of property was stolen. Police were called to Allambie Way, with a van, laptops, wallets, and musical equipment among the items reported stolen.
We’ re dishing out a series of new, fun and fascinating info from the festival’s 14-year long history of celebrating music and the arts in our atmosphere of tolerance and inclusion. The festival invites its partners, stakeholders in the environmental sector, as well as guests of the fe
Mr Sumbak said Mr Elton's criminal history was limited, with only one prior dishonesty charge laid after he attempted to use Monopoly money — "as a joke" — to pay for a drink at a bar.
Mr Sumbak said a $1,000 bail surety had also been offered by Mr Elton's parents, to assist his application for release.
In refusing bail, registrar Pete Richie said the alleged offence caused "significant risk of harm to the community."
He said Ms Pobjie had a "very extensive prior criminal history" having spent "several periods in custody in 2017 for drug offences."
Ms Pobjie sobbed and placed her head in her hands during her court appearance, while Mr Elton sat silently for the duration of the proceedings.
The pair are due to face court again at Batemans Bay on Monday.
NSW South Coast towns 'open for business' .
Batemans Bay business owners want all tourists to know their town is back and 'open for business' now the area has been declared as safe from devastating bushfire threats. Tourists have started to return to some bushfire-ravaged towns on the New South Wales South Coast however Batemans Bay locals are asking for more holiday goers to add an economic boost to the local economy. Some business owners in regions cut off during the bushfire crisis reported sale losses of up to 70 per cent. Australians have been urged to buy from bushfire-ravaged communities to help them get back on their feet following the crisis.