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BUSHFIRE FLARES AT WESTON – HUNTER VALLEY

Several Rural Fire Service and NSW Fire and rescue crews were battling a bushfire off Date Avenue at Weston in the Hunter Valley on Thursday afternoon. The fire which has burnt several hectares was moving closer to homes after jumping a rail line. Weather conditions are extremely dry with gusty North Westerly winds. The fire may have been an act of arson. Police are investigating.

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DE-STRESSING EMERGENCY SERVICE WORKERS

A Central Coast firefighter is helping his fellow emergency service workers to deal with the horrors of the job. After enduring Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and a marriage breakdown, Ross Beckley and his partner have developed a psychological early warning system. More info at facebook.com/behindtheseenaustralia More info at www.behindtheseenaustralia.com

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FISHING TRAWLER HITS HARRINGTON BREAKWATER

Three commercial fishermen have made it safely ashore on the New South Wales Mid North Coast after their trawler ran aground on the Harrington breakwater on Thursday morning then sank. At lunch time on Thursday the 18 metre vessel was semi submerged and resting on the sea floor with a falling tide at the coastal bar crossing east of Taree. Some fuel spilled into the water after the grounding about 4am. A plan is being formulated to salvage the trawler.

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FATAL ROAD CRASH AT LAKE MACQUARIE

A teenager is dead and several other people have been injured, including a 17-year-old P-plate driver, following a two car collision near Lake Macquarie. A small sedan and a Ford Falcon collided head-on along the Esplanade at Eleebana about 10pm yesterday. The male passenger from one of the cars, believed to be aged in his late teens, suffered extensive injuries and died at the scene. Police say the 17-year-old P-plate driver of that car, suffered a suspected broken jaw and leg injuries and was taken to John Hunter Hospital for treatment. AAP RTV psm/svm 29-03-13 0709

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