Electric shock: Three taken to hospital after marina incident
Leah White EDITOR@GUARDIANNEWS.COM.AU
Three people were taken to hospital after a family of four suffered an electric shock at the Port of Airlie marina at approximately 4pm on Sunday afternoon. The family were on their way back from a function when their catamaran – Flat Cat – capsized before coming to a stop against a marina pontoon. Police said the electric shock occurred as the family was leaving the wharf, with the adult male being knocked backwards. Police also said there were unconfirmed reports that one of the children may have been unconscious when paramedics arrived. Passers-by notified emergency services with Ambulance, Fire and Rescue, Police and Ergon Energy on the scene shortly afterwards. A spokesperson for Queensland Health said three people, a 40yo man and two boys
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NO ENTRY: Police and fire officers at the scene on Sunday afternoon's marina incident in Airlie Beach.
aged 8 and 5, were taken to the Proserpine Hospital Emergency Department between 5.10pm and 7.10pm on Sunday. All three were assessed but were found to be uninjured and did not require admission. Bob Pleash, Ergon Energy Corporate Communications manager, said Ergon
TAAS in limbo as state and fed govts. fight over funds Nat Bromhead EDITOR@GUARDIANNEWS.COM.AU
The Federal Government has thrown Queensland’s Tenant Advice and Advocacy Service (TAAS) a lifeline as the clock ticks closer to June 30, the day State Government funding ceases and the service closes. Federal Homelessness and Housing Minister Mark Butler has again stepped into the fray and pledged $2.5 million to keep TAAS going for six months provided the State Government works on a solution to the ongoing issue. Taking the matter one step further, Mr Butler threatened to take steps to withhold federal funding should the Queensland not accept his proposal. However Tim Mander, the Queensland Housing Minister appeared to
be sticking to his guns in closing the service, saying the government's position on providing tenant support services remains unchanged. “We would welcome an additional $2.5 million if it could be used to help fund the Newman government's homelessness plan which focuses on putting roofs over people's heads,” Mr Mander said. Buoyed about the recent Federal G o v e r n m e n t intervention, Rebecca Adamson, service coordinator of Proserpine TAAS, said she was “excited there was hope.” “We are grateful that the Federal Government recognise the importance of our service,” Ms Adamson said. “They really are doing the best they can
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Energy was asked to attend the scene to assist with investigations and help make the area safe. “Ergon Energy were asked to attend Port of Airlie where a person SHOCK:The upturned catamaran the family had sustained an electric shock,” Mr Pleash said. been sailing. “They made safe and Safety have BDO Australia, the isolated the area and and confirmed they are receivership company will assist with further the managing the Port of investigations that may investigating incident. Airlie, did not respond be required.” A representative of by deadline. Workplace Health
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ROLLERCOASTER RIDE: Rebecca Adamson of the Whitsunday Tenancy and Housing Service in Proserpine. to ensure the Newman Government keeps us going.” Likening the on again, off again situation to a rollercoaster ride, Ms Adamson said she didn’t know what to expect with the state/federal funding stoush so fluid. “We are so up in the air about it all at the moment,” she said. “I don’t know what to expect anymore – we feel like we are on a
roller coaster. “But after hearing Mark Butler’s offer I am excited that there is hope.” Ms Adamson said should the service be disbanded on June 30 Queensland would be the only state or territory in Australia without a state -funded tenant service. “Obviously if funding can be secured that is awesome news for the community,” she said.
“For tenants that will be a big positive. But I’m not going to sing about it until we have something set in contract.” Summing up her argument for the service, Ms Adamson said the State government wanted to close the service and in its place build housing for homeless people. “But on a weekly basis TAAS prevents people from becoming homeless,” she argued.
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