NSW premier Dominic Perrottet, is encouraging people to follow evacuation orders as out of the 22 flood rescues that happened overnight, two occurred in areas where evacuation orders were in place.
There were 22 evacuation orders overnight. That’s in the Sydney metropolitan region, the Hawkesbury-Nepean, and around the Georges river. Fifty-five evacuation warnings in place, four evacuation warnings overnight. Now, in terms of those orders and those warnings, that is affecting around 50,000 people. That’s across the state of NSW at the moment. There were 22 flood rescues overnight as well. Once again, I thank the SES and the RFS for the work they’ve done in relation to those rescues. We also had the ADF on call who are not required but were there ready to go, should the need have arisen.
I want to make this point and I made it yesterday and make it again – of the 22 flood rescues that occurred overnight, two of those flood rescues occurred in areas where evacuation orders were in place. Please follow the instructions. Where there is an evacuation order in place, get ready to evacuate. Where we have evacuation warnings to begin with, so people can be prepared and following that, the orders are there for you to leave immediately. If they are in place, please leave. The SES rescues, when they’re carried out, they’re putting our volunteers at risk and ultimately if you stay you’re putting your life at risk.
Clarification on the below: all the outbound lanes of the West Gate bridge in Melbourne are closed.
Serious crash on Melbourne’s West Gate bridge
There’s been a serious crash on Melbourne’s West Gate bridge, with a truck colliding with a car.
Victoria police have released a statement about the incident, saying they understand a car was travelling outbound along the West Gate Freeway near Williamstown Road when it collided with a truck around 10.35am.
The male driver and male passenger of the car were taken to hospital with critical injuries.
Three other males who were in the car are being assessed by paramedics.
The two male occupants of the truck were not injured and were assessed by paramedics at the scene.
“The exact circumstances surrounding the collision are yet to be determined and investigations are ongoing,” the statement says.
Long delays are expected for westbound traffic on the freeway in the area.
An early picture of NZ prime minister Jacinda Ardern and Victorian premier Daniel Andrews. We’ll have more updates on their meeting today very soon.
Cairns and Brisbane had their coldest July day in more than 20 years yesterday.
There were 5,698 new cases in the last reporting period, and 14 people in intensive care.
Jacinda Ardern in Melbourne to meet with Daniel Andrews today
New Zealand prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, is in Melbourne as part of a trade mission and is set to meet with Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, soon.
She spent the morning at an ANZ breakfast.
Just a little correction note: earlier today we had incorrectly labelled the location shown in the satellite photograph being used as the main image on this blog as Sydney. It was pointed out to us by you, our readers, that this looked more like Nowra – you were correct, and we have amended the caption accordingly.
There were 8,740 new cases recorded in the state over the past 24 hours, and 28 people are in intensive care.
Handing you back over to the very excellent hands of Stephanie Convery!
Perrottet also provided an update on the Portland Bay bulk carrier, saying the situation is stable:
That carrier is anchored 1.2 nautical miles off Port Botany.
I thank very much the crews of those tugs for the heroic work they did overnight. There were 11-metre swells. They worked through the night to ensure that bulk carrier was in a stable position.
It’s far from over, their challenge. In this torrential weather and the environment we’re in, the situation can change quickly.
Perrottet said more support would be on the way.
Albanese says it’ll be a “family” affair as he prepares to welcome New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, tomorrow.
Ardern will be in Sydney from Wednesday to Friday to attend the first Australia-New Zealand leaders’ meeting since before the pandemic.
The meeting is expected to cover topics including economic links, regional security, Indigenous cooperation, migration settings, economic recovery and climate change.
Albanese said “this will be our second bilateral meeting in the past month, which is a reflection of the closeness of our trans-Tasman relationship. It truly is one of family.”
The visit is also an opportunity to set the agenda for trans-Tasman cooperation into 2023, ahead of the 40 year anniversary of the Closer Economic Relations trade agreement.