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Australia: Anger grows over fire at Melbourne recycling plant
Anger has continued to grow among workers over the conditions that led to the fire at the Coolaroo recycling plant in Melbourne’s north, which broke out on July 13 and blanketed large areas of the city in toxic smoke and ash.
At least 115 households were forced to evacuate their homes for 24 hours due to smoke from the fire. Five people, including one child, were hospitalised with smoke-related conditions, and many others have been treated for asthma or developed other breathing difficulties. Up to 100 firefighters managed to bring the massive blaze under control only by last Saturday, and it has continued to smoulder among the compacted recycling materials in the factory ever since.
Workers complain of their homes and cars being covered in dirt and ash, smelling of burnt plastic. The state Environmental Protection Agency was forced to issue a notice to residents on July 20, warning them to stay away from local waterways, which have been poisoned by the runoff water used to fight the blaze.
On Thursday evening, around 100 people attended a meeting at the Coolaroo Hotel, called by the legal firm Madden Lawyers, to discuss a class action against SKM, the plant’s private operator. The suit was filed yesterday in the Victorian Supreme Court and has already been joined by more than 100 people.
Australia  industrial  follow-up  environmental  waste 
2 days ago by dchas
Explosion at Somersby factory
A man in his 40's has been transported to Gosford Hospital with burns to his face, forearms and left leg, after an explosion involving a chemical substance at a factory in Somersby this morning.

Emergency services were called to the factory at 62 Pile Road just before quarter past six.

Two fire and rescue crews and a HAZMAT Unit from Berekeley Vale remain on site trying to identify the substance involved.

Duty Commander Jeff McPherson says there is no danger to workers in surrounding areas, and no roads have been closed.
Australia  industrial  explosion  injury  unknown_chemical 
2 days ago by dchas
Explosion at Somersby factory
A man in his 40's has been transported to Gosford Hospital with burns to his face, forearms and left leg, after an explosion involving a chemical substance at a factory in Somersby this morning.

Emergency services were called to the factory at 62 Pile Road just before quarter past six.

Two fire and rescue crews and a HAZMAT Unit from Berekeley Vale remain on site trying to identify the substance involved.

Duty Commander Jeff McPherson says there is no danger to workers in surrounding areas, and no roads have been closed.
Australia  industrial  explosion  injury  unknown_chemical 
3 days ago by dchas
Home - Rockpool Bar & Grill
The lowdown: The fanciest burger in Australia, and one of the best. The thing is burgers need not be fancy to be good, but Neil Perry’s gift to the burger gods is a showstopper. A thick medium rare patty of David Blackmore's Full Blood Wagyu comes with bacon, gruyere cheese and Zuni pickle (pickle recipe from the famous San Francisco café). Eating a burger in two-hatted Rockpool Bar and Grill? Damn it’s as epic as a burger experience gets.
burgers  australia  sydney  restaurants  recommendations 
3 days ago by jacqui
Home | Restaurant Hubert
The lowdown: It may be known for the major driver behind the current French bistro renaissance, but if you fancy a feed in the bar the Hubert burger is pretty hard to beat. It’s a no fuss, premium quality ingredient sheer joy. The patty is made from dry-aged beef and it comes with gruyere cheese, dill pickle and a secret Hubert sauce. And with a drinks list is out of this world, how can you go wrong?
australia  sydney  recommendations  burgers  restaurants 
3 days ago by jacqui

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