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  • The report found problems caused by changes made after the original Opal Tower design were exacerbated by "construction issues", with "lower-strength concrete" and "under-designed" critical support beams bursting under extreme pressure.
  • But the P&C's sensors revealed average temperatures of between 32 and 34 degrees. On a day when it was 42 degrees outside, one classroom recorded a temperature of 37.7. "The inside temperature trends follow outside temperatures closely," Dr Pfautsch said. Of 52 days measured from mid-December to early February, 28 of these were above 35 degrees, 10 were above 40, and in the hottest classroom, the air temperature was above 30 degrees for 31 days and above 35 for 10.
  • Dr Joe McGirr MP: "I have repeatedly and publically requested a timeline be provided to reassure Tumut and surrounding communities of the development process moving forward. I am calling on the NSW State Government once more to fulfill its promise and to begin the redevelopment work at Tumut Hospital this year and as soon as possible."
  • "Nearly every day sees my ED operating in ‘crisis mode’ ... there always seems to be an explanation provided by hospital management or the Ministry of Health [such as] ‘it’s flu season, it’s Monday ... there's an ice epidemic," a doctor is quoted in the AMA's report.
  • Billionaire developer Bob Ell has declared he will stall a 4500-unit development in one of the most rapidly growing regions in NSW unless the government builds a new hospital on his site.
  • Project updates for the so-called Western Harbour Tunnel between Rozelle and North Sydney, and Beaches Link motorway between Cammeray and Seaforth and Balgowlah, say construction on both roads will start in 2020-21, with the roads opening in 2025-26.
  • Areas such as Camden, Box Hill or Marsden Park may fill the "missing middle" in Sydney, where twice as many people live in apartments than live in townhouses or terraces, he said.
  • The Berejiklian government’s planned sale of the majority of the WestConnex motorway will almost certainly be delayed after the competition regulator insisted on more time to assess a potential deal.
  • A conflux of changes has contributed to the explosion of residents’ action groups. The immediate factors are the back-to-back victories of a business first (people second) Baird/Berejiklian government, which decided in 2016 to forcibly merge councils and appoint administrators to oversee decision-making. Stripped of local representation, residents were forced to self-organise to oppose reckless developments.
  • "In the private system it is true that there are large and varying gap fees, but there are also out-of-pocket expenses for many other allied health treatments like the physio for women who have had their lymph nodes removed and will need that treatment for the rest of their lives," she said.
  • The Federal Government has been called on to publicly explain its decision to award a multi-million-dollar contract to a company that has previously donated tens of thousands of dollars to the Liberal Party. Vocus won the $2.8 million contract late last year through a limited tender. It was for a scoping study on the planned Pacific high-speed internet cable. Vocus donated $44,000 to the Liberal Party in 2013 and $50,000 in 2016.
  • Hamish Henderson and his wife had just moved into an apartment on Sydney's north shore in January 2015, when they were notified that Roads and Maritime Services would be starting night construction on the "Boundary Street, Roseville upgrade". “We were treated to jackhammering, concrete cutting, dump trucks, excavation around six nights every week. Work would start in the evening and go through to 7am the following morning.”
  • Acciona last week launched legal action against Transport for NSW for “misleading or deceptive conduct” in the lead-up to it signing a contract in 2014 to design and build the line. It claims the transport agency led it to believe power company Ausgrid had agreed to a plan to deal with utilities under the route of the line when it had not.
  • "... the project is a real estate deal dressed up as a cultural investment..." A two-and-a-half-year-long inquiry into the Berejiklian government's decision to relocate the Powerhouse Museum to Parramatta has urged the billion dollar project be immediately abandoned
  • Greens Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters, Nationals MPs Barnaby Joyce and Fiona Nash, and One Nation's Malcolm Roberts will have their debts waived after they were found to be dual citizens and therefore ineligible to sit in Parliament.
  • Revelations of dodgy donations, travel rorts and the cosy relationship between politicians and industry lobbyists appear to have battered people's trust in Australia's public sector, pushing the nation downwards in a global corruption index.
  • But internal documents released under freedom of information laws show the major IT project for Transport for NSW has completed only a third of its end-user goals despite burning through $348 million since it began almost five years ago.
  • Less than two weeks after Natalie Joyce pierced the privacy wall to reveal the pain of a wife who put her career on hold to support husband Barnaby Joyce, only to have their marriage end after his affair with a parliamentary staffer, Ms Casey has broken her silence with a pointed message for politicians. She had no regrets about her long marriage, but she held “politics, the culture that surrounds it and the lifestyle it entails” as the primary reason for its end.