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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : December 10th 2008
Burwood Free Christmas Craft with Mrs Claus 12 -- 24 December, 11am -- 2pm daily, Centre Court. For extended Christmas trading hours and more magical Christmas activities at Westfield Burwood, see page 9. It's Christmas, and we're giving away the presents See page 11 or visit www.innerwestweekly.com.au for details 50 family passes to Le Grand Cirque 35 family passes to ride Devil's Mine The 12 Holidays of Christmas 10 bikes with Rosebank helmets THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2008 www.innerwestweekly.com.au PHONE 9018 3592 80c incl. GST Inner -West Weekly Disaster area A plane crash is possible in the Inner West. As is a nuclear strike. And a meteoroid impact. FIONA BRADY Should we be concerned? innerwestweekly.com.au A PLANE crash, a nuclear at- tack, even a meteor strike. They may sound like plots from a Hollywood movie, but according to a new report, they're all potential risks facing the Inner West. The Inner West Emergency Risk Management report lists 22 hazards it says pose a risk to the Strathfield, Burwood, Ashfield and Canada Bay local govern- ment areas. But there's no need for alarm -- the report also emphasises the very remote probability of many of the hazards occurring. The likelihood of a meteor strike is described as ''rare'', meaning it may only occur once every 500 years or more. The rankings were reached by considering the characteristics of the Inner West, and identify- ing what hazards could occur here. The report's authors then looked at actual occurrences or the likelihood of them occur- ring. With an average of 47 aircraft movements over the Inner West every day, a plane crash was judged to be the number-one risk. Although the likelihood of a crash was judged to be a once in 100-year event, it was given a high ranking because its conse- quences would be so severe. The report also recommends ways to reduce the risks. ''The aim of the plan is to consider every possible emerg- ency scenario, even scenarios that seem unlikely,'' Ashfield Council's operations manager Epeli Naivalu said. ''It is import- ant for council to know the risks, and be prepared to respond to an emergency in a co-ordinated fashion, and in accordance with the state legislation.'' The report is open to comment on council websites for 28 days. THE RISKS INVOLVED 1. Transport Accident -- Air 2. Transport Accident -- Road, Rail or Water 3. Fire: Residential/Commercial/ Industrial 4. Storm 5. Communicable Disease 6. Explosion 7. Bridge Collapse 8. Building Collapse 9. Radiological Hazard (Nuclear Attack) 10. Infrastructure Failure -- Gas, Water, Sewerage, Electricity and Communications 11. Earthquake 12. Flood 13. Hazardous Materials and Pollution 14. Industrial Accident 15. Mass Crowd Gathering 16. Radiological Hazard -- Transportation Accident 17. Space Debris and Meteoroid Impact 18. Terrorism 19. Tsunamis 20. Riverbank Collapse 21. Extreme Heat 22. Fog
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