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POLICE say the death of a man at a
busy beach in Coronet Bay last week is
not being treated as suspicious.
Leading Senior Constable Paul Turn-
er said the man was swimming with a
relative in shallow water at 3.30pm on
“Investigators have been told the
family member turned around to see
the man face down in the water,” he
“Locals helped drag the man from
the waist deep water and off duty nurs-
es attempted to revive the man until
ambulance officers arrived. ”
A witness told the Sentinel-Times the
man looked to be aged in his 70s and
resuscitation attempts lasted almost
The deceased is believed to have
been visiting from Melbourne.
As of yesterday (Monday), police were
not able to confirm the exact cause of
death and investigations are ongoing.
A report is being prepared for the
Beach death not suspicious
ORIGIN energy has defended a recent
finding by Environment Protection Au-
thority Victoria (EPA) that its Lang Lang
site is not compliant.
In a statement EPA said: “EPA recently
conducted a detailed assessment of gen-
eral compliance in relation to air emis-
sions at the Lang Lang site.”
“Environment Protection Authority
Victoria (EPA) is aware of non- compli-
ance issues relating to air emissions at
Origin Energy’s Lang Lang site and is
actively addressing the issue,” E PA CEO
Nial Finegan said.
“Origin Energy was unable to dem-
onstrate consistent compliance with
its licence limits and is carrying out
emissions dispersion modelling to sup-
port an application to EPA for a licence
amendment to ensure compliance.”
An Origin Energy spokesperson de-
fended the company’s record, noting the
subtle difference between being ‘unable
to demonstrate compliance’ , and being
“Origin notes that the EPA is satis-
fied emissions from the Lang Lang gas
processing facility are not in excess of
the State Environment Protection Policy
(Air Quality Management) and are a low
risk to the environment and community.
“We will continue to work with the Au-
thority on the development of a licence
The company said tightening environ-
mental rules had changed the parame-
ters in how the site was assessed, saying
a requirement change does not require
retrospective compliance with that code
because standards continually change.
“Prior to 2014, Origin had implement-
ed a monitoring and emissions proto -
col based upon best information at the
time,” a company spokesperson said.
“Subsequently, with upgraded sam-
pling and measuring techniques, and af-
ter discussion with the regulator to bet-
ter understand the licence conditions, it
became apparent the reporting prior to
2014 had been incorrect.
“The regulator is fully aware and the
situation has been rectified.”
Work on the site continued while EPA’s
investigations were underway as the
EPA was satisfied that “current emis-
sions from the plant pose a low risk to
the environment and community.”
No comfort for anti-CSG
THE EPA’s announcement was of lit-
tle comfort to local anti-CSG and coal
groups in the region.
They pounced on the revelations say-
ing the industry ‘cannot be trusted to
act responsibly and safely’ .
“ This report highlights long held con-
cerns about the industry and its in-
ability to ‘self-regulate’ and the ability
of state authorities to properly manage
gas drilling and processing activities,”
said Friends of the Earth co - ordinator
“ Origin Energy’s head of production
has admitted that it would take “many
years” to bring the company’s gas and
oilfield division up to standard.
“ Yet industry constantly claims that
the many problems seen with the gas
industry in places like North America
couldn’t happen here because of the
‘ superior’ regulatory regime and oper-
ating standards of the industry” .
“ The industry cannot be trusted.
“As the Andrew’s government consid-
ers its response to the findings of the
state inquiry, it must be mindful of the
risk of unleashing a range of negative
environmental impacts on our state
and economy by an industry with a
poor track record.
“ Onshore gas drilling will not be able
to gain social licence to operate here in
“ The only logical solution will be to
place a permanent or long term ban on
all onshore gas drilling activity in the
Origin working to
fix Lang Lang site
ANDERSON’S Inlet at Inverloch is
well known for its moving sandbanks
and channels which pose a threat to
boating, jet skis and other users.
What is often forgotten is the fact
that rising tides can cut off sightseers
walking on the exposed sandbanks.
On Sunday, January 10, the Inver-
loch SES unit was called out at ap-
proximately 10pm to assist police
in rescuing two adults and two chil-
dren, aged nine and 10, who had be-
come cut off on a sandbank opposite
Cuttriss Street by a rising tide.
SES volunteers were able to launch
their RIB inflatable boat and although
hampered by darkness, they were
able to quickly locate and rescue the
stranded family who were about 75
metres from the shore.
The family, from Strathmore, was
returned safely to the Inverloch jetty
by about 10.45pm. There were no in-
Although the rescues was success-
ful, SES member Ian Smith said it
was a timely reminder of the need
to be conscious of tidal movements,
particularly if you venture onto the
sandbanks around sunset.
“ There are deep channels between
the sandbanks, and they often have
steep, unstable or undercut banks,”
“ In the darkness it would be dif-
ficult to avoid them and a real risk
for anyone unfortunate enough to fall
The Inverloch SES unit was called out to assist police to rescue a family
stuck on the sandbar in Andersons Inlet, Inverloch recently.
Tidal rescue at Inverloch
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