Australian Volkswagen (VW) owners remain unaware about whether their cars are amid the 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide concerned by the car maker’s pollution cheating scandal.
Questions have been raised around the German company’s use of vehicle software that can cheat pollution tests. The scandal went public late last week after US authorities launched a criminal investigation into VW. Authorities have revealed that VW Australia is seeking “further clarification” on the matter and will provide further information once more details are acquired.
NSW Man questioned over girl’s death
A 12-year-old girl was found dead in a Hunter Valley home and a man has been taken into custody. Police were called to a home in Aberglasslyn, near Maitland, about 5.45am where the girl’s body was discovered. A 31-year-old man was taken into custody about two hours later. He was questioned at Maitland Police Station. Police believe the incident was domestic-related and are speaking to witnesses.
New community for Sydney’s West
NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes revealed his plan to build up to 35,000 new homes on 7700 hectares of land south of Campbelltown. The new communities will be built at three separate locations, including a Bathurst-sized town to be called Wilton Junction. Mr Stokes said the new communities would help meet Sydney’s need for more homes and put less pressure on current housing, but the Opposition claimed the predicted 100,000 new residents would put a strain on roads and transport. The plan’s details can be found on the department’s website.
Kiwi dancer dies in Turkey
A New Zealand dancer fell to her death during a rooftop salsa dance party at a Turkish hotel. Keshia Handa, 31, fell about 10 metres after a makeshift bridge, which connected two buildings’ roofs collapsed on Saturday night in Istanbul. Ms Handa, who lived in Australia, died at the scene. Ms Handa’s relatives have arrived in Istanbul to take her body home.
‘Extinct’ marsupial’s surprise return
Rare black-flanked rock wallabies were sighted for the first time in 20 years in the Kalbarri National Park last month. A rock climber photographed and filmed two of the wallabies. The West Australian Environment Minister, Albert Jacob, announced that the nearest known population of the animals was more than 450km away in the Wheatbelt. There were also some scattered populations much further north in the Pilbara, “so we know these two wallabies must have been from the original population in the vicinity of the park,” Mr Jacob said. – Compiled from online news sources by Jack Miley
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