The Australian electricity system will need a $1 trillion investment by 2050, regardless of whether consumers provide their own electricity or buy it from the grid, according to an industry report.
The Energy Networks Association (ENA) claimed that despite the need to adapt to a rapidly changing energy market, consumers will not necessarily be facing higher energy bills. The ENA is working with CSIRO to create a 10-year plan designed to generate funds from consumers and the industry. “We’re expecting to see a lot more of the decision making being done by customers and customers deciding what technology they’ll install,” said the association’s chief executive, John Bradley. The report found a fall in alternate energy methods, like solar power and battery storage, and CSIRO chief economist Paul Graham predicted it would continue to fall. “The costs of these technologies are changing so quickly, so we predict within the next 10 years storage costs could fall by two-thirds, and solar costs continue to fall by another third again,” Mr Bradley said.
Man shot in targeted home invasion
A man has been shot and another assaulted in what is believed to be a targeted home invasion in Sydney’s south west. Police said two intruders went into the house on Hillier Road, Liverpool, where they assaulted two other men. A 34-year-old occupant was shot, and a 31-year-old was assaulted with a machete and left with cut hands. The pair were treated by paramedics before being taken to Liverpool Hospital. Inspector Mitch Newton confirmed the occupants were threatened, assaulted, and had personal items stolen from them. “During this incident, the 31-year-old man suffered cuts to his hand and the 34-year-old suffered a gunshot wound to his forearm, and both were taken to hospital,” he said. The attackers were seen driving away in a silver sedan.
Record suicide prevention programme launched
A record $14.7 million donation by the Paul Ramsay Foundation aims to help cut suicide rates in NSW by 20 per cent. Four sites in NSW will have access to a six-year program, funding communities to develop local strategies for suicide prevention in their area. Director of the Black Dog Institute and the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention, Helen Christensen believes the strategy will be effective. “There has always been a really fragmented approach to suicide prevention in Australia and NSW,” she said. “But we know what works, so why aren’t we doing it?” NSW Mental Health Commissioner John Feneley also gave the program his vote of confidence, praising the “evidence-based approach”. The new plan involves follow-ups for people who seek help and training, and will seek to ensure GPs track the individuals seeking treatment.
Son allegedly assaults mother
A woman had her face pushed into a bowl of boiling water while a knife was placed to her throat by her son this morning. The son was subsequently charged with aggravated stealing, domestic violence, occasioning bodily harm and assault. After a short struggle at the 75-year-old woman’s home on Sydney’s lower north shore, the man poured alcohol on his mother’s head with the knife held at her throat and threatened to set her on fire, according to police. He was located and arrested shortly after stealing cash and other items.
WA Mental Health Minister vows to address smoking problem
Mental Health Minister Helen Morton has promised to amend the problem that prevents some of the state’s more vulnerable patients in Western Australian hospitals from being able to smoke. The issue was identified at QEII Medical Centre, in addition to other hospitals, which did not provide a smoking area for patients. Ms Morton admitted the current situation was highly detrimental to patients’ care and that occupational health and safety requirements had not been satisfied. However, she claimed nicotine replacement therapy had been considered as part of their treatment. Ms Morton claimed she was not aware of the inadequacies at the hospital. “It’s very difficult for people who are smokers to come involuntarily into a secure area of a mental health facility and basically be expected to go cold turkey at a time when they are in the most difficult phase of an acute illness,” she said. – Compiled from online news sources by Soheir Adas
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