CCN Daily News Brief – 29th March, 2021

Monday 29th March, 2021. Today’s ‘must know stories from across the Central Coast, fresh from the CCN newsroom. Read by Charlea Tonnet.

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And here’s the latest news from Central Coast Newspapers:

Battery failure was the chief cause of NRMA call-outs on the Central Coast during 2020, according to new data.

The NRMA attended 65,300 breakdowns across on the Coast and Lake Macquarie.

Other major causes were wheels and tyres, electrical, cooling system and fuel injection.

The leading cause of battery failure was leaving the air conditioning on, an NRMA spokesperson said.

Patrol Team Leader, Kosta Karavanas, said the importance of roadside assistance was again highlighted during the recent flooding, where demand for the NRMA’s service on the side of the road rose by 40 per cent during the worst of the flooding.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has recovered $10,314 in unpaid wages for 85 workers at three businesses operating on the Central Coast and Mid North Coast following an investigation into National Disability Insurance Scheme services providers.

Those three businesses were among a total of 27, which were investigated by Fair Work inspectors between September 2019 and July 2020.

In total, the Ombudsman recovered a total $43,204 in unpaid wages for 322 workers.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was tasked at 10.30pm on Saturday following reports of an injured crew member on a bulk carrier three nautical miles east of Norah Head.

A 37-year-old male crew member was conducting lifeboat drills when he was injured.

The Helicopter Critical Care Medical Team was winched on to the ship to treat and stabilise the man before he was winched back into the helicopter from the ship’s hatch cover and flown to John Hunter Hospital where he was treated for compound fractures in his leg.

More patrols are being scheduled following the success of Operation Hondo earlier in March which targeted unregistered trail bikes and dangerous riding behaviour in the Lake Munmorah, Gwandalan and Catherine Hill Bay areas.

The joint operation by Traffic and Highway Patrol Commands from Tuggerah Lakes and Lake Macquarie Police Districts resulted in 67 infringement notices.

Police say they observed a significant reduction in unregistered trail bike activity throughout this Operation and feedback from community members and local Police believe this is a result of ongoing high visibility policing being conducted.

More patrols targeting trail bikers in northern suburbs are scheduled.

For more on these stories and lots of other local news, pick up a copy of your free Central Coast Newspaper from one of hundreds of outlets around the Coast or read us online at

I’m Charlea Tonnet for Central Coast Newspapers.

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