Australia news LIVE: Severe flooding continues across Sydney as $1000 disaster payment relief becomes available; ANZ, CBA and NAB pass on interest rate hike

2022-07-07 02:14:14

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau’s chief commissioner Angus Mitchell announced an investigation into the loss of power at Portland Bay in NSW on Monday.

The bulk carrier was stranded for two days and required a multi-agency rescue effort before eventually docking in Port Botany this afternoon.

The Portland Bay arrives in Botany Bay on Wednesday.

The Portland Bay arrives in Botany Bay on Wednesday.Credit:Peter Rae

The bureau will investigate the source of the power loss, the weather forecast, and the initial response of the 21 crew members on board at the time.

The carrier sailed safely into Port Botany after two days of turmoil in which 21 crew members were stuck at sea without power.

The 169-metre ship lost power on Monday after sailing into dangerous seas and drifted powerlessly towards the cliffs of the Royal National Park.

Read an our on-the-ground report of the rescue mission here.

An isolated property in the Hunter Valley on Thursday.

An isolated property in the Hunter Valley on Thursday.Credit:Nine

Meanwhile, Emergency Management Minister Murray Watt has confirmed the federal government will provide increased support from the Australian Defence Force to NSW’s state emergency service as the flood risk continues to rise.

A third ADF helicopter will be deployed to the Greater Newcastle and Hunter regions, building on 250 troops assisting with search and rescues overnight.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will make relief payments available from 2pm today.

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