Baiada Poultry Pty Ltd has been ordered to pay $120,000 to Tamworth Regional Council in NSW for polluting a local watercourse with one million litres of effluent from its chicken factory. The company was also ordered to pay the cost and expenses of the investigation undertaken by the Environment Protection Authority of $4,872 and the authority’s legal costs of $30,000. Baiada was registered in May 1985 and has two directors, John Martin Camilleri of Hunters Hill and Jean Betty Mercieca of Castle Hill. The company was ordered to pay for a newspaper advertisement published this week which recorded its guilty plea and conviction under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act.

Babcock & Brown’s investment in Irish Telco Eircom may turn out to be a bit of an overvalued purchase — interesting to see how the current valuation on the balance sheet compares with what they would get if they tried to sell in the current market.

How can one person be both the owner of a PR company and the head of industry group? Susan Jeanes is CEO of the Australian Geothermal Energy Association and Managing Director of New Energy Directions — a PR company that represents companies in the renewable energy sector. Surely there’s a conflict here…

In its 2008 annual report, Birmingham Airport sent a clear and unambiguous message to travellers: your suitcase is no place to pleasure seeking devices…:

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