World News – UA – Live: NSW Now: Sewage reveals Sydney suburbs at risk for coronavirus infections


NSW Health renews its calls for residents of southwest Sydney to come forward and get tested for coronavirus

This could mean that there are still active undetected cases in communities served by the treatment plant, which includes suburbs like Campbelltown, Casula, Ingleburn, Macquarie Fields, Macquarie Links, Menangle Park and Minto

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High schools in Sydney will resume normal operations today, as detectives investigate the source of threatening emails that forced the evacuation of more than 20 schools yesterday

Some 12th grade students taking their graduate certificate exams were cut off after being asked to evacuate with other students, teachers and staff

« Obviously this is extremely onerous for all students who have been affected and they will be able to apply through [the NSW Education Standards Authority] for avatar arrangements taking into account that their exams may have been disturbed, « she said

Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley has said approval of a rock quarry expansion north of Newcastle is a « good result for koala conservation »

The Brandy Hill project in Port Stephens is reportedly clearing 52 hectares of koala habitat, but granting final approval yesterday Ms Ley said another 74 hectares will be revegetated as a koala corridor

The project faced fierce opposition from local residents and environmentalists who said the quarry area contained breeding koalas, but Ms Ley said her expert had found no evidence of that

« If I thought that the actions proposed under this proposal would push back the local koala population, I wouldn’t have approved it or found a way [to say] sorry it didn’t happen « , Mrs Ley said

This week marks one year since the start of the Gospers Mountain mega-fire in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney

The fire started in late October 2019 and burned for about four months, devastating more than half a million hectares

Craig Burley of RFS Hawkesbury was among the first to be alerted to the blaze and said he expected it to grow to around 100 to 120,000 hectares

However, he said « no stretch of the imagination » could have made him believe that firefighters were going to fight a 520,000 hectare blaze

New South Wales Police raided an apartment in west-central Sydney, seizing a gun, more than $ 100,000 in cash and drugs

Officers searched Redfern’s address and arrested a 45-year-old man who was hiding in the bathroom

They claim to have found ammunition, an armored ballistic vest, a prohibited pistol and $ 50,000 worth of MDMA and cocaine

The man was charged with nine offenses, including knowingly handling the proceeds of crime, supplying a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug, and possession or use of a prohibited weapon

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