Here’s what you need to know this morning.

Kincoppal cases continue

Around 100 students and 30 teaching staff from a Catholic girls’ school in Sydney’s east are in isolation, because they’re close contacts of a boarding student who has COVID-19.

A third student from Kincoppal-Rose Bay tested positive for the virus on Sunday with all three cases linked to the City Tattersalls gym cluster that has now swelled to almost 70 cases.

The students and staff identified as close contacts will remain in home isolation for a fortnight.

Because of the reduced capacity to supervise students in the boarding facility, all boarders in years seven to 10 have been sent home.

Music festival cancelled

The Tamworth Country Music Festival will not go ahead in 2021.(Supplied: Tamworth Country Music Festival)

The Tamworth Country Music Festival will not go ahead in 2021.

Members of the Tamworth Regional Council told a meeting on Tuesday night the decision was in the best interest of the region as the risk of COVID-19 was too high.

“Unfortunately, like so many others in our situation, we have had to surrender to the challenges COVID has placed on us,” festival manager Barry Harley said.

The country music festival, usually held over a week in January, is estimated to bring $50 million to the local economy each year through tourism.

Multiple COVID-breaches closes hotel

An inner-city Sydney pub has been forced to close its doors after management admitted it did not understand coronavirus regulations.

Unity Hall Hotel in Balmain received the closure notice from NSW Liquor and Gaming for disobeying regulations on two separate occasions.

The hotel will be closed for seven days and management has promised updates to the health and safety plan.

“The standards required of the hotel by health authorities are very high, but we recognise that the consequences of this virus are severe and not to be taken lightly,” a statement read.

Dancing and mingling rules

It’s the antithesis of social distancing — but coronavirus restrictions on dancing and intermingling could soon be about to change.

Just over six weeks ago, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian insisted there would be “no singing, no mingling, no dancing” as she tightened rules for weddings and hospitality venues.

But earlier this week, NSW Health said it was looking at safe ways to allow dancing and mingling.

So what would a COVID-safe dancefloor look like?

Berejiklian won’t bow to pressure over koalas

The bill increases farmers’ responsibilities to look for koalas before clearing land(Dave Hunt: AAP)

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she would not allow Nationals MPs to change the draft koala protection policy, despite mounting pressure.

On Monday, the Deputy Premier and Nationals Leader John Barilaro wrote to the Premier asking her to hold an unscheduled meeting to discuss changes next week ahead of parliamentary sittings.

The Nationals MPs want changes made to the draft koala protection policy because they’re concerned it will limit clearing of trees and building on farms.

At least two Nationals MPs are considering moving to the crossbench if the policy isn’t altered.

Doctor Who saves Sydney retailer

A Sydney retailer has survived the coronavirus pandemic thanks to a unique line of products: small plastic Doctor Who figurines.

The Who Central shop in Sydney’s north west has seen record sales in recent weeks, selling out of most products and propping up its picture-framing operation in the shop next door.

The owner’s partner Mark Anstis said figurine sales rose 14-fold between January and July.

icare chair steps down

The chair of the troubled state insurer icare has quit and will be replaced by former Labor leader John Robertson.

Michael Carapiet has been the chair of the board since icare was created in 2015 and has stood down before his tenure was complete.

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet has been under pressure to sack the board over allegations of mismanagement and systemic underpayment of workers in the compensation scheme.

The Treasurer ordered a statutory review into the scheme and an audit of his office into icare paying the salary of two of his staff, with the findings released today.


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