Here’s what you need to know this morning.
Court bomber to be sentenced
A man dubbed the “Family Court bomber” will today be sentenced in the Supreme Court for three murders and a string of bombings in Sydney more than 30 years ago.
Leonard John Warwick was a disgruntled Family Court litigant whose rage was motivated by a feud with his ex-wife.
The now 73-year-old was found guilty of murdering Justice David Opas, the wife of Justice Ray Watson — Pearl Watson, and Jehovah’s Witness Minister Graham Wykes.
The Crown has called for Warwick to be handed life sentences for the murders … but the former firefighter still maintains his innocence.
Meteor streaks over NSW
A fireball-like meteor was last night seen in the skies above NSW, before coming to ground possibly near the border with Victoria.
Numerous callers phoned into ABC radio to report a large light, which appeared to have a tail, flashing across the sky.
Astronomer Doctor Brad Tucker from Canberra’s Mount Stromlo observatory said it was a space rock, probably an asteroid, that entered the atmosphere over the NSW Central Coast or Sydney.
He says the meteorite fragments were probably now lying in a paddock or bushland, waiting to be found.
Police officer attacked
A man has been charged after an alleged attack on a police officer and two others in the Sydney CBD yesterday.
A policeman was slashed on the head and shoulder during the incident.
The 32-year-old man was charged with causing grievous bodily harm to a person with intent to murder and assaulting a police officer.
He was refused bail and will appear at Central Local Court today.
Quarry expansion approval criticised
A new report has criticised the NSW Government’s planning approval for the Brandy Hill Quarry expansion in Port Stephens, saying it would destroy 52 hectares of koala habitat in the area.
The University of Newcastle’s Dr Ryan Witt and Associate Professor John Clulow said the expansion would also sever an east-west koala corridor and disrupt vital breeding processes.
Their expert opinion report was sent to Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley, who will assess the project against the Commonwealth’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.
“It’s inconceivable that this project could be approved on the back of the Black Summer bushfires and in the wake of the recent Parliamentary Inquiry into koala habitat,” NSW Shadow Environment Minister Kate Washington said.
Improvements for people with disabilities
The City of Sydney is calling for submissions as it makes plans for a more accessible and inclusive city for the disability community.
Mark Tonga is the Chair of the Council’s Disability Advisory Panel and lives with a spinal cord injury.
He said while people could suggest what changes they would like to the physical environment, they could also talk about the facilities they would like to see in the city.
“It’s an opportunity to shape how disability is going to look in the future, employment, community attitudes and services,” he said.