Here’s what you need to know this morning.
Lifeline for Sydney’s nightlife
A plan to revitalise Sydney’s after-dark economy will be unveiled today with proposals to include more outdoor dining, live performance options and late night public transport.
A review of the city’s nightlife found Sydney is falling below on every measure that defines an “ideal night time experience”.
Recommendations include extended opening hours for retail, arts and culture venues, a review of noise and live music regulations and more transport options.
Labor’s John Graham says the plans need to be implemented as a matter of urgency.
Father dies at Erskineville apartments
A man allegedly beaten to death outside a unit block in Sydney’s inner west has been described by neighbours as a caring father.
The 57-year-old man died from serious head and facial injuries after he was allegedly beaten to death with a metal pole in Erskineville last night.
Neighbours said the man previously served time in the army in his home country of Zimbabwe.
Four hours after the attack a 28-year-old man was arrested and taken to Mascot Police Station. He is expected to be charged with murder.
Nationals stand by Barilaro
The NSW National Party is rallying behind leader John Barilaro despite his threat to tear the Coalition apart over koala policy last week.
Senior NSW Liberal MPs have called for Mr Barilaro to reconsider his future, with Police Minister David Elliott calling him “weak”.
But Nationals colleague and Minister for Mental Health Bronwyn Taylor said the party wholeheartedly backed Mr Barilaro.
“We have strong strong unity on this … there are no moves to get rid of John Barilaro. He is very strong and he is our leader,” she said.
Huge rise in DV
A Hunter Valley town is grappling with an almost 60 per cent spike in domestic violence offences at a time when family support services are swamped during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research has revealed domestic assaults in Raymond Terrace, north of Newcastle, are up 59.6 per cent to June this year, compared with the same time last year.
Raymond Terrace has a domestic violence rate of 1,092 assaults per 100,000 people, nearly three times the state average.
GPs have been urged to look closely for signs of domestic violence during the pandemic after Google reported a 75 per cent increase in internet searches relating to getting support.
Woman charged with murder
A woman will face court today charged with murder after a man’s body was found inside a unit in Sydney’s west.
Police say they were alerted to an alleged domestic violence incident yesterday afternoon in St Marys.
Officers found a 35-year-old man’s body inside the home with severe head wounds.
A 34-year-old woman known to the man was arrested and charged with murder.
Traditional owners refuse dam wall consent
After a scathing Federal Government review was leaked to the ABC, traditional owners from Western Sydney have reiterated they do not give consent for the proposed Warragamba Dam wall raising.
The NSW Government wants to raise the dam wall by up to 17 metres to mitigate flooding in highly flood-prone areas of Western Sydney.
A review of the proposal by the Federal Government noted numerous traditional owners oppose the project.
Traditional Gundungurra owner Kazan Brown has now written to the federal and state Governments on behalf of more than 30 Indigenous people to confirm “free, prior and informed consent” has not been given.