November 05, 2019 11:11:05
Here’s what you need to know this morning.
Cladding risk list kept secret
The NSW Government has a list of nearly 450 buildings across the state with potentially flammable cladding — and is keeping it secret due to security concerns.
The list, developed by the cladding taskforce and provided to State Parliament, was given public interest immunity, which restricts public access.
NSW Police Counter Terrorism Command advised the addresses should not be published due to safety concerns.
The unit said the information risked prejudicing the interests of building and apartment owners.
The letter tabled in Parliament says all those affected have been notified with work underway to either clear the building of risk or fix the problem.
Warragamba misses out on downpour
Water authorities say the rain across Sydney in recent days has done virtually nothing to boost dam levels.
Only about 10 to 20 millilitres of rain fell across the Sydney catchment, according to Water NSW.
Spokesman Adrian Langdon said it barely had any impact on the levels in Warragamba Dam.
“Because of the drought and being so dry the catchments are really dry at the moment, and we really have received no run-off from that rainfall so the actual impact on supply for Sydney is very minimal,” Mr Langdon said.
He said 200 to 300 millilitres of rain over a 24-hour period would be needed to fill the dam.
Iraqi surgeon named NSW Australian of the Year
Orthopaedic surgeon and human rights advocate Munjed Al Muderis has been named NSW Australian of the Year.
Professor Al Muderis fled Iraq on a boat before being detained at Christmas Island and several West Australian jails.
He went on to become an orthopaedic surgeon whose innovations in hip, knee and reconstructive surgery has helped Australians and people throughout the world, including victims of the conflict he fled.
The NSW Senior Australian, Young Australian and Local Hero were also announced at a ceremony in Sydney last night and will attend the national awards in Canberra on Australia Day.
Christmas flu warning
NSW Health has urged people who plan to travel into the winter flu season in the northern hemisphere over Christmas to get a jab before heading off.
It comes after an unusually big spike in flu cases in the first three months of this year, largely attributed to travellers bringing the virus home with them.
Doctor Christine Selvey said carriers were spreading the flu around to family, friends and work colleagues.
“Even people who’ve already had a flu vaccine prior to the winter season here, the immunity from flu vaccine tends to wane after three or four months so you really do need to have another one before travelling,” Dr Selvey said.
Aged care royal commission continues
An academic specialising in “rural ageing” is expected to give evidence an aged care royal commission hearing in NSW today.
The royal commission’s three-day hearing in the NSW town of Mudgee is probing the specific challenges faced by aged-care residents and facilities in regional, rural and remote communities.
Yesterday the commission heard many country nursing homes were running at a loss, with not-for-profit facilities the hardest hit.
Counsel assisting the commission Peter Gray said the inquiry would be presented with 11 proposals aimed at making rural aged care facilities sustainable.
Experts, including a rural ageing researcher from LaTrobe university, are expected to give evidence today.
Man stuck in drain ‘retrieving thong’
A 40-year-old man found himself in a sticky situation in Sydney’s north-west overnight when he became stuck in a drain.
It is understood the man said he was trying to retrieve his lost thong, which had fallen down the gutter on Chester Street in Epping.
Emergency services successfully freed the man’s legs from the drain using hydraulic tools.
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He was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital with a possible fractured hip.
A few showers.
November 05, 2019 06:56:15
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