Here’s what you need to know this morning.
Upper Hunter flood evacuation
A flood evacuation order has been issued for some low-lying parts of East Denman in the New South Wales Upper Hunter region.
The State Emergency Service (SES) says Denman could be cut off if the Hunter River rises above 8.2 metres.
SES duty operations coordinator Amy Banks said crews door-knocked affected streets early this morning.
“So we did ask residents to leave by 3.30 this morning out of the danger area and to move within safety to friends and family in the area,” she said.
An evacuation centre has been set up at Denman Memorial Hall.
Floods to isolate town for up to five weeks
The State Emergency Service (SES) is urging a community in NSW’s central west to prepare for up to five weeks of isolation due to flooding.
Authorities say people in Bedgerabong could be cut off from neighbouring towns, including Forbes, until after Christmas.
Yesterday, the Rural Fire Service airlifted three teachers to work at the local public school to enable classes to go ahead.
The SES’s Amy Banks said locals should stock up on essential products.
“Stock up on water, canned goods, batteries, fuel, gas, medicines, baby necessities and pet food,” she said.
“And decide whether you’ll leave now and move to a safer area, or remain in the area, as long as you’re aware that you need to be prepared for not having the right supplies, power and other services.”
Ms Banks also advised residents to stay in touch with older community members.
“Check on the elderly and possibly move the elderly if they’re unable or unprepared to cope with the isolation.”
More bad weather expected at William Tyrrell search site
More rain is expected to fall on the NSW Mid-North Coast where police will continue their search for the remains of missing boy William Tyrrell.
Challenging weather conditions have hampered the operation in recent days but police have vowed to continue “until the job is done” as the search enters its ninth day.
Several evidence markers have been placed at the site, located about 1 kilometre from where the three-year-old was last seen in 2014.
Yesterday, 30 specialist police officers worked shoulder-to-shoulder under gazebos and used tarpaulins to keep the ground dry.
Fifteen tonnes of soil and other pieces of evidence have been sent away for forensic examination.
The renewed search is now expected to last another five weeks.
Calls for more aged care workers
Aged care advocates are calling on the federal government to include aged care workers on the Immigration Skilled Occupation List.
Some facilities have been unable to admit new residents due to a shortage of skilled and experienced workers, a situation they say has reached “crisis” levels.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister announced that fully vaccinated skilled workers will be able to enter Australia from December 1.
While registered nurses who work in aged care are classified as skilled workers, other aged carers historically are not.
The CEO of Aged and Community Services Australia, Paul Sadler, said changing this rule could make a huge difference.
“The pandemic has substantially worsened our workforce situation. International border closures eliminated a major source of our workforce,” Mr Sadler said.
“So we’re really keen to see that this new announcement from the Prime Minister will extend to cover aged care workers.”
Opera House’s new creative hub
A former office at Sydney’s iconic Opera House has been transformed into a new performance space.
The Centre for Creativity will be a versatile hub for artists, offering storage behind reversible walls, a breakout room and views of the harbour.
It also aims to get audiences involved in works and in exploring their creativity.
CEO Louise Herron said the space would benefit the next generation.
“This is a place where young people in particular will be able to explore their creativity and become the creative citizens of the future,” she said.
The centre, due to open in January, is one of the final components of the building’s 10-year refurbishment plan.
A man is expected to appear in Liverpool Local Court today charged over an alleged carjacking and pursuit which began in Victoria and ended in Sydney’s south-west several hours later.
The man has been charged with drug, driving and weapon offences over the incident.
At about 3.15am on Saturday he was picked up by a ride-sharing service on Inglis Avenue, Seaford, in Victoria.
It’s alleged the man threatened the driver with a handgun and demanded he leave the car, before driving away.
After being notified by Victorian Police, NSW Police found the Audi sedan and tracked it through several suburbs before stopping it at Leppington, where they arrested the driver.