Here’s what you need to know this morning.
COVID-19 alert for Lebanese restaurant
NSW Health has issued a health alert in the wake of a staff member at the Jasmins1 Lebanese restaurant in Liverpool testing positive to COVID-19.
Anyone who dined or worked at the restaurant in Sydney’s west for more than one hour on the following dates and times is now considered a close contact and must get tested immediately:
- Monday, October 26, 4:00pm-9:00pm
- Saturday, October 31, 3:00pm-8:00pm
- Sunday, November 1, 9:00am-1:45pm
Anyone who attended for less than an hour is still considered a close contact and must monitor for symptoms.
Last Wednesday NSW Health issued an alert after a positive case attended the restaurant on October 25.
Truck crashes in Sydney’s west
Police are seeking the driver of an SUV after a truck crash in Parramatta overnight.
A mattress fell from the top of a dark-coloured SUV and into the path of a Pantech truck behind it.
After the truck hit the mattress, the vehicle seized and rolled, trapping the 63-year-old driver who was taken to hospital with minor injuries.
The SUV left the scene before police arrived and established a crime scene.
“Anyone with information about the crash — or anyone with dashcam vision — is urged to come forward,” NSW Police said in a statement.
Rise in strip searching
NSW police are under scrutiny after data obtained by the Redfern Legal Centre shows a rise in strip-searches of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
During the past two years, the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people strip-searched increased from 9 per cent to 13 per cent, despite the group only making up 3.4 per cent of the NSW population.
In response, NSW Police said policy and training changes had been made, and between 2019 and 2020 officers conducted 30 per cent fewer strip-searches compared to the previous year.
“The NSW Police Force awaits the final report of the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission’s (LECC) review into strip-searches undertaken by police,” a spokesperson said.
“We understand the importance of this review and will take a considered approach when the findings are tabled in Parliament later this year.”
Democrats in Australia triple their vote
There has been a three-fold increase in the number of US Democrats based in Australia voting in this year’s US election.
The chairman of Democrats Abroad Australia, Kent Getsinger, said up to 40,000 members had cast postal or electronic ballots, “three times the amount of turnout since the 2016 election”.
An estimated 100,000 US citizens live in Australia.
The US election is being held this Thursday AEDT — however some have warned it could take up to a month for the victor to be determined.
Central Coast Council crisis ‘worst ever’
The Central Coast Council’s new interim administrator says an $89 million black hole is likely due to financial mismanagement rather than corruption.
The NSW Government suspended the Mayor and 14 councillors last week after it was revealed they were unable to pay 2,000 staff due to serious “liquidity” issues.
Dick Persson AM was appointed to the top job last week and said the council’s crisis was the most serious he had seen.
Mr Persson admitted he was “confused” about how the council got into such a dire financial situation but intended to release a report detailing his findings within the next 30 days.