Here’s what you need to know this morning.
Arrest over decade-old arson
A man will face court over his alleged involvement in a fire that destroyed Liverpool Council Chambers, causing $27 million worth of damage, a decade ago.
The blaze that engulfed the Hoxton Park Road facility in August, 2010 required more than 80 firefighters to bring under control.
Investigations revealed the building’s alarms had been triggered around half an hour before the blaze.
Detectives charged the 29-year-old Liverpool man with aggravated break and enter and arson yesterday afternoon and released images of a second man seen in the area who they wanted to speak to.
Domestic violence spikes as lockdown lifts
A survey of frontline workers across 20 domestic violence services in NSW has found despite coronavirus lockdown restrictions being lifted, there has been a spike in domestic violence.
Around half of those surveyed by Women’s Safety NSW (WSNSW) said there had been an increase in demand for help since restrictions eased.
Hayley Foster from WSNSW said there had been a renewed threat to women’s safety as some attempted to leave violent situations.
“How we’ve seen that manifest is in more extreme forms of violence, more threats on people’s lives as well as the lives of children and pets … more extreme physical and sexual assaults,” she said.
Woman charged over romance scam
A woman has been hit with an additional 59 charges after police uncovered a sophisticated romance scam.
The 27-year-old woman was charged in February over an alleged $9 million fraud and money-laundering syndicate targeting the Thai-Australian community across NSW.
Detectives say they uncovered a romance scam, where several men were allegedly defrauded after connecting with a woman through online dating platforms.
The woman is now facing a total of 62 charges relating to the alleged fraud and money-laundering syndicate, and romance scam relating to three victims.
Sydney ‘art island’ rejected
Sydney’s historic harbor landmarks like Cockatoo Island should remain under Commonwealth control, according to a new report.
A review into the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust recommended $50 million be given to tackle urgent works including an immediate inject of funding for Cockatoo Island.
This effectively ruled out a blueprint proposed by wealthy Sydney art collectors to invest as much as $100 million to convert all of Cockatoo Island into an “art island”.
Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley, who commissioned the report, confirmed the Government would reject the “art island” idea and would instead provide $9 million for maintenance and restoration immediately.
Woman escapes alleged domestic assault
A woman is being treated in hospital after jumping from a second story window to escape an alleged domestic assault in Western Sydney yesterday afternoon.
A 29-year-old man has been charged over the incident and is due to face court today.
Police alleged he assaulted and choked the 34-year-old woman, causing her to lose consciousness.
She was then allegedly locked in a bedroom, before jumping out to the window of their Bankstown home.
Royal commission to hear from Indigenous groups
The bushfire royal commission is today set to hear from several Indigenous organisations which will outline how they use fire to preserve the health of the land.
Indigenous groups from several states will give evidence about the use of hazard-reduction burns to lower the risk of bushfires, which has been the focus of this week’s hearings.
Yesterday, Ken Baulch from Bushfires NT told the hearing about programs being used in Arnhem Land, which lifted that area to one of the best managed, in terms of fire control, in the country.
The use of cultural burning to protect the environment will be examined in today’s hearing.