Here’s what you need to know today.
Further industrial action
Road workers, construction workers and other transport workers across NSW have been away from their jobs for 24 hours.
It is the first time this century that the groups have taken industrial action over anger over what they believe is an effective wage cut.
The workers, spread across 69 state depots, will gather outside the gates of the large depots.
Unions say they are taking industrial action over what they see as the NSW government’s refusal to give in to key safety and workplace issues.
The strike started at 6 a.m.
Man must appear in court
A man charged with the alleged cold case murder of German backpacker Simone Strobel is due to appear in court today.
Tobias Moran has been extradited from Western Australia to NSW after being arrested on Tuesday.
Strike Force investigators accompanied him on a flight, which landed at Sydney’s domestic airport on Wednesday evening.
He was taken to the Mascot Police Station and charged with murder and acted with intent to disrupt justice.
Ms Strobel, a 25-year-old school teacher, was found dead on 17 February 2005 near a caravan park in Lismore.
In 2020, the NSW government offered a $1 million reward for new information about her unsolved death.
Mr. Moran was formerly known as Tobias Suckfuell.
The 42-year-old is due to appear in court today at Downing Center in Sydney.
Youth top today
A youth summit today in Sydney will ask high school students to share ideas on how cities can be better designed to meet the needs of young people.
The pupils of 10 schools discuss themes such as mental health, the climate and sustainability.
UNICEF’s head of advocacy for children, Nicole Breeze, said the event would help the organization develop a framework that would be used in consultation with the government.
Flood victims get mental health help
Flood-affected communities in northern New South Wales will receive additional mental health services with the introduction of four “Safe Haven” centers.
The centers, which will be located in Woodburn, Mullumbimby, Murwillumbah and Lismore, will be staffed by clinicians and support staff experienced in suicidal behavior.
No referral or appointment is required.
NSW Health Minister Bronnie Taylor said the safe havens, which were funded over the next two years, were an important part of the flood recovery process.