Here’s what you need to know this morning.
Royal Easter Show transport
Free public transport to this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show has been removed from the ticket price and commuters are being told car parking will likely reach capacity.
The show’s organisers said free transport could not be included in ticket prices in order to meet contact tracing requirements for the NSW Government.
The show was one of the first major events cancelled because of the pandemic in 2020, but this year COVID-safe plans will be in place, showing when a pavilion is at, or near, capacity.
The Sydney show attracts 850,000 visitors on average each year, and will run from April 1 to 12.
Police officer assaulted
A Sydney police officer has suffered a concussion after he was hit in the head numerous times while approaching a man wanted for breach of bail.
At around 1:20pm yesterday, officers noticed a 47-year-old man acting suspiciously in the inner west suburb of Newtown.
Police approached and as they began to speak to the man, he allegedly punched the officer in the head and attempted to flee.
The man elbowed the officer in the head on numerous occasions as they wrestled, before breaking free.
He was later found at the rear of a house in Petersham and was arrested after negotiations with the officers.
Hard won dream fulfilled
It was the hope of educating his children that made Parastoo Bahrami’s father pile his family of eight into a rickety fishing boat and sputter across the Timor Sea.
Having lived in an Indonesian refugee camp for 11 years as Afghan refugees, they made their final attempt to reach Australia in 2012.
Under the Taliban’s hard-line regime, her father, Said, was concerned women’s rights would be limited and that his children would not be educated.
It’s a dream that’s been fulfilled as 24-year-old Parastoo begins her final year in a Masters of Teaching (Primary) at Western Sydney University (WSU).
Inquiry into compulsory acquisitions
The NSW Greens have secured a parliamentary inquiry into how the government goes about forcibly acquiring land for major infrastructure projects following a number of controversial acquisitions.
Last month, nine families in the Sydney suburb of Jannali were told, without any prior consultation, their homes would be demolished to make way for a commuter car park.
Greens NSW transport and infrastructure spokesperson Abigail Boyd said this was not an isolated incident.
“We’re seeing it time and time again as transport and infrastructure projects under this Liberal-National government tear through communities,” she said.
Ms Boyd, who is also the chair of the transport and customer service committee, said the public needs to be assured projects are being designed in the most compassionate way possible and don’t leave people struggling to find new housing.
Geo-targeting missing persons
NSW Police can now use geographically targeted mobile text messages to send messages about a missing person where there are serious concerns for their safety.
After consultation with the Missing Persons Registry, NSW Police can send text messages to a defined area with a brief description of the missing person, and instructions on how to report a sighting.
Police hope to reduce the number of longer term missing persons cases using the system, said Detective Inspector Glen Browne, the registry coordinator.
“Examples of missing persons considered high-risk include people living with dementia who may wander from their homes, children with developmental delays who are separated from their family or carers, and young children who go missing in large crowds,” he said.
Letter advocates reduced childcare costs
An open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison to address Australia’s gender crisis has been published in major newspapers this morning to coincide with International Women’s Day this week.
The letter was signed by 31 of the nation’s high profile women including Lucy Turnbull, Rosie Batty and Ita Buttrose, who want the next Federal Budget to make women’s lives easier.
The group is advocating for childcare costs to be made more accessible so more women can work.
The quality of childcare was also a key point with the letter requesting the government make a commitment to early learning reforms.
Refurbish airport control tower
A Parliamentary Committee will scrutinise a $24.8 million proposal to refurbish the control tower at Sydney Airport.
Airservices Australia is seeking permission to replace the current tower technology that air traffic controllers use with an new automated system.
The inquiry will examine the need for the tower to undergo a series of mechanical, structural and electrical upgrades.
The tower was heritage listed in 2016, making changes to the building structure complex.