Here’s what you need to know this morning.
Prayers for children
Hundreds gathered for a prayer vigil last night at the scene of a fatal crash that killed four children in Oatlands, in north-west Sydney.
The family of three children invited the community to “pray the rosary and do the Stations of the Cross” in a vigil for the children.
Antony Abdallah, 13, and his sisters, Angelina, 12, and Sienna, 9, and their cousin Veronique Sakr, 11 were killed while walking and riding on Saturday night.
Samuel Davidson, 29, is facing multiple charges over the crash, including manslaughter and high-range drink driving.
Alleged golf course pursuit with children in back
A man has been arrested after he was allegedly clocked driving 193 kilometres per hour with three children in his car in the NSW Riverina region.
Police said they pursued the man travelling down the Olympic Highway and alleged he tried to avoid them by smashing through a golf course fence, travelling down a fairway and then several more fences.
After stopping, the 32-year-old and the three children — aged eight to 12 — were seen running and entering a shed.
He was arrested and taken in for questioning and the children, who were uninjured, were placed in the custody of their mother.
Storm damage after heat buster
The NSW State Emergency Services (SES) says it received nearly 300 calls for help after last night’s strong winds buffeted the state’s coast.
Days of heat were broken by a southerly buster, which hit Sydney, right up to the North Coast.
Several houses lost their roofs in the wild weather.
“The worst-affected area was definitely Port Macquarie, they had 51 requests for assistance, they had roofs off houses up there,” the SES’s Stacey Phillips said.
“Lismore was also badly affected from there and Ballina and the metro area in Sydney and Sutherland.”
Bushfire-affected MP says counselling needed
NSW Liberal frontbencher Andrew Constance admits he needs professional counselling and says his life will never be the same again after surviving bushfires that devastated his electorate on the NSW South Coast.
The Member for Bega was on last night’s Q&A program discussing the bushfire crisis, when he recounted the day he fled the blaze after staying to defend his home.
“When I took off from home I could hear it … the power of the heatwave off it, I thought I was going to melt,” he said.
“I’ve cried, I’ve been hugged, I’ve been loved but the trauma of this is so profound and it’s affecting thousands of people … I’m going to need proper counselling.”
Uni to track student attendance with phones
The University of Newcastle is under fire for using data from students’ mobile phones to monitor their class attendance.
Rather than signing a roll, students will have to check-in to class on a mobile phone app.
Beacons or geolocation services will then verify they are actually in the classroom.
The student union said it was a “gross invasion of privacy” but the university’s pro-vice-chancellor Liz Burd said it would help identify those who needed extra support.
Partly cloudy. Areas of smoke haze.