Here’s what you need to know this morning.
North Sydney’s new project
North Sydney’s skyline will reach new heights as a new metro station and office tower is greenlit to become the district’s tallest building at 42 storeys.
A $476 million contract was awarded to Lendlease in 2018 to deliver Sydney Metro’s Victoria Cross Station and the landmark building above it by mid-2024.
It will include a commercial office tower for 4,000 workers, a community hub, a pedestrian link from the station plaza to Denison Street and almost 1,300 square metres of new public open space.
Victoria Cross Metro Station’s underground site will also be home to the largest rail cavern in Australia, at 265 metres long, 25 metres wide and 20 metres high.
It’s one of 19 projects that received fast-tracked planning assessments to keep people in jobs and the economy moving during the COVID-19 crisis.
The Queensland border will reopen to NSW residents tomorrow at midday, but travellers will need to fill in a border declaration pass to enter the state.
NSW Police said they expected thousands of motorists to travel through the far-north-coast region, and said they were “pleading with drivers to be patient and prepare for a heavily delayed journey”.
Further tightening of restrictions mean those who have been in Victoria within the past 14 days will no longer be able to spend two weeks in quarantine in Queensland and will instead be turned away at the border.
“At the end of the day, I really hope that we see an Australia where people can travel freely once again through all of our borders because that’s the way we work best together,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said in May.
Pair allegedly found with drugs at border
Two men have been charged after police allegedly found them with prohibited drugs as they attempted to cross the NSW-Victorian border yesterday.
NSW Police said the 24-year-old male driver of a Victorian-registered car appeared drug-affected when spoken to at the border stop on the Newell Highway at Tocumwal.
The man was charged with supply and possessing prohibited drug, after police alleged they found GHB, steroids and knives in the car.
His 28-year-old male passenger, from Queensland, was also charged with supply and dealing with proceeds of a crime.
Melbourne flight sees protocol reviewed
NSW Health says measures have been put in place at Sydney Airport to prevent a repeat of a bungle that saw a planeload of passengers from Melbourne disembark before being screened for coronavirus.
NSW Health’s Teresa Anderson said about 50 passengers who left the airport had since been tracked down, with most swabbed for COVID-19. She blamed Jetstar for the breach.
She said Sydney Airport had also given an undertaking that, in future, flights from Melbourne would not be allowed to land until health teams were poised to screen passengers.
“No flights from Melbourne will be permitted to arrive on the gates until NSW Health has confirmed that we are in position and ready,” she said.
Man charged after rubbish tip death
A man has been charged over the “suspicious” death of a man known to him at a rubbish tip in the Hunter region.
Police were called to the tip on Sunday after a 54-year-old man was found critically injured at the Cessnock tip. He died at the scene.
Officers searched a property yesterday, and seized a Toyota Landcruiser before arresting a 30-year-old man.
They charged the man with offences including dangerous driving occasioning death, and failing to stop and offer assistance after an accident.