World news – Live: NSW Now: Restrictions eased on border, too hot for hazard reductions burns


Restrictions on the NSW/Victorian border will be eased from today to allow residents to move freely within the border region.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the changes follow the easing of restrictions in regional Victoria today.

Mr Hazzard said under the changes, the border region will be expanded to include some areas around Pleasant Hills, Lockhart, Benalla, Bright and Mount Beauty.

Residents of regional Victoria will no longer be obliged to comply with the stay-at-home directions while in NSW or be restricted to entering NSW for a « permitted purpose ».

Hot and gusty conditions are expected across Sydney today prompting the Rural Fire Service (RFS) to postpone some planned hazard reduction burns across parts of the city.

Temperatures are likely to climb 10 degrees above the monthly average to around 30 degrees, and there will be strong north-westerly winds ahead of a southerly buster later in the day.

Ben Shepherd from the RFS says crews will monitor conditions and will finish yesterday’s hazard reduction burns in the city’s north west if it’s safe to do so.

« There are some burns that were conducted in the Hills and Hornsby area which will continue to emit smoke, so people are still going to see smoke rising from those burns but ones over in the northern beaches have been postponed, » he told the ABC.

A man has been charged after allegedly trying to illegally enter NSW from Victoria for the second time in only a few days.

The 26-year-old man was given a penalty infringement notice on the weekend for entering NSW without a permit.

He allegedly tried to cross again on Tuesday night in the back of a taxi, but was stopped by police at a border checkpoint on the Hume Highway at South Albury.

Police are investigating two fires which were deliberately lit in the Nowra area in the last two days.

On Tuesday RFS crews were called to Depot Road, West Nowra, to extinguish three grass fires.

The number of women running the country’s top 200 publicly listed companies has dropped over the last four years, a new report has found.

The Chief Executive Women (CEW) ASX200 census looks at the number of women in senior leadership roles in the nation’s top businesses.

This is the lowest number since the census began in 2017, CEW president Sue Morphet says.

« Any movement in the positive direction throughout the census has shown a glacial change, but generally speaking it’s flatlined, and in the key jobs of CEO and line roles it’s gone backwards, » she said.

Police are appealing for information after a schoolgirl was approached by a man in Clovelly yesterday.

About 8:10am the 12-year-old girl was walking to school along Clovelly Road when an unknown man in his 40s encouraged her to get in his car.

Police have been told the man was driving a black hatchback when he pulled over on the opposite side of the road near Flood Street, opened the door and motioned for the child to come towards him.

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