Passengers on Sydney to Melbourne flight asked to self-isolate after two overseas travellers skip quarantine


An entire Virgin Airways flight to Melbourne has been advised to isolate at home after two travellers failed to quarantine in Sydney.

The Department of Health and Human Services said that anyone who travelled on Virgin Airways flight VA 838 from Sydney at midday AEDT and arriving in Melbourne at 1.25pm on Saturday should “immediately quarantine at home and contact DHHS”.

The two travellers are now in mandatory quarantine in Victoria after arriving in Sydney from overseas earlier on Saturday.

“Anyone who has been at the Melbourne Airport domestic terminal on Saturday afternoon is advised to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and to seek testing if symptoms develop,” the department said.

Meanwhile, a change to mask rules and increased social gathering caps are expected to be announced for Victoria on Sunday.

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton has indicated it will be safe for the state to move to a “COVID normal” level of restrictions.

Victoria has been free of locally transmitted coronavirus cases for more than a month and with no active cases, has effectively eradicated the virus.

Under the government’s original roadmap out of lockdown, “COVID normal” signifies a final easing of attendance restrictions on community sport, hospitality venues, gatherings and visitors to the home.

Professor Sutton said authorities were still working through details before Premier Daniel Andrew’s Sunday news conference but confirmed advice around masks, which currently must be worn in indoor settings, will change.

“We will move to a phase where there is an even more limited use of masks in public,” he told the parliament’s public accounts and estimates committee on Friday.

Hospitality and entertainment venues are expected to continue record-keeping of patrons, as will the real estate industry, as part of what the government often also calls a “COVID safe summer”.

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton.

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A phased return to on site work will continue, with all workplaces required to use a COVID safe plan.

Wedding, funerals and religious gatherings will be allowed to go ahead with bigger attendances.

Victoria recorded its 36th consecutive day on Saturday of no new virus cases.

The state’s impressive zero-case run is about to be put to the test as international arrivals, initially capped at 160 a day, resume.

Five international flights from Colombo, Doha, Hong Kong and Singapore are scheduled to arrive at Melbourne Airport on Monday, marking the start of the state’s revamped hotel quarantine program.

International flights were diverted from Victoria in June after security guards at two quarantine hotels contracted COVID-19.

The outbreaks sparked the state’s second wave, which resulted in more than 18,000 infections and 800 deaths.

The government announced on Friday it will introduce legislation to charge for the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

The fees will be set at $3000 per adult, $1,000 for each additional adult in a room and $500 for children aged between three and 18 years. There will be no charge for children under three.

The government has said the payments put Victoria in line with other states and territories but that there will also be hardship considerations including fee waivers, reductions and payment plan options.

There will be no security guards involved in the new-look program, with all staff employed or directly contracted by the government with the exception of cleaning staff, who are on fixed-term contracts with Alfred Health.

Hundreds of Victoria Police officers will act as security as well as undertake floor monitoring in “health hotels”, which will house those travellers who test positive to COVID-19.

Australian Defence Force personnel will support Victoria Police by helping guests on entry and exit, as well as registering staff movements and conducting temperature checks. Some ADF members have arrived at their post already, with more to come next week.

People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others. Check your jurisdiction’s restrictions on gathering limits.

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, stay home and arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.

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Saturday weather: 40C temperatures forecast across QLD


Slap on some sunscreen because hot conditions are forecast across Queensland on Saturday, certain parts of the state set to reach as high as 47C.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast maximum temperatures over 40C in 33 towns.

They include 47C in Birdsville and 43C at Mt Isa across the west, 47C at Longreach in the central west, and 42C at Goondiwindi on the NSW-Queensland border.

Temperatures are expected to reach 30C in Coolangatta, 31C in Surfers Paradise and 33C in Brisbane, where the day is expected to be sunny.

Beachgoers had flocked to Sydney’s Manly beach on Friday.
Camera IconBeachgoers had flocked to Sydney’s Manly beach on Friday. Credit: News Corp Australia, NCA NewsWire/Flavio Brancaleone

But the same can’t be said for Sydney, where showers and a possible late storm are forecast with a maximum of 27C.

Showers are also developing in Canberra with a top of 29C forecast.

As a cold front moves east across South Australia, Adelaide can expect a maximum of 28C with cloudy and windy conditions during the morning and early afternoon.

A windy 28C day is also expected in Melbourne, where showers and the chance of a thunderstorm could occur during the afternoon and evening.

Rain is also developing in Hobart where a cloudy 23C day is forecast.

However, a warm front is developing just south off the coast.

A low pressure system has swept across the middle of Australia, while Darwin experiences showers with a likely storm clearing and a maximum of 31C.

A 24C day is forecast in Perth with cloud clearing to a sunny afternoon.



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Australia’s Wallabies draw with Argentina 16-16 in Tri Nations finale in Sydney


Reece Hodge has missed another late penalty goal attempt from long range in the Wallabies’ 16-16 draw with Argentina in the final Tri Nations Test at a wet and slippery Western Sydney Stadium.

Fullback Hodge went wide from the kicking tee 45 metres out from the goal posts in the 79th minute only two weeks after he had another penalty goal attempt to clinch victory in the 15-15 draw with the Pumas in Newcastle.

He also struck the uprights with an after-the-siren shot in the Wallabies’ season-opening 16-16 stalemate with the All Blacks in Wellington in October.

Hodge could only hang his head in despair after his latest miss in driving rain in Sydney.

Truth be known, though, it could have been much worse for the Wallabies had Hodge not slotted three earlier penalty goals, plus a pressure conversion from out wide 12 minutes from full-time to tie the scores up.

The Pumas, roundly written off after last week’s 38-0 drubbing at the hands of New Zealand and a racism controversy involving captain Pablo Matera, looked like keeping the Wallabies try-less for the second match running.

But the draw still consigned the Wallabies to the tournament’s wooden spoon and an unflattering one-from-six winning record in 2020 under new coach Dave Rennie.

The Wallabies found it hard going against the Pumas’ defence.(AAP: Dean Lewins)

The Test was played after the Wallabies had joined singer Olivia Fox in performing the Australian national anthem in both the First Nations Eora language and English, a move that has been met by widespread praise.

The Wallabies almost lost the Test in atrocious fashion, fumbling their way through most of the 80 minutes, half an hour of which they played a man down.

Captain Michael Hooper, in his last outing in Australia before taking a sabbatical in Japan, was yellow carded in the first half for a no-arms tackle, before replacement forward Lukhan Salakaia-Loto was sent off for making dangerous contact to Santiago Grondona’s head on the hour-mark.

Salakaia-Loto was making his return from an ankle injury that ruled him out of Australia’s last two matches, but lasted just nine minutes before receiving his red card for a tackle gone wrong on the Pumas flanker.

The Wallabies looked down and out when they lost Salakaia-Loto.

But Hooper and Hodge restored hope with a try to the skipper in the 67th minute as the Wallabies ultimately battled back from a 10-point first-half deficit to salvage a draw.

The Pumas’ points against the Wallabies came from a try to Bautista Delguy, a conversion and two penalty goals to Domingo Miotti, and another penalty goal from the boot of Nicolas Sanchez.

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Sydney Mardi Gras votes to keep NSW Police and Liberal Party at future parades


The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has voted against excluding the NSW Police and the Liberal Party from all future parades.

The vote was held at the organisation’s annual general meeting and the motions were put forward by the Pride in Protest group in an attempt to return the parade to its protest roots.

On Saturday afternoon, 327 members voted in support of keeping police and correctional services in the parade, with 261 voting to bar them from 2021 onwards.

Pride and Protest said it was inappropriate for police to march given the “immense violence” perpetuated towards Indigenous people, particularly those who identify as LGBTQIA+, who are “over-policed and over-incarcerated”.

“LGBTQIA+ First Nations people … do not feel safe and are excluded as a result of police and corrective service’s participation in the parade,” the motion stated.

In a statement, Mardi Gras said that excluding groups or individuals who are LGBTIQ+ based on their career, association, political affiliation does not align with their objective of inclusion.

Pride in Protest maintained no individual was being excluded and those in the police force could still march with other community floats, just not under the NSW Police or Corrective Services banners.

A motion to ban the Liberal Party from participating and formally disinvite Prime Minister Scott Morrison and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian also failed, 324 votes to 169.

The board said the Prime Minister and Premier were not personally invited by Mardi Gras and excluding them would not effectively achieve social justice outcomes.

A motion for the board to “stand openly in support and solidarity” with the Black Lives Matter movement, condemn the police for Indigenous deaths in custody and call on Governments to ultimately abolish police and prisons also failed (321 to 180).

Mardi Gras said the organisation had promoted a number of events and articles about the Black Lives Matter movement through 2020 and the rest of the motion “sat outside the remit” of Mardi Gras.

This is the third year Pride in Protest has unsuccessfully attempted to boot the police force from the event.

The first Sydney Mardi Gras in 1978 ended in extreme police brutality, with 53 people arrested and bashed by police.

In 2019, then-police commissioner Michael Fuller gave an official apology on behalf of the force for the actions of police on that night.

The NSW Police have marched in the parade every year since 1998.



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Sydney Sixers recruit Nick Bertus bats on for Big Bash debut after death of both parents


It took a millisecond for Nick Bertus to see the joy on his dad’s face as he stumbled in the front door of the family home at 6am after a few too many celebratory beers.

“I was so drunk and I remember he was just sitting in the lounge room with the biggest smile on his face,” Bertus said. “He was asking about every wicket and who was sledging who.”

Twelve hours earlier, Nigel Bertus could barely speak. His near decade-long battle with multiple system atrophy, a rare neurodegenerative disorder similar to Parkinson’s disease, was not to blame this time.

At Bankstown Oval, against a strong Sydney University outfit, Nigel watched his son captain Parramatta to a first grade premiership; the club’s first in 53 years.

Sean Abbott, Ben Abbott, Nick Bertus and Nathan Reece with Nigel Bertus (middle) holding the Belvidere Cup in April 2018.

The kids Nigel coached growing up, including Australian representative Sean Abbott and brother Ben, among others, had won the Belvidere Cup.

Nigel and wife Merryn were beside themselves after watching Nick top score for the match with 85.

“Dad used to get so emotional, so we used to stay away from him,” Nick said. “I saw him and he couldn’t really talk because he was just so happy we’d won.”

It was the first day of April in 2018, and the last game of cricket Nigel would attend.

Nick Bertus and his dad, Nigel, outside the family home.

Nick Bertus and his dad, Nigel, outside the family home.

A few weeks later, Nick immediately noticed the apprehension in his sister’s voice on the phone. His heart sank and by the time he had made it home, the ambulance doors were slammed shut.

The Bertus family had known Nigel didn’t have long, but somehow he had kept soldiering on. But not this time.

“He had collapsed and I knew straight away he was gone,” Nick said. “It was sudden, but it’s easier to get your head around when you know for four or five years it could happen. We waited in hospital for three or four days and that was the shit part. He was never getting out of that room.

“I was really close to dad.”

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Later that year, Nick, with a fresh NSW Blues contract, had had enough. He wanted to quit cricket.

The pain of his dad’s death would not go away. Getting “flogged” at training wasn’t fun. Getting out cheaply didn’t hurt like it used to.

He sought advice from the woman who knew him best.

“I told mum it was just hard without dad,” Nick said. “He was always the one who helped me. I played for him and I just had no motivation to do well.

Nick Bertus with his mum, Merryn.

Nick Bertus with his mum, Merryn.

“She snapped me out of that and was pretty blunt. It kicked me into gear and I thought, ‘Screw it, if dad was here he’d be so upset I wasn’t playing cricket’.”

Nick put the pads on and got to work.

“We got to the season and I still found it pretty hard,” he said. “I did well but don’t know how or why.”

Talk about an understatement. Bertus, a reserved character, banged down the state selectors’ door by amassing 1053 runs at an average of 75.21 in all first grade formats, to go with 418 runs at 38 in NSW Second XI fixtures.

He made his Sheffield Shield debut shortly after against Tasmania in Hobart, scoring 17 and 16 in a big NSW win, 10 months after Nigel’s death.

Merryn and the extended family, including Nick’s long-time girlfriend, Dom, were there to soak in the occasion. They watched Abbott present his childhood mate with his baggy blue.

Nick Bertus during his debut in Hobart.

Nick Bertus during his debut in Hobart.

“Mum was over the moon,” Nick said. “She loved the week. She’d follow cricket all around the country talking rubbish to people at the game if she could.”

A one-day debut for NSW followed in September of 2019. Despite nursing a broken hand, Bertus crunched an unbeaten 69 off 60 balls. Life was good again.

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Then, in December last year, came another call.

“You need to get to Westmead Hospital, your mum’s been in an accident,” they said.

Nick knew something was seriously wrong. Surely not. Not again.

He’d just spoken to his mum the evening before about her trip to America with daughter Hayley to celebrate her 21st birthday.

“I had to drive from Drummoyne and the closer I got, the more they called,” Nick said. “I was like, something bad has happened. I walked out of the car straight to the emergency and mum’s brother was standing there in tears. I knew straight away. Hayley was really upset in the waiting room. The nurse explained what happened. We were told she wasn’t going to wake up.

“You’re in such shock. I just couldn’t believe it. It was the same waiting room as dad. It was easily the worst day I’ve had.”

Bertus, pictured in March, has just signed a contract with the Sydney Sixers.

Bertus, pictured in March, has just signed a contract with the Sydney Sixers. Credit:James Brickwood

Merryn Bertus had been walking back to her vehicle at a north Parramatta petrol station after paying for a car wash. A man drove his car around a petrol bowser and crashed into her. Her head struck the pavement and she didn’t wake up.

It was a tragedy that floored the Bertus family and the local community.

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Hundreds of people raced to the hospital. Cricketers, schoolmates, colleagues, family, friends and even some who didn’t know Merryn were there to offer what support they could.

Nick, numb with emotion, said he took comfort in their company.

He was supposed to play a Sheffield Shield match three days later, but he had to pull out. Teammates, including Abbott and Harry Conway, considered standing aside, but Bertus told them his mum would be “pissed off” if they didn’t play.

“We were really rattled and upset, but a lot of other guys were, too,” Nick said. “Mum was really close to a lot of people. It was a real shock, but it was humbling to see how other people were as well. It wasn’t just [my brother] Luke or me or Hayley struggling, it was a lot of people.”

At the funeral in Baulkham Hills, with hundreds in attendance, Nick told the story of the day his mum convinced him to keep playing cricket. He thanked her and put his baggy blue cap on her coffin. There wasn’t a dry eye in the church.

Nick played a grade game a few days later, against Mosman. He made a few runs for his mum: 166 not out, in fact.

“I’ve never cried before on a cricket field, but we were tearing up,” he said. “I batted badly until 20, but once you start you forget about external things. It was easily my favourite innings. It was the best thing I could have done.”

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Earlier this year, Nick received another phone call. After being assured his cricketing future was secure, he was informed there was now no state contract on the table.

“I’m the first to admit I was pretty gutted when I got the news,” he said. “It was a tough call to get something I didn’t agree with at all at the time.”

It was another setback in the young man’s life.

However, he continued to churn out the runs, while coaching on the side, before the Sydney Sixers came knocking with a chance to come on board for this year’s Big Bash as a replacement player for Australian spinner Nathan Lyon.

Christmas time with the Bertus family.

Christmas time with the Bertus family.

“The Sixers stuff was a bit out of the blue,” he said. “It’s exciting.

“With my family here, I decided to stay in NSW and with the Sixers opportunity popping up really that made the decision worthwhile. Being really disappointed with how the whole NSW situation played out, I’ve been given almost a second go and it’s something I’m excited about. It’s a different dynamic with different coaches.

“If they’re looking for a leftie in the middle that could be my role.”

People always tell Bertus how unlucky he is, to lose both parents in such circumstances. Life can be cruel sometimes, they tell him.

That’s not how he sees it.

“I don’t think we’re unlucky,” he said. “We were lucky to have such good parents. A lot of people are shaped by their parents and we were lucky that ours were very supportive, and we got everything we wanted in life.

“It wasn’t as long as we wanted, but when we had them, you couldn’t have asked for anything better.”

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Anneli Maley attacking WNBL opponents with her defence for Sydney Uni Flames


Sydney Uni Flames livewire Anneli Maley is making defence cool.

The 22-year-old has the WNBL abuzz with her hustle, energy, crashing of boards and bashing of bodies.

She is racking up rebounds, averaging a league-high 11.4 per game and hauling in a remarkable 20 against Perth Lynx in round three.

The Victorian product and Eltham Wildcats junior arrived at Sydney ready to grasp an opportunity with both hands, and a spot in the starting five, after packing a punch off the bench last season with grand final runner-up Southside Flyers.

Her defensive philosophy is pretty simple.

“It makes me feel good, it’s like a rush when I jump through a bunch of people and grab it. Maybe it’s the same feeling people get when they hit threes.

“In my head, if I go 10 times to the offensive boards and I get boxed out nine times, nobody’s going to box me out that last time. People are going to forget eventually and everyone else will get too tired to keep hitting me if I keep going.

“When you watch me play, I usually get hit seven times before I even get in there and then there’s one time someone forgets to box me out and I get a rebound, so it’s like an outworking thing.”

Maley surprised by the hype around her defence

It’s best not to get between Anneli Maley (right) and a rebound.(AAP: Cameron Laird)

Maley has been a defensive player for as long as she can remember.

“I learned how to jump from playing volleyball in year 7 and then I guess I just translated it into basketball,” she said.

“I grew up watching Dennis Rodman and more recently I’ve watched in this past WNBA season [Connecticut Sun forward] Alyssa Thomas and honestly, I’d give her more credit than Dennis Rodman, and that’s a big statement.

“I really do love the way she reads the flight of the ball and throws her body around and is so successful as a hustle player, and that’s what I model my game on more now.”

Connecticut Sun player Alyssa Thomas (left) shoots a hook shot against the Chicago Sky.
Alyssa Thomas is a two-time WNBA All Star and led the league in steals this season.(Supplied: WNBA)

The athletic forward with the spring in her step is surprised by the current fanfare around her defensive game this season.

“It’s weird because for as long as I can remember no-one really appreciates the rebounding side of basketball. It’s always like ‘this player scored 30 or she had 10 steals’. A double-double is great but I’ve never seen or been appreciated this much for my rebounding,” she said.

“People have always said it’s what I do, but it’s never been recognised this much.

“I didn’t know I’d get hype for having 20 rebounds when I only scored 5 points.”

Maley doesn’t need the ball to ‘hurt’ opponents

Emily McInerny, who was part of the Australian Opals team that claimed world championship and Commonwealth Games gold medals in 2006, won the Robyn Maher defensive player of the year award an incredible nine times during her 309-game WNBL career.

Her perspective on defence hasn’t changed, but she believes the game, like its athletes, has evolved.

The Australian Opals basketball team stand on the podium raising their hands after winning the FIBA world championships in 2006.
Emily McInerny (number 14) says WNBL players are getting a chance to show off their defensive ability more than ever.(Supplied: Basketball Australia)

“I honestly don’t think defence is regarded any differently [now]. It’s still what coaches talk about and you can see it’s a focus for the players,” McInerny said.

“What has changed, I think, is overall the game has sped up with the shot clock duration (24 or 14 seconds) and with all players being so fast and athletic I see more one-on-one contests across the whole court.

“I think in my early days, there were shooters, distributors and role players and team defence strategy was put in place to minimise the threats. Today, everyone is a shooter/distributor so everyone has to lock down in defence.”

So, has McInerny witnessed Maley in full flight this season?

“Yes. And I’ve seen Anneli in previous years too,” she said.

Sydney Uni Flames' Anneli Maley looks to pass past Southside Flyers' Liz Cambage.
Maley made the switch from the Southside Flyers this season.(Supplied: Basketball Australia)

“I really enjoy watching her play. Her energy, her second and third efforts and absolute intent to get the ball shows what a competitor she is. It’s impressive.

“And her opponents need to focus on boxing her out. If not, she’ll hurt them.”

Turning defence into offence

As the old basketball adage goes, offence stems from defence and that’s what Maley hopes will help elevate her game to the next level.

“I’m very grateful to be at Sydney and [coach] Katrina Hibbert really gave me an opportunity and then almost set the task for me,” she said.

A WNBL player bounces a basketball while being defended against by an opponent.
Offence might not be what she’s known for, but Maley is just waiting for more chances on that end.(Supplied: Basketball Australia)

“I feel like I was up for it and that gave me the confidence to step into that role.”

“I think the supporting pieces I have around me in Lauren Scherf and [co-captain] Lauren Mansfield helps ease me into the flow of the game. I don’t have to go in and force anything, I’m just able to do what I do and I do like to think other people feed off it.

“Obviously I would like to step into more of an offensive role because I know that I can, [but] I guess it’s just more a switch in mindset to contribute more offensively.”

Offence. Defence. It’s all a mindset.

Round four of the WNBL continues today with Bendigo facing Melbourne from 5:00pm AEDT on ABC TV.

Megan Hustwaite has covered the WNBL for the past 12 seasons and is a member of the ABC commentary team.



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Youthful Sydney FC sign off ACL campaign with 1-1 Yokohama F. Marinos draw


They did not face anything close to Yokohama’s best team – in fact, Postecoglou rested every one of his big guns, making 11 changes to the side that beat Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 4-1 on Tuesday to preserve his best players for their forthcoming round of 16 assignment.

But F. Marinos still attacked with typical intent and Sydney, who fielded an equally depleted team, will be content with how they responded to the challenge.

Ange Postecoglou’s Yokohama F. Marinos loom as a strong chance to win the AFC Champions League.Credit:Getty

The Sky Blues will now fly home over the weekend and enter hotel quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival to Australia, but will be able to train together as a team during that time to continue their A-League season preparations, before being released in time for Christmas.

Postecoglou has much bigger fish to fry, as he aims to become just the second Australian coach – after Tony Popovic at the Western Sydney Wanderers in 2014 – to win the AFC Champions League.

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The draw was enough for Yokohama to seal top spot in Group H, four points clear of Aaron Mooy’s Shanghai SIPG, who have also made the knockout stage.

They drew first blood against Sydney in the 17th minute through defender Yuki Saneto’s volley from a corner kick.

Saneto had, moments earlier, forced a terrific save from Heward-Belle with another first-time effort – and three minutes later, Sydney’s gloveman was called into action again, making a low stop to deny Jun Amano.

But Postecoglou’s aggressive tactics can often lead to leaks in defence, and the Sky Blues sprung one just before the half-hour mark when Alexander Baumjohann unleashed Buhagiar on the counter-attack.

One-on-one with F. Marinos custodian Yohei Takaoka, Buhagiar held his nerve and restored parity with a neat left-footed finish.

Sydney probably should have had another on the stroke of half-time but Ivanovic took a fresh-air swing at a delightful ball from Joel King which had put him through on goal.

Neither team could break the deadlock after the interval, with Baumjohann and substitute Kosta Barbarouses blowing gilt-edge chances for Sydney, while Amano nearly curled in a shot from the edge of the penalty box for Yokohama midway through the second half.

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Nine Entertainment Co officially opens North Sydney campus


Nine Entertainment Co has opened the doors to its new offices at 1 Denison Street in North Sydney.

The television, publishing and radio company, which owns The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, hosted politicians, business executives and shareholders at an event on Friday evening to mark the official opening of the new campus which will be home to most of the $4.1 billion company.

Nine Chairman Peter Costello opens the new Nine offices in North Sydney in December 4, 2020. Credit:Dominic Lorrimer

Nine first announced plans to move into the tower, which is currently the biggest in North Sydney, in 2017 before expanding its 12-year-lease to include extra levels that could accommodate for its 2018 merger with Fairfax Media. Television producers and presenters have moved into 1 Denison over the last two weeks, marking an end to Channel Nine’s studios in Willoughby which had been occupied for more than five decades.

Nine’s sales team, newspapers and television network are all expected to occupy the building, which will eventually hold about 2000 of the company’s staff.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Communications Minister Paul Fletcher, NRL boss Andrew Abdo, Rugby Australia executives Hamish McLennan, Rob Clarke and former Fairfax Media boss Greg Hywood were among the attendees hosted at the new campus by Nine chairman Peter Costello and outgoing chief executive Hugh Marks.

“From a board’s point of view an investment like this doesn’t come cheap. Willoughby was a grand dame in her day but she has faded and this was a huge investment in our future. It’s coming together and as long as we stay focused it’ll be a great future. With that I say we open the new era and I formally open 1 Denison Street,” Mr Costello said.

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