NRL reveals Adelaide Oval, Sydney’s Olympic Stadium and Brisbane’s Lang Park will host State of Origin



The NRL has finalised the venues for this year’s State of Origin series, with Adelaide Oval to host game one on Wednesday, November 4.

It will be the first time Adelaide will host a match in the rugby league state of series, which has been delayed from June to November because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The city has, however, played host to numerous VFL/AFL State of Origin games.

The last one, between South Australia and Western Australia, was held at the now-decommissioned Football Park in 1998.

Game two of the NRL Origin series will be held at Sydney’s Olympic Stadium on Wednesday, November 11.

Lang Park in Brisbane will be the venue for the final game in the series a week later.

Now in its third year, the Women’s State of Origin will be held on the Sunshine Coast on November 13, moving from North Sydney Oval for the first time.

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Events South Australia executive director Hitaf Rasheed said she hoped Adelaide’s event would draw visitors from other states.

“We’re still hoping that thousands of people will travel to South Australia for the game and it’s great news that the ACT border is open today,” she said.

“Queensland, of course, is open and we’re hopeful that New South Wales will open shortly … so we’re still hoping for thousands of people to travel.”

Crowd capacities for each venue will be finalised before the end of the month.

However, Ms Rasheed said she was excited at the prospect of the Adelaide game going ahead in front of a large crowd.

“The NRL have had approval for 50 per cent capacity [at the games] … that’s 26,750 people [at Adelaide Oval], so we are looking forward to welcoming those people into the stadium,” she said.

Details about the Origin’s coronavirus bubble conditions and duration are yet to be finalised but the Rugby League Players Association, NRL and state leagues need to reach a conclusion by next week.

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Alleged neighbour dispute leads to fatal assault in Sydney’s inner west


NSW Police South Sydney Police Area Commander Superintendent Andrew Holland said: “It would appear that this is an ongoing neighbour dispute. However, the motive behind this, we’re still investigating.

“Neighbour disputes happen all the time. Unfortunately, this was just a tragic incident.

“Reports are from witnesses that the offender may have used a metal bar and struck the victim a number of times and also assaulted them with his fists.”

Mr Maletsas was taken to Mascot police station and charged with murder.

He appeared at Central Local Court on Monday. Bail was not applied for and it was formally refused.

Mr Maletsas will appear before the same court via audio-visual link on November 10.

Police remained at the housing estate on Monday morning and have removed two dogs from a unit, believed to belong to Mr Maletsas.

Neighbours were sitting outside the unit on Monday morning and said they hadn’t slept all night after the death of Mr Campbell, a man they considered a part of their family.

They were discussing how they’d farewell their friend.

“He’s a family member; we treated him as a family member,” neighbour Alda said.

She added that Mr Campbell had always been ready to help her and he was meant to clean her kitchen later on Monday.

“It doesn’t seem real. I think I’m going to see him soon, I can just see him coming,” she said.

Another neighbour described Mr Campbell as an “all round top guy”.

Inquiries are continuing and anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

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STATION LOCATIONS CONFIRMED FOR WESTERN SYDNEY’S NEW METRO – 16 News


The station locations for the new Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport project to service Greater Western Sydney and the new Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) airport have been revealed, with the project also set to deliver a multi-billion dollar boost to the New South Wales and Australian economies.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Minister for Transport Andrew Constance and Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres today inspected the site of the future Western Sydney Aerotropolis Station.

“The Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport project will support 14,000 jobs, including 250 apprentices and inject billions of dollars to the NSW and Australian economies,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“Where we are standing today will become a major new transport interchange, right in the heart of the future central business district for the Western Parkland City.”

Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said construction would start this year on the around $11 billion mega-project that would deliver economic support and local jobs.

“This city-shaping investment is being fast-tracked to help our economy recover from COVID-19 and deliver a major stimulus right in the heart of Western Sydney,” Mr Tudge said.

“Western Sydney residents will reap the benefits of this investment well before the first train leaves the station.”

Exact station locations have now also been confirmed on the 23-kilometre driverless railway line at St Marys, Orchard Hills, Luddenham and two stations at the airport.

NSW Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said the tender process has also started to deliver 10 kilometres of twin Metro railway tunnels, with the call for registrations of interest.

“Construction starts later this year on a project that will become the transport spine for the Western Parkland City,” Mr Constance said.

“The new railway will link residential areas with jobs hubs, and connect travellers from the new airport with the rest of Sydney’s public transport network.”

New South Wales Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the project will be a game changer for the region.

“This will provide the backbone for the economic and broader development of the Western Parkland City,” Mr Ayres said.

Federal Member for Lindsay Melissa McIntosh said the Australian and NSW Governments are working together in preparation for the airport opening for passenger services.

“The huge investment in Western Sydney Infrastructure projects is creating an interconnected city that will enable innovation, support growth and create jobs to build an exciting future for Western Sydney,” Mrs McIntosh said.

Supporting the airport and Aerotropolis is a key part of the Western Sydney City Deal – a
20-year agreement signed in March 2018 by the Commonwealth Government, NSW Government and eight Western Sydney councils.



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Coronavirus Australia live news: New COVID-19 health alert issued for Concord Hospital in Sydney’s inner-west


Andrews rejects calls to divvy up state with different rules

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More than 670,000 Victorians living under stage three restrictions are in currently coronavirus-free areas. 

  

The latest data from Victoria’s health department shows there are 30 local government areas across the state that currently have no active COVID-19 infections, including Mildura, Wodonga and now, Ballarat.

  

However, despite calls for the Government to allow areas with zero active cases to reopen, the Premier Daniel Andrews says it would be too confusing to divvy up the state with different rules and borders.

 

There are now just 72 active cases in regional Victoria, and its rolling 14 day average is 4.5.

 

Mr Andrews says the region could potentially be eased out of restrictions as early as the end of next week if its cases continue to decline. 



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Greater Western Sydney’s Phil Davis ruled out for the rest of the season


Phil Davis has been ruled out for the rest of the season. Credit:Getty Images

With games to come against Fremantle and Hawthorn, 13th and 16th respectively, the Western Bulldogs are well placed to make up the 0.9 per cent gap needed to edge past the Giants if both sides finish with the same number of wins.

The toll of this extraordinary year is starting to tell on the Giants, who have steadily fallen out of favour since being installed as premiership favourites in the early rounds.

They will not be able to turn to their wise old owl in defence Davis, who flew home to Sydney on Wednesday after finally succumbing to bone bruising in his right knee, which has plagued him for much of the season.

The Giants say the issue flared up while he was recovering from a medial ligament strain in his left knee suffered in round 10 against Essendon and missed two games. He has not been able to train since.

Davis underwent a scan last week and will need at least eight weeks of rest to manage the injury, effectively ending his campaign. The foundation Giant, who is contracted for 2021, will also undergo minor surgery on the iliotibial band in his right knee.

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“Phil has been managing this injury across this season but unfortunately it’s reached the point where only a long period of rest will fix the problem,” Giants football boss Jason McCartney said.

“With that in mind, it was decided that it’s in Phil’s best interests to return home to Sydney to be with his partner and family and he’ll undergo minor surgery in the coming days.

“Phil’s an incredibly important part of our line-up, so it’s disappointing for us on-field but this is the best option to make sure he’s fully fit for the 2021 season.”

Kelly (concussion), Perryman (calf) and Williams (Achilles) all trained on Wednesday while their teammates completed recovery. The latter duo trio had been close to playing in Adelaide but the five-day break cost them.

Giants coach Leon Cameron was furious with his underperforming star-studded midfield after they were “obliterated” by the Crows.

The Giants lost the contested possession count by 28, leaving their defence under siege, unable to weather a 26-49 inside-50 tally.

The possible returns of Kelly and Perryman will boost the Giants’ on-ball brigade, but it has performed below par for much of 2020.

“Our clearance work and our contested brand has been at the forefront of our last four years,” Cameron said.

“That hasn’t been there since we resumed play in round two. We lost our hunger and we lost our hunt around the contest. We’ve got it back in patches but we haven’t had it consistently.

“It’s not good enough. Our midfield, again, let us down.”

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Sydney news: Coronavirus alert issued for high-end restaurant China Doll in Sydney’s Woolloomooloo


Here’s what you need to know this morning.

High-end Sydney restaurant closed

A health alert has been issued for award-winning restaurant China Doll in Woolloomooloo after a person with COVID-19 visited last week.

NSW Health said the infectious person dined at the waterfront spot on Thursday, September 3, and a small number of patrons and staff were considered close contacts.

They have been directed to self-isolate and seek testing.

Other people who visited the venue that evening should monitor for symptoms until September 17.

Kincoppal cases continue

Around 100 students and 30 teaching staff from a Catholic girls’ school in Sydney’s east are in isolation, because they’re close contacts of a boarding student who has COVID-19.

A third student from Kincoppal-Rose Bay tested positive for the virus on Sunday with all three cases linked to the City Tattersalls gym cluster that has now swelled to almost 70 cases.

The students and staff identified as close contacts will remain in home isolation for a fortnight.

Because of the reduced capacity to supervise students in the boarding facility, all boarders in years seven to 10 have been sent home.

Music festival cancelled

The Tamworth Country Music Festival will not go ahead in 2021.(Supplied: Tamworth Country Music Festival)

The Tamworth Country Music Festival will not go ahead in 2021.

Members of the Tamworth Regional Council told a meeting on Tuesday night the decision was in the best interest of the region as the risk of COVID-19 was too high.

“Unfortunately, like so many others in our situation, we have had to surrender to the challenges COVID has placed on us,” festival manager Barry Harley said.

The country music festival, usually held over a week in January, is estimated to bring $50 million to the local economy each year through tourism.

Multiple COVID-breaches closes hotel

An inner-city Sydney pub has been forced to close its doors after management admitted it did not understand coronavirus regulations.

Unity Hall Hotel in Balmain received the closure notice from NSW Liquor and Gaming for disobeying regulations on two separate occasions.

The hotel will be closed for seven days and management has promised updates to the health and safety plan.

“The standards required of the hotel by health authorities are very high, but we recognise that the consequences of this virus are severe and not to be taken lightly,” a statement read.

Dancing and mingling rules

It’s the antithesis of social distancing — but coronavirus restrictions on dancing and intermingling could soon be about to change.

Just over six weeks ago, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian insisted there would be “no singing, no mingling, no dancing” as she tightened rules for weddings and hospitality venues.

But earlier this week, NSW Health said it was looking at safe ways to allow dancing and mingling.

So what would a COVID-safe dancefloor look like?

Berejiklian won’t bow to pressure over koalas

NSW koalas
The bill increases farmers’ responsibilities to look for koalas before clearing land(Dave Hunt: AAP)

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she would not allow Nationals MPs to change the draft koala protection policy, despite mounting pressure.

On Monday, the Deputy Premier and Nationals Leader John Barilaro wrote to the Premier asking her to hold an unscheduled meeting to discuss changes next week ahead of parliamentary sittings.

The Nationals MPs want changes made to the draft koala protection policy because they’re concerned it will limit clearing of trees and building on farms.

At least two Nationals MPs are considering moving to the crossbench if the policy isn’t altered.

Doctor Who saves Sydney retailer

A Sydney retailer has survived the coronavirus pandemic thanks to a unique line of products: small plastic Doctor Who figurines.

The Who Central shop in Sydney’s north west has seen record sales in recent weeks, selling out of most products and propping up its picture-framing operation in the shop next door.

The owner’s partner Mark Anstis said figurine sales rose 14-fold between January and July.

icare chair steps down

The chair of the troubled state insurer icare has quit and will be replaced by former Labor leader John Robertson.

Michael Carapiet has been the chair of the board since icare was created in 2015 and has stood down before his tenure was complete.

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet has been under pressure to sack the board over allegations of mismanagement and systemic underpayment of workers in the compensation scheme.

The Treasurer ordered a statutory review into the scheme and an audit of his office into icare paying the salary of two of his staff, with the findings released today.



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Melbourne Storm snap South Sydney’s NRL winning streak with 22-16 victory, Knights beat Sharks


Melbourne has dealt South Sydney’s NRL top-four prospects a telling blow with a gritty 22-16 comeback victory in a torrid encounter at the Olympic stadium in Homebush.

Earlier on Friday night, Kalyn Ponga scored a hat-trick of tries in Newcastle’s 38-10 win over Cronulla, who had Chad Townsend sent off in what may prove to be a costly defeat.

In Homebush, the Storm bagged the only two tries of the second half in driving rain to snap South Sydney’s five-match winning streak in typically clinical fashion after the Rabbitohs had led 14-10 at the break.

Five players required head injury assessments (HIA) as two of the competition heavyweights clashed for the full 80 minutes.

But, as is so often the case, it was the Storm’s trump cards who came to the fore, with Cameron Smith combining with Ryan Papenhuyzen to set up the match-winning late try for playmaker Cameron Munster.

The bruising win kept Melbourne in the fight for another minor premiership, although Penrith remain frontrunners, sitting three points clear of the Storm with three regular rounds remaining.

There were concerns for the Storm, though, with prop Christian Welch placed on report for a crusher tackle on Souths forward Liam Knight.

Fellow representative forward Felise Kaufusi is also likely to come under scrutiny from the match review committee for a suspect first-half behind-the-play bump that left Rabbitohs halfback Adam Reynolds needing a HIA.

With rumours that skipper Smith is set to call time on his decorated career, it was the champion hooker’s Test successor Damien Cook who made the first early statement, exploding out of dummy half and slicing straight through the Storm defence.

But despite the Rabbitohs dominating possession and territory, Melbourne came perilously close to scoring first, with winger Isaac Lumelume denied by the bunker after Storm centre Brenko Lee was deemed to have knocked on in the lead-up.

The let-off proved costly for Melbourne, with Lumelume making a meal of a grubber kick from Rabbitohs five-eighth Cody Walker into the in-goal two minutes later, allowing Campbell Graham to pounce.

Reynolds’ conversion, adding to his fifth-minute penalty goal, gave the Rabbitohs an 8-0 lead.

The Storm wasted little time cutting the deficit to two points, with Josh Addo-Carr burning Steven Marsters on the outside to put Papenhuyzen over in the 27th minute. Smith added the extras from the sideline.

Some direct running from Walker restored the Rabbitohs’ eight-point buffer three minutes before half-time, only for Papenhuyzen’s lightning speed to leave Marsters wanting again and setting up Justin Olam for the Storm’s second try in the shadows of the break.

The Olam try kept the Storm within striking distance and that proved enough for Craig Bellamy’s second-placed outfit to collect another all-important two competition points.

Knights score spiteful win

Three weeks out from the NRL finals, Cronulla’s season is in danger of imploding, with Townsend marched from the field for a horror shot on Ponga in Newcastle.

Townsend launched his shoulder at the Knights fullback, who was taking a tap midway through the second half.

The wild hit sparked a melee and forced the Sharks to play a man down when they were trailing by 18 points at the time..

Adding further insult, Friday night’s loss could also cost the eighth-placed Sharks their captain Wade Graham, Toby Rudolf and Braden Hamlin Uele.

All three were placed on report for two separate lifting tackles.

Graham and Rudolf were lucky to stay on the field when they upended Knights half Mason Lino midway through the first half.

The loss to the sixth-placed Knights was another blight on the Sharks’ record in 2020 as they are yet to beat a current top-eight team.

Increasing the urgency is the fact the Warriors are snapping at their heels just four points adrift with a match in hand, making the Sharks’ spot in the top eight up for grabs with three rounds of the regular season to play.

The Warriors can get within two points of Cronulla if they beat Parramatta on Sunday before they face the Sharks next weekend.

Missing star halfback Shaun Johnson and Matt Moylan against the Knights, the Sharks lacked direction but a litany of errors spoiled their chances when they found possession.

Fullback Will Kennedy struggled with three errors for the night, including a knock-on that led to a try for Starford To’a 17 minutes into the contest.

It was the second try of the evening for the 20-year-old winger, while Ponga crossed for two of his three tries during the first half.

Knights star Kalyn Ponga scored three tries in the triumph over the Sharks.(AAP: Darren Pateman)

Ponga was electric in attack, slipping through soft defence for his first NRL hat-trick. Lachlan Fitzgibbon and Josh King also scored tries for the Knights.

Save for tries to Ronaldo Mulitalo and Connor Tracey, the Sharks were undisciplined and disorganised.

It was a huge bounce back for the Knights after last week’s 30-point loss to the Warriors and the win all but cements their place in the finals.

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One dead, another injured in Sydney’s inner west


One man has been shot dead and another man has been found with gunshot wounds in Sydney’s inner west.

NSW Police earlier advised the man, believed to be aged in his 30s, “was found with a stab wound to his chest” on Henry St in Lewisham just after 1pm on Friday and died on the way to hospital.

However, a police spokeswoman told news.com.au the deceased man’s wounds had been assessed and it appears as though he was also shot.

Neighbours reportedly found him on the street.

The second man was located inside a home on adjoining Victoria St and is being treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics for gunshot wounds.

A NSW Ambulance spokesman told news.com.au the man, believed to be aged in his 50s, is in a “critical condition with a serious head injury”.

He said the patient will be taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Camperdown by road “with police escorts”.

Speaking to reporters about the first incident, NSW Police Chief Inspector Despa Fitzgerald said it was being treated as “suspicious”.

Heavily-armed riot squad officers have surrounded a property.

Nine reports tactical police have locked down the area however a police spokeswoman said officers had “established crime scenes on the relevant streets” being Henry and Victoria streets.

Local residents have been told it may be hours before they can return to their homes, The Daily Telegraph reports.

Sirens have rung out throughout the afternoon and a helicopter was earlier seen landing at Petersham Oval.

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NSW Police riot squad officers swarm street in Sydney’s inner west after fatal shooting


One man has been shot dead, another has been injured and there is a huge police presence around a house in Sydney’s inner west this afternoon.

Police have told the ABC a man who they initially said was stabbed to death on Henry Street in Lewisham this afternoon was, in fact, shot.

Emergency services were called to the area about 1pm and found a man with “serious” injuries.

He died while being taken to hospital.

Police have also confirmed a second man was found with a gunshot wound on adjacent Victoria Street.

A woman could be seen gesturing to several officers on Victoria Street, before evidence bags were placed over her hands and she was led to the back of an unmarked car.

Police speak to a woman in Lewisham after the stabbing.(ABC News)
A woman walking towards a car seen from above.
Bags can be seen on the woman’s hands.(ABC News)

NSW Police Chief Inspector Despa Fitzgerald said the woman had presented herself as a witness, but was not a person of interest in their investigations.

“In respect to the inner west police area command doing canvassing she has presented herself as a witness to what she may have seen,” she said.

Chief Inspector Fitzgerald said the incident was being treated as “suspicious”.

“We are actively looking for anyone that may know if he was with any persons, at this stage information has not been confirmed so that’s why we are appealing for witnesses,” she said.

She said police were still trying to identify the dead man.

There have been at least 30 public place shootings in NSW in the past five weeks.

A riot policeman rests a gun on top of a police four wheel drive.
A riot policeman rests a gun on top of a police SUV at Lewisham.(ABC News)
Three police officers stand near a car, which is blocking a car
Police blocked off Henry Street after the attack.(ABC News)

Several police cars are on the scene, and heavily armed riot-squad officers could be seen on the street surrounding a property.

A helicopter landed in nearby Petersham Park as police rescue vehicles were also seen blocking off several roads while detectives spoke to residents.

The man was treated on the oval by paramedics for about half an hour, resident Olivia Price said.

“I could see someone doing CPR in the back of an ambulance … It was definitely grey, wet and rainy.

“There was a lot of commotion going on.”

A helicopter on a large oval, seen from above
A helicopter landed at nearby Petersham Park after the stabbing.(ABC News)
A man and woman police officer walking on a street.
A large police operation saw a number of streets shut down.(ABC News: Rani Hayman)

A crime scene has been established by officers from the inner west police area command, with several streets blocked off.

Resident Mick Buckley was waiting nearby to be allowed home to his wife and said he felt nervous.

“I just went for a walk and I can’t get home,” he said.

“My wife is up there and I can’t get in — It could be a few hours.

“It’s a bit of a shock, these things don’t happen every day.”

Paramedics carry bags away from an ambulance.
Ambulances arrive at a home in Lewisham.(ABC News)



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Man dies following stabbing in Sydney’s inner west


A man has died after being stabbed in the chest in Sydney’s inner west.

Emergency services were called to Henry Street, Lewisham, following concerns for the man’s welfare just after 1pm.

A man has died after a stabbing at Lewisham in Sydney’s inner west on Friday.Credit:Matt Wade

A man, believed to be in his 30s, was stabbed in his upper left chest.

The man died on the way to hospital.



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