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Australia Sydney news: Accused gunman in Windang siege to front Wollongong court today

23:16  28 november  2021
23:16  28 november  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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Here's what you need to know this morning.

Charges laid over siege

A 40-year-old man who allegedly fired "random shots" at people and took a shopkeeper hostage yesterday on the south coast has been charged.

Around 9:30am yesterday a masked man, clad entirely in black, was seen firing a rifle several times on the main strip of Windang, a coastal suburb in the Illawarra.

Assistant Commissioner Joseph Cassar said the man took several "random shots" at passing vehicles and pedestrians before "barricading himself" inside a nearby dive shop, holding the store owner hostage.

After the man surrendered, police searched his home and found two unsecured firearms, five gel blasters, military knives, six replica handguns, a police uniform and child abuse material.

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The man has now been charged with a number of offences and will front Wollongong local court today.

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NSW Health says about 260 passengers and air crew are close contacts of the two Omicron COVID-19 variant cases confirmed yesterday.

These passengers have been directed to isolate for 14 days, regardless of their test results.

Urgent genomic testing on Sunday confirmed two travellers from southern Africa — who flew into Sydney on Saturday, November 27, on Qatar Airways flight QR908 from Doha — were infected with the new variant.

They are now in isolation in the Special Health Accommodation.

Also in hotel quarantine are another 12 passengers from southern Africa who were on the same flight.

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Travellers from South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini, Malawi, and the Seychelles are now required to go into hotel quarantine for 14 days, irrespective of their vaccination status.

Travellers from other countries are now also required to immediately go to their place of residence or accommodation and isolate for 72 hours pending further health advice.

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The renewed search on the New South Wales Mid-North Coast for the remains of missing boy William Tyrrell is entering its third week.

A cadaver dog was back on site yesterday, sniffing out the most recently dug-up sections of bushland in Kendall, close to the home where William was last seen seven years ago.

Wet weather is again expected to plague search efforts over the coming week, with significant rainfall expected on Wednesday.

Two pieces of potential evidence were recovered on Saturday but there were no new discoveries yesterday.

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Councils call for compensation

New South Wales councils are demanding reimbursement for helping to subsidise state and federally funded health services.

A late submission to a parliamentary inquiry lists the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent by councils each year to attract doctors and prop-up medical centres.

The president of Local Government NSW, Linda Scott, says they want to be compensated.

"Asking us to be responsible for core state and federal responsibilities, for example, health care, is just wrong," Ms Scott said.

"We hope, ultimately, this will be a legislated scheme to ensure that where councils are having to make emergency payments to hold our health systems together, that those payments are refunded by the state or Commonwealth government."

Theo Hayez inquest

A coronial inquest into the disappearance of backpacker Theo Hayez, 18, will begin today in Byron Bay on the New South Wales North Coast.

The Belgian backpacker was last seen leaving Byron Bay nightclub Cheeky Monkey's on May 31, 2019.

Mobile phone data revealed he travelled in the opposite direction to his hostel and toward the Cape Byron lighthouse.

A two-week inquest will begin today into Theo's disappearance, which will involve several site visits to "key locations" in the area.

A "large number" of overseas witnesses are also expected to give evidence.

The missing man's family say they hope the inquest will provide some long-awaited answers, and investigate a number of scenarios that they believe were not considered by police.

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