Sydney news: Woman critical in high speed car crash in Merrylands West, COVID-19 warning for beachgoers

Hellen Wadman

Here’s what you need to know this morning. Two hospitalised after car crash A woman is in a critical condition and a man is in a serious condition after two cars collided in what is believed to have been a “very high speed” crash in Sydney’s west overnight. NSW Ambulance […]

Here’s what you need to know this morning.

Two hospitalised after car crash

A woman is in a critical condition and a man is in a serious condition after two cars collided in what is believed to have been a “very high speed” crash in Sydney’s west overnight.

NSW Ambulance inspector Andrew McAlpine said emergency services found “a scene of carnage” when they arrived at the crash site in Merrylands West at 10:30pm last night.

A female driver, aged in her 20s, was rushed to Westmead Hospital in a critical condition.

It took an hour for emergency services to free the other driver, a male aged in his 30s, who was also taken to Westmead Hospital with serious injuries.

NSW is ‘gold standard’ for COVID

It’s being dubbed Australia’s coronavirus success story — open businesses, (mostly) open borders, and slow infection growth.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday described NSW’s test-and-trace strategy as the “gold standard” in COVID-19 suppression.

With several states at odds about how best to manage the pandemic, the Federal Government has made it clear it believes authorities in Sydney have developed the most sustainable model.

So how did NSW avoid the second wave of coronavirus?

Western Sydney Airport developers shortlisted

A rendering of Western Sydney Airport showing signage and grounded airplanes
A concept drawing of Western Sydney Airport.(Supplied: Western Sydney Airport)

Three developers have been shortlisted to build the passenger terminal for Western Sydney International Airport.

The airport corporation announced the contract for the construction was narrowed down to Watpac Construction, Multiplex Constructions and a joint venture between Lendlease Building and CPB Contractors.

The terminal precinct will include a public plaza, retail and dining options and be connected to the new M12 Motorway and Sydney Metro-Western Sydney Airport train service.

The winner of the contract will be finalised by mid-2021 and construction on the terminal will begin by the end of next year.

COVID warning for Sydney beachgoers

two women sunbathing on the beach
Duygu and her friend hope beaches don’t have to be closed, because “Sydney is a beach city”.(ABC News: Kevin Nguyen)

Local mayors are warning they will be forced to close Sydney’s beaches again over summer if crowd numbers swell and COVID-19 restrictions are flouted.

Beachside councils are already planning to manage the potential risks as as the weather warms up.

Waverley Mayor Paula Masselos said she did not want a repeat of earlier this year when Bondi and other beaches had to be closed when hordes of people descended on the tourist hotspots.

“If people don’t do the right thing, and the beach has become too crowded then we’ll have to look at how we manage those numbers,” she said.

False positive COVID-19 result

A Western Sydney school will re-open this morning after health authorities found a student who had initially tested positive to COVID-19 does not have the disease.

The student of Lidcombe Public School tested positive for coronavirus at the weekend, but infection has been ruled out following further testing.

Staff and students who were considered close contacts are no longer required to isolate, as the school returns to face-to-face learning today.

A notice on the school’s website says NSW Health acknowledged the response may have adversely affected families and that it apologised for “any distress this may have caused”.

Missing bushwalker found alive

A woman wearing hiking gear.
Stella Lo went missing while walking with friends in Ku-ring-gai National Park.(Supplied: NSW Police)

A woman missing in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park has been found.

Stella Lo, 70, became separated from the group between 11:15am and midday yesterday while walking.

A short time ago, she was seen walking along the M1 at nearby Berowra.

She is being assessed by paramedics.

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