NSW Government to Help Those Struggling to Pay Energy Bills During Lockdown [Headlines] – Hope 103.2

NSW Government to Help Those Struggling to Pay Energy Bills During Lockdown [Headlines]

Also, the COVID-19 outbreak has now spread north of Sydney, with three children testing positive at Lake Macquarie. And other top stories.

By Hope NewsroomThursday 5 Aug 2021News

Today’s headlines from the Hope News team. You can listen to hourly bulletin updates at hopenews.com.au.

The COVID-19 outbreak has now spread north of Sydney, with three children testing positive at Lake Macquarie.

Lake Munmorah Public School and Morisset High School are closed for cleaning and contract tracing.

Government and non-government teachers unions have joined forces to call for a delay in the return to on-campus learning for Year 12 students.

They say returning HSC students to face-to-face learning on August 16 is dangerous, unsafe and unwise.

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More than 70 new COVID exposure sites have been identified in Sydney, but only two are “close contact” venues.

People who have been to a recycling centre in Strathfield South and the High Street Family Doctors in Penrith may need to isolate for a full 14 days.

The NSW Government is giving a helping hand to those struggling to pay their energy bills during the lockdown.

Vouchers worth up to $1600 are available.

The Federal Government has unveiled a new plan to reach “closing the gap” targets over the next 10 years.

A billion dollars will be funnelled into Indigenous health, education and redress schemes.

Sydney’s new ferries will only operate during the day, when they first start taking passengers, until a problem with night-time windshield glare is resolved.

A study has found more women are choosing to have babies later in life.

An Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report shows the average maternal age has increased from 27 in 1979 to almost 31 in 2019.

A $1 million reward for information is now being offered to try and solve a cold case disappearance on the North Shore.

Stephen Lapthorne and Michelle Pope were last seen leaving a West Pymble home in August of 1978.

A Queensland man has been charged with terrorism offences, as part of investigations into a group allegedly involved in travelling to Syria to engage in hostile activities.

Australian runner Peter Bol has finished fourth in the 800m final in Tokyo.

Jessica Hull and Linden Hall have advanced to the 1500m final.