Here’s what you need to know this morning,
New name for airport city
The state government has announced the city to be developed on the doorstep of Sydney’s second airport will be named Bradfield, after the renowned engineer.
The city centre, which until now has been referred to as the Aerotropolis, sits north of the existing suburb of Bringelly and is not far from the new Western Sydney International Airport.
The name Bradfield was chosen after the community was asked to have a say, with a panel settling on the final decision to honour engineer John Bradfield, who designed the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the city’s original rail network.
“We wanted to make sure this wasn’t just a bureaucratic name anymore. We wanted to put, like Bradfield did for the rest of Sydney, the citizen at the heart of what we are doing,” Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said today.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she wanted the new city of Bradfield to be a thriving high-tech manufacturing and research hub, creating up to 200,000 jobs.
“When people are standing in Parramatta they won’t be looking east for the best jobs in the future, they’ll be looking here,” she said.
Koala habitats derail coal mine plans
A growing koala habitat is threatening to derail plans for a controversial coal mine in the state’s north-west.
Shenhua’s proposed Watermark mine on the Liverpool Plains has long triggered concerns about the potential impact on koala populations.
Recently released minutes from the company’s Koala Working Group reveal 25 koalas have been mapped in one area, including four breeding females.
A researcher advising the company said that area, earmarked for a key rail line, should now be considered “core habitat” and not destroyed.
A Shenhua spokesperson said the company was consulting widely as it developed its Koala Plan of Management.
Delivery riders win back jobs
Two food delivery riders say they’ve won their workplace battle with Hungry Panda to have their jobs reinstated following a pay dispute.
Jun Yang and Xiangqian Li told the ABC the international food delivery company offered them their jobs back after they were removed from the platform last month following a protest over changes to pay rates.
The pair last month launched unfair dismissal claims with the Fair Work Commission, arguing they were removed from the Hungry Panda app after they organised a small strike to protest changes to pay rates that they claimed disadvantaged riders.
Mr Yang said the court action, launched with the help of the Transport Workers’ Union, would no longer need to go ahead after Hungry Panda “reversed” his removal from the platform.
“After weeks of protests, meetings with politicians and negotiations with the company, I have been offered my job back at the high level I had worked hard to maintain for over a year,” he said.
Regional water prices to increase
Water prices for regional NSW are set to increase under an Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) draft report into water supplies and costings.
Charges for water delivered to irrigators and small towns could go up by as much as 25 per cent from July 1 and be in place for the next four years.
Tribunal acting chair Deborah Cope said the increases were justified.
“There is a risk that the assets will deteriorate and this will increase the costs more in the future. And also it could impact on the long-run security and reliability of water to people,” she said.
Farmer protests divide Indian community
Sydney’s Indian community leaders are meeting today over growing tensions among locals taking opposing views of India’s new farming laws.
Tensions boiled over in several incidents over recent months, including an attack on four young Sikh men as they sat in a car in Harris Park in Sydney’s west.
A group of men pummelled the car with wooden bats and hammers.
Amar Singh of charity Turbans 4 Australia (T4A) said Sikhs were experiencing online hate, “where people are spilling out venomous statements against our community”.
Eleven Indian community groups will attend the meeting with NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Peter Thurtell in an attempt to address the issue.