Here’s what you need to know this morning.
Salmon theft charges
Five people have been charged over the theft of up to 250 tonnes of salmon, valued at more than $4 million, from a processing plant in Sydney’s south-west.
Police were called to investigate after the company’s executive found a reduction of about 600 kilograms per day in output from the Huon Aquaculture Ingleburn plant.
Two women and three men have been charged with stealing property and larceny, and have since been sacked from the plant.
Police will allege that the syndicate graded premium salmon as waste, then removed it and transported it for sale or trade.
Genomic testing for Western Sydney cluster
Genomic testing is underway to determine whether several coronavirus cases are linked to a Western Sydney cluster.
New South Wales Health said the six locally acquired cases reported yesterday were linked to a positive case from Western Sydney.
The cases are located close to the suburb of Berala where a cluster has been growing, and authorities say the results from genomic testing will reveal whether the cases are linked to that cluster.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said testing numbers needed to increase before restrictions could be eased.
“We won’t have the confidence to do that unless we have higher rates of testing, because that will assure us that we have captured all previously undetected cases of the virus which may still be infectious in the community,” she said.
The state recorded 12,700 tests in the latest reporting period.
Three die in Muswellbrook crash
Three people have died and a man has been taken to John Hunter Hospital after a head-on crash at Muswellbrook.
Emergency services were called to Bengalla Road following a crash between a Kia Carnival and a utility last night.
The driver of the utility, and driver and passenger in the Kia, died at the scene.
A man believed to be aged in his 60s, who was also a passenger in the Kia, was airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Former INXS manager dies
Tributes are being paid to former INXS manager, Chris Murphy, who died from cancer on the weekend.
Mr Murphy was best known for steering INXS to international fame, but in recent years he had directed his energies to projects in his adopted home town of Ballina in NSW.
He had plans to develop land opposite Ballina airport into an entertainment and technology hub, including an interactive INXS exhibition and a retirement home for music executives.
Ballina Mayor David Wright said Mr Murphy was a force to be reckoned with.
“He had so many great ideas, he absolutely fell in love with Ballina. He helped the shire. He wanted to make jobs for young people. Anything that I mentioned that we wanted to do out near the airport he jumped on board and came back with plans and ideas,” he said.