Sydney news: Heavy rain on the way for the state could bring worse flooding

Here’s what you need to know this morning.

Flooding in parts of NSW could worsen this week

A low pressure trough that’s predicted to move across NSW over the coming days could worsen current flood events, the Bureau of Meteorology says.

The trough that’s moving across from the west is set to bring widespread showers and thunderstorms to much of the state, including the flood-afflicted Central West region.

The heaviest falls are predicted to arrive on Tuesday.

Senior forecaster Jake Phillips says the region between Dubbo and Wagga Wagga could see some significant falls.

“Catchments through a lot of areas are very wet and that means that rain that’s falling is not soaking in in a lot of areas, it’s just running straight off,” he said.

“That’s going to exacerbate the flooding issues we already have when we get this further rain coming in the next couple of days.”

The State Emergency Service answered 112 calls for assistance during heavy rain this weekend.

Inquest into missing fraudster resumes

a woman sitting down next to a photocopier looking as police examine her belongings
The inquest was shown footage of the police raid on Ms Caddick’s home as part of the fraud investigation.(supplied)

A coronal inquest is due to resume today into the disappearance of accused Sydney fraudster, Melissa Caddick.

The 49-year-old vanished from her eastern suburbs home in November 2020 after ASIC started to investigate allegations she defrauded investors of up to $30 million.

Three months later, a running shoe containing Ms Caddick’s decomposing foot washed up on a south coast beach.

The inquiry which started earlier this month has been told an autopsy was unable to determine if the foot was separated as a result of blunt force, sharp force, or decomposition.

It was also told that CCTV footage was not collected or adequately reviewed in the early stages, with a full crime scene investigation not conducted until 19 days after her death.

In footage shown to the inquest of the raid at her home, from the day before she disappeared, Ms Caddick could be heard talking for the first time to police about her high-end jewelry collection.

The inquest is before Deputy State Coroner Elizabeth Ryan.

Mental health support for students

A young student raises his hand in a classroom setting.
The research into the mental wellbeing of primary students will be completed by February 2023. (ABC Riverland: Catherine Heuzenroeder)

The NSW government has tasked child health researchers with assessing the wellbeing of primary school students and proposing a suite of new social wellbeing and initiatives.

Premier Dominic Perrottet says the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute will investigate the best ways to help students who have been impacted by the last two years of the pandemic.

“That hasn’t just had an impact on academic development it’s also had an impact on social an mental health issues for our kids,” he said.

“We know by the end of the year one in seven children will have mental health issues and by the age of 14 half our children will have mental health challenges.”

Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said the government wanted to get evidence-based research to understand what children were going through.

“None of us have ever lived through a global pandemic before, we don’t really know what some of those long time impacts might be, particularly around wellbeing, social and mental health,” she said.

school behavior monitor

The outside of Knox Grammar school
Knox Grammar School has addressed a student group chat that has since been referred to police.(ABC News: Harriet Tatham)

The NSW government has announced it will appoint a special advisor to improve behavior in public and private schools.

It comes after a group chat run by students from one of Sydney’s most exclusive schools was referred to police.

Earlier this month, material from a group chat run by students of Knox Grammar School, on the north shore, was referred to police due to the “unacceptable” nature of the messages, according to the school’s headmaster.

Several students from the elite school were suspended or expelled over the messages, some of which were racist, misogynistic or anti-Semitic.

To counter that, the Department of Education announced the creation of a Chief Behavior Advisor role.

The role will aim to help teachers across government, independent and Catholic schools, deal with disruptive students.

A global search for the person to fill the role will commence in October, with the appointment to be confirmed by the start of the 2023 school year.


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