Live: NSW Now: Police to appeal in Dylan Walker case, worker dies after sewage exposure
Dylan Walker (second left) was found not guilty of assaulting his fiancee Alex Ivkovic (second right). (AAP: Jeremy Piper, file photo)
Here’s what you need to know this morning.
Police to appeal against Dylan Walker verdict
Police prosecutors are seeking to appeal against a court decision that found NRL star Dylan Walker not guilty of assaulting his partner.
Last month, the Manly Sea Eagles player was cleared of assaulting his fiancee Alexandra Ivkovic at their home, while she was holding their four-month-old baby in 2018.
New South Wales Police have now asked the Director of Public Prosecutions to consider an appeal of the not guilty verdict.
Separately, 24-year-old Dylan Walker is expected to face a Manly court in July as police seek an apprehended violence order.
Death after exposure to sewage
Safework NSW is investigating the death of a man who worked on a sewage leak in Sydney’s west last month.
The Department said a Sydney Olympic Park sewer overflowed on May 2 and a man who worked on the clean up died three days later.
Safework are investigating whether there was any link between the man’s exposure to sewage and his death.
War memorial defaced
A man will face court today after allegedly spray painting a Bathurst war memorial in the state’s central tablelands.
After the man was allegedly seen vandalising the memorial in Machattie Park, he was approached by patrolling police.
The 39-year-old allegedly armed himself with a golf club when police identified themselves.
He was restrained and arrested and the officers were not injured.
Police were called after witnesses saw the war memorial being vandalised. (Supplied: Facebook)
Green light for Ageing and Disability Commission
A new Ageing and Disability Commission will be established after passing through New South Wales Parliament overnight.
The Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services, Gareth Ward, says the commission will support some of the state’s most vulnerable people.
The body will have the power to compel information and apply and execute search warrants.
A commissioner will be appointed next month.
Apartment owners vote to pay $1 million levy
Owners of apartments in the Mascot Towers unit block have overwhelmingly voted in favour of paying a $1 million levy to help fund repairs to instability in the building, during a lengthy meeting last night.
Residents expressed frustration during two separate meetings with officials in Sydney’s inner-south, with tenants unhappy about being given only 30 minutes’ access to their apartments to collect their belongings.
Owners Corporation spokesman Patrick McGuire said during the owners’ meeting there was “fairly detailed and lengthy discussion” about whether owners should foot the $1 million bill, “but at the end of the day 94 per cent of eligible voters supported it”.
The Owners Corporation said a final engineers’ report is expected next week but residents would not be able to move back into their home for at least another month.
NSW Upper House pushes back on budget
The state’s Budget Bill has been challenged by opponents in the Upper House overnight, with changes slowing its movement through the chamber.
Several amendments to the budget have been passed, including the removal of proposed cuts to public sector long service leave and the abolishment of the Roads and Maritime Services.
Greens MP David Shoebridge said the changes show that the Upper House won’t be a rubber stamp.
“There is a very clear message to the Government [that] legislation needs to have merit to pass the Upper House,” he said.
Second milk recall
Dairy company Lactalis Australia has announced a second milk recall in a week in NSW and Victoria over fears about possible E.coli microbial contamination.
The milk being recalled includes 1 and 2-litre bottles of milk sold at Coles, Woolworths, IGA stores in southern NSW, the Murray, Riverina and western districts of the state.
Consumers have been warned not to drink the milk because the contamination cannot be detected by taste, smell or sight and can make people sick if consumed.
One type of Coles-brand milk sold at Victorian Coles Express sites and four Coles Express stores in southern New South Wales have also been recalled.