Sydney News: Royal Easter Show marks 200 years of history

Here’s what you need to know this morning.

The rain is easing but the risk of flooding remains

Residents of Woronora were among those ordered to evacuate.(ABC News)

Thousands of people forced to evacuate their homes due to extreme weather conditions are waiting to be released.

Several flood evacuation orders were issued across Greater Sydney yesterday by the State Emergency Service (SES).

People living in parts of Bonnet Bay, Woronora, Chipping Norton, Camden and Wallacia were asked to leave with a few hours’ notice.

Further evacuation orders were given to residents along the Hawkesbury River in parts of Pitt Town, Agnes Banks, Cattai, Cornwallis and Richmond Lowlands this morning.

Peter Otto of the Bureau of Meteorology said the weather was expected to calm down today but the risk of flooding remained.

“Although the rain is easing now, there is still a fairly serious risk to some people along the flooded rivers,” he said.

“Particularly in Hawkesbury and Nepean, which have a major flood warning.”

Yesterday, the SES responded to more than 700 calls for help.

Crackdown on “SIM card swapping scams”

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New rules to prevent unauthorized SIM swapping will come into effect from June 30.(Supplied: ACMA)

Scammers posing as customers when interacting with telecom providers cost victims an average of $28,000, according to the telecom watchdog.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) said weak security measures allowed scammers to pose as customers and have their numbers transferred to a new SIM card.

“SIM swapping scams can cause a lot of harm, as scammers take control of your phone number and then use it to access your online banking accounts,” said Fiona Cameron, chair of the task force. on ACMA scams.

The ACMA requires telecommunications operators to strengthen their security.

“These new rules require multi-factor authentication of your identity, such as confirming personal information and responding with a one-time code compatible with the operation of other essential services, such as banking,” he said. she declared.

Phone companies that don’t follow the rules risk legal action.

The new rules will come into effect on June 30.

The Easter show begins with a royal overture

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Princess Anne, right, will officially open this year’s show on Saturday afternoon.(Facebook: Sydney Royal Easter Show)

The Sydney Royal Easter Show kicks off today with special celebrations to mark 200 years since the founding of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS).

Saturday’s official opening will be undertaken by Princess Anne, who will enter Sydney’s Olympic Park stadium in a horse-drawn carriage that organizers say was built over 150 years ago.

“The first time it was used it carried Her Majesty The Queen, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles and Princess Anne into the main arena, where they officially opened the 1970 show,” they wrote. declared.

Over the next 12 days, there will be special historical exhibits alongside traditional activities, including animal shows, carnival rides and the show bag pavilion.

A daily street parade will pay homage to the history of the RAS from its beginnings in Parramatta Park to its current home.

The event continues to adhere to COVID safety measures, including limited daily capacity and increased physical distancing.

Two charged with COVID-19 fraud

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An investigation uncovered an alleged fraud syndicate pocketing COVID-19 relief grants.(ABC News: Dan Cox)

Police say two men fraudulently obtained more than $150,000 through government programs designed to help small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The men, aged 47 and 67, were arrested at a home in Villawood yesterday following an investigation by Strike Force Sainsbery.

The strike force was set up by the Financial Crimes Squad to investigate fraudulent claims made against NSW government financial aid programs linked to the COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters .

Police allege the pair were part of a criminal syndicate involved in numerous fraudulent claims for NSW Government support payments.

There are now five members of the alleged union in court.

Regional health division created

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Bronnie Taylor, Regional Minister of Health.(Provided: Tamara Penniket)

A new division of NSW Health has been created with the aim of improving health outcomes for people in rural and regional areas.

The state government says its new regional health division will focus on recruitment for key health roles in the NSW region and find innovative ways for health staff to live and work in the regional communities.

“The division will sit at the highest level within the Department of Health and provide strong advocacy for regional health issues, while building on the strengths of our excellent, highly networked NSW public health system for the benefit of regional NSW,” regional health minister Bronnie said. Taylor said.

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