Here’s what you need to know this morning.
Police seize $1m and cocaine
Police have seized $1 million in cash and five bags of cocaine after an East Hills man was arrested as part of an investigation into drug supply and firearm use.
The man was stopped on the M5 on Friday, and five bags of cocaine were allegedly found concealed in the door trim of his car.
A search warrant was executed at a home on Harcourt Avenue, East Hills, where officers allegedly discovered $1 million in cash, two semi-automatic pistols and a shotgun, as well as more cocaine.
The 33-year-old was charged with 14 offences and was refused bail to appear at Bankstown Local Court on Wednesday.
School, court report COVID-19 cases
Sydney Girls High in Surry Hills will be closed today after a student tested positive for COVID-19, sending teachers and students into isolation.
Meanwhile, Parramatta Local Court was cleaned yesterday after a security contractor who worked at the courthouse tested positive.
People who attended the court on Tuesday and Wednesday last week were urged to watch for symptoms and to seek testing if they occurred.
The number of new cases has dropped slightly over the past few days, with five new infections recorded yesterday.
Drones assess beaches after shark attack
Surveillance will be carried out at beaches in Port Macquarie this morning to determine if they can be reopened after the weekend’s shark attack.
Chantelle Doyle, 35, remains in a stable condition in Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital after being bitten on the leg at Shelley Beach on Saturday.
Her husband, Mark Rapley, has been hailed a hero for repeatedly punching the Great White shark to help fend it off.
Local beaches remain closed but Surf Life Saving CEO Steven Pearce said crews would use drones and jet skis to reassess the situation this morning.
The cost of being COVID-safe
Being greeted with hand-sanitiser stations and social-distancing signs is part of the new normal for shoppers in NSW.
But being COVID-19 safe comes with a hefty price tag for small businesses, with some spending thousands of dollars to continue operating under mandatory NSW Health measures — even as profits shrink.
Two-thirds of businesses reported a decrease in revenue due to the pandemic, according to a June Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) survey.
One in three of those businesses said they’d lost at least half of their revenue.
Prison guard charged
A probationary correctional officer is in court today, charged with bringing in contraband to a prison on the state’s mid-north coast.
The 32-year-old worked at the West Kempsey correctional centre, a medium-security prison for males and females.
He was charged with unlawfully bringing or attempting to bring anything into a place of detention and was suspended from duty as a result.
Public visits at correctional centres throughout the state have been suspended amid the pandemic, and some jails have reported rioting as contraband dried up.