Live: NSW Now: Child’s positive coronavirus test sparks childcare closure, and Sydney’s habitat clearing record targeted by report

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Here’s what you need to know this morning.

Childcare centre closed due to COVID-19

A childcare centre in south-west Sydney has been closed after a child tested positive to coronavirus yesterday.

Children at Bubup Wilam child care centre colour in.
Contract tracing and cleaning is under way at the Kids Learning Academy in Busby.(ABC News: Simon Winter)

NSW Health said the Kids Learning Academy in Busby is closed while contact tracing and cleaning is underway.

The NSW Department of Education advised two Sydney schools, which were closed yesterday, would be reopened today after being cleaned.

Greenway Park Public School and Bonnyrigg High School were closed after three students were diagnosed with COVID-19.

Sydney clearing vital habitat, report finds

Two koalas sitting in a tree
Koalas were found to be living in several urban areas around Sydney.(Supplied: Brett Jarrett)

New research has found Sydney is one of the worst urban areas in Australia, when it comes to habitat destruction.

The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) report examined 99 urban areas across the country.

It concluded Sydney is in the top five for destroying threatened habitat and that koalas are among those impacted.

Over a 17-year period, NSW and ACT had cleared 3,960 hectares of habitat used by threatened species such as koalas that live in the west and south-west of Sydney.

Review into iCare announced

iCare building in Sydney
iCare is the biggest workers compensation scheme in the country.(Four Corners)

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet has announced he will be appointing retired Supreme Court Judge Robert McDougall to head a review into the state’s workers compensation scheme, iCare.

Yesterday, iCare chief executive John Nagle resigned from his position after claims of mismanagement and serious conflict of interest involving his wife, who was given a contract with the insurer.

The review will look at the operations, structure, finances, management and culture of the scheme and report back to the NSW Government.

It follows a joint ABC Four Corners and Sydney Morning Herald investigation last week that revealed the underpayment of injured workers in compensation claims by iCare.

Eighth teen charged over Pyrmont attack

Police inspect clothing near a tree on a street at night
A 36-year-old man lost the use of one eye after the alleged attack.(ABC News)

An eighth person has been charged over the “horrific” and “abhorrent” alleged attack on a man in Sydney’s inner city.

A 36-year-old man was found with injuries described as “permanent and disfiguring” on Wattle Street in Pyrmont on Friday night.

Yesterday afternoon, NSW Police charged a 15-year-old boy with grievous bodily harm — seven teenagers have already been charged.

The teen was refused bail and will appear in a children’s court today.

Bus driver charged

A driver has been charged over a crash between two buses in Sydney’s eastern suburbs last month, which resulted in a woman suffering serious head injuries.

On July 27, emergency services were called to the intersection of Anzac Parade and High Street, Kensington after reports of a collision.

A passenger on one of the buses, a 47-year-old woman, was taken to hospital in a serious condition while one of the bus drivers, a 53-year-old man, was treated at the scene for minor leg injuries.

The 53-year-old man was later charged with dangerous and negligent driving and failing to stop at a red light.

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