Live: NSW Now: Convicted conman Peter Foster charged, bushfire findings made public today

Here’s what you need to know this morning.

Peter Foster charged

Convicted conman Peter Foster has been charged with more than 15 fraud offences since his extradition to Sydney yesterday.

The 57-year-old was arrested in Port Douglas in far north Queensland last Thursday over an alleged international sports trading scam.

Police will allege in court he defrauded a man in Hong Kong to the tune of nearly $2 million.

Mr Foster was refused bail and is due to appear at Central Local Court today.

More hazard reduction on horizon

Incinerated pine forest stretches as far as the eye can see.
An incinerated pine forest stretches as far as the eye can see west of Towamba.(ABC News: Vanessa Milton)

The NSW Bushfire Inquiry results will be made public today after Cabinet last night signed off on all 76 of its recommendations.

One of those is the recommendation to significantly increase hazard reduction burning and to conduct these operations closer to homes.

The ABC understands there was strong debate amongst Cabinet about whether to implement all recommendations.

The inquiry received about 2,000 submissions relating to people’s experiences during the devastating 2019-20 bushfire season, 900 of which were made public.

Murder charge laid over double stabbing

A man will appear in court today charged with murder after a man was fatally stabbed and another seriously injured in Western Sydney yesterday.

Police said two men, aged 40 and 49, were found with stab wounds to the neck when emergency services were called out to Merrylands just after midnight Monday.

Both men were taken to Westmead Hospital in a critical condition and the younger man died a short time later.

Police charged a 26-year-old man with murder and attempted murder. They said all three men were known to each other.

Counsellors for regional NSW

A full time counsellor will be appointed to provide support for communities on the NSW south coast dealing with rising rates of suicide.

The counsellor will be based in Nowra and will service the community of Kiama, where five young people took their own lives in July.

The appointment is part of a $6.75 million State Government program which will see 15 full-time specialist counsellors deployed across regional NSW.

New data projects suicide rates to increase by 25 per cent in the next five years, with young people particularly vulnerable.

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