Live: NSW Now: Two more senior Nationals members quit, COVID-19 warning for sports club

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Here’s what you need to know this morning.

More Nationals walk

NSW Deputy Premier says there is no problem with the police pursuit policy.
Troy Grant has been a Nationals MP for around 10 years.(AAP: Lukas Coch)

Former NSW Nationals leader Troy Grant has resigned but he says it “is just a coincidence” and has nothing to do with the stoush over a koala habitat policy earlier this month.

It comes after Port Macquarie MP Leslie Williams announced on the weekend she was defecting to the Liberal Party.

She says she couldn’t condone the actions of the party leader John Barilaro and other Nationals colleagues in threatening to move to the crossbench over the Government’s koala regulations.

It’s also understood former deputy Nationals leader and frontbencher Niall Blair hasn’t renewed his party membership.

Sports club alert

NSW Health has issued a public health alert after a person who has tested positive to COVID-19 dined at a sports club in Sydney’s south west.

The diner visited Moorebank Sports Club at Hammondville on the evening of September 14.

The venue has closed for cleaning and NSW Health is trying to identify patrons who may be considered close contacts.

Health authorities are advising anyone who attended the club that night to monitor for symptoms, isolate and get tested if they appear.

Safe taxi riding

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Fiona Stanaway recommends leaving a window open in the taxi for increased airflow.

As contact tracers scramble to find nine taxi passengers who may have been infected with COVID-19, there are ways Sydneysiders can protect themselves when riding in a cab.

NSW Health has urged passengers to sit in the back seat, diagonally opposite to the driver, and wear a mask.

Clinical epidemiologist Fiona Stanaway said people should limit their time in taxis and ride-share vehicles, and practice good hand hygiene.

“You need to try to be the maximum amount of distance from the driver, for the shortest amount of time in the taxi and with as minimal contact as possible,” she said.

But she said passengers would be “safer on a train”.

Selling the ‘staycation’

NSW’s peak tourism accommodation group says regional areas like Byron Bay, the South Coast, Blue Mountains and the Hunter Valley are starting to see a return of travellers keen to get out despite COVID-19 border closures.

It comes as the NSW Government is pushing for Sydney ‘staycations’ to support local businesses.

Tourism Accommodation Australian NSW CEO Michael Johnson said upcoming school holidays would boost visitor numbers further.

Mr Johnson said Sydney hotels were also running below 20 per cent occupancy as he encouraged Sydneysiders to “have a world-class experience right on your own doorstep”.

Cannabis proceeds seized

A Sydney man will appear in court today after police allegedly found him in possession of more than $250,000 linked to cannabis sales.

As part of investigations into the indoor cultivation of cannabis across metropolitan Sydney, police entered a home in Bexley North on August 2.

They found $209,750 and later found a further $41,640 in a unit in Kirrawee.

A 40-year-old man was charged with knowingly dealing with proceeds of crime.

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