Here’s what you need to know this morning.
Garbage truck driver charged over death
A garbage truck driver has been charged with dangerous driving after a female pedestrian was killed in Sydney’s west yesterday.
The 32-year-old driver allegedly hit the woman at the intersection of Gurney Road and Woodlands Avenue in Chester Hill around 8:30am.
The woman, who is yet to be formally identified, died at the scene.
Police last night charged the man with dangerous and negligent driving occasioning death, disobeying a no-right-hand-turn sign and not giving way to a pedestrian.
He was granted conditional bail and will appear at Bankstown Local Court on March 11.
Promised transport nowhere to be seen
The state opposition is accusing the government of abandoning the transport needs of thousands of residents of developments in the Sydney Olympic Park area.
Opposition leader Jodi McKay said thousands of people invested in housing at the Carter St Precinct in Lidcombe and at Wentworth Point based on promised infrastructure.
But she said residents were sold a false promise, with Metro West delayed and plans for Parramatta light rail stage two and an upgrade of the Hill St M4 exit put on ice indefinitely.
“They have these glossy brochures telling people this is what is going to happen and then they don’t go ahead with it,” Ms McKay said.
Wentworth Point resident Clement Lun said a single road into the peninsula meant the light rail was supposed to connect to “the future metro and to places where people work”.
Investigation into woman’s assault
Inquiries are continuing after a woman was seriously assaulted in the Sydney CBD overnight.
About 11:00pm on Tuesday, emergency services responded to reports a woman had been assaulted in a hotel in Pitt Street, Sydney.
Paramedics described her injuries as being consistent with being hit several times with a hammer.
The woman also had bruising to her abdomen and was taken to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Camperdown.
Sydney rail services increase
Sydney’s busiest rail lines will receive hundreds of extra weekly services following an additional $1 billion investment from the NSW government.
There will be an 80 per cent increase in peak services at the International, Domestic, Mascot and Green Square stations, and more services from Revesby and Campbelltown in the south-west.
The Illawarra line will see a 30 per cent increase in peak services, with extra trains from Cronulla, Waterfall and Hurstville to carry up to 6,000 additional customers.
The Inner West line and the South Coast line will also receive more services in peak times, while the Wollongong to Sydney CBD service will double outside of peak hours.
Waterloo public housing ‘stalemate’
The NSW Planning Minister has intervened in what he describes as a “stalemate” between the City of Sydney and a government body over a proposal to redevelop the Waterloo public housing estate.
The Land and Housing Corporation proposed nine high rise towers at 20 to 30 storeys in height.
But the council counter-proposed just three high rise towers and the creation of two parks, which it said would better meet the needs of residents.
Planning Minister Rob Stokes said the redevelopment was in “limbo” and gave both parties a fortnight to “break the deadlock” before he’d set up an alternate planning authority that would assess the proposal.
Last-minute plea ahead of aged care report
As the royal commission into aged care prepares to release its final report on Friday, the NSW Aged Care roundtable has made a last-minute plea for minimum staffing levels.
The roundtable has called on the commissioners to ensure a number of recommendations are included in their report, including paid training for staff and additional government funding to make staff permanent.
It has also demanded a mix of skills and qualifications in every aged care facility over every shift.
The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety was established in October 2018 and has heard from more than 600 witnesses at hearings.