Here’s what you need to know this morning.

NSW renews net zero push

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NSW, the ACT and South Australia will share policy ideas on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.(ABC News: Michael Barnett)

The New South Wales government is joining with its interstate counterparts to develop climate change policies, sending another signal it has more ambitions about cutting greenhouse gas emissions than does the Commonwealth.

It has joined with the Australian Capital Territory and South Australian governments to develop a forum for sharing policy ideas to achieve net zero emissions.

The ABC understands Queensland and Victoria are also considering joining the group.

Treasurer and Environment Minister Matt Kean has criticised his federal colleagues and called on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to do more to address climate change. 

New vaccine hub for Western Sydney

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The Granville Centre in Western Sydney has the capacity to administer 1,000 booster shots per day. (Twitter: @ChristouSteve)

A new vaccination centre will open in Western Sydney today, as the state turns its attention to booster shots.

The opening of the Granville Centre, in partnership with Cumberland City Council, comes as the Qudos Bank Arena vaccination hub closes after administering more than 360,000 COVID-19 jabs.

People aged 18 years and over will now be eligible for a Pfizer booster shot six months after receiving their second dose of any COVID-19 vaccine.

Cumberland City Council Mayor Steve Christou said the centre would benefit his community and that he was excited to do whatever necessary to beat the pandemic.

The centre has the capacity to administer 1,000 booster shots per day and a surge capacity up to 2,000.

Premier Dominic Perrottet said the journey out of the pandemic was not over and the clinic would play an important role over the next 12 months.

The vaccination centre at Homebush will remain open.

More restrictions lift for schools

The easing of COVID-19 restrictions continues for schools today.

Fully vaccinated parents and carers are now allowed on site to support curriculum delivery, vulnerable students, reading support groups, canteens and uniform shops.

Mask-wearing, vaccination status and check-ins are still required.

Assemblies and presentations will be allowed, but only outdoors, on site and cohorts will be separated, with physical distancing in place.

Dancing, singing and music performances are back but only in class groups, much the same as bands, ensembles, music classes and music tuition, but only for instruments that do not rely on breath, due to the higher risk of transmission.

Investigation into abseiling death 

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A woman died while abseiling on Sunday and three other people were rescued off a rock ledge.(ABC News)

An investigation is underway following the death of a woman in bushland in northern Sydney.

About 1pm yesterday, emergency services were called to a location in Berowra Heights following reports a 63-year-old woman was seriously injured after falling while abseiling. 

Emergency services treated her at the scene, however, she was unable to be revived. 

Three other people, two women and a man, were rescued off a rock ledge and brought to safety.

A crime scene was established and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

More freedoms for fully vaccinated

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Drinking while standing is now allowed indoors and outdoors.  (ABC News: Harriet Tatham)

More freedoms kick in from today for people who have had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The looser restrictions do not apply to the unvaccinated until December 15 or when the state reaches the 95 per cent double-dose rate, whichever comes first.

Yesterday, Premier Dominic Perrottet said the state’s vaccine uptake, which is close to 90 per cent double-dose, had been the key to moving on from a “hermit kingdom”. However, he also acknowledged some restrictions would be needed for the foreseeable future.

“QR codes remain in place, tracking and tracing is still of assistance to our health team,” Mr Perrottet said.

“We want to get back to normality as quickly as possible, but we want to do it as safely as possible.”

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