NSW flood crisis, deadly shooting in Chicago, Nick Kyrgios in Wimbledon final eight

Good morning. It’s Tuesday, July 5th and here’s a roundup of the latest news.

Disaster Recovery Fee for Flood Affected Communities

Compound has been announced for 23 local government areas in Sydney and parts of New South Wales.
Heavy rain forced the evacuation of thousands of people from flood-hit settlements.

With significant rainfall in many watersheds over the past three days, flood levels in March 2021, March and April of this year are expected to approach or exceed them in some areas.

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Numerous evacuation orders and warnings have been issued, mostly northwest of Sydney where severe flooding occurs along the Hawkesbury and Nepean rivers at Menangle, North Richmond, Lower Portland and Windsor.
Residents in the Chipping Norton areas of southwest Sydney have been ordered to evacuate before midnight due to flood warnings on the Georges and Voronora rivers.
For information on evacuation orders, road closures and weather warnings, please visit or call 132 500 or 000 in an emergency.

Reserve Bank may raise interest rates

The Reserve Bank (RBA) is meeting today to discuss interest rates and is expected to raise the official interest rate by 50 basis points to 1.35%.
If that happens, the monthly mortgage payment will rise by about $137 on a $500,000 25-year loan, according to RateCity.

Diana Musina, senior economist at AMP Capital, told SBS News that the reason the RBA is raising rates aggressively is due to fears that the inflationary environment could spiral out of control.

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“We think the RBA will raise rates by 50 bps at its July meeting, which follows from the 50 bps we saw in June,” Ms Musina said.

“The reason the RBA is raising rates quite aggressively is that it is concerned that the inflationary environment could get out of hand. And we may see inflation jump to a much higher level than the RBA itself predicts.”

Fourth of July parade shooting kills six

At least six people have died in a shooting during an Independence Day parade in the suburb of Highland Park near Chicago.

Witnesses reported chaotic scenes with bodies covered in blankets lying in the street as people fled from the incessant gunfire.

Law enforcement officers in uniform stand on the street.

At least six people have died in a shooting during an Independence Day parade in the suburb of Highland Park near Chicago. Source: A MONKEY / Nam Yu Ha / AP

The police said they were looking for a young white man.

The FBI is assisting in the search. Officials confirmed that a gun was seized at the scene.

Nursing home accused of alleged COVID-19 violations

A nursing home in Melbourne, where 45 people have died from COVID-19, has been blamed by the workplace safety monitoring service, while some family members believe its supervisors should be jailed.
WorkSafe Victoria on Monday announced that it had charged St Basil’s Nursing Home in Victoria with nine violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

A family member of a resident who died in the outbreak, Maxine Tilakes, told ABC she welcomed the allegations.

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“I just didn’t think it would come to this. I was just very, very happy and surprised,” she said.
“And it’s been so long. You know, I know that there are many steps and procedures, but I’m happy that it was recognized that something was wrong.

WorkSafe Victoria claims that in July 2020, after the home was notified that a worker tested positive for COVID-19, St Basil’s did not require workers to wear personal protective equipment, among other violations.

Kyrgios and Tomljanovic advance to Wimbledon quarter-finals

Australians Nick Kyrgios and Ayla Tomljanovic advanced to the Wimbledon quarter-finals, while Australians Alex de Minaur and Jason Kubler were eliminated from the tournament.

It was a big day for Australian tennis, with four players appearing in the last 16 draws for the first time since 1999.

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In the men’s draw, Kyrgios defeated American Brandon Nakashima in five sets while recovering from a shoulder injury.
In the women’s draw, Tomljanovic advanced to a second consecutive Wimbledon quarter-final, something the Australian had not done since Jelena Dokic in 1999–2000.

Tomljanovich defeated Alize Cornet in three sets.