Sydney news: Manly’s parking crush in spotlight, deadline looms for Israel Folau


Updated

April 17, 2019 09:40:21

Here’s what you need to know this morning.

Manly parking nightmare

How do you make 7,500 cars fit in to 5,000 spaces? That’s the problem facing the Northern Beaches Council.

More than 7,500 permits have been issued for just 5,250 spots in Manly and the council last night voted to audit the “sub-optimal” parking scheme.

Mayor Michael Regan said the council would work with residents to bring it in line with Roads and Maritime Services requirements in the coming months.

Folau deadline looms

The deadline is ticking down for Wallabies star Israel Folau to respond to an official breach notice from Rugby Australia, which recommended he be sacked over repeated homophobic social media posts.

Rugby Australia’s chief executive Raelene Castle said the integrity unit deemed Folau’s comments a “high level” breach and that he had shown no remorse and was unapologetic about his actions.

He has until 2:00pm to accept the sanction and agree to quit or the matter would be referred to a code of conduct hearing.

Notre Dame statues

A Sydney journalist has shared her personal story of soaring high above Notre Dame just days before the roof caught alight.

Masha Macpherson was filming priceless statues being removed for restoration last Friday. She writes:

“It was a unique place to be. High on a scaffold with the cathedral’s spire towering above me — The ‘Arrow’ as it is known here.

“The precious copper statues of the 12 apostles and four evangelists caught the sunlight as they were lifted off the cathedral roof, wings glinting as a crane lowered them gently to the street below.

“Perhaps it’s a blessing they were saved that sunny morning.”

Read her full account here.

Car racket arrest

Police investigating an alleged fraud syndicate have recovered 18 luxury cars and have laid over 200 charges against a man accused of involvement in the scam.

The 34-year-old is the fifth person to be arrested by NSW Police Strike Force Jib, which was set up in July 2017 to investigating a group allegedly scamming financial institutions.

Police said previous attempts to arrest him were unsuccessful and alleged the man repeatedly rammed law enforcement vehicles at Condell Park last year to evade arrest.

Indonesian polls to re-open

Indonesia’s election supervisory body has ordered the polls reopen in Sydney for registered voters who waited hours in line only to see the booth close before they could vote.

Estimates suggested as more than 1,000 voters were unable to cast their vote after the clock hit 6:00pm.

A petition to re-open the polls in Sydney gained more than 40,000 signatures.

Kids Helpline report

The operator of Kids Helpline is concerned about a continuing decline in the number of boys and young men calling the service for mental health support.

Research released today from the free 24-hour hotline showed the number of males using the service had fallen in the last decade by 21 per cent.

Virtual services manager Tony Fitzgerald said the cultural stigma around men being emotionally vulnerable was still a major problem.

Wednesday’s weather

Partly cloudy. Patchy morning fog, mainly in the west. 

Min. Max.
CBD 16 25
Parramatta 13 25

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April 17, 2019 06:33:23



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