Sydney news: Rain set to return to the Harbor City, bus drivers to strike next week

Here’s what you need to know this morning.

NSW braces for more rain

More heavy rain is forecast over the coming days. (ABC News: Cecilia Connell)

Residents across the state are being warned to prepare for further downpours in the coming days.

The Bureau of Meteorology is warning Greater Sydney, the Illawarra and Shoalhaven areas could see significant rainfall from today.

More than 300mm of rain is forecast over the next three days, with heavier, isolated falls possible.

A flood watch has been issued for catchments between the South Coast and the Central Coast, including the Shoalhaven River and St Georges Basin.

“The catchments are very wet and it won’t take very much rainfall for us to see flash flooding or river rises,” said Alisa Schofield from the Bureau of Meteorology.

She warned that for dangerous road conditions and landslips.

Review into Blue Mountains landslide

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Much of the Blue Mountains National Park will be closed today while rangers conduct a safety review. (ABC News: Jake Lapham)

The Blue Mountains National Park will be closed from 9am today while rangers carry out a safety review.

Its closure follows Monday’s landslide in which a father and son were killed while bushwalking at Wentworth Falls.

Two other members of the same family suffered serious head and abdominal injuries.

Most walking tracks will be cordoned off, apart from Evans Lookout and Govetts Leap Lookout.

“Unfortunately, it is not possible to predict and eliminate all natural risks, such as rockslides, which can occasionally occur,” a spokesperson for NSW National Parks and Wildlife said.

Rangers are urging people to exercise caution with more rain expected in the area in the coming days.

Bus drivers to go on strike

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Bus services on some routes could be affected by industrial action on Monday.(AAP: Dan Himbrechts)

Sydney bus commuters are facing more disruption, with drivers planning to go on strike on Monday.

Drivers on private bus routes look set to walk off the job for 24 hours, in the latest industrial action to hit the city’s transport network.

The Rail Tram and Bus Union says it will see bus services slashed by up to two-thirds across the inner west, the Hills district, and the city’s south, north and west.

Union secretary David Babineau said that, while each network is privately-operated, the government has ignored calls to bring back standard working conditions for drivers.

“We’re really in a situation where bus drivers across Sydney, and across NSW, are working under such a variety of conditions that it’s just intolerable,” he said.

Transport for NSW said it was working to minimize the impact on customers.

“We understand this is a frustrating situation for our customers and we are doing what we can to reduce disruption during this time,” a spokesperson said.

The government said negotiations on Enterprise Agreements were continuing between the bus operators and their drivers.

Four teens charged over alleged stabbing, home invasion

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Police are investigating after multiple stabbings in Doonside early this morning.(Supplied: TNV)

Police allege four teenage boys broke into a home in Sydney’s west before stabbing three people in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Officers were called to Cameron Street, Doonside, about 2:30 am yesterday after reports of a home invasion by a group of armed assailants.

It is alleged four people armed with knives attacked a man, 19, before also assaulting a man and a woman, aged 44 and 35, respectively, who came to his aid.

The trio was treated at the scene and taken to hospital in stable conditions.

Soon after, police were called to a car crash on McCulloch Road and arrived to find an abandoned vehicle.

After a search of the area, and the help of the dog squad, four teenage boys – all found allegedly armed with knives – were arrested.

Three were aged 16 and the other 14.

The 16-year-old boys were charged with special aggravated break and enter, and commit serious indictable offense-wound, and be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner.

Meanwhile, the 14-year-old was charged with special aggravated break and enter, and commit serious indictable offense-wound, and drive conveyance taken without consent of owner.

All four teens were refused bail to appear at a children’s court today.

Calls for sacking of police officer who humiliated Indigenous boy

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Aboriginal Legal Service chief executive Karly Warner has called for the officer who touched the boy to be sacked. (ABC News: Patrick Begley)

The head of the Aboriginal Legal Service has called for a police officer to be sacked after an investigation found he inappropriately touched a 15-year-old Indigenous boy while he was sedated and restrained on a stretcher.

A report by the police watchdog found the incident was witnessed by four other police officers who laughed along while their colleague touched the boy’s exposed nipple and made “turkey gobbling” noises.

The service’s chief executive, Karly Warner, said the way the boy was treated had damaged trust between the police and the Indigenous community.

“I don’t know how the community could have confidence in the conduct of this police officer – or the officers who thought humiliating a child experiencing a mental health crisis while restrained on an ambulance stretcher – is in any way amusing,” she said.

Ms Warner said it was disturbing to read in the police watchdog’s report into the incident that several of the police officers present said they knew the boy was Aboriginal.

“It’s really time to take a stand and let the community know that this is not the behavior that the Commissioner of Police is willing to accept from the NSW Police Force,” she said.

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