(SYDNEY, Australia.) JUST IN: A large-scale search for a baby that was reported to be floating in water in Sydney’s south-east will continue today” About 5:00pm yesterday emergency services were called to Yarra Bay, La Perouse after receiving a report that a baby was apparently deceased in the water.

#AceNewsReport – Feb.08: Several witnesses told police they had seen an object that they believed was to be a baby wrapped in a plastic bag floating in the shallow water:

Sydney Headline News: Search for baby reported floating in water at La Perouse resumes in a multi-agency search of the area was initiated but due to poor visibility, and no further sightings of the object, the search was suspended for the night and will recommence at 7:00am today.

Here’s what else you need to know this morning in Sydney News:

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Reports of baby floating in water

A female police officer stands on a rock, leaning over to look into water
Dozens of police were on scene searching for a baby.(ABC News)

Sydney News: Positive case in Wollongong area

NSW Health has issued warnings for a number of venues in the Illawarraafter a return overseas traveller tested positive to COVID-19 after completing hotel quarantine.

The person from the Wollongong area returned two negative tests during their quarantine period but tested positive on the recently introduced day 16 follow up and testing.

Test results indicated that the person had a low level of infection and their household contacts had returned negative results to date, NSW Health said.

Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed below should immediately get tested and self-isolate until further advice from NSW Health:

  • Headlands Hotel at Austinmer on February 2 between 1:00pm and 3:00pm
  • Bulli Beach Cafe at Bulli on February 6 between 1.30pm and 4:00pm

Anyone who attended the following venues at the relevant times was considered a casual contact and required be get tested immediately and self-isolate until they received a negative result.

  • Mootch & Me at Brighton Le Sands on February 2 between 10:54am and 12:00pm
  • Optus at North Wollongong on February 4 between 1:00pm and 1:15pm
  • Officeworks at Fairy Meadow on February 4 between 3:45pm and 4:05pm and February 5 between 3:00pm and 3:25pm

Sydney News: Bushfire grants scrutinised

The Deputy Premier will today front a parliamentary inquiry into Government grants after it was revealed some non-Coalition held areas missed out on bushfire recovery funds.

Last year, the Government handed out $180 million for projects in bushfire-affected communities, without an open application process.

The Blue Mountains area did not receive any money, even though Government-released data shows the economic impact of the bushfires was $65 million.

The Central Coast also missed out and the hit to its economy was found to be $163 million.

Both are in Labor-held seats.

There is now a second round of grants, providing $250 million, which is subject to an open application process.

Sydney News: Unrealistic delivery times putting riders at risk

A close-up of UberEATS delivery drivers on scooters parked in front of a restaurant.
A union spokesman said regulation was needed to address the “food delivery safety crisis”.(Reuters: Neil Hall)

More than two months after a spate of delivery rider deaths on Sydney roads, a SafeWork NSW taskforce has found riders’ lack of familiarity with NSW road rules and the use of “poorly maintained and unsafe” bicycles or motorbikes are common hazards that lead to injuries.

The Gig Economy Joint Taskforce was set up to investigate after four fatal traffic incidents in late 2020, and today has issued draft guidelines to food delivery companies and riders, in a bid to provide better protection for workers.

The taskforce said common hazards that needed to be managed included “unsafe systems of work”, like “poorly designed apps” and “unrealistic estimated delivery times” resulting in time pressures and unsafe riding.

The Transport Workers Union (TWU) welcomed government attention on what it called the “safety crisis in food delivery” but said direct intervention by government was needed.

Monday’s weather.

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