Good morning and welcome to your morning wrap of news, sport, and weather around Sydney for Wednesday, January 24. Get set for another hot and mostly sunny day, with temperatures to reach 29 degrees in the city and up to 37 in the west. Enjoy your day!
Lawyer gunned down in brazen Sydney cafe killing
On Tuesday afternoon, the usually bustling shops at Bankstown City Plaza were eerily quiet.
Cordoned off by police tape, the fruit shops, grocery stores and banks had their doors locked and shutters down.
Unions strike a deal, but major disruptions may still go ahead
Sydney commuters have been warned to brace for major disruptions to their travel on Thursday despite unions striking a deal over a new pay agreement, which still has to be voted on by thousands of rail workers.
Just over an hour after the state government said it would be forced to cancel 1300 train services on Thursday, Rail Tram and Bus Union state secretary Alex Claassens said the terms of a deal had been reached with Sydney Trains over a new four-year agreement. Read more.
Sydney traffic standstill on M5 after car rollover near Heathcote Road
A woman has been injured after the car she was driving was hit by an excavator bucket, causing it to roll on the M5 on Tuesday morning.
The crash left traffic at Hammondville at a standstill, after two eastbound lanes were closed while emergency services rescued the woman.
Emergency services were called to the scene near Heathcote Road just after 7am following reports of a single car rollover, an ambulance spokesman said, and traffic quickly began to build. Read more.
Premier thanks Royal National Park firefighters
Favourable winds averted a potential catastrophe when bushfires raged through Royal National Park on Saturday.
Rural Fire Services (RFS) officers revealed this when Premier Gladys Berejiklian visited the Sutherland Fire Command Centre at Heathcote on Tuesday to thank firefighters and receive an update on the situation.
Free flu vaccines for all NSW children under five after horror flu season
Free flu vaccinations will now be available for all NSW children between six months and five years old, after a horror season killed two preschoolers in 2017.
The NSW government will invest $3.5 million in 2018 for the children's flu vaccines, Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced on Tuesday.
The program will target more than 400,000 children across the state. Read more.
Denly and Maddinson steal the show for Sydney Sixers
If only the Sydney Sixers had Joe Denly from the start of the summer.
The hard-hitting 31-year-old Englishman, signed earlier this month as a replacement player for compatriot Jason Roy, cracked an unbeaten 72 from to down the Melbourne Stars in front of just 17,145 fans at the SCG on Tuesday, ensuring the Sixers finished their season with four straight wins and their second highest ever score. Read more.
Panthers move to sign Peter Wallace up for life
Ten years after being allowed to walk away, Penrith want Peter Wallace for life.
Plans are under way to keep Wallace at the foot of the mountains for good after revelations the new Panthers' NRL skipper had begun a coaching course. Read more.
Australian Diamonds too strong for England in netball Test
The Diamonds are the only undefeated team after victory over England in London as they bid for a third netball Quad Series title.
Australia prevailed 50-46 in a hard-fought tussle on Monday night at London's Copper Box Arena.
Goal-shooter Caitlin Bassett shook off a defensive double-team from English Super Netball stars Geva Mentor and Ama Agbeze to score 30 goals from 32 shots. Read more.