Sydney news: 'Proactive NSW policing' in place after two women fatally shot

Sydney news: ‘Proactive NSW policing’ in place after two women fatally shot

Here’s what you need to know this morning.

‘Proactive policing’ in place after double homicide

Detectives say “proactive policing” is underway to prevent retaliation attacks after a double murder in Sydney’s south-west.

Two women, aged 48 and 39, were killed when their car was sprayed with bullets in Revesby on Saturday night.

Yesterday, Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty said the case had been allocated with significant resources, including officers from gangs squad, Strike Force Raptor.

“And it’s always concerning: What’s the repercussions of all this? But we’re going to be doing our best to try [to] suppress that,” he said.

Police say the older woman was known to them and believe she was targeted because of her “past relationships with other known identities.”

A 16-year-old girl and a 20-year-old man, who were also in the car during the attack, were uninjured and are cooperating with police.

Detectives are working to determine if several burnt-out cars found nearby are linked and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Calls for more visas for Afghans

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the fall of Kabul to the Taliban.(Reuters: Ali Khara)

A Sydney human rights lawyer is calling on the federal government to provide 20,000 emergency humanitarian visas for people trapped in Afghanistan.

Today marks one year since the capital, Kabul, fell to the Taliban.

In that time, scores of civilians have been killed or injured, women’s rights have been scaled back and food insecurity has risen, according to a recent Amnesty International report.

Refugee Advice and Casework Service’s Arif Hussein said that increased protections needed to be prioritized.

“Allowing people, refugees from Afghanistan currently in Australia living on temporary visas, to remain here permanently, and allowing for family reunification visas to be processed quicker,” he said.

City2Surf a boost for businesses

people dressed up in costumes taking part in a run
About 60,000 people took part in this year’s City2Surf, which returned to Sydney’s streets after a two-year COVID-19 hiatus.(ABC News: Helena Burke)

The greater Waverley in Sydney’s east is hopeful this year’s City2Surf has given the local economy a boost.

About 60,000 people took part in the 14-kilometre fun run, which has been held virtually for the past two years.

People traveled from around Australia to take part in the event.

Mayor Paula Masselos said Bondi businesses were bouncing back.

“The cafes, the shops were absolutely packed. It really was fabulous to see the vibe that was there,” she said.

“It was happy. It was positive. COVID has had a significant impact. The City2Surf and other events like this are really important in helping the local economy.”