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NSW records five new locally acquired coronavirus cases as Oran Park cluster expands

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NSW has recorded seven new cases of COVID-19 in 24 hours, two of which are returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

The five locally acquired infections are all linked to known clusters or previous cases.

Three are from a family linked to the Greater Beginnings Childcare Centre in Oran Park and one is an educator who works there.

The Oran Park cluster has now reached 18 cases.

The fifth locally acquired new case is a student who attends Oran Park High School where staff and students have been asked to self isolate.

NSW Health says contact tracing is underway at the school and the campus will be cleaned over the weekend.

This student is a close contact of a previous case linked to the Liverpool private clinic cluster, which now totals 11…



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Merino Sisters head marketing campaign as Australian wool trade becomes more reliant on China

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Three sheep are helping round up a retail revival for Australian wool in China.

So far, 230 million people have seen the quirky commercial of ‘the Merino Sisters’ spruiking the prestigious and versatile fibre.

The marketing campaign is the work of woolgrower-funded Australian Wool Innovation’s (AWI) The Woolmark Company.

AWI chief executive officer Stuart McCullough said it was providing the certainty the industry needed given…



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Coronavirus alarm for SW Sydney gym

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NSW authorities have issued a warning for a gym in Sydney’s south-west where a positive coronavirus case visited more than a dozen times in the past fortnight.

NSW Health said the person visited the F45 gym at Leppington 13 times between October 15 and October 28.

The warning comes as NSW recorded its first mystery coronavirus infection in more than a fortnight, while the Hoxton Park campus of the Malek Fahd Islamic School – in Sydney’s south-west – was closed after two students tested positive.

Health authorities in NSW on Thursday confirmed four new locally acquired coronavirus infections.

The confirmed case linked to the F45 gym is among the new cases reported in Thursday’s numbers.

NSW Health considers anyone who attended the…



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My Cinema My Film Festival Is the New Australian Event Supporting Independent Cinemas – Concrete Playground

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In a normal year, the Sydney Film Festival doesn’t just host the huge city-wide event that it’s best known for, but also takes a touring program around the country via its Travelling Film Festival. We all know that there’s little that’s normal about 2020, of course, so the fest has been adapting accordingly — firstly, by going virtual for its big attraction; and now, by launching a new film event designed to encourage movie buffs to head back to the nation’s independent cinemas.

Running across November and December, My Cinema My Film Festival is a collaboration between SFF’s Travelling Film Festival and Independent Cinemas Australia — and it’s hitting up 19 picture palaces across New South Wales,…



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