New restrictions are imposed in Sydney and surrounding towns as the number of COVID-19 cases increases. Household visits are limited to five people, capacity quotas are introduced at businesses and masks are made mandatory in all non-residential indoor settings. The other states and territories of Australia, as well as New Zealand, close their borders with New South Wales.
Around 7,500 people in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, stage a protest against Prime Minister Scott Morrison's lack of acknowledgement towards an ongoing bushfire caused by drought and climate change.
A state of emergency is declared in New South Wales, Australia, as a bushfire continues to burn out of control. More than 500 personnel from the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, Fire and Rescue NSW and the Australian Defence Force are tackling the bushfire, which has torn through the Holsworthy Barracks and threatens the suburbs of Sydney.
Heavy rains in the Australian state of New South Wales leads to evacuations or warnings in the towns of Cooma, Goulburn, Queanbeyan and near the town of Kiama. [http:--www.theaustralian.com.au-news-nation-flood-evacuations-loom-in-nsw-as-the-state-gets-a-soaking-story-e6frg6nf-1226285874282 ("The Australian")] [http:--www.abc.net.au-news-2012-03-01-goulburn-prepares-to-evacuate-3862054-?site=illawarra§ion=news (ABC News Australia)] [http:--www.dailytelegraph.com.au-news-sydney-nsw-towns-on-high-alert-as-heavy-rain-continues-story-e6freuzi-1226285745193 ("Daily Telegraph")]The Warragamba Dam, the primary water source for the city of Sydney, is expected to overflow within 24 hours causing nearby areas to flood as well as the Nepean River. [http:--www.news.com.au-national-record-rains-force-evacuations-in-nsw-story-e6frfkvr-1226285665120 (News Limited)]Hundreds of people in the northern part of the state of Victoria, with the town of Tallygaroopna the worst affected. [http:--sl.farmonline.com.au-news-state-livestock-cattle-evacuations-as-floods-waters-lap-homes-cars-2473515.aspx?src=rss ("Stock and Land")]date=August 2019 Heavy flooding is also reported in the region of the capital city Canberra with the Old Cotter River dam going under for the first time in a hundred years. [http:--www.smh.com.au-act-news-live-flood-watch-in-act-and-surrounding-regions-20120301-1u4fp.html ("Sydney Morning Herald")]Hundreds of people in the northern part of the state of Victoria, with the town of Tallygaroopna the worst affected. [http:--sl.farmonline.com.au-news-state-livestock-cattle-evacuations-as-floods-waters-lap-homes-cars-2473515.aspx?src=rss ("Stock and Land")]date=August 2019