Here’s what you need to know this morning.
Search for missing girl goes into day five
Emergency personnel will once again resume their search for a nine-year-old girl who disappeared from a property in the Blue Mountains days ago as fears for her safety grow.
Charlise Mutten was last seen Thursday afternoon, but was not reported missing until Friday, when NSW police are still trying to get a feel for her latest moves.
As the search goes into day five, her mother Kallista Mutten was interviewed by police yesterday.
Police are now also investigating whether a car was seen leaving the house early Friday morning without the headlights on.
The girl lives with her grandmother in Queensland and was on a family vacation in Mount Wilson.
Police treat the disappearance as suspicious.
The RAT order arrives in Sydney
A shipment of 1.2 million rapid antigen tests ordered by the NSW government has arrived in Sydney.
The sets arrived on a cargo flight yesterday and the order is part of a larger purchase of 50 million RATs.
NSW Health said the government order will be distributed to schools, key public services and vulnerable communities.
An additional 15 million rapid tests are expected to arrive within the next seven days.
Support to support regional art tours
A New South Wales company creating young people’s theater will receive support from the Australia Council’s Playing Australia grant of $ 5.5 million.
Monkey Baa is among 16 artist groups from across Australia receiving help taking their performances to rural and remote cities.
Australia Council CEO Adrian Collette AM welcomed the investment as a way to give more people access to the arts.
“We are particularly pleased that the recent round of investment will support a wide range of performances aimed at engaging young people and those based in regional and remote communities,” said Mr. Collette.
This year, there is also a lot of focus on First Nations, where Archie Roach will tour regional parts of NSW and Queensland.
Search for missing swimmers
A search resumes this morning for a man who disappeared while swimming in a river in northwestern Sydney.
Emergency services were called to the Hawkesbury River at Laughtondale after reports of a missing swimmer just after noon.
Police said a 32-year-old man who was on a houseboat with family and friends did not get up again after going swimming.