Sydney News: Redeveloped Sydney Football Stadium opens to public

Here’s what you need to know this morning.

Animated show for the opening of the stadium

Strobe lighting and fireworks were used during the opening show. (ABC News)

Tens of thousands of people flocked to the redeveloped Sydney football stadium yesterday, which opened its doors to the public for the first time since it was controversially demolished and rebuilt.

Australian entertainers Guy Sebastian and Baker Boy headlined the day’s free entertainment, which also included stalls and tours of the $828 million venue.

The rebuilt stadium features a 360-degree open hall, new seats with improved pitch views and improved accessibility.

The long-awaited opening comes three years after the stadium was controversially toppled amid questions about the state government’s funding priorities.

The stadium will host its first major sporting event on Friday, when the NRL’s South Sydney Rabbitohs take on the Sydney Roosters.

Government makes rail offer

The NSW government says it will go to work on changes to new intercity trains if the railway union agrees to end industrial action during negotiations over a new pay deal.

Employee Relations Minister Damien Tudehope told the railways union he would withdraw the requirement that changes to the intercity fleet be conditional on the finalization of a new company agreement.

He says the government would spend $2.8 billion to modify the new fleet.

Mr Tudehope said that after proper testing, the government would immediately allow modifications to the new trains.

The only condition is that the union end its union campaign.

Another strike is scheduled for Wednesday, with workers refusing to operate foreign-made trains, affecting around 70% of the fleet.

The offer will be discussed at a meeting between railway unions and government officials on Monday.

Prime Minister calls for permanent residency for skilled migrants

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The Prime Minister says the state has the most to lose in the current skills crisis.(ABC News)

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has called on Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to speed up permanent residency to attract skilled migrants, ahead of the jobs summit.

The Federal Government will host businesses, unions and social groups in Canberra for a jobs and skills summit this week in a bid to find a new approach to Australia’s jobs crisis.

Mr Perrottet said the worker shortage was having the biggest impact in New South Wales due to the large amount of construction work going on.

Although the current federal government has done a lot to eliminate the backlog of visa applications, there is still a lot to do, he said.

“We need to get people into this country and over the last couple of years with the border closed it’s been incredibly difficult so we need a global call to get people in,” he said. he declares.

“Unless we’re looking at permanent residency areas and fast-tracking those areas, in those areas we probably haven’t looked at in the past.”

Flood recovery is a ‘top priority’

The New South Wales premier has said flood response is his top priority, six months after devastating floods hit the northern rivers region of the state.

More than a thousand people remain in emergency accommodation after floods hit the region in February.

Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet says the government is committed to implementing the recommendations of an independent flood inquiry report.

“Flood response is my top priority as prime minister,” Perrottet said.

“I am working around the clock on each of these recommendations to set up an implementation team within the Prime Minister’s Department and Cabinet to work across government on this and it is my top priority.”

Child sex trial of former NSW Labor MP delayed

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Former NSW Labor Minister Milton Orkopoulos is due to stand trial next year. (AAP Image: Bianca De Marchi)

The trial of former New South Wales Labor MP Milton Orkopoulos on charges of child sex abuse has been postponed until next year.

The former Swansea MP is accused of sexually abusing four boys, each of whom he allegedly drugged at Lake Macquarie and on the Mid North Coast.

Milton Orkopoulos has pleaded not guilty to 29 counts relating to the alleged sexual and indecent assault of the boys, aged 11 to 14, in the 1990s.

His trial in the District Court was due to start in Sydney today but has been postponed until February next year.

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