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The ageing serial killer is serving seven life sentences for murder. - ABC

Milat moved to Sydney hospital

Convicted serial killer Ivan Milat has been transferred from Goulburn Correctional Centre to a Sydney hospital in a high-security operation.

The Department of Corrective Services yesterday confirmed the 74-year-old had been taken to Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick — it is understood he was undergoing diagnostic scans.

He is being housed in a secure annex of the hospital, described to the ABC as similar to a hospital prison, and is expected to return to Goulburn in the coming days.

Milat is serving multiple life sentences for murdering seven people, including five foreign backpackers, and is the nation's most notorious serial killer.

Dam remains identified

Forensic testing has confirmed human remains found in a Blue Mountains dam in March are those of Cecilia Devine, a Newcastle woman who went missing eight months earlier.

NSW Police are now treating the 42-year-old Newcastle woman's disappearance as a homicide, and Strike Force Eking is investigating the circumstances surrounding her death.

Investigators have released CCTV footage of Ms Devine leaving a hotel in Katoomba on September 6, the same day she was reported missing. It shows her wearing a bright yellow cardigan and carrying an orange handbag.

Ms Devine's brothers and a detective from the Blue Mountains Police are scheduled to address the media about her disappearance today.

Gunshot victim dies

A man who was shot after a fight at a family gathering in the Hunter region on Mother's Day has died in hospital.

The 28-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the head, believed to be self-inflicted, after he allegedly shot his stepbrother, 35, in the chest.

The two men were rushed to John Hunter Hospital from a property at Bingleburra.

The older man is in a stable condition in hospital.

Smoke haze

There may be reduced air quality due to hazard reduction burns in the Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands, Sutherland, Cessnock and Lake Macquarie over the next few days.

Favourable weather conditions will allow firefighters to reduce fuel but the burns could produce a large amount of smoke, NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) Acting Commissioner Rob Rogers said.

"Smoke from burns over the next few days and this weekend … may result in reduced air quality as it drifts across the Greater Sydney, Central Coast, Wollongong and Newcastle regions," he said.

People have been warned to stay inside, keep pets in a protected area, and drive slowly with headlights on in affected areas. Those with asthma, respiratory or heart conditions should take precautions, the RFS said.

Dog pool day under consideration

The pooches of Sydney could get a day in the pool, with the City of Sydney voting to investigate a day where dogs can swim and play at Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool on Sydney Harbour.

The council hopes to open the seasonal pool to dogs — probably on the last day of the swimming season — if the NSW Department of Health finds it's suitable and healthy to do so.

The council said cleaning costs would be a factor in the decision.

Christchurch City Council and others in New Zealand set the example by opening the doors of their local pools for a dog-only swim day at the beginning of winter.