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  • Confidence Guaranteed As We Get Back To Work

    The NSW Government has committed to provide a Summer Holiday Stock Guarantee for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and will expand the Small Business Fees and Charges Rebate for all eligible small businesses.

    Small and medium business owners will be able to open with confidence thanks to a suite of support measures from the NSW Government, as part of the Economic Recovery Strategy. 

    Under the SME Summer Holiday Stock Guarantee, eligible businesses with an annual turnover between $75,000 and $50 million will be able to apply for a grant of up to $20,000 to compensate for loss of perishable stock, or claim $10,000 for reduced capacity to sell non-perishable items if a local lockdown occurs and they are impacted.

    The expanded Small Business Fees and Charges Rebate will be eligible for use until 30 June 2022.

    Premier Dominic Perrottet said these measures were key to giving businesses the confidence to open up and plan for the future, which will help reboot our economy. 

    “Now that we’ve reached the 70 per cent double vaccination target, it’s wonderful to see businesses reopening their doors and welcoming back customers,” Mr Perrottet said.

    “These measures will give businesses and workers confidence to purchase stock and invest for the future knowing their doors will remain open as we get our economy firing again.”

    Treasurer Matt Kean said the Stock Guarantee of up to $20,000 would be available if non-essential SMEs were forced to shut their doors between 1 December 2021 to 31 January 2022 due to public health orders.

    “It’s devastating for businesses and their employees when they have to shut due to COVID but the grants will make it easier for businesses to manage their stock with confidence,” Mr Kean said.

    “We want businesses to have the confidence to get out and spend and invest in their business ahead of the busy Christmas trading period.

    “We expect the summer will be a bumper time for businesses as the people of NSW emerge from lockdown and look to support their local, and we want business owners to know we have their back.”

    Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope said the Government wanted to ensure businesses could open with confidence and certainty.

    “It hasn’t been an easy ride for businesses across the state and now we are reopening, this should give them some assurance that we will be there for them every step of the way,” Mr Tudehope said.

    “Small businesses will now be able to claim road user tolls under the Small Business Fees and Charges Rebate, which is being increased from $1500 to $2000.

    “The rebate can be used to offset NSW and local government fees and charges and adding tolls to the list of claimable charges is going to make a massive difference to many small business owners who use vehicles for work.”

    More information on the rebate and Summer Holiday Stock Guarantee will be available shortly.

  • 70% Roadmap Goes Live on Monday

    NSW has hit an important milestone, with 70% of the population now having had their second vaccination. This is a great achievement - and I thank everyone for doing this and helping us to open in a safe way.

    Thanks to this, and the drop in cases, even more restrictions are able to be eased come Monday.

    On Tuesday, the Liberal Party met to elect a new Premier, with Dominic Perrottet taking over the reins. It was an honour for the Premier to come to our electorate as the location for his first visit today, speaking with local businesses in Casula about reopening NSW.

    (Premier Perrottet, Minister for Western Sydney and Jobs - Stuart Ayres,
    Linda from Sahara Cafe and Grill and Melanie.)

    Importantly, any areas that are currently classed as an 'area of concern' will be removed, and will have the same rules as the rest of Sydney. There are still provisions in the Public Health Order for areas to be classed as 'Stay at Home' if there are any large outbreaks - so I ask that we all follow the rules and health advice to prevent this from happening.

    • Masks are required for all staff and customers in all indoor settings including on public transport, planes, and in airports (except children under the age of 12).
    • Masks are no longer required in outdoor settings (except for front-of-house hospitality staff).
    • COVID Safe check-ins and proof of vaccination are required for staff and customers.

    • Up to 10 visitors are allowed in your home at any one time (visitor limits don’t apply for children under the age of 12). This limit was changed today and was previously five.
    • Small outdoor gatherings and recreation are permitted with up to 30 people (a 2-person limit for people who are not fully vaccinated). This limit was changed today and was previously 20.
    • Visitors to residents in aged care facilities and disability homes are permitted in line with their policies.

    • Gyms, indoor recreation, and sporting facilities reopen with density limits and up to 20 people in classes.
    • Indoor pools will also be re-opened for swimming lessons, squad training, lap swimming, and rehab activities. This was a change announced today.
    • Community sports are not yet permitted.

    • Schools reopen with Level 3 COVID-19 safety measures (visit Department of Education NSW).
    • Kindergarten, Year 1, and Year 12 students will still return to face-to-face learning on October 18
    • All other school students will also now return to on-site learning with a range of COVID-safe measures in place by October 25. This was a change announced today (when it was initially November 1).

    • Non-critical retail reopens with density limits (people who are not fully vaccinated can only access non-critical retail via Click & Collect).
    • Personal services (including hairdressers, spas, beauty and nail salons, tattoo and massage parlours) reopen with density limits for up to 5 clients.

    • Hospitality reopens with a density limit for up to 20 people per booking (takeaway only for people who are not fully vaccinated).
    • No singing indoors.
    • Drinking indoors must be seated, but drinking outdoors may be seated or standing.
    • Dancing is permitted outdoors, dancing indoors is not permitted (except at weddings).

    • Construction sites returned to maximum daily workforce numbers on 27 September.
    • Occupied construction reopens (including cleaning, maintenance, renovations to buildings and other indoor trade works).

    • Employers allow staff to continue to work from home, if reasonably practicable.
    • Employers require staff who are not fully vaccinated to work from home, if reasonably practicable.

    • Major recreation facilities (including stadiums, theme parks, and racecourses) reopen with density limits for up to 5000 people, or by an exemption.
    • Entertainment facilities (including cinemas and theatres) reopen with a density limit or 75% fixed seated capacity.
    • Information and education facilities (including art galleries, museums and libraries) reopen with density limits.
    • Ticketed and seated outdoor public gatherings are permitted for up to 500 people with a density limit.
    • Amusement centres and nightclubs remain closed.

    • Weddings ceremonies are permitted with a density limit for up to 100 people (a 5-person limit for people who are not fully vaccinated). This was a change announced today, up from 50. 
    • Wedding receptions are permitted with a density limit for up to 100 people (not permitted for people who are not fully vaccinated), eating and drinking must be seated, and dancing is permitted. This was a change announced today, up from 50.
    • Funerals are permitted with a density limit for up to 100 people (a 10-person limit for people who are not fully vaccinated) and eating and drinking must be seated. This was a change announced today, up from 50.
    • Places of worship reopen with a density limit and singing is not permitted.

    • Travel holidays between regional LGAs are permitted (people in regional LGAs cannot enter Greater Sydney for holidays).
    • Travel holidays within Greater Sydney permitted (people in Greater Sydney can only holiday in the Greater Sydney region including Central Coast, Wollongong, Shellharbour and the Blue Mountains. You cannot holiday in regional LGAs).
    • Carpooling permitted (members of your household only for people who are not fully vaccinated).
    • Caravan parks and camping grounds reopen (including people who are not fully vaccinated).

    To keep track of the 70% roadmap, 80% roadmap and the 1 December roadmap, please visit https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/easing-covid-19-restrictions

    Whilst we are on the homeward stretch, mental health and financial support are still available.

    Please see the below links for assistance:

  • 1 December Roadmap

    On Wednesday 1 December 2021, the following settings will apply to all NSW citizens, regardless of their vaccination status:

    Gatherings in the home and outdoor public spaces

    • No limit on the number of visitors to a home
    • Density will shift to one person per 2 sqm for indoor and outdoor settings
    • No limit on the number of people who can attend informal outdoor gatherings
    • COVID Safe plan required for outdoor events with more than 1,000 people
    • Community sport permitted for all people.

    Venues including hospitality, retail stores and gyms

    • Retail stores can operate at one person per 2 sqm
    • Personal services such as hairdressers, spa, nail, beauty, waxing, tattoo and massage can operate with one person per 2 sqm
    • Hospitality venues can operate with one person per 2 sqm inside and outside, with no seating required for eating and drinking
    • Gyms and indoor recreation facilities, including indoor pools, can operate with one person per 2 sqm (uncapped)
    • Intimate services can open with one person per 4 sqm

    Major outdoor recreation facilities

    • Major recreation outdoor facilities including stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos can operate with one person per 2 sqm.

    Entertainment, information and education facilities

    • Entertainment facilities (including cinemas, theatres, music halls) can operate with one person per 2 sqm
    • Information and education facilities (including libraries, museums and galleries) can operate with one person per 2 sqm
    • Amusement centres and nightclubs can open with one person per 4 sqm.

    Working from home

    • Working from home will be at employer’s discretion.

    Education

    • All year groups return to face-to-face learning.

    Weddings, funerals and places of worship

    • One person per 2 sqm for weddings with dancing permitted and eating and drinking allowed while standing
    • One person per 2 sqm for funerals
    • Churches and places of worship can operate with one person per 2 sqm, with singing permitted.

    Travel

    • Domestic travel, including trips between Greater Sydney and Regional NSW
    • Caravan parks and camping grounds can operate
    • Carpooling is permitted
    • Quarantine settings for vaccinated arrivals will be altered. A cap on unvaccinated travellers may remain.

    Masks

    • Masks wearing will be mandatory while travelling on public transport, on planes and at airports, and for front-of-house hospitality workers
    • Mask wearing is not required when outdoors.

    For further information about the Reopening NSW roadmap, go to
    www.nsw.gov.au/COVID-19.

    Whilst we are on the homeward stretch, mental health and financial support is available.

    Please see the below links for assistance:

  • 80% Double Dose Roadmap (anticipated end of October)

    Under the Reopening NSW roadmap at 80 per cent double dose (anticipated at the end of October), the following freedoms will apply only to fully vaccinated adults (16+) and those with medical exemptions (staff and patrons).

    Gatherings in the home and outdoor public spaces

    • Up to 10 visitors will be allowed in a home (not including children 12 and under)
    • Up to 20 people can continue to gather in unregulated outdoor settings
    • Up to 200 people can attend COVID Safe events
    • Up to 500 people can attend controlled (ticketed and seated) events
    • Community sport permitted
    • Those who are not fully vaccinated may only gather outdoors in groups of 2 people.

    Venues including hospitality, retail stores and gyms

    • Retail stores can operate at one person per 4 sqm (those who are not fully vaccinated will continue to only have access to non-critical retail via click-and collect)
    • Personal services such as hairdressers, spa, nail, beauty, waxing, tattoo and massage) can operate with one person per 4 sqm (uncapped)
    • Hospitality venues can operate with one person per 4 sqm inside and one person per 2 sqm outside, with the requirement to be seated while drinking indoors removed. Group bookings will be limited to 20 people. Those who are not fully vaccinated can only access hospitality settings for takeaway
    • Gyms and indoor recreation facilities (excluding indoor pools) can operate with one person per 4sqm, capped at 20 people per class.

    Major outdoor recreation facilities

    • Major recreation outdoor facilities including stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos can operate with one person per 4 sqm, capped at 5,000 people (or by exemption).

    Entertainment, information and education facilities

    • Entertainment facilities (including cinemas, theatres, music halls) can operate with one person per 4 sqm or 75 per cent fixed seated capacity (whichever is larger)
    • Information and education facilities (including libraries, galleries and museums) can operate with one person per 4 sqm
    • Amusement centres and nightclubs will remain closed.

    Working from home

    • Employers must continue to allow employees to work from home, if reasonably practicable
    • Employers must require employees who are not fully vaccinated to work from home, if reasonably practicable.

    Education

    • Return to school with COVID Safe measures on 25 October (as previously announced).

    Weddings, funerals and places of worship

    • One person per 4sqm (uncapped) for weddings with dancing permitted and eating and drinking allowed while standing. Those who are not fully vaccinated may only attend weddings with a maximum of 5 guests (no receptions)
    • One person per 4 sqm (uncapped) for funerals. Those who are not fully vaccinated may only attend funerals with a maximum of 10 people
    • Churches and places of worship can continue to open with one person per 4 sqm, with no singing. Those who are not fully vaccinated will be allowed.

    Travel

    • Unrestricted trips between Greater Sydney and Regional NSW will be permitted
    • Caravan parks and camping grounds can operate, including for those who are not fully vaccinated
    • Carpooling is permitted. Those who are not fully vaccinated can only carpool with their household.

    Masks

    • Masks will remain mandatory for all indoor premises and settings, except children under 12
    • Only hospitality staff will be required to wear a mask while outdoors

    For further information about the Reopening NSW roadmap, go to
    www.nsw.gov.au/COVID-19.

    Whilst we are on the homeward stretch, mental health and financial support is available.

    Please see the below links for assistance:

  • Western Sydney Forum To Kick-Start Recovery

    Plans to kick-start the State’s economic recovery will be enhanced and more targeted following feedback and ideas put forward by Western and South-Western Sydney business and community representatives at a virtual forum yesterday. 

    Treasurer Dominic Perrottet hosted the online forum which was introduced by Premier Gladys Berejiklian with Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres and Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope.

    Representatives from chambers of commerce, peak bodies and community organisations and local businesses outlined the issues people are facing on the ground and presented potential solutions to reignite our economy during the two-hour event.

    Mr Perrottet said the communities of Western and South-Western Sydney have shown incredible resilience in recent months and he is confident they will play a key role in driving the State’s economic recovery.  

    “We thank all of the participants for taking part in this forum where we heard a range of great ideas on how we can help kick start the region’s recovery,” Mr Perrottet said.

    “The Government will look at every single idea raised as we finalise strategies for our economic recovery, because we know if it works in Western and South-Western Sydney it will work across NSW.

    “These areas are the heart and soul of Australia’s biggest city and it is imperative we get them pumping again as quickly as possible. We are all in this together now and we will come out together, too.” 

    A range of ideas were presented at the forum including; a reopening package tailored to the region, upskilling young people for the post-lockdown economy, small infrastructure projects and housing affordability opportunities.

    Mr Ayres said with almost a quarter of our population living in the West and South-West of Sydney, its recovery would determine how quickly the rest of the city bounced back. 

    “These communities have been through an incredibly tough period and it’s really inspiring to see everyone working together to find the best ways of moving forward,” Mr Ayres said. 

    “Western Sydney is ready to bounce back strongly but we know it won’t just happen on its own, so the ideas raised during this forum will play a vital role in developing the strategies to make it happen.”

    Other ideas put forward to reboot business activity included employment incentives and confidence-building initiatives aimed at getting more people back to work.

    Mr Tudehope said small businesses would be front and centre of our economic recovery and the Government is committed to providing the support they need to get back on their feet.

    “This is not just about recovery – it’s about making sure businesses come out of this stronger,” Mr Tudehope said.

    “Western Sydney is the engine room of NSW, driven by thousands of hardworking small businesses. Turbocharging their recovery with innovative ideas and solutions is my number one priority.”

    Ideas and proposals put forward at the forum will help shape the NSW Government’s economic recovery efforts for Western and Southwest Sydney as well the rest of the State.

  • Notice of Motion - Being Supported Warm Line

    Melanie Gibbons moved, that this House:

    1. Notes the COVID-19 Pandemic has taken a toll on the mental health of residents within the Holsworthy Electorate.

    2. Acknowledges the Government recently provided funding for the BEING Supported Warm Line service.

    3. Notes the warm line is a free phone line service for people who might be feeling isolated or distressed during this time.

    4. Commends the Government and the Minister for Mental Health for funding this important initiative.

  • COVID-19 Assistance Finder

    This Service NSW website helps to find assistance measures that may be available to you during COVID-19:

    https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/covid-19#covid-19-assistance-finder

  • COVID-19 NSW Health Information

    This NSW Health website provides information on COVID-19, including health advice and case alerts:

    https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/default.aspx

  • COVID-19 NSW Government Updates

    This website provides overall information on COVID-19 within NSW:

    https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

  • COVID-19 Testing Locations

    The below link will take you to a list of COVID-19 testing locations that are available right across NSW:

    https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/clinics.aspx