|What’s happening in Croydon Park|
COVID-19 Zoom Meeting:
Staff of Tony Burke MP
Hassan Moussa Founder of CPBC
CPBC Executive Board:
We discussed the following
Today we met with the Federal Member for Watson, Tony Burke, to discuss the effects of Covid 19 on small businesses in Croydon Park. This covered the financials impacts of the pandemic and the requirements for Job Seeker and Job Keeper. We would like to see an extension of Job Keeper past the Sept deadline and a finer review of the Job Seeker allowance. We also discussed the rental, landlords and tenants situation which comes under State Law. This is an important topic because a collapse here will have a large domino effect across many businesses in Australia.
Many other questions were asked including:
– cleanliness in public areas and public transport, car parks, supermarkets etc
– public seating
– financial institutions, interest rates,
Our very own founding member, Hassan Moussa, had a very positive story about how important tenant relationships and Job Keeper was to him in these difficult times. He also stressed the importance of sustaining local business through Job Keeper and Job Seeker and the ongoing support of the government.
Finally we discussed the economic road to recovery and the major need for Australian Manufacturing.
Anyone with personal stories of how Job Seeker and Job Keeper has affected them are encouraged to forward these directory to Tony Burke at this link www.tonyburke.com.au
Webinar: Future Proof your Business with Apprenticeships
Wednesday 24 June, 2pm – 3pm AEST
by Business Australia
Business Australia and ASA join forces in this webinar to help employers understand the options, incentives and resources available to businesses employing, or considering employing, apprentices and trainees.
Update from Jodi McKay – 8 May 2020
As we approach the weekend I want to wish all mums a happy Mother’s Day! Although this year’s Mother’s Day will be different I hope that you and your family will be able to celebrate in your own special way.
I note that changes implemented in NSW last week allow for 2 adults and any dependent children to visit another household, however, restrictions relating to large gatherings still apply.
If you have any questions or concerns relating to where you can go and what is open, closed or restricted please visit the following link: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/what-you-can-and-cant-do-under-rules
As always if there is anything that my office can assist with please do not hesitate to contact 9747 1711 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Creative Kids goes digital
Service NSW is helping Creative Kids providers with their digital needs in order to help school aged kids to get involved in creative and cultural activities.Creative Kids providers will be able to access up to $5,000 in digital adaptation grants for:
cultural and creative activities that support the 2020 school curriculum,
activities and programs delivered online, and
creative supplies, equipment and materials through approved Creative Kids providers.
During this time, it is crucial that we are supporting and encouraging our kids to learn in innovative and creative ways. For more information please visit the following link https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/creative-kidsSupport for our international students and temporary work visa holders
International students and other temporary visa workers, many of whom live in the Strathfield electorate, are an important part of the economy and community in NSW. Yet NSW is the only Australian State or Territory not providing assistance to international students and other temporary work visa holders.
I have received numerous calls and emails from constituents expressing concerns about how this current situation has affected their livelihoods and those of their family and friends.
That is why Labor is calling for the Berejiklian government to follow Victoria’s lead and provide a $60 million package to fund survival grants of up to $1,100 for international students experiencing hardship.
Labor is also advocating for a portion of the $1 billion ‘Working for NSW’ fund to provide jobs for people who have no access or eligibility to other government support programs.
Please know that I will continue to advocate for the proper support and care for all people in NSW.Protecting our war memorials
War memorials are an important reminder of the great sacrifice of our Servicemen and Servicewomen and provide a place for future generations to reflect and commemorate.
I am pleased to announce that Veterans NSW are providing grants of up to $10,000 for communities to restore and protect their war memorials.
Applications close 27 July 2020 and more information can be found
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Business NSW has been working with the NSW Government to develop measures that help soften the impact on businesses and help the economy recover.
I am writing to remind you applications for the $10,000 small business COVID-19 support grant close on 1 June 2020.
Please encourage your members and clients to investigate whether they are eligible for part of the $550 million of grant funding available through Service NSW.
To be eligible for this grant, you must:
For the full eligibility criteria and to apply, visit the Service NSW website.
As part of our ongoing advocacy work, Business NSW has made further representations to the NSW Government to have the grants extended and criteria relaxed so more heavily-impacted businesses can access the support.
It is with much sadness to hear of the passing of the great Jack Mundey.
A pillar of strength who will greatly missed.
Jack accompanied with his wife and good friend Mick, always attended the Croydon Park Events which were produced by the CPBC. Thank you for always encouraging the CP Youth Committee. This showed Jack’s sense of community spirit. As most of us know Jack was famous for saving the Rocks and a voice as an environmentalist.
On a personal note, as his hairdresser I will miss cutting Jack’s hair as we would have many
conversations about the local business/ community and how over the years Croydon Park had
been beautified and much more.
We will truly miss you, Jack.
Employers: We’ve extended due dates for JobKeeper payment enrolments to help you finalise your preparations.
If you need some extra time, you’ll now have until:
You’ll also need to meet certain criteria to be eligible for JobKeeper payments – for more info, visit www.ato.gov.au/general/JobKeeper-Payment
This is a good step forward. Very happy and grateful about today’s changes to social restrictions in allowing two people and their children to visit another house,. This change will go a long way in helping people stay connected to family & friends, share meals and special moments together. Please be safe and sensible; our good practice is making a difference.
CPBC Lest We Forget.
Thank you for sending through your concerns how the Croydon Park local businesses are,
I have to tell you it is a sad thing to see Croydon Park look like a ghost town!
I go into my salon a few days a week to look after my loyal clients only. It is also sad that I have had to refuse anyone whom I don’t know with the fear of where they may have been or in contact with. This, to protect my family.
Definitely important and welcoming for Burwood Council to put in place initiatives to support our local businesses.
LiLi, I don’t seem to have received the E- newsletters.
Please send these thru to both the CPBC Secretary Judith Wagner and Media Team Troy Batta.
Stay Safe and well and same for all the great Team at Burwood Council
including Mayor John Faker.
Croydon Park Business Chamber inc
Members of NSW Business Chamber
Finalists – South West Sydney Chamber of the Year: 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012,
Dear CPBC Members in our Business Community,
on behalf of the Executive Committee we hope you had a safe Easter.
This has been a difficult time to go through with most importantly not being able to see our families; with also the stress of having the businesses shut.
We will send you information through the NSWBC which will be beneficial in this time.
Remember to stay home, stay well and just take the time to actually sit in the sun to have a cuppa and read a chapter a day of your favourite book in between some home business.
Croydon Park Business Chamber inc
I am writing to update you on new information and developments in the local area specifically in relation to our local seniors.
As many of you know, our local seniors have been particularly affected by the COVID-19 crisis and many are in need of help and assistance. Over the last few weeks my office has been supporting seniors who are isolated at home by providing care packages with essential items. If you know anyone in the local area who is elderly and requires assistance, please do not hesitate to contact my office.
I note that Strathfield Council has set up a hotline to assist the elderly, those who have a disability, and isolated members of the community who require special help. If you live in the Strathfield Council area and need assistance, please call 9748 9939 (Monday – Friday from 8.30am – 5pm).
For those who live in the Burwood area, Burwood Council is also providing a support service for the community which includes food care packages and information on counselling and support. For more information, please visit https://www.burwood.nsw.gov.au/burwood_cares_for_our_community.html or call 9911 9911.
I am also pleased to inform you that local organisations can now apply for one-off grants through the NSW Government to deliver programs that will help socially isolated seniors stay connected during this time.
Applications are open today and will close on April 26. For more information, please visit www.dcj.nsw.gov.au/combatting-social-isolation-for-seniors or contact my office for more information.
I recently discussed the issues facing our seniors in addition to the broader community concerns surrounding the NSW Government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis with Neil Lithgow from 2RDJ-FM.
You can listen to my interview via the following link:
As always, please know that you are all in my thoughts during this time. If you have any issues or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office.
Jodi McKay MP
COVID-19: Useful Links and Updates
I have received many inquiries from the community in relation to evictions. I can advise that evictions will be put on hold for 6 months. Landlords and renters are encouraged to talk about short term agreements. There will be more information to come this week and I will keep you updated on any new information.
Pharmacy Home Delivery Service
Australia Post has launched its Pharmacy Home Delivery Service, which will allow pharmacies to offer free delivery on medication and other essential supplies (under 500 grams) to their customers. Please contact your local pharmacy for more information.
More information from Australia Post regarding this service can be found at https://newsroom.auspost.com.au/article/australia-post-launches-free-pharmacy-home-delivery-service
I understand that many in our community have had difficulty buying essentials from their local supermarkets. Some supermarkets have introduced new initiatives to assist the community:
Woolworths Basic Box
I will continue to keep you updated on developments and important information about coronavirus.
You can also find the latest information and advice through the new Australian Government Coronavirus app.
iOS download here: https://apps.apple.com/au/app/coronavirus-australia/id1503846231
Android download here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.gov.health.covid19
A new WhatsApp channel has also been launched to supply you with the latest information. To access it go to www.aus.gov.au/whatsapp
What exactly is the JobKeeper payment?
The JobKeeper payment is designed to help businesses keep their employees on the payroll during government-ordered closures and dwindling profits. The payment equals $1,500 per eligible employee, per fortnight.
Business NSW – Local Chamber Alliance Partner Logo & Branding Guidelines
Thank you for your ongoing efforts to keep your local business community informed during this difficult time, there has been great examples from many of you incorporating Business Australia’s Coronavirus information on websites, apps, social media and newsletters to ensure support is available.
NSW Government support for small business a timely boost
The state’s peak business organisation, Business NSW, believes that the NSW Government’s announcement of a $750 million fund to provide grants for small and micro businesses impacted by the coronavirus will help those businesses keep their doors open and staff employed.
Unfortunately, scammers are using fears around the Coronavirus #COVID19 to take advantage of unsuspecting members of the community. These can range from falsely selling coronavirus-related products online and using fake emails or text messages to try and obtain personal data. Other scams include phishing emails and phone calls impersonating the World Health Organisation, government authorities, and legitimate businesses – including travel agents and telecommunications companies.
Protect yourself and find out more here: https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/news/covid-19-coronavirus-scams
How it all began in Croydon Park 2001
I am aware that COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus, is an issue of concern for many in our community. It is important that during this time that we remain safe and calm and follow the official advice of health authorities.
As the situation evolves, health authorities advise that the best form of prevention is to practice good hygiene by washing your hands and to ensure that you stay home if you feel unwell.
The symptoms of COVID-19 include a sore throat, fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you are unwell, you should call your GP or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222 for assistance and direction.
For the latest information and updates, visit health.nsw.gov.au or contact the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.
I am confident that we will be able to get through these difficult times. Please know that I will always be here to support you
Information for people with a disability:
IDEAS Disability Information
Disability and Chronic Illness COVID-10 Information Clearinghouse Australia – a group for people with a disability and/or chronic illness to share information about how to respond to the current COVID-19 public health emergency in Australia
Information in relation to the NDIS:
NDIS – making a complaint about any service withdrawal: https://www.ndiscommission.gov.au/about/complaints
Federal Department of Health
Important information for careworkers – one of the most serious issues is making sure that vulnerable people can still get the support they need. This is important information for careworkers
Members of NSW Business Chamber