By Matt Kean
What a difference a month makes. So much has happened since I wrote my last column for the Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural Community News. Hornsby
I would like to begin by acknowledging the legacy of former Premier Gladys Berejiklian. Over the last four and a half years, she has led NSW with dignity, determination and poise. NSW is a better place because of Gladys.
I have stayed on as Minister for Energy and Environment while taking on the role of Treasurer. I am honoured to serve as Treasurer and I will focus on ensuring our state bounces back better from the COVID-19 pandemic and build a fairer, sustainable and more prosperous future.
After 100 plus days it is good to be able to visit friends, eat at a restaurant, do some shopping and go to the movies. The Hornsby community has led the way when it comes to vaccination and the rest of New South Wales has followed as we have now passed the 80% double vaccination target.
I would encourage everyone to continue to follow the current restrictions and when you are out and about, shop local. It has been a tough two years and our wonderful local businesses need our support.
The NSW State Government is continuing to support businesses as restrictions ease:
• JobSaver extended to continue to support business as we start to open up
• Two additional Dine and Discover vouchers will be available soon for all NSW residents to download from Service NSW
• Stock guarantees for small and medium business if they are forced to shut due to the public health order (more details will be available soon)
• The Hardship Panel will offer a review for businesses who did not qualify for the COVID-19 business support measurers. If your business was not eligible but impacted by the lockdown please contact Service NSW
• Training courses to help get ‘Tender Ready’
• Expanded Small Business Fees and Charges Rebate
For the latest updates or for more information on these support packages please visit www.nsw.gov.au