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Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce COVID19 updates

Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce has been supporting industry and businesses across the Port Macquarie region for over thirty years. Our vibrant and innovative municipality benefits from the strong advocacy and guidance of the Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce in growing the economic and social capital of our community. As the longest serving network in the region, we have witnessed our home town evolve from a humble little fishing village into a vibrant cultural hub and world-class travel destination.

We are now in an unusual situation which we believe requires specific attention by all business nationally and in our region. This page will be updated regularly in an effort to provide links to relevant information as it becomes available.

 

 

As of May 25 2020:

 

Upcoming changes

From Monday 1 June 2020, the following will be allowed:

Rules that continue to apply include

What has changed

From Friday 15 May, the following is allowed:

  • public gatherings of up to 10 people
  • food and drink premises can open, but only to seat a maximum of 10 customers at any one time – this includes cafes and restaurants, a restaurant within a registered club or pub, or a cellar door that serves food
  • up to 5 visitors may visit another household at any one time
  • weddings can have up to 10 guests plus the people conducting or assisting in the conduct of the service, a photographer, a videographer, and the couple
  • indoor funerals and memorial services can have up to 20 mourners and outdoor funerals up to 30 mourners
  • religious gatherings and places of worship can have up to 10 worshippers
  • outdoor playground and exercise equipment can be used with caution
  • outdoor pools can open with restrictions.

Read FAQs on what has changed.

 

 

The Small Business COVID-19 support grant APPLICATIONS CLOSE 1 June

The NSW COVID-19 Small Business Support Grant of $10,000 is be available to eligible NSW small business owners.

The application form is available  HERE  on the Service NSW website 

To be eligible, businesses will need to:

  • have between 1-19 employees and a turnover of more than $75,000
  • a payroll below the NSW Government 2019-20 payroll tax threshold of $900,000
  • have an Australian Business Number as at 1 March 2020, be based in NSW and employ staff as at 1 March 2020
  • be highly impacted by the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020 issued on 30 March 2020
  • use the funding for unavoidable business costs such as utilities, overheads, legal costs and financial advice
  • provide appropriate documentation upon application.

For more information, go to https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/small-business-covid-19-support-grant-guidelines

 

 

EMPLOYER ENROLMENT FOR JOBKEEPER SUBSIDY OPEN:

Details and enrolment form: HERE

COUNCIL ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE PLANS:

Chamber have made a submission to Council regarding the Local Economic Assistance Plan. Details HERE

RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES:

The NSW government has introduced measures to help landlords and residential tenants work together during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 6-month package is designed to support tenancies to continue wherever possible. You  will find further details HERE

COMMERCIAL TENANCIES:

A mandatory commercial tenancies ‘code of conduct’ was announced by the National Cabinet.
The purpose of the Code is to impose a set of leasing principles for commercial tenancies (including retail, office and industrial) between owners/operators/other landlords and tenants. It will apply in circumstances where the tenant is a small-medium sized business (annual turnover of up to $50 million) and is an eligible business for the purpose of the Australian Government’s JobKeeper programme.
Landlords must not cancel a lease and tenants must honour lease requirements, although deferrals and waivers of proportions of rent may be made in consultation.
The arrangements will be overseen by binding mediation and a mandatory code will be rolled out in each state and territory.
You can view further details HERE
You can view the code HERE

 

  • Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce has postponed all events and meetings that had been scheduled to occur prior to June 30. Chamber will now focus in coordinating and providing links and access to relevant information to the business community in the region. While most of our people will be working from home, the office will usually be manned Monday to Thursday 9am to 2pm. If you require urgent assistance outside these times call Mark Wilson on 0412 221 204.

 

  • The 2020 Coastline Credit Union Greater Port Macquarie Business Awards Gala Dinner was scheduled for July 25, but will be postponed. We are investigating alternative dates and will advise when rescheduled.

 

RECENT NEWS AND ADVICE:

  • Gathering capacities in any other indoor situation must allow for a 4 square metre area surrounding each attendee. If your room is 4 metres by 10, therefore 40 square metres, it can hold 10 people maximum.
  •  The Australian Banking Association has announced that all small businesses who are impacted by Coronavirus will be entitled to a six-month deferral on all business loans. Contact your lender for advice.
  • Mandatory isolation of returning overseas travellers continues.
  • There are new measures in place for visiting elderly relatives in aged care.
  • PMHC Council have closed any Customer facing office situations including libraries and the Glasshouse, but staff are still working. Please make contact via phone and email.

INFORMATION LINKS:

  • PM Scott Morrison has also announced an increased  targeted stimulus package of $66Bn including significant relief for small business – for details go to: Federal Govt Business Assistance Link
  • NSW State Govt – Payroll Tax waiver for 3 months & increase threshold to $1m as well as waiver of other small business fees. Find NSW Government business guidelines and assistance here: NSW Business and employee support
  • Useful Federal Treasury department information for business: treasury.gov.au/coronavirus
  • Business Australia (formerly NSW Business Chamber) has provided detailed advice on their web site for all business and their staff, go to their advice site: EMPLOYER’S GUIDE TO CORONAVIRUS
  • Safework NSW advice and guidance for workplaces:   SAFEWORK NSW Guide and Advice
  • Port Macquarie Hastings Council website: PMHC HOME
  • Business.gov.au support line: 13 28 46

 

 

  • Chamber is recommending that local businesses:
    • Have the necessary plans in place to operate as normal as possible,
    • Keep up to date and informed with any new developments around COVID19 and amend plans accordingly,
    • Communicate with staff and customers to reassure them that you have appropriate plans in place,
    • Increase hygiene practices and awareness in the workplace,
    • Review and communicate your travel and sick policies with your team.
    • Encourage and even demand that any of your people self isolate at any indication of illness.
    • In a shopfront situation, Think about a concierge service at your front door to limit numbers at any given time.
    • Any business operator who needs assistance or guidance please contact us.

 

LOOK AFTER YOURSELF – IF YOU  OR ANYONE YOU KNOW NEEDS HELP:

 

Please support your community through these challenging times by buying local whenever possible. 

 

Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce COVID19 updates

Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce has been supporting industry and businesses across the Port Macquarie region for over thirty years. Our vibrant and innovative municipality benefits from the strong advocacy and guidance of the Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce in growing the economic and social capital of our community. As the longest serving network in the region, we have witnessed our home town evolve from a humble little fishing village into a vibrant cultural hub and world-class travel destination.

We are now in an unusual situation which we believe requires specific attention by all business nationally and in our region. This page will be updated regularly in an effort to provide links to relevant information as it becomes available.

 

 

As of May 25 2020:

 

Upcoming changes

From Monday 1 June 2020, the following will be allowed:

Rules that continue to apply include

What has changed

From Friday 15 May, the following is allowed:

  • public gatherings of up to 10 people
  • food and drink premises can open, but only to seat a maximum of 10 customers at any one time – this includes cafes and restaurants, a restaurant within a registered club or pub, or a cellar door that serves food
  • up to 5 visitors may visit another household at any one time
  • weddings can have up to 10 guests plus the people conducting or assisting in the conduct of the service, a photographer, a videographer, and the couple
  • indoor funerals and memorial services can have up to 20 mourners and outdoor funerals up to 30 mourners
  • religious gatherings and places of worship can have up to 10 worshippers
  • outdoor playground and exercise equipment can be used with caution
  • outdoor pools can open with restrictions.

Read FAQs on what has changed.

 

 

The Small Business COVID-19 support grant APPLICATIONS CLOSE 1 June

The NSW COVID-19 Small Business Support Grant of $10,000 is be available to eligible NSW small business owners.

The application form is available  HERE  on the Service NSW website 

To be eligible, businesses will need to:

  • have between 1-19 employees and a turnover of more than $75,000
  • a payroll below the NSW Government 2019-20 payroll tax threshold of $900,000
  • have an Australian Business Number as at 1 March 2020, be based in NSW and employ staff as at 1 March 2020
  • be highly impacted by the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020 issued on 30 March 2020
  • use the funding for unavoidable business costs such as utilities, overheads, legal costs and financial advice
  • provide appropriate documentation upon application.

For more information, go to https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/small-business-covid-19-support-grant-guidelines

 

 

EMPLOYER ENROLMENT FOR JOBKEEPER SUBSIDY OPEN:

Details and enrolment form: HERE

COUNCIL ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE PLANS:

Chamber have made a submission to Council regarding the Local Economic Assistance Plan. Details HERE

RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES:

The NSW government has introduced measures to help landlords and residential tenants work together during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 6-month package is designed to support tenancies to continue wherever possible. You  will find further details HERE

COMMERCIAL TENANCIES:

A mandatory commercial tenancies ‘code of conduct’ was announced by the National Cabinet.
The purpose of the Code is to impose a set of leasing principles for commercial tenancies (including retail, office and industrial) between owners/operators/other landlords and tenants. It will apply in circumstances where the tenant is a small-medium sized business (annual turnover of up to $50 million) and is an eligible business for the purpose of the Australian Government’s JobKeeper programme.
Landlords must not cancel a lease and tenants must honour lease requirements, although deferrals and waivers of proportions of rent may be made in consultation.
The arrangements will be overseen by binding mediation and a mandatory code will be rolled out in each state and territory.
You can view further details HERE
You can view the code HERE

 

  • Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce has postponed all events and meetings that had been scheduled to occur prior to June 30. Chamber will now focus in coordinating and providing links and access to relevant information to the business community in the region. While most of our people will be working from home, the office will usually be manned Monday to Thursday 9am to 2pm. If you require urgent assistance outside these times call Mark Wilson on 0412 221 204.

 

  • The 2020 Coastline Credit Union Greater Port Macquarie Business Awards Gala Dinner was scheduled for July 25, but will be postponed. We are investigating alternative dates and will advise when rescheduled.

 

RECENT NEWS AND ADVICE:

  • Gathering capacities in any other indoor situation must allow for a 4 square metre area surrounding each attendee. If your room is 4 metres by 10, therefore 40 square metres, it can hold 10 people maximum.
  •  The Australian Banking Association has announced that all small businesses who are impacted by Coronavirus will be entitled to a six-month deferral on all business loans. Contact your lender for advice.
  • Mandatory isolation of returning overseas travellers continues.
  • There are new measures in place for visiting elderly relatives in aged care.
  • PMHC Council have closed any Customer facing office situations including libraries and the Glasshouse, but staff are still working. Please make contact via phone and email.

INFORMATION LINKS:

  • PM Scott Morrison has also announced an increased  targeted stimulus package of $66Bn including significant relief for small business – for details go to: Federal Govt Business Assistance Link
  • NSW State Govt – Payroll Tax waiver for 3 months & increase threshold to $1m as well as waiver of other small business fees. Find NSW Government business guidelines and assistance here: NSW Business and employee support
  • Useful Federal Treasury department information for business: treasury.gov.au/coronavirus
  • Business Australia (formerly NSW Business Chamber) has provided detailed advice on their web site for all business and their staff, go to their advice site: EMPLOYER’S GUIDE TO CORONAVIRUS
  • Safework NSW advice and guidance for workplaces:   SAFEWORK NSW Guide and Advice
  • Port Macquarie Hastings Council website: PMHC HOME
  • Business.gov.au support line: 13 28 46

 

 

  • Chamber is recommending that local businesses:
    • Have the necessary plans in place to operate as normal as possible,
    • Keep up to date and informed with any new developments around COVID19 and amend plans accordingly,
    • Communicate with staff and customers to reassure them that you have appropriate plans in place,
    • Increase hygiene practices and awareness in the workplace,
    • Review and communicate your travel and sick policies with your team.
    • Encourage and even demand that any of your people self isolate at any indication of illness.
    • In a shopfront situation, Think about a concierge service at your front door to limit numbers at any given time.
    • Any business operator who needs assistance or guidance please contact us.

 

LOOK AFTER YOURSELF – IF YOU  OR ANYONE YOU KNOW NEEDS HELP:

 

Please support your community through these challenging times by buying local whenever possible. 

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