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Road to Recovery

This week, Jeanne hosted the ‘Road to Recovery’ webinar on behalf of the Sutherland Shire Business Chamber (SSBC), speaking up for local business owners direct to senior members of the NSW Government. 

Jeanne interviewed NSW Treasurer the Hon. Dominic Perrottet MP and local member for Cronulla, Attorney General and Minister for Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence, the Hon. Mark Speakman SC MP.

The webinar gave the SSBC community the chance to ask Perrottet and Speakman what business recovery will look like after the current Covid-19 lockdown and what support will be offered.

Members of the business chamber are most concerned about business grants. Many Sutherland Shire businesses rely heavily on these grants, and frequent rule changes, short timeframes and fortnightly testing requirements have caused some confusion and anxiety, not to mention increasing businesses’ workloads. In particular, accountants voiced their frustrations at not receiving adequate communication and advice when guidelines relating to the grants change rapidly.  

Addressing support and recovery to be provided in terms of business grants, Dominic Perrottet confirmed his team is currently working on recovery and stimulus planning, set to be announced in the coming weeks.

“I’m working on a recovery package announcing in early October which will be focused on some business support and at the same time stimulus packages to ensure as we come out of lockdown we have a very strong rebound.”

As a solution to the inadequate communication around grant changes, SSBC member Jeni Wilcock suggested creating a forum or ‘alert’ system, enabling accountants to stay abreast of the changes. Dominic responded positively, saying,

“It’s a really good idea, and I will speak to my team today and put something together on that which we could send out to accountant groups.”

Through direct engagement by SSBC with the Treasurer and Attorney General, we have been able to give local businesses a voice, contribute to this critical discussion and offer valuable perspectives and solutions.

The full recording is available at www.sutherlandshirebusiness.com.au

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