Govt relief for different business sectors hit by omicron outbreak

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Building homes and supporting jobs in the construction, retail and hospitality sectors are at the centre of the latest tranche of regulatory relief helping NSW business get to the other side of the Omicron outbreak.

Changes to planning rules will allow for an extension of emergency construction hours, as well as making it easier for businesses to get much needed supplies and extending temporary measures that let pubs and restaurants continue to use carparks and bowling greens.

Treasurer Matt Kean said the measures were aimed at supporting some of the sectors hardest hit by the pandemic and designed to keep the economic wheels turning during the Omicron wave of the pandemic.

“We know that some retailers have struggled to get supplies and that impacts what people see on the shelves,” Mr Kean said.

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“We are changing the rules to make it easier for businesses to get those critical supplies – 24 hours a day in business and industrial areas.

“We’ve already changed the rules to let diners onto the footpaths and public spaces and now we’re extending measures to let pubs and restaurants use privately owned car parks and open space until 30 June.”

These new rule changes helping NSW businesses include:

  • The extension of emergency construction hours (up until 31 March 2022) allowing construction sites to operate on weekends without the need for prior planning approval;
  • Changes to planning rules allowing 24-hour deliveries in industrial and business zones
  • The extension of measures allowing pubs and restaurants use privately owned open space and car parks for hospitality (up until 30 June 2022)
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Minister for Planning and Minister for Homes Anthony Roberts said it’s vitally important we support the construction industry and the 340,000 jobs it supports.

“Construction continues to play a crucial role in our state by contributing around $47 billion each year to the economy, and supporting communities by, keeping people in jobs delivering new homes and community facilities,” he said.

“These changes will help us keep shovels in the ground to deliver new homes, jobs and great public spaces and keep the economy moving.”

No construction work will be allowed on public holidays and only quiet works can take place on Sundays. The extension of construction hours will be in place until 31 March 2022.

For more information visit www.planning.nsw.gov.au