Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Natalie Ward hopeful about roadmaps being crucial to covid recovery

The new Minister for Multiculturalism Natalie Ward has said that the NSW Government has detailed the roadmaps that will lead into the next phase of recovery, as
we reach 70% and 80% double dose vaccination.
A record $43.2 million has now been allocated by the NSW Government to support vulnerable people and multicultural communities during the latest COVID outbreak. This boosted funding means critical support will be expanded to cover all of NSW.
Those who need it most will have access to important measures including emergency food and medical and housing support.
More support for people living in the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of concern is on its way, with a $10 million funding package for organisations providing critical services.
WestInvest
A new $5 billion WestInvest fund has been established to help secure a brighter future for Western and South Western Sydney families and residents, helping build new and improved facilities and local infrastructure to help communities hit hard by COVID-19.
JobSaver extension
The NSW Government will fund an extension of the JobSaver program to help NSW businesses reopen their doors and get people back into jobs as the State starts to ease restrictions and enjoy greater freedoms.
When NSW reaches the 70 per cent double vaccination rate, JobSaver payments will
be tapered from 40 per cent to 30 per cent of weekly payroll.
When NSW reaches the 80 per cent, the joint Commonwealth and NSW Government JobSaver payments will cease and the Commonwealth will end its contributions.
At that time, the NSW Government will continue to fund its 50 per cent contribution to JobSaver payments. At this point JobSaver payments will be tapered from 30 per cent to 15 per cent of weekly payroll.
JobSaver payments will end on 30 November, coinciding with the further relaxation of restrictions.
Multicultural Forums
The critical input from religious and community leaders has been essential in lifting vaccination rates, including in Western and South Western Sydney.
Home quarantine
The NSW and Federal Governments have announced the launching of a home quarantine pilot program in Greater Sydney, as NSW transitions towards opening up international borders.
Return of international students
A pilot plan for the phased return of fully vaccinated international students to NSW has been given the green light by the Federal Government. The first flight will touch down by the end of this year.
There is no doubt the key to our freedoms is our vaccination rate, so let’s keep it going!

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