We’re very aware of the lack of support and urgent need to lend a voice to Manly’s hospitality, retail and tourism operators, which lead to Tuesday’s online meeting with key decision makers to discuss solutions and find strategies to help. We were practical, positive and realistic, and used our position of direct contact with these policy makers to ensure our members concerns were heard and urged them to action.
A key concern from our President of Aide de MD – Charlotte Rimmer is the lack of communication and transparent planning by govt. “There may be a plan but no one knows what it is”, she said. “Any business needs a plan which can be adjusted – our members are concerned that decisions are being made reactively. There are short term financial solutions required while being prepared for the long game. Staffing and logistical issues will likely continue throughout this year.”
We’re grateful for the participants on our zoom for taking the time to listen and hear from the front line. Following our meeting, Federal Member for Warringah Zali Steggall shared letter pictured with the NSW Treasure and we’re pleased to advise that James Griffin MP has confirmed that the rent relief for businesses with a turnover of under $5m has been extended until March (as of 13 Jan). Keep an eye on the Manly MPs socials for full details and view our full list of critical solutions below:
· Mental health support packages
· Incentivise casual staff who work greater than 20hrs, to receive no individual tax deduction over 20 hours worked.
· Moratorium extensions for commercial tenants, and rental relief (MCC) from landlords if greater than 30-50% down, extended until March 30.
· Priority access to RAT units ASAP with concession/subsidy passed on to small businesses
· Government backed loans for small businesses with major banks extended until June 30.
· Open borders to students and working holiday makers immediately. No restrictions. Allow influx of labor force into struggling frontline sectors. There will always be staff off sick on rotation in these sectors, so we need more workers to underwrite the workforce. ESSENTIAL.
· Take away isolation for close contacts unless they are symptomatic. Allow healthy workers to be active in the workforce.
· Incentivise small businesses with PAYG rebate to keep doors open and workers employed within the Hospitality and Retail sectors.

James Griffin’s letter here outlining key outcomes to date including:

-Rental relief extended. – Business support package (financial) announcement imminent. – Event saver fund