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COUNCILLOR CRAIG CHUNG

 
Community Newsletter
BUSINESS AS USUAL (Kind of)
 
The safety of our communities, customers and staff is the City of Sydney's top priority. The staff are monitoring developments relating to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) daily and assessing any potential impact on city services and events.

However, the normal work of Council continues. I am continuing to work on a number of projects and issues within the community and I have adapted to using zoom and I enjoy using it to replicate the "face-to-face" meetings I would usually have. Please reach out if you need assistance with an issue within the City of Sydney, COVID-19 related or otherwise. 

View the current NSW Government advice HERE
The City of Sydney website provides up to date information on city services

COVID-19 Relief Grants

The City of Sydney COVID-19 Relief Grants applications NOW OPEN. Small Businesses, Community Groups or people working within the Cultural and Creative Sector in Sydney may be eligible to apply for a COVID-19 Relief Grant to assist their organisation during this difficult period.

What's on offer:

- Small Business Grant - Up to $10,000
- Cultural Sector and Resilience Grant - $10,000 per sole trader and $20,000 per organisation. 
- Creative Fellowships Fund - up to $20,000 each
- Community Services Grant - From $5000 up to $50,000
- Quick Response Grant - Between $2000 and $5000

Applications are now open until the 27th of April.

Click
HERE to see the Relief Grants Criteria and visit THIS PAGE to apply

Changes to the Central Sydney Planning Strategy

Council adopts my proposal to reduce contribution fees for small business, families and residential DAs

One of the components of the Draft Relief Package was to reconsider the thresholds for developer contributions under the Draft Central City contributions plan and recommended a sliding scale proposal.

I had originally suggested this scaling model back in February when the Clover Moore/Labor bloc wanted to triple the contributions tax for small businesses and family homes in central Sydney. Under the proposal, any restaurant, cafe, bookshop, office or small bar as well as residential homes was to be hit with a 3% contributions tax when they submit a DA worth more than $200,000.

I recognised that this was an unreasonable proposal that was going to hit small businesses the most and so I suggested a sliding scale of:

$0-$250k 0%
250k-$500k 1%
$500k-$1m 2%
$1m+ 3%$

This was voted down by the Clover/Labor bloc.

Although it is a shame that it is under these circumstances, it is great to see that my sliding scale proposal has now been recognized as an effective measure to ease the financial burden on small businesses that want to develop their premises as well as support the recovery of this sector from the COVID-19 crisis.

Staying in touch and informed

Following the announcements of Federal, State and Local Government financial support, I have been busy e-meeting with small businesses, community groups and other organisations to give them support and assistance to apply for grants. Sydney CBD Business Chamber currently has weekly meetings where I can hear directly the issues businesses are facing and provide assistance where possible. 

Many of you would have been swamped with emails about various webinars and virtual meetings to discuss global responses to COVID-19. Some of the really interesting webinars continue to be hosted by the Cities Leadership Institute, Harvard Innovation Lab and Committee for Sydney – helping me to understand the challenges that cities are facing during this time and how we can respond to it better. 

COVID-19 is an accelerator for the flaws of the economy, climate change, social inequality. Innovative responses from communities will come through because we are adaptive.

Councils needs to ensure they continue to plan and spend on infrastructure, give rent and fees relief, be proactive to deliver services online, apply enforcement sensibly and start planning for the end of the crisis, when it comes, to take full advantage of the eventual upturn.

Click here to watch the Livestream
Small Business Briefing

Support from Federal, State and Local Government in response to COVID-19 is being announced at a frequent rate. With the overwhelming support from Government, it can be difficult for Small Business owners to consolidate the information and understand which support they are eligible for.

I was pleased to be a guest at the Facebook Live Small Business Briefing, hosted by the
Potts Point Partnership, along with other City of Sydney Councillors, State and Federal MPs to explain what different levels of government are doing to support small and medium businesses across our City. This forum proved to be useful for the Small Businesses who had tuned in as they were given the opportunity to ask direct questions to all participants. I look forward to exploring new ways to remain accessible for the community to assist with these matters.
 
Small businesses can also contact the City of Sydney concierge service which can help you unravel the complexities of which grant is which and what you are eligible to apply for. Call the concierge on 02 9265 2333 or email
CityConcierge@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

Watch:
Extraordinary Council Meeting Wrap
April 2020 Council Wrap
My appearance on The Drum April 2nd 2020
If you have any issues or concerns within the City of Sydney, feel free to contact me at cchung@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au 

Kind regards,
Craig

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What's On(line)

Lucio's at home
WHEN: 12pm - 8:30pm
WHERE:
https://www.luciosathome.com/
Click HERE for more info

Virtual art classes with Cork and Canvas
WHEN: On Demand
WHERE:
 https://corkandcanvas.com.au/
Click HERE for more info

"Roam from home" Scavenger Hunt
WHEN: On Demand until 30 June
WHERE:
 https://www.letsroam.com/roam_from_home
Click HERE for more info

Contact Councillor Craig Chung:
cchung@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au
P: +612 9246 7375 | M: +61 412 605 597

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