State Matters - 18 October 2021
COVID ROADMAP STAGE TWO
NEW South Wales’ journey on the COVID-19 Reopening Roadmap has shifted up a gear with stage two rules for reaching the 80 per cent double vaccination target effective this week.
A key change to the draft roadmap is that the resumption of travel between Sydney and regional NSW has been delayed for a fortnight until the start of November.
Regional business will continue to access JobSaver for a further two weeks with a $200 million Regional Recovery Package soon to be rolled out for events, job creation and priority infrastructure projects.
To view the roadmap and check the latest COVID-19 advice got to www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19
NEW SERVICE NSW APP OPTION
You can now integrate your COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate into the Service NSW app with the program being rolled out state-wide.
This extra digital service enables you to show the green check-in tick and vaccination status simultaneously.
While integrating the COVID-19 digital certificate onto the Service NSW app will be optional, it will be the easiest and quickest way to prove you’re fully vaccinated.
As the vaccine data sits in the federal Australian Immunisation Register to integrate the COVID-19 digital certificate into the Service NSW app you will need to:
Ensure your Federal MyGov account is linked to Medicare
Download the Express Plus Medicare app and sign in with your MyGov account details
Select ‘Proof of vaccinations’ and then ‘View history’
Select ‘Share with check in app’ and then ‘Service NSW’
A video showing customers how to integrate this feature is available on this link https://tinyurl.com/3mwn72nm
Other ways to show the vaccine certificate include using the Express Plus Medicare app or the digital wallet on your phone.
Customers without a smartphone can print a vaccination certificate from their Medicare account or contact Services Australia for a paper certificate in order to prove their vaccination status.
MUSWELLBROOK BYPASS UPDATE
The New England Highway bypass of Muswellbrook is a step closer to construction, with the release of the community consultation report detailing feedback about the preferred bypass option.
Transport for NSW’s report details the 22 submissions received and provides responses to each of them.
The new design features include a connection to the bypass at Coal Road, along with a change to the connection of Burtons Lane with the New England Highway to join the proposed roundabout at the northern connection.
Changes have also been made to the connection of Koolbury Flats Row and Burtons Lane with the highway as well as right and left turning lanes at the Milpera Drive connection to the highway.
The concept design and environmental assessment for the proposal are being finalised and will be displayed for community feedback later this year.
For the latest project information visit: nswroads.work/muswellbrook
I encourage Upper Hunter electorate businesses wanting to tap into export markets to familiarise themselves with the first ever NSW Trade Statement.
The government’s bold plan aims to transform the state’s exports and trading performance on the world stage.
Exports make up 15 per cent of the NSW economy, worth $96 billion, but the government now has an ambitious target to double that to $200 billion by 2031.
The NSW Trade Statement outlines strategies to expand NSW exports including:
increasing the number of exporting businesses from NSW, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs);
exporting a more diverse range of goods, services and technologies, reflecting the true breadth and depth of NSW's world leading capabilities;
not only growing exports in established markets, but also increasing the number of overseas markets that we export to; and
building new pathways like ecommerce for how we export to reach a global customer base of billions of consumers.
View the NSW Trade Statement at https://investment.nsw.gov.au/nswtradestatement
FUNDING BOOST FOR LOCAL SPORT
More than $4.6 million is available to local sporting clubs to make their ideas to boost participation a reality, as COVID restrictions ease.
Initiatives which focus on increasing participation in sport through events, development programs and facilities are the focus of the latest round of the NSW Government’s Local Sport Grant Program.
Successful clubs can receive funding of up to $20,000, with up to $50,000 available for each electorate throughout NSW.
Applications close on Friday, 19 November with more information at www.sport.nsw.gov.au/grants/local-sport-grant-program
NSW WOMEN’S WEEK GRANTS
Women and girls will benefit from a range of community, education and mentoring opportunities during next year’s NSW Women’s Week with the state government providing a $100,000 grants program.
Local councils and not-for-profit organisations are encouraged to apply for a share of the funding to host events 7-13 March, 2022.
Events should support at least one of the key priorities of the NSW Women’s Strategy 2018-22:
improving women’s financial wellbeing and security; and,
encouraging a holistic approach to health and wellbeing or helping women to build confidence and celebrate their achievements.
Grant applications must be lodged before 15 November at https://womennsw.smartygrants.com.au/WWG22 .