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Covid-busting grants and $50 vouchers for Clarence and Richmond Valleys

A fresh suite of Nationals in NSW Government support initiatives are set to help Clarence and Richmond Valley families, individuals and small businesses weather the impact of the newer omicron COVID wave, according to Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis.

“This virus is unrelenting and very persistent, but so are the Nationals in NSW Government,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“We are investing now to save jobs, save businesses and help local people especially young families have a local holiday.”

Mr Gulaptis said eligible affected businesses from Grafton to Casino would be entitled to a lump sum payment of 20 per cent of weekly payroll with a minimum payment of $500 per week and a maximum of $5,000 per week.

“The easy-to-access Small Business Fees and Charges Rebate has also been increased from $2000 to $3000 and those funds can now be used to buy COVID test kits, so exposed workers can get back on the job faster,” Mr Gulaptis said.

In a further new scheme based on the successful Dine & Discover voucher initiative, the hard hit local accommodation sector is set for an extra boost with launch of new $50 Stay NSW and $50 Parents NSW vouchers.

Mr Gulaptis said all eligible locals would be entitled to one $50 Stay NSW voucher and mums and dads of school-aged children would get an additional five $50 Parents NSW vouchers.

“The vouchers will be accessed through Service NSW in the same way as Dine & Discover and can be used with registered providers like motels and holiday parks,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“Eligible accommodation providers across the State can now register to take part in the new voucher program, with families able to access the Parents NSW vouchers and Stay NSW vouchers this month.

“It is about having a family break and giving a family business a break,” he concluded.

Participating businesses will be able to redeem vouchers seven days a week, including public holidays. Customers will be able to search for participating accommodation providers on the easy-to-use hotel finder.

Discover NSW registered businesses do not have to re-register to accept Parents NSW vouchers, but can still register if they have yet to do so. For more information on how to register a business, visit https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/register-business-stay-nsw-vouchers.