Burwood Cares for Business

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Burwood Council understands that this unprecedented global event is a difficult time for our local business community. We are committed to supporting businesses affected by the COVID-19 virus.

This is how Burwood Council is supporting local businesses.

 

Overview

Council at its 24 March Council Meeting has endorsed a wide range of initiatives to support our local businesses during these challenging times.

These include: 

  • Introducing the Burwood Cares program to help local community and businesses by facilitating what’s happening in the area; sharing information and helpful tips, updates on Council services and links to other agency programs and services.
  • Waiving all mandatory health inspection fees for the next six months, including the increase of the grace period for ticketed and timed parking to 15 minutes, and concentrating on situations that present a health or safety risk.
  • Conducting a comprehensive review of all fees and charges to determine those that could be adjusted during the next six months and report to the next Council meeting.
  • Continuing its increased program of cleansing and booked clean-ups.
  • Reviewing its Rates and Charges Hardship Assistance Policy to ensure the most equitable assessment is performed in the event of unpaid rates by residents and businesses.
  • Adopting a flexible and pragmatic approach to enforcement and compliance action for the next six months.
  • Providing a 3-month credit to all businesses who have paid a licence for outdoor dining for 2019/20, once business returns to normal.
  • Implementing an appropriate rent relief package for cafés, sporting facilities and childcare centres for which Council is the landlord, with further assessment and implementation on relief measures as needed.
  • Developing a targeted section on Council’s website dedicated to information and resources for businesses, including links to the Federal Government’s stimulus package and any support package provided by the NSW Government.
  • Developing a targeted section on Council’s website dedicated for restaurants and cafes to promote what they offer so locals can support them.
  • Increasing Council’s processing and payment of invoices to suppliers to a weekly basis, to guarantee cash flow for our business partners.
  • Writing to the Minister for Local Government, the Premier of NSW, the Federal Member for Reid and the State Member for Strathfield to urge consideration of financial support for NSW councils in the delivery of these much needed essential services.

 

Promote your business online

Council has prepared a list of food focused online platforms that support restaurants and cafes by listing and promoting their takeaway and home delivery services.  Get your business listed and sign up to their alerts to get ideas of what other businesses are doing.

Broadsheet  
Broadsheet has a Live List of restaurants and cafés that are available for takeaways and home delivery. Get in touch at directory@broadsheet.com.au if you are interested.

The Daily Telegraph and News Local 
The Daily Telegraph and News Local is offering all businesses the opportunity to let readers know that you are still operating and how you are coping in these challenging times suburb by suburb. You can submit your business details here.

Time In
Time Out has introduced Time In, a hub for every way people can engage with the city from the comfort of their own home. If your venue is offering an initiative, we’d like to know about it. Email us at matthew.hirsch@timeout.com 

Urban List 
Tell Urban List about your fabulous food and what you are doing as they are updating a list of restaurants, cafes and bars doing home delivery, takeaways and gift cards. 
If you are a business or know of a business that has a special offer, please contact the editorial team at editorsyd@theurbanlist.com 

New Impressions (Chinese)
New Impressions is a Chinese media outlet that is supportive of Burwood local businesses. If you would like to reach out to your Chinese customers, their WeChat channel can help you connect. Contact hello@newimpressions.com.au

A Digital Noticeboard

During this health crisis, Council’s website will host a noticeboard for local restaurants and cafes to promote your offers so locals can support you. Contribute to the noticeboard by emailing us with your details and a photo of your signature dish burwoodcares@burwood.nsw.gov.au 

 

Latest News and Updates

Stay up to date with news and what decisions impact your business by visiting the coronavirus page on the NSW Health website or the COVID-19 health alert page on the Federal Department of Health website.

Council has endorsed a wide range of initiatives to support our local businesses during these challenging times.

These include: 

  • Introducing the Burwood Cares program to provide updates and help connect our local community and businesses with Council services and links to other agency programs and services.
  • Waiving all mandatory health inspection fees for the next six months, including an increase to the grace period for ticketed and timed parking to 15 minutes, and concentrating on situations that present a health or safety risk.
  • Conducting a comprehensive review of all fees and charges to determine those that could be adjusted during the next six months and provide a report at the next Council meeting.
  • Continuing to increase cleansing and booked clean-ups.
  • Reviewing the Rates and Charges Hardship Assistance Policy to ensure the most equitable assessment is performed in the event of unpaid rates by residents and businesses.
  • Adopting a flexible and pragmatic approach to enforcement and compliance action for the next six months.
  • Providing a 3-month credit to all businesses who have paid a licence for outdoor dining for 2019/20, once business returns to normal.
  • Implementing an appropriate rent relief package for cafés, sporting facilities and childcare centres where Council is the landlord, with further assessment and implementation on relief measures as needed.
  • Developing a dedicated section on Council’s website for information and resources for businesses, including links to the Federal Government’s stimulus package and any support package provided by the NSW Government.
  • Publishing a dedicated web page for restaurants and cafes to promote what they offer so locals can support them.
  • Increasing Council’s processing and payment of invoices to suppliers to a weekly basis, to guarantee cash flow for our business partners.
  • Writing to the Minister for Local Government, the Premier of NSW, the Federal Member for Reid and the State Member for Strathfield to urge consideration of financial support for NSW councils in the delivery of these much needed essential services.

As part of the Burwood Cares effort, Council has prepared a fact sheet highlighting practical support and advisory programs from the Federal, State and Local Governments, your Council as well as other agency support.

Go to Government Services

Media Release: NSW Government to waive licence fees for 200,000 businesses

Licence fees will be waived for thousands of businesses across NSW as part of new support measures which come as just 16 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed overnight.

The $50 million relief package will see 200,000 businesses across the state given temporary relief from State Government licensing fees – which usually set businesses back hundreds of dollars. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the fresh bid to help the state’s ailing businesses will apply for the next few months. 

“If you’re a business that has to pay licence fees to the NSW government, for the next 12 months those fees will be waived, Ms Berejiklian said.”

Council has put together a list of food focused online platforms that promote local restaurants and cafes through listing their takeaway and home delivery services. 

Get your business listed and sign up to their alerts to get ideas of what other businesses are doing.

Broadsheet
Broadsheet has a Live List of restaurants and cafés that are available for takeaways and home delivery.

Get listed: directory@broadsheet.com.au

The Daily Telegraph and News Local 
The Daily Telegraph and News Local is offering all businesses the opportunity to let readers know that you are still operating and how you are coping in these challenging times suburb by suburb. 

Get listed: Submit your business details online

Time In
Time Out has introduced Time In, a hub for every way people can engage with the city from the comfort of their own home. If your venue is offering an initiative, we’d like to know about it.

Get listed: Email matthew.hirsch@timeout.com 

Urban List 
Tell Urban List about your fabulous food and any special deals as they are updating a list of restaurants, cafes and bars doing home delivery, takeaways and gift cards. 

Get listed: Email editorsyd@theurbanlist.com 

New Impressions (Chinese)
New Impressions is a Chinese media outlet that is supportive of Burwood local businesses. If you would like to reach out to your Chinese customers, their WeChat channel can help you connect.

Get listed: Contact hello@newimpressions.com.au

FairFoodie

A new digital marketplace is giving Aussie producers a new home to connect with consumers seeking food and beverage products grown or made in their own backyard. This platform allows vendors to sign up free of charge and create their own personalised digital shopfront. However, producers have the option of directing customers to their own web stores, or for a nominal 5% processing fee, utilise Fair Foodie’s shopping platform (powered by PayPal) for shoppers to place orders directly.

 Get listed:Submit your business details online 


 

 

During this health crisis, Council’s website will host a noticeboard for local restaurants and cafes to promote your offers so locals can support you.

Contribute to the noticeboard, email your details and a photo of your signature dish to: burwoodcares@burwood.nsw.gov.au 

Stay up to date with news and what decisions impact your business, visit: