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The Centralian advocate Tue 5 May 2020



The Centralian advocate Tue 5 May 2020


Centralian Advocate; NewspaperNT






Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs.; Tennant Creek (N.T.) -- Newspapers.; Alice Springs (N.T.) -- Newspapers.; Australia, Central -- Newspapers.

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


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News Corp Australia



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08 NEWS TUESDAY MAY 5 2020 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 ADDITIONAL support for Territory businesses as part of NT Governments Jobs Rescue and Recovery Plan was announced by Chief Minister Michael Gunner at the weekend. He said the Roadmap to the New Normal means NT can get back to business, back to work and back to enjoying our great Territory lifestyle. I will do whatever it takes to help protect Territorians from the worst effects of the coronavirus crisis to save lives and save jobs, Mr Gunner said. Our Jobs Rescue and Recovery Plan is all about keeping businesses open and Territorians working. By reducing the costs for Territory businesses, we are saving Territory jobs. This is an unprecedented crisis and all of us have to help carry the load. The Territory has never faced a challenge like this before. Weve all got to work together to get through it. We are all on team Territory. Mr Gunner warned it will be a long road to recovery, but the NT Government was going to support businesses and jobs every step of the way. Territory business can now apply to be listed on a central Business Hardship Register which will then enable business to apply for a range support measures. Commercial landlords are also eligible for this support as long as they provide evidence they have negotiated with their tenants in line with the good faith principles in the National Cabinets Mandatory Code of Conduct. The Property Council welcomes the announcement by the Chief Minister today that the Business Hardship Register is now open for applications. Property Council of Australia NT executive director Ruth Palmer said the package would provide much needed relief to landlords and tenants that are doing it tough. Business right across the Territory is hurting and has More support for businesses to survive now STEVE MENZIES steve.menzies@news.com.au been patiently waiting for relief measures to become available, she said. Businesses have waited for financial certainty and relief access to get them through this tough time, after the Chief Minister announced relief packages on April 9. We know that this has been an anxious wait for some, all while they were still trying to negotiate successfully with their tenants. Even though the restrictions are starting to lift, and business is getting back on its feet, we strongly encourage all eligible business to access these relief measures now available. This support package will assist businesses who have proven hardship from the coronavirus pandemic from April 1, 2020 and will be available until September 30, 2020. Businesses that have been approved for the Small Business Survival Fund are eligible to be included on the register. The package is designed to help reduce costs for businesses and keep them operating now, as well as in the rebound and recovery phase once the COVID-19 crisis is over and restrictions start to lift. For further information and to apply visit www.businessrecovery.nt.gov.au SUPPORT MEASURES Waiving or deferring payment of payroll tax; Reduction on utilities bills where offered Rate reductions where offered Providing incentives for commercial landlords to reduce rents Other relief which may be offered from time to time A beacon of hope in the dark ALYCE MOKRZYCKI alyce.mokrzycki@news.com.au IN lieu of enveloping parishioners within the comfort of its walls during these challenging times, the Catholic Church in Santa Teresa (Ltyentye Apurte) has found another way to serve by leaving the lights on. At 6.30pm every evening for the past week or so, Sister Liz Weimers has turned the lights on inside the Church as a reminder to the small community to look after one another and remember that God is with us. We put posters around the community about why the lights were on in the church and the response was that it was a great idea and really wonderful, Sister Liz said. It was also a way to say thank you to everyone who is caring for the community especially the Santa Teresa store, health clinic and police. We dont have as many lights around here as you would in Alice Springs, so the lights really stand out in the night sky. Sister Liz Wiemers. Inset: the Santa Teresa church illuminated Pictures: SANTA TERESA PARISH 8953 8120 2/70 Todd Street, Alice Springs 0870 Locally O wned & O perated Lic Agent RBL 1089 Narelle Lightfoot Assistant Property Manager Eli Melky Director/Principal Gianna Melky Director/Property Manager Lee Melky Sales Agent Is your investment property in good hands? Make the switch today to a team you can depend on Sales - Property Management - Body Corporate - Commercial Expect the best Lauren Preston Customer Experience Assistant