19 October 2021
Save Parramatta Park
Despite strong community objections, the NSW Government is pushing ahead with its plan to end independent management of Parramatta Park and other important parklands.
The government has released an exposure draft of the Bill that will replace local trusts including the Parramatta Park Trust with a centralised agency, Greater Sydney Parklands.
This Bill will erode protections and undermine funding of our heritage parklands. It also opens up these lands for further commercialisation.
These lands are too precious to be left for successive governments to slice off bit by bit. If you are worried about what this will mean the scan the QR code or visit julieowens.com.au/parklands to send a message to the NSW Government.
Support payments cut
Now that 80% of NSW is fully vaccinated, the Morrison Government is cutting COVID support payments for workers and businesses down to zero.
The Morrison Government has stopped funding JobSaver and businesses can only claim a fraction of the original payment until 30 November, when the Micro Business Support Grant will also end. The COVID-19 Disaster Payment for workers will be cut off in a fortnight.
While nobody expects these support payments to go on forever, hitting vaccination targets and easing restrictions does not mean people automatically get their jobs and businesses back. 1 in 10 payroll jobs in Parramatta have been lost since the start of lockdown and it’s estimated that 1 in 5 workers are claiming the Disaster Payment
This Morrison Government is cutting support with no plan for Parramatta’s economic recovery. Easing restrictions does not mean the economic burden will be lifted. If you are worried about how these cuts will affect you or your business, please get in touch with my office. Scan the QR code for more information on the support still available or visit julieowens.com.au/covid19
Local seniors locked out of aged care
The Royal Commission into Aged Care recommended urgent action to clear home care package waiting lists, which were stuck at 100,000 for years.
But the Morrison Government has only committed to fund 40,000 new places a year for two years, meaning thousands of seniors could be left waiting for care they urgently need.
Seniors from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in Parramatta need to overcome extra hurdles to access aged care services and all too often end up with services that don’t meet their language or cultural needs and rely on family to deliver meals they can eat, or communicate with carers.
Around half of Parramatta’s seniors speak a language other than English - nation-wide its around one in four – but the Morrison Government is not doing enough to make sure they can get the care they need in their old age. If this is affecting you or your loved ones, please contact my office.