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ACT Government push to help hospitality backfires for Newsagents and other small businesses

11/04/2021

ACT Government push to help hospitality backfires for Newsagents and other small businesses

The ACT Government has introduced an Outdoor Activation Program and policy to assist hospitality businesses recover from the impact of COVID-19 downturns. On the face of it, the policy is supportive of the hospitality sector but it appears the needs of all businesses have either not been fully considered or overlooked. NANA has concerns about whether the stated assessment criteria has been fully applied or whether the introduction of the policy is pandering to one sector of business over others.  


Local Business owners including Matthew Nobbs from Manuka Newsagency have raised concerns about road closures.

Under the ACT Outdoor Activation Program whole streets can be closed to allow restaurants and other hospitality businesses to set up tables and trade on the street, the whole street. When streets are closed they are closed 24 hours a day.
Working with Member Newsagent Manuka Newsagency, NANA is escalating concerns on behalf of Newsagents and other small and family businesses to the ACT Outdoor Activation Taskforce and is in discussions with Government as well as Opposition political parties in order to achieve a better outcome for all small businesses in the locations where the Outdoor Activation program is operating.