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Win-win: Feeding hungry people while helping the environment

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Win-win: Feeding hungry people while helping the environment

By Samantha Elley

Up to 40% of food purchased by restaurants, cafes and other foodservice businesses ends up in the bin.

With that statistic in mind Foodbank and Y Waste have teamed up to find a better way for food businesses to give worth to their waste and provide meals for people who might otherwise go without.

Arianne Schreiber runs Yummify, a catering company located in the Byron Bay Industrial Estate which has registered to use the Y Waste app to offer food left over from an event.

She provides organic, vegan and mainly gluten free catering for retreats, events, home deliveries and at the Mullumbimby markets.

“I’m very committed to zero waste and plastic free,” said Ms Schreiber.

“I’m committed to organic biodynamic and growing regeneratively, so joining the app was a no-brainer.

“I specifically try to know how much I’m cooking and make as least waste as possible with food, but sometimes there are leftovers that people have taken home.

“But having somewhere where you can offer it cheaper, it’s a no-brainer.”

Ms Schreiber is already practicing low waste. At the end of the day at the markets, her leftover food is marked to half price to ensure she takes no extras home.

The app will now help her to reach more people locally, and hopefully provide some yummy dishes like her eggplant parmigiana and Zucchini Spaghetti Napoli to those who need it and not in the bin.

Through Foodbank, local charities connect and identify vulnerable people who live in the area and need assistance.

They can then log on and find local offers nearby and claim them with dignity just like any takeaway meal, according to Ian Price, the founder of Y Waste.

“Ninety percent of the food outlets we’ve spoken to want to donate meals in their communities and the indication is that over half of all the meals being offered through Y Waste will end up with people who can’t afford to buy them,” he said.

After a successful trial of the concept, Foodbank and Y Waste are now turning their attention to the Northern Rivers Region as the place to launch the initiative, thanks to a project funded by the NSW Environment Protection Authority and the Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre.

Aside from Yummify, other Northern Rivers food places that have registered so far are Elixiba of Byron Bay and Flock Espresso of Lismore.

Foodbank and Y Waste are now looking for local restaurants, cafes and takeaways to register.

The registration process takes only a few minutes, and the app takes care of notifications, receipts and is free to use with no contract or minimum term.

When registered, businesses can save on waste disposal, help the environment and help genuine people facing hardship.

More information can be found at the website www.foodbank.org.au/y-waste.

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Foodbank 1 -3: Flock Espresso Cafe, Lismore. Photo: Samantha Elley
Foodbank 4 Vegan dish Zucchini Spaghetti Napoli made by Yummify. Photo contributed

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SUPPORT PACKAGE A GAME CHANGER FOR ECONOMIC RECOVERY

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SUPPORT PACKAGE A GAME CHANGER FOR ECONOMIC RECOVERY

SUPPORT PACKAGE A GAME CHANGER FOR ECONOMIC RECOVERY

A $500 million support package to revive the events and tourism industry across NSW will be a game changer that will turbo charge a post COVID economic recovery, according to the state’s peak business organisation, Business NSW.

Premier Dominic Perrottet has announced the package, which includes each adult being provided a $50 voucher to spend on accommodation anywhere in the State.

Business NSW has been telling Government since the start of the pandemic that different industries were being impacted in different ways, but the tourism, hospitality and events sector has been the hardest hit,” said Business NSW Regional Manager Jane Laverty

“What is particularly pleasing is this is not a Sydney centric package but recognises that all of NSW has a part to play in the economic recovery through regional events and tourism, with support for satellite CBD’s a cornerstone of this funding,” Jane Laverty said.

“Business will be delighted with the Event Saver Fund which allows for immediate financial support for organisers of events that are disrupted or cancelled due to a Public Health Order this summer. This will allow confidence in investment and employment without a fear of being left footing a huge bill.

“The exciting part about this support package is that it will actually encourage more business investment and drive a collaborative partnership between business and Government in securing events and once again making NSW the number one destination in the Asia Pacific region for both business and travel.

“What is crucial is the targeted approach the Government takes from here in deciding where the money is spent – this needs to be on a needs-based approach to ensure maximum return on investment.

“A united approach using insight from stakeholders on the ground will be crucial to ensuring this package delivers for all of NSW.

“Business NSW looks forward to working with the State Government in coming weeks on measures and support that will drive regional recovery,” Mrs Laverty said.

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NEW HARDSHIP PANEL TO PROVIDE MORE BUSINESSES WITH COVID-19 FINANCIAL SUPPORT

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NEW HARDSHIP PANEL TO PROVIDE MORE BUSINESSES WITH COVID-19 FINANCIAL SUPPORT

A new Hardship Review Panel has been established to consider financial support for businesses experiencing financial hardship that do not qualify for COVID-19 business support measures.

The panel will assess on a case-by-case basis businesses which did not meet the eligibility requirements for the 2021 COVID-19 Business Grant, Micro-business Grant and JobSaver payments.

Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope said the Review Panel would help those businesses experiencing genuine financial hardship that were previously ineligible for support payments and grants.
“COVID-19 has affected so many businesses in NSW and even though we have a number of support measures in place, there are still some businesses under severe financial strain that aren’t eligible for assistance for a number of reasons. We want to plug that gap as much as we can,” Mr Tudehope said.

The Review Panel will include representatives from Revenue NSW, NSW Treasury and Service NSW and will make recommendations on businesses’ eligibility for relevant support payments and grants.
It will consider a broad range of factors in determining whether a business has experienced financial hardship, with the Chief Commissioner of Revenue NSW to be ultimately responsible and make the final determination for applications.

“My message to small businesses is this – no matter what corner of the state you’re in, we will be there with you all the way as we navigate this global health pandemic,” Mr Tudehope said.

Factors that the hardship panel will consider include, for example, whether the business is an employer, in a highly impacted industry, in an LGA of concern or has unavoidable costs for which no other support is available.

Businesses will be back paid to the fortnight where they can demonstrate the required decline in turnover with the Panel. Hardship applications for JobSaver are now open with hardship COVID business grants and Micro-business grants to open later this month. See more here: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/covid-19-help-businesses/covid-19-business-support-hardship-review.

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ROADMAP GIVES CERTAINTY TO BUSINESS

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ROADMAP GIVES CERTAINTY TO BUSINESS

The state’s peak business organisation, Business NSW says confirmation of the three phases of reopening for NSW is a positive step that will provide much needed certainty to business.
The Government has announced rules which will determine what can and can’t happen as the population reaches 70 and 80% double vaccination rates, as well as when liberties apply to all residents, irrespective of vaccination status.
“It’s been an uncertain time for many businesses with lots of confusion about which businesses will be able to open and under what rules,” said Business NSW Regional Manager Jane Laverty.
“The release of the Public Health Orders in coming days will reconfirm that the onus will be on individuals to do the right thing and abide by the rules,” Mrs Laverty said.
“Business owners can’t be expected to also act as security guards, so long as they have a COVIDSafe plan and appropriate registration in place at their entry, they can get on with the business of being in business.
“The Premier has confirmed that 11 October is the day we will likely reopen at 70% double vaccination rate, which we are calling #backtobusiness day, because it will be a real celebration of being able to visit our favourite businesses again and to celebrate what we’ve missed over the past few months.
“A number of greater freedoms will come into place at the 80% double vaccination rate, which on current trends could be as soon as 25 October.
“Businesses will be able to operate under a one person per four square metre rule, with certain caps in place on numbers, depending on the type of industry and whether customers are gathering inside our outdoors.
“It won’t be until 1 December that vaccination status is not a factor – meaning businesses will be able to operate under a one person per 2 square metre rule, as opposed to one person per 4 square metres up until then.
“This is an important step for the business recovery in NSW, as the state looks to bounce back as quickly as possible from the ravages of the pandemic,” Mrs Laverty said.

To see the REOPENING NSW click here to open the PDF

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