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NSW makes face masks mandatory $200 fines as state records new Covid cases

Given the risk of COVID-19 transmission on the Northern Beaches and across Greater Sydney (including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains), the following adjustments are being made. From midnight tonight, the southern zone of the Northern Beaches will be subject to the same restrictions as Greater Sydney. Restrictions for the northern zone of the Northern Beaches remain the same with stay at home orders in place until 9 January 2021; No visitors to the home. Five northern zone residents can gather outdoors (not at homes) for exercise and recreation, from within the same zone.  Non-essential businesses remain closed. Given the general risk in Greater Sydney, new measures are required to reduce the transmission potential of COVID-19 while maintaining economic activity. The following measures for Greater Sydney (including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains) are effective from midnight tonight: Face masks will be mandatory in the following indoor settings: shopping (ret

NSW Energy Accounts Payment Assistance (EAPA) $50 vouchers

NSW Energy Accounts Payment Assistance (EAPA) $50 vouchers If you're having difficulty paying your current household energy bill because of a short-term financial crisis or emergencies, such as unexpected medical bills, or reduced income due to COVID-19, you could be eligible for Energy Accounts Payment Assistance (EAPA) $50 vouchers. EAPA vouchers are sent electronically to your energy retailer to help pay your home electricity or gas account.  EAPA voucher limits apply and vouchers can't be used to put your energy account into credit or if your account has already been paid. You can apply for EAPA vouchers: online (this involves an eligibility assessment by an NSW Government representative),  or by calling (and being assessed by) an approved non-government EAPA provider, such as Anglicare, Salvation Army and Wesley Mission. Note:  Due to very high interest in EAPA vouchers, it may take up to 8 weeks for you to be contacted about your online application. Contacting an EAPA pro

Amendments NSW Planning Policy allow solar systems on homes without council approval

Amendments NSW Planning Policy allow solar systems on homes without council approval Amendments to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007 will allow larger-scale solar systems to be installed on homes and commercial buildings without council approval, enable utility providers to construct electricity storage as part of improvement works to transmission and distribution networks, and allow for large-scale battery storage systems to be built in permitted zones across NSW. Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said the change was a further example of the NSW Government’s commitment to provide an affordable, reliable and sustainable energy network, and support the roll-out of cost-effective, low-emission technologies. “Our planning system plays a key role in enabling investment in innovative renewable energy projects right across the state,” Mr Stokes said. “These changes ensure planning requirements are aligned with advances in technology, and enable emergi

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