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The permanent adoption of initiatives introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic will see a ‘$3.1 billion productivity boost’, says NSW Treasurer, Matt Kean (Liberal).

Kean says the decision followed ‘consultation and evaluation’. 

‘From allowing greater use of food trucks and dark kitchens, to giving workers more flexibility in how they take long service leave – these measures have been providing the extra support many businesses needed during COVID-19’, Mr Kean said.

Meanwhile, Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, Rob Stokes (Liberal), said ‘The disruption of the pandemic allowed us to experiment with how the planning system can work better to drive productivity. We’re now securing those benefits in perpetuity’.

Permanent changes 

The temporary changes made permanent include: ‘Allowing digital display of planning documents;  Allowing lower-risk licensed venues, including restaurants and cafes, to sell takeaway and home delivery alcohol under the Liquor Act 2007, subject to limitations including purchase with a meal and restrictions on amount purchased’.


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