Member for Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp is calling on Premier Gladys Berejiklian to visit Hunter Street businesses that are hurting from the construction of the light rail project. The Premier will be visiting Newcastle on Friday 25th May to open the NeWSpace building on the same street that light rail affected businesses reside.
Mr Crakanthorp is also calling on the Premier to honour her commitment from her last visit where she said:
“If there’s demonstrated loss, we’re always considering rental assistance. That’s what we’ve done for other projects in other parts of NSW, so, of course, we’ll look at those issues.”
To date, two businesses have sought assistance from the Premier and have had their requests denied.
Mr Crakanthorp is also demanding that the Premier match the Newcastle City Council’s rate assistance plan where commercial property owners will receive a rate rebate.
Under the Lord Mayor's proposal, Council would offer commercial property owners assistance of up to 50 per cent of the special rate if they committed in writing to pass the saving on to small businesses operating on their premises.
Quotes attributable to Member for Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp
"The Council has stepped in where the Government should be. They are offering assistance to businesses affected by the light rail project that the Government owns.
“The Premier will be at the NeWSpace campus mere metres from business affected by the light rail. I have written to the Premier last week asking her to visit those businesses and speak to the owners about their experiences.
“I am calling the Premier to match the Newcastle City Council ‘s rate assistance plan."