FASTER RECOVERY: State MP Ali Cupper is pushing for an accelerated recovery map timetable. Photo: Wikipedia.

Mildura MP Ali Cupper has today written to state Premiers Daniel Andrews (Victoria), Steven Marshall (South Australia), Gladys Berijiklian (NSW) and Prime Minister Scott Morrison outlining an accelerated four-part recovery plan for northwest Victoria.

1. Skip the ‘third step’ – If the threshold of less than 5 new cases is averaged over the 14 days from September 13, northwest Victoria moves straight into the ‘last step’ on September 28.
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2. Expand third-round extension of business grants immediately, to include sole traders – The Victorian Government to provide a second round of business grant payments during the ‘second step’.
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3. Continue JobKeeper and Jobseeker payments at current rate until the end of 2020 – The Federal Government to continue the $1500 per fortnight payments for Jobseeker and Jobkeeper.
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4. Border closures – NSW and SA Governments to allow freedom of movement for daily living within their defined border zones AND an SA travel bubble for Mildura electorate residents to allow travel to Adelaide for medical services.