Member for New England Barnaby Joyce says the announcement of grants of up to $50,000 for flood-affected small businesses will provide immediate financial relief across seven local government areas in his electorate.
The Disaster Recovery Small Business Grant is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW governments and available to eligible businesses in Armidale, Glen Innes Severn, Gwydir, Inverell, Liverpool Plains, Tenterfield and Walcha local government areas.
“The grants are designed to provide short-term, targeted assistance to small businesses affected by recent flooding for recovery activities including the removal and disposal of damaged goods and materials, repairing premises and internal fittings, leasing temporary premises and replacing lost or damaged stock if it’s essential for resuming operations,” Mr Joyce said.
“Just like we did after the bushfires and the COVID-19 health restrictions, we’re rolling out these grants now and people can apply immediately because we want flood-affected small businesses back on their feet as soon as possible.
“This is another example of the Australian Government working in partnership to deliver assistance where it is most needed for people in the New England."
NSW Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for Disaster Recovery, John Barilaro, said the grant would provide a much-needed boost for local communities to secure local jobs and assist with the ongoing clean-up and recovery.
“Small businesses are the backbone of this State’s regional economy, and we are focused on protecting local jobs and helping businesses bounce back,” Mr Barilaro said.
For eligibility criteria for this payment visit the Service NSW website
For those wanting to be assisted remotely, and for more information on all available disaster assistance, please contact the Disaster Customer Care Service at Service NSW on 13 77 88 or online via service.nsw.gov.au/floods