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FREE event (17 & 24 Feb) open to all local small businesses affected by recent bush fires.
The NSW Government is offering a Disaster Recovery Grant of up to $15,000 to primary producers, small business and not-for-profit organisations affected by the NSW bush fires.
The NSW Government and the Commonwealth are covering the full cost of cleaning up eligible NSW properties that have been destroyed by bushfires since 1 July 2019. Both insured and uninsured properties used for residential, small business or primary production purposes are eligible for the clean-up program.
Trained and licensed contractors will determine the safety requirements and the eligibility of properties.
To find out more and register for clean-up, visit the Service NSW opt in page.
Small businesses who have had their premises damaged by bushfires will be allowed to operate from temporary portable offices (such as shipping containers) without Council approval.
$10,000 grants and simplified access to loans for significantly impacted small businesses. To be eligible, businesses must have fewer than 20 full-time employees and have experienced a 40 per cent drop in revenue over a three-month period compared to the year prior. To find out more and apply visit the Service NSW webpage.
The Small Business Commissioner has practical support available to all businesses affected by the NSW bush fires, from damaged or destroyed property to disrupted business and reduced income.
They have brought together all their available support in a concise and easy to access mini-hub that lists and links you and your small businesses to the available support.
Find out more about support for small businesses impacted by NSW bush fires, offered by the Small Business Commissioner.
The NSW Small Business Commission has developed a range of resources to help small business owners recover from disasters, including:
These complement the NSW Government’s Get Ready Business - five step guide to preparing for disasters (2018), which helps business owners prepare for disaster in five simple steps.
If you need to contact the Small Business Commission call 1300 795 534 or complete their contact form on the Small Business Commission website.
The Australian Government is providing a Disaster Recovery Allowance to support people who lost income as a direct result of the bush fires in NSW from August 2019 – January 2020. You can claim a Disaster Recovery Allowance by:
The Mayoral Reference Group for Business is an existing forum of village and town Chambers of Commerce. The group will meet to develop an action plan to assist with business recovery in the coming weeks and continue to meet and work with local businesses over the coming months.
Blue Mountains City Council has launched the 'Love Local' campaign, which urges residents to spend at least an extra $20 a week locally in 2020, to help the City recover after bush fires. The Love Local campaign, launched in January 2020, aims to recoup money lost to the local economy after visitors stayed away over the traditionally busy Christmas New Year period, due to bush fires in the upper Blue Mountains. Learn more about Love Local