Shop, play and stay local!

Blue Mountains City Council is urging 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 13 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.  

Media Release: Love Local Blue Mountains' businesses after bush fire

Over the next year Council would feature specific villages each month, using social media channels, to encourage locals (as well as those further afield) to visit the City.

If each adult in the Blue Mountains spends an extra $20 a week locally, then the local economy will increase by up to $92 million in one year thanks to a multiplier effects. 

In the first instance we need our residents to spend more money locally. As this campaign progresses, we’ll be asking our neighbouring councils to promote the concept, as well as councils throughout Western Sydney.

We can all help our City, and our State, recover after these unprecedented bush fires.

Other ways Council is helping small businesses recover from bush fire

The Blue Mountains Mayoral Reference Group for Business, chaired by Councillor Kevin Schreiber, will meet on Wednesday 15 January to discuss what further actions can be taken to assist with business recovery in the Blue Mountains in the coming weeks and months. 

Council’s Economy, Tourism and Place Team will also be visiting town centres to talk to small business owners to help determine the impact current bush fires have had on the local economy. 

The Small Business Commissioner also wants to learn how the fires have impacted small businesses in the Blue Mountains. You can complete their survey here.

Disaster Recovery Grants and Discovery Recovery Allowance

Blue Mountains City Council has also joined Hawkesbury, Lithgow and Wollondilly councils to form the Greater Sydney Regional Recovery Group. The regional group will assist councils in the process of planning and developing other recovery initiatives for our bush fire affected communities.   

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.  Apply for the Disaster Recovery Grant online here

The Federal Government is also 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. Claim a Disaster Recovery Allowance by visiting Centrelink, calling Centrelink on 180 22 66 (8am – 8pm local time, Monday to Friday and 8am – 5pm Saturday and Sunday) or filling the form in online.

For more information on support for small businesses affected by bush fires click here.

*The predicted figure has been taken from REMPLAN.