If you’ve been affected by a disaster you might be eligible for financial assistance.
For an up-to-date list of grants that may be available to small business owners effected by the 2019/2020 bush fires, please read our Bush fire Recovery Guide. Grants include the Disaster Recovery Grant, business loans, rebuild packages and more.
Businesses will be better equipped to deal with natural disasters and other disruptions with the help of a new toolkit. Prepare for the Unexpected - Build a Business Continuity Plan will ensure businesses have key information and details at hand to manage disasters and unexpected disruptions. Unexpected events come in many different forms but by using this new toolkit businesses will be taking proactive steps to identify and manage future challenges.
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.
also offer good information on Federal initiatives. The ATO have an Emergency info line on 1800 806 218 and Treasury has detailed information for business, and help for families and individuals available on the website Treasury's Coronavirus webpage. More information is also available on the Support for businesses in Australia website.
Read the Business Council of Australia: Support available for NSW businesses document.
The Blackheath Chamber of Commerce, Leura Village Association and Katoomba Chamber of Commerce have worked together to write a form letter which businesses may use for approaching their landlord. It is an easy-to-use template in a Word document and can be amended to suit your business and situation. You can contact the Council's Economic Development Team or one of the organisations listed above to get a copy.
A forum of village and town Chambers of Commerce, will develop an action plan to assist with business recovery in the coming months and continue to meet and work with local businesses over the coming year.
In January 2020, Blue Mountains City Council launched the 'Love Local' campaign, which encourages residents to spend at least an extra $20 a week locally in 2020, to help the City recover after bush fires. The campaign 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. Due to the impacts of COVID-19, and strong community support for the campaign, Love Local has continued with various iterations to support local businesses throughout the 2020 festive season. Learn more about Love Local
If you or your staff are distressed and need wellbeing support please visit the Beyond Blue website for information
NSW Government’s Get Ready Business - five step guide to preparing for disasters (2018), helps business owners prepare for disaster in five simple steps.