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 Disaster Recovery Grant, business loans, rebuild packages and more.
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.
The Mayoral Reference Group for Business, a forum of village and town Chambers of Commerce, will 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 is waiving rents for all tenants in Council buildings under commercial agreements for as long as needed, during the COVID-19 crisis.Find out how Council is supporting the Blue Mountains community.
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
Mental health and wellbeing
If you or your staff are distressed and need wellbeing support please visit the Beyond Blue website for information
Preparing for disasters
NSW Government’s Get Ready Business - five step guide to preparing for disasters (2018), helps business owners prepare for disaster in five simple steps.