Media release: NSW Government's assistance for flood affected business in northern NSW

Published 12th April, 2017

The NSW Government has announced a $1 million business support package to help small businesses in northern NSW damaged by last week’s floods get back on their feet.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Small Business, John Barilaro, said the grants would help local businesses recover, open their doors and grow into the future.

“I am pleased to announce a $1 million business support package, to be overseen by the Office of Regional Development, to attract customers back to local shops and stores and let everyone know when they’re open for business,” Mr Barilaro added.

Mr Barilaro visited the region on Tuesday to meet with local business owners and hear first-hand about the impact of the floods.

“We want to help businesses clean up and get back on their feet after some of the worst flooding we’ve seen in a generation,” Mr Barilaro said.

“I’d like to thank our exceptional team of business advisors who have been on the ground for the past week helping with the recovery and gathering vital information.

“It’s been a coordinated effort by the Office of Small Business Commissioner and Business Connect representatives this past week, talking to those directly impacted by the floods, with assistance from the Lismore Business Chamber.”

A survey of 795 businesses has helped Government advisors better understand the impacts and how to best direct support.

Mr Barilaro confirmed the NSW Government had written to the Commonwealth regarding Category C funding for businesses under the Australian Natural Disaster Assistance scheme.

The Disaster Recovery Payment (DRP) provides a one-off $1000 payment for anyone who has suffered home damage or serious personal injury, while the Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA) includes support for sole traders, primary producers and employees who have had a loss of income.

Mr Barilaro asked the wider community to show support for flood-ravaged regions.

“With Easter fast approaching I urge people to help Lismore and Murwillumbah businesses get back on their feet when they re-open,” Mr Barilaro said.

Published 12th April, 2017