Advance Cessnock City has compiled the following information to assist businesses that may be affected by the bush fires over 2019 and 2020.

Practical support is available to all businesses affected by the NSW bushfires, from damaged or destroyed property to disrupted business and reduced income.

At the moment we continue to collate resources to assist bush fire affected businesses whilst conditions stabilise, as the focus continues to be on safety and recovery. Council is also strategically raising awareness of local business needs to support a strategic response by NSW and Australian Government.

What is Cessnock City Council doing?

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent attended a Community Rebuilding Roundtable at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 28 January to advocate for local businesses impacted by bush fires. Council’s submission collated feedback of all the Advance Cessnock City partners, our local chambers of commerce and industry networks, to build a strategic case for lobbying funds and leadership from our governments. Council’s submission advocates for a buy local ‘open for business’ marketing campaign and funding to be allocated to Destination NSW to coordinate a regional and international marketing campaigns. It also includes a proposal for providing a local tourism stimulus package, funding for local events to stimulate visitation and more investment in soft infrastructure to support regional and inter-regional bookings.

Read the submission. 

Council will continue to lobby for greater outcomes and leadership response for our business community.

NSW Bushfire Clean-Up Contractors Required

The NSW Government has appointed Laing O’Rourke to coordinate the clean-up of fire damaged residential and eligible commercial properties.

The clean-up of bushfire-impacted properties may include:

  • Removal of known hazardous materials, including asbestos
  • Removal of materials destroyed by bush fire and hazardous trees
    With consent of building owners, removal of concrete slab foundations.

Laing O’Rourke is looking to engage local suppliers and subcontractors and would like to hear from anyone that may have capability and capacity to provide goods and/or services in affected regions. Through the duration of these works, Laing O’Rourke will be undertaking a number of information sessions with the local supply chain and communities to continue to provide updates about the program.

How to register an Expression of Interest

  • This is an initial, general EOI submission and work packages currently available to submit an EOI are shown at NSW Bushfire Clean-Up Program
  • Shortlisted SMEs will be invited to tender work packages.
  • To submit an initial EOI for the Work Scopes, companies must have an ICN Gateway company profile. Information on how to register your company on ICN Gateway is detailed below.

ICN Gateway Company Registration

  • Click here to register your FREE company profile on ICN Gateway.
  • Support and assistance is available through the attached Gateway guide.
  • Your company summary and company description are used to assess your ability to complete projects when you lodge an EOI- please ensure that your company invests the time and energy required to represent your company in the most effective manner possible.

Information and Resources:

The following will be updated as details emerge. Please click to expand the sections you wish to read more about.

Government Assistance

We’re encouraging our business community to use the assistance that has been made available in the recovery efforts. A Support Line is being set up by the Federal Government. The Support Line will be staffed by small business specialist financial counsellors who will be able to provide information on the assistance and support available to small businesses in bushfire affected regions. For more information businesses can visit www.business.gov.au or call 13 28 46.

NSW Government is also delivering bushfire recovery assistance to help people and businesses impacted by bushfires. The Service NSW bushfire customer care service has specialists to help guide you every step of the way via https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/bushfire-customer-care-service or call 137788.

Support for all businesses, including lost trade or disruption

Support for businesses that have had premises or equipment damaged or destroyed

Business Surveys: ‘Bushfire impacts on your small business’

More Resources and Guides on what to do following a disaster

Information and Resources for Tourism and Wine Businesses

Support your business networks and chambers of commerce

Stay up to date: official sites, apps, and resources

This page was last updated on: 31 Aug 2020.

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