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Widen your horizons with grants galore

For many, finding suitable grants can be a difficult task, however knowing where to look and who to talk to makes it that much easier! Cessnock City Council’s Economic Development Unit are here to support you and your business to provide information on opportunities available to help your business grow and succeed. Grants are designed…

Helping hand for local heritage

In welcome news for owners of heritage listed properties across the region, Cessnock City Council has announced applications for its 2021/22 Local Heritage Fund are now open. If your heritage place is looking a little worse for wear and in need of repairs or a fresh coat of paint to give it a new lease…

Funding now available to reboot the Business events sector

$5.5 million is now available to business event organisers to host conferences, conventions, training courses, trade shows and exhibitions in regional NSW to give the state’s visitor economy a significant boost. The NSW Government’s Business Events Industry Support package – part of the $51.5 million Tourism Support Package – will turbocharge the state’s business events…

Small Business Fees and Charges Rebate

If you’re the owner of a small business, a sole trader or a not-for-profit organisation, you may be eligible for a rebate of $1500. The NSW Government is providing a new rebate to help small businesses, sole traders and not-for-profit organisations with the cost of government fees and charges. The aim of the Small Business…

Export assistance grants of up to $10,000 now available

Would you like financial assistance with export costs? Are you currently exporting or were you exporting prior to the impacts of COVID-19, bushfires or drought?  Do you have a minimum of three full time equivalent employees? Applications for the NSW Government Export Assistance Grants are open. The $10 million NSW Government Export Assistance Grants scheme…

New Consumer Travel Support Program

Applications are now open for travel agents and tour arrangement service providers impacted by COVID-19 to apply for a one-off payment. The COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program provides a one-off grant to help travel agents and tour arrangement service providers stay viable. The funding is being offered to assist businesses in the travel sector to…

5,000 jobs to be created from Regional Job Creation Fund

The Hunter Valley Region is home to thriving agribusiness, energy and resources industries and strong manufacturing, tourism and service sectors, enforcing the fact that our region is a key driver of our state’s economic strength and future. To continue to support existing regional businesses to grow and encourage interstate and international businesses to invest in…

Volunteer firefighters to receive $6000 in financial support

  The Federal Government announced to provide financial support of up to $6,000 for volunteer firefighters on the fire front this bushfire season. The payments of up to $300 per day will be available to Rural Fire Service NSW volunteers who are self-employed or work for small to medium businesses and have volunteered as part…

Micro Businesses and Single Touch Payroll

By now most people have heard of Single Touch Payroll (STP). If not, it’s a relatively new process that requires businesses to report employee earnings and superannuation to the Australian Tax Office (ATO) each pay period via an online report. This has been rolled out progressively since 1 July 2018 for large businesses, and 1…

NSW businesses to receive a boost from Export Assistance Program

NSW small and medium exporters will benefit from almost $13 million in support programs aimed at creating jobs and supporting the regions, including a $10,000 Exporter Assistance Grant. Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, Industry and Trade John Barilaro announced the Government was investing in the regions and reinvigorating export industries impacted by COVID-19….

HomeBuilder program set to rebuild the construction sector

The Australian Government is supporting jobs in the residential construction sector with the introduction of the new HomeBuilder program. From 4 June until 31 December 2020, owner-occupiers and first home buyers may be eligible for grant funding of $25,000 as part of the new HomeBuilder program introduced to drive economic activity across the residential construction…

Branxton to Greta cycleway receives nearly $2 million in funding

Cessnock City Council is pleased to announce it has secured $1,950,000 under Round 4 of the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects Stream to build an off-road, shared cycleway between Branxton and Greta. Council will provide a co-contribution of $650,000 towards the project to bring the 3.3km cycleway to life. The cycleway…