Published on Aug 18, 2020
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Primary producers and small businesses impacted by the 2019-20 bushfires will benefit from expanded eligibility and time frame changes for the $75,000 recovery grant.
The decision to make changes and extend the application timeframes to December 2020, recognised that primary producers have experienced droughts, bushfires and COVID-19 which resulted in requiring more time to make a claim.
The $75,000 Special Disaster Grant which was scheduled to close at the end of the month will now be available until 15 December 2020.
Small business bushfire recovery grants and loans will also benefit from extended timeframes.
The program is critical in keeping farmers on the land and importantly stimulating local regional economies. Therefore extending the program will hopefully take some of the pressure off these business owners.
The primary producers grant provides support to farmers and other primary production businesses in fire affected areas with the costs of safety inspections, veterinary fees, waste disposal, and purchases or repairs to property or equipment damaged in the fires etc.
The grant thus far, has been very successful with $100 million being delivered to more than 1,500 farmers across the State to help cover the costs of repairing and rebuilding infrastructure on their properties.
Applicants who were previously unsuccessful and may now be eligible will be contacted by agencies administering the grants.
Applications for small business assistance in the form of $10,000 and $50,000 grants and concessional loans of up to $500,000 can now also be made up to 15 December 2020.
Primary producers and small business operators in fire affected areas that have not been in touch with support agencies are encouraged to not self-assess and to speak to a support officer.
Further details and key eligibility changes are available at Disaster Assistance – Special Disaster Grant – Bushfires
Advance Cessnock City have collated a list of resources to assist bush fire affected businesses whilst conditions stabilise. Further information is available at Advance Cessnock City Bushfire Assistance
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