Qld Govt Flood Relief for Local Businesses


President Liz Ross recently met with Major General Stuart Smith, AO, DSC, (Retired), and Kirsty Beavington, Policy Program Manager for Queensland Reconstruction Authority, following up on local business support post this year's earlier flooding.

There is a Small Business contact telephone number, 1800 623 946, which is the Queensland Rural Development Agency (RDRA). Small business can find out how they might be able to be assisted. There are a number of measures that can help including Flexible Funding Grants. The Small Business Recovery Hub in Townsville provides financial support, mentoring and counselling.

If you believe that your business needs further support, please do not hesitate to contact RDRA or Liz, president@douglaschamber.com.au.


$10 million to build small business resilience across North Queensland

$10 million has been announced under the jointly funded Commonwealth-Queensland Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) to help flood affected small businesses in North and North West Queensland.

Minister for Employment and Small Business Shannon Fentiman in Townsville today, Wednesday May 29, 2019, announcing the funding will include $10,000 small business grants alongside flood affected small businesses at Fairfield Shopping Centre.

“It’s fantastic to see so many businesses back up and running after the floods, but there are also still a lot of businesses struggling,” Ms Fentiman said.

“Supporting small businesses to reopen as soon as possible will assist the entire community to get back on their feet and contribute to the long-term recovery of Townsville and the wider region.

“That’s why today’s announcement of in disaster recovery support is so important, with the $10 million package to include grants of up to $10,000 to assist businesses to plan for the future and increase resilience with assistance such as vital flood proofing measures, implementing cloud-based software and data solutions, business growth strategies, as well as some building, plant and equipment repairs.

“As part of this funding we have introduced additional $10,000 grants that will be expanded to eligible small businesses across 14 Local Government Areas to assist with business planning or to explore other options to make their business more resilient and sustainable,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said funding to repair building, plant or equipment may also be available in circumstances where impacted businesses have not been eligible for other disaster recovery funding.

“This $10 million package will also go towards a small business disaster preparedness and adaptation program, specialist counselling and mental health support, dedicated Mentoring for Growth sessions and workshops, an expanded Go Local advertising campaign and funding for local small business support services, such as the Small Business Recovery Centre, for another two years,” Mr Stewart said.

Grants are available in the following Local Government Areas from June 10:

  • Burdekin Shire Council

  • Burke Shire Council

  • Carpentaria Shire Council

  • Charters Towers Regional Council

  • Cloncurry Shire Council

  • Croydon Shire Council

  • Douglas Shire Council

  • Etheridge Shire Council

  • Flinders Shire Council

  • Hinchinbrook Shire Council

  • McKinlay Shire Council

  • Richmond Shire Council

  • Townsville City Council

  • Winton Shire Council.

The Small Business Recovery Centre is open 9am to 5pm, seven days a week at 143 Walker Street, Townsville and offers expertise and support for small business owners who are facing a range of issues following this natural disaster. Call 1300 654 687 first to book an appointment.

To find about more about the Small Business Disaster Recovery Grants visit www.business.qld.gov.au/recovery or call 1300 369 935.

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Renegade Moss