ABOVE: Main street of Woodburn where every business was impacted by flooding last year. Photo: Susanna Freymark
Business owners impacted by floods in 2022 who are still waiting for quotes, materials or tradespeople to complete repairs will now have more time to submit claims for their grants.
State MP Janelle Saffin said local businesses need time to complete repairs and access their full entitlement.
“For communities like Lismore and other heavily impacted Northern Rivers areas we need to do what we can to support them getting back on their feet,” Ms Saffin said.
“While grants are just a small thing the government can do, they have a big impact on the recovery efforts, which is why we are extending the claims deadlines.”
Applicants still need to apply for the following grants by tomorrow, June 30, but successful applicants do not have to submit claims until December 15, 2023.
This includes these grants:
- Small Business $50,000 Grant for the February and March 2022 floods
- Northern Rivers Medium Business $200,000 Grant for the February and March 2022 floods
- Northern Rivers Commercial Property Grant for the February and March 2022 floods
- Small Business Grant for the June and July 2022 floods.
Claiming amounts up to $50,000 requires owners to provide evidence of all work paid for, but labour and supply chain issues have made it difficult for successful grant applicants to submit costs, quotes and receipts.
A number of grants for individuals will closes tomorrow, June 30. People can check eligibility here.
More information and support services including mental health support and flood preparedness resources are available at service.nsw.gov.au/floods.