Primary producers and small business owners in East Gippsland are being urged to access the financial assistance available to them as part of the bushfire recovery process.
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said many businesses had not taken up the support options but there was still funding available.
“This year has thrown many challenges at farmers and small businesses and there is a long road ahead towards recovery from the combined effects of drought, bushfires and the coronavirus,” Mr Chester said.
“The Government is focused on helping our region get through this difficult time and build back better, and there is funding for eligible businesses.
“In relation to bushfire affected businesses, please don’t self-assess or assume you aren’t eligible. Visit the Bushfire Recovery Agency Website and call the hotline and see what you’re able to access.”
The help available for bushfire affected small businesses and primary producers includes:
- Small Business Direct Impact Grants of up to $50,000to help with direct impacts of the bushfire, including damage from fire or smoke.
- Small Business Income Loss Grants of up to $10,000to help with expenses such as salaries, wages, utilities, fuel and/or financial advice.
- Concessional loans for small business, primary producers and not-for-profits of up to $500,000 to help with restoration and replacement of assets damaged by the bushfires and capital expenses where a business has suffered a significant loss of income as a result of the bushfires.
- Primary Industry Grants of up to $75,000to help with cleaning up and harvesting damaged crops, fodder and water, sheds, fencing and agricultural equipment, where those needs are not covered by existing insurance policies.