$50,000 Recovery Grants Open To Small Business

Small businesses and not-for-profit organisations in four local government areas in the Cootamundra electorate can now apply for grants of up to $50,000 to help them recover from recent storms and floods.

The Storm and Flood Disaster Recovery Small Business Grant is designed to help cover the costs of clean-up and reinstatement of a small business or not-for-profit organisation’s operations who suffered direct physical damage as a result of the widespread severe storms and flooding throughout November and December 2021.

Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the grants would help businesses and not-for-profits continue the clean-up effort and get back on their feet in disaster declared areas including Weddin, Hilltops, Cowra and Cootamundra-Gundagai.

“The grants of up to $50,000 can go towards the cost of safety inspections, building repairs, cleaning equipment, materials needed to resume trade, disposing of debris and spoiled stock, replacing work vehicles or leasing temporary office space,” Ms Cooke said.

“These new grants complement the existing financial assistance already available to home owners, primary producers and local councils.

“Storm season will continue until March, so I am encouraging all communities to be vigilant to the ongoing threats in the short-term, and continue working with us in the long-term to build a more resilient NSW.”

For more information and to apply, call Service NSW on 13 77 88, or go to: www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-storms-and-flood-disaster-recovery-small-business-grant.

Families Set To Benefit From Before And Afterschool Care Vouchers

Parents and carers of children enrolled in primary schools across the Cootamundra electorate will soon benefit from a new $155 million program providing greater access to Before and After School Care (BASC) services.

$500 vouchers will be provided to families who use BASC services by the NSW Government. The vouchers will contribute to the parent gap fee component of BASC session fees.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said this would provide a much-needed support for working families.

“It’s been challenging for families with school-aged children, many have had to juggle the demands of supervising their kids’ education while working remotely,” Ms Cooke said.

“These vouchers will help ease the financial burden and allow greater access to BASC services.”

Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said that both providers and users of BASC would benefit from the new $155 million program.

“These vouchers are all about providing affordable access to care for families, particularly after a tough two years that have disrupted access to school and BASC,” Ms Mitchell said.

“Every family with children at a NSW primary school is eligible for one voucher per child, which will provide each child with approximately 60 sessions of free BASC.”

The NSW Department of Education has partnered with Service NSW to roll out the program, which will be delivered through Service NSW and will follow a similar premise to the current Dine and Discover Vouchers.

Providers and customers can register and apply online via a MyServiceNSW account, in the app, or by visiting their nearest Service Centre.

Cootamundra Electorate Welcomes Covid Business Support

Local businesses, workers and the performing arts sector in the Cootamundra
electorate will benefit from a $1 billion financial support package to help the hardest
hit get through the Omicron wave.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke today welcomed the package, which includes
$700 million for the Small Business Support Program, providing payroll assistance to

“The NSW Government is determined to help businesses in the Cootamundra
electorate that have been doing it tough during the Omicron wave of COVID-19,” Ms
Cooke said.

“This financial support package shows that the NSW Government will do what it takes
to help workers and businesses in our small communities with practical measures that
will help them survive and bounce back.”

The Small Business Support Program helps those businesses with annual turnover of
between $75,000 and $50 million with a decline in turnover of at least 40 per cent.

It provides eligible businesses a lump sum payment of 20 per cent of weekly payroll
with a minimum payment of $500 per week and a maximum payment of $5,000 per

Ms Cooke said the package also includes financial support for employing small
businesses to buy rapid antigen tests (RATs) to keep their workers stay safe.

“The package also extends the Commercial Landlord Hardship Grant and delivers
additional funding for the performing arts sector,” Ms Cooke said.

In addition, the existing Small Business Fees, Charges and RAT Rebate will be
increased by 50% from the current $2,000 limit to $3,000 and employing businesses
will be able to use the rebate to obtain RATs.

This will support worker availability by helping reduce costs to small businesses and
enabling healthy staff who have been exposed to COVID-19, but test negative, to
return to work.

For more information please visit nsw.gov.au