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Covid-19 lifeline for small businesses in Northern Rivers region

Businesses and local jobs throughout the Northern Rivers will be saved following a major deal between the NSW and Federal Governments to expand the JobSaver program.

Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis said JobSaver is direct cash support for local businesses which have experienced a revenue decline of 30 percent or more.

It will now be available to businesses with an annual turnover of $75,000 to $250 million (up from $50 million), and the top weekly payment has been increased with employing businesses that maintain their employee headcount now able receive a maximum of $100000 per week (up from $10,000).

Mr Gulaptis said while the Northern Rivers is not in lockdown, small local businesses are being hit hard by border closures as well as the ongoing Greater Sydney lockdown.

“That is why the Nationals in NSW Government continue to ensure assistance measures are available to communities right across the state, not just in the city where the outbreak is happening,” Mr Gulaptis said.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the additional support would help deliver businesses and individuals the financial assistance needed during the necessary extension of the lockdown.

“We don’t want people to have to worry about how they are going to keep the lights on or reopen their businesses when restrictions ease, which is why we are investing billions to give people that piece of mind,” she said.