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Local businesses encouraged to apply for Covid-19 support

As the latest Covid-19 outbreak causes further disruptions to several industries across Australia, Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis is strongly encouraging small businesses in the Clarence Valley to seize the opportunities offered by the NSW Government’s latest Covid-19 corporate stimulus initiative.

“This is money the Nationals in Government are eager to plough into your firm so you should apply, because chances are that you will be eligible for something,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“The new suite of measures includes grants of between $5000 and $10000 for small businesses and payroll tax deferrals for all employers.”

Mr Gulaptis said benefitting both hospitality businesses and local families, the popular Dine and Discover program has again been extended, this time until August 31.

For the first time people, will be able to use the vouchers for takeaway food with participating outlets.

“There is great uncertainty about where we are doing with Covid-19 at the moment, but what is in no doubt whatsoever is the Government’s determination to stand by family and small businesses and help them through this awful crisis,” Mr Gulaptis said.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian recently announced the centrepiece of the package was the small business support grants which will help businesses by alleviating cashflow constraints while trading is restricted and can be used for expenses such as rent, utilities and wages.

“We always said we will do whatever it takes to support businesses and keep people in jobs during the pandemic and that is exactly what we are doing,” she said.

Three different grant amounts will be available for small businesses depending on the decline in turnover experienced during the restrictions.

The small business grants would also be available for sole traders and non-for-profit organisations, with expanded criteria to assist most hospitality and tourism operators hit hard by the restrictions during school holidays.

For further information on the small business support grants and changes to the Dine and Discover program, visit