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RDA Northern Rivers Update – COVID information for Businesses

Businesses are able to check, test and promote their COVID Safe credentials with the launch of the NSW Government’s online COVID Safe Check. The tool is available now from the NSW Government’s website.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said the online tool would help businesses get back to work safely.  

“With the recent easing of restrictions thousands of businesses are reopening their doors and welcoming back customers,” Ms Berejiklian said.  

The tool includes industry-specific information and downloadable badges for businesses with COVID Safe plans to display in their premises, so customers know they have the tick of approval. There is also a feedback loop for customers to send feedback to the business and, if necessary, to the regulator for action.  

Mr Dominello said the tool is simple to use, with more than 8,000 businesses having already downloaded a COVID Safety Plan template, which is stage one of the process and already available.  

“Businesses need to complete three easy steps – visit, go through industry-specific guidance, and register and download materials,” Mr Dominello said.    

The website includes all the information businesses need to be COVID Safe. This may include physical distancing, cleaning and record-keeping requirements. Once the above steps are completed and the COVID Safe plan finalised businesses will be able to complete an online self-declaration.  

There is also advice on how to integrate COVID Safe status with Google Maps, giving customers a bird’s-eye view of COVID Safe businesses when searching online. 

The COVID Safe Check is available at


COVID-19 information for business from the NSW Government

As COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease, many business owners are feeling unsure about what to do to get back to business. You can find the latest updates, including information about small business grants, on the NSW Government COVID-19 information for business website.


Destination North Coast COVIDSAFE steps for Tourism Providers

As COVID-19 restrictions are reduced tourism businesses are beginning to reopen. However, it is not business as usual and this has left many businesses feeling unsure and confused about what is required for them to commence trading again. 

Destination North Coast has provided an informative step by step fact sheet to help businesses create a COVIDSAFE plan to get them back to business.

You can download Destination North Coast’s COVIDSAFE Steps HERE


Building Better Regions Fund Northern Rivers recipients

RDA Northern Rivers congratulates the successful Northern Rivers Building Better Regions Fund applicants.

  • Ballina Shire Council – $10 million to upgrade Ballina Byron Gateway Airport by widening and strengthening the existing runway.
  • Northern Rivers Food Inc. – $20,000 for a five year Northern Rivers Food Resilience Strategy, to enhance the resilience and preparedness of growers and producers in the region.
  • Green Innovation Awards Incorporated – $19,500 to expand the existing Green Innovation Awards so that competition entrants can be mentored by industry, science and Indigenous experts to further develop their innovations.
  • Australian Pecan Association Inc. – $20,000 to deliver an Australian pecan industry conference and on-farm field days in each of the three growing regions focusing on drought and market resilience.
  • Richmond Valley Council – $20,000 to develop a Destination Management Plan focused on renewed tourism planning following the 2019 fires.


Foundation seeks donations for Northern Rivers Resilience and Regeneration Fund

The Northern Rivers Community Foundation (NRCF) has partnered with the Portland House Foundation and the James Frizelle Charitable Foundation to establish the Resilience and Regeneration Fund to support local charitable organisations who are supporting our communities.

After a tragically challenging summer with the impact of the drought, bushfires, floods and now COVID-19, we know that our community organisations are responding as best they can during these unprecedented times. The Resilience and Regeneration Fund aims to ensure these organisations can continue the work they do in supporting our community.

You can show your support and make a donation from the NRCF website. All donations made to the Resilience and Regeneration Fund will flow directly through to a special Recovery & Resilience Grants Program in 2020.

More information and to donate: