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Financial assistance for struggling businesses and sectors hit hard by COVID-19 restrictions is available in Gippsland
Grants are available to help Gippsland businesses in the region that have been doing it extremely tough, with a number unable to open their doors or only offer limited service. Russell Northe said he cautiously welcomes this announcement.
By Portal Admin - 22nd September 2020 - Back to News
Member for Morwell, Russell Northe said he cautiously welcomed recent announcements by the State Government in the provision of financial assistance for struggling businesses and sectors hit hard by COVID-19 restrictions.
Mr Northe said, "Businesses in the region have been doing it extremely tough, with a number unable to open their doors or only offer limited service, which has threatened the future of many businesses which has been devastating for owners and employees alike".
"Businesses in the areas of beauticians and personal services, food and hospitality, events, entertainment and travel amongst others have endured months and months of pain and without adequate Government support and assistance the future is uncertain" Mr Northe said.
In addition a number of these same businesses operate within a sole-trader or partnership business model and till this point in time these same operations have effectively been excluded from Government help.
"I have regularly raised local specific examples to the attention of various Government Ministers to what I believe have been unfair criteria for such businesses and just last week I again reinforced that the Governments Business Support Fund should be expanded and be inclusive of Sole-Traders" Mr Northe said.
"So, I was pleased today to learn the State Government had announced a new $100 million Sole Trader Support Fund, that provides grants of $3,000 to eligible sole traders working in sectors that have and will continue to be restricted in their activities in the coming months" Mr Northe added.
Mr Northe went onto say, "Like all programs the devil will be in the detail but I sincerely hope any assistance to these businesses is real and makes a positive difference on the ground to those who have fought hard to keep their businesses alive in recent months".
"I am also pleased that at least a little common-sense has applied to beauticians and personal services who will now be able to open under the Third Step of the Government’s Regional Roadmap which we hope will be enacted in the coming days rather than in late November as initially proposed" Mr Northe concluded.
For more information visit the Business Victoria website: https://www.business.vic.gov.au/
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