$140 million to boost critical industries damaged by bushfires
The NSW Government today announced a $140 million Bushfire Industry Recovery Package to support forestry, horticulture and agriculture industries impacted by the recent bushfires. Minister responsible for Disaster Recovery and Member for Monaro John Barilaro said the package will help local industries on the road to recovery.
“Communities in the Monaro are doing it tough, from drought to bushfires and now dealing with the impacts of COVID-19,” Mr Barilaro said. “We’re seeing the recovery efforts ramping up in areas including Nerriga and this package will provide a helping hand to our communities as they continue to rebuild and recover.
“The NSW Government is focused on supporting jobs as we continue to get through this challenging time. This package will not only help retain jobs in rural and regional areas but it will create employment opportunities.” Mr Barilaro said it is critical to support the key regional industries which keep the economy thriving.
“Bushfire impacted towns cannot afford to suffer further job losses and economic downturn, which is why we are delivering this funding to keep our key regional industries in business,” Mr Barilaro said. “Industries with the greatest impact will be given the greatest share of this funding. The program will focus on recovery in the short term and will support valuable investments to help these sectors plan for recovery in the longer term.”
Details of funding criteria including amounts available for businesses under this package will be made available with the release of program guidelines in the coming weeks. Other bushfire support measures include covering the cost for the clean-up of residential and small business properties, the NSW Government’s $1 billion fund to replace vital state infrastructure, $75,000 grants for bushfire affected primary producers and $50,000 grants for bushfire affected small businesses.
For a full list of all available bushfire support, go to www.service.nsw.gov.au
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