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$10 million to build small business resilience across North Queensland

Friday, 31 May 2019

The Minister for Employment and Small Business Shannon Fentiman this week announced the funding will include $10,000 small business grants. Some key interest points are below; please see the full media release for more detail.

Additional $10,000 grants

These grants will be expanded to eligible small businesses across 14 local government areas to assist with business planning or to explore other options to make businesses more resilient and sustainable.

Local Recovery and Resilience Group Chair Cr Les Walker welcomed the strong government support for the city’s recovery.

'Small businesses are the backbone of our local economy and there are many impacted operators who need assistance now to get back up and running as quickly as possible,' Cr Walker said.

Grants are available in the following local government areas from June 10:

  • Burdekin Shire Council
  • Burke Shire Council
  • Carpentaria Shire Council
  • Charters Towers Regional Council
  • Cloncurry Shire Council
  • Croydon Shire Council
  • Douglas Shire Council
  • Etheridge Shire Council
  • Flinders Shire Council
  • Hinchinbrook Shire Council
  • McKinlay Shire Council
  • Richmond Shire Council
  • Townsville City Council
  • Winton Shire Council

Building, plant and equipment funding

Funding to repair building, plant or equipment may also be available in circumstances where impacted businesses have not been eligible for other disaster recovery funding.

Support programs for 2 years

The $10 million package will also go towards:

  • a small business disaster preparedness and adaptation program
  • specialist counselling and mental health support
  • dedicated Mentoring for Growth sessions and workshops
  • an expanded Go Local advertising campaign and
  • funding for local small business support services, such as the Small Business Recovery Centre, for another two years.

VISIT the Small Business Disaster Recovery Grants website for more information about the grants or call 1300 369 935.


Local Government Association of Queensland
LG House, 25 Evelyn Street, Newstead Qld 4006


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