Small business have until 15 December to apply for $10,000 Bushfire Support Grant

Eligible small businesses in the Kyogle Council Local Government Area have one more month (until 15 December 2020) to apply for the $10,000 Bushfire Support Grant.
If your small business experienced a significant decline in revenue as a result of the NSW 2019-2020 bushfires (beginning in August 2019), you may be eligible for the $10,000 small business support grant.
The application process for this grant has been simplified so eligible small businesses can access funds as quickly as possible.
Member for Lismore, Janelle Saffin, said last week that 34 small businesses in the Kyogle LGA had so far been successful in securing a grant, while 80 business in the Tenterfield LGA had had their grant applications approved.
The grant may be used for, but is not limited to:
  •  meeting standard business costs, including utilities, salaries and rent
  •  seeking financial advice to support the recovery of the business
  •  adjusting the business to be viable in the changed local context following the bushfires
  •  developing the business and extending business reach through marketing and communications activities, or
  • improvements to make the business more resilient to future disasters.
For more information about the NSW Government’s Small Business Bushfire Support Grant go to https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/…/business-support… or if you’re not able to apply online, visit a Service NSW Centre.

Help available for drought affected farmers and farm suppliers/contractors

Are you or someone you know affected by drought?
The National Drought and Flood Agency and NSW Farmers are coming Woodenbong, Urbenville, Tabulam and Drake to provide support and advice on the drought and challenges like COVID-19.
The two organisations particularly want to get in touch with farmers and farm suppliers/contractors who are struggling with cashflow so they can help the access Australian Government assistance.
They will also have people on site to assist eligible households apply for a $500 Rotary debit card and one-off cash payments of $3,000 through the Salvation Army.
This is an excellent opportunity for farmers, families and rural communities to find out what support is available during drought and tough times.
The National Drought and Flood Agency and NSW Farmers will be at:
  • Woodenbong Hotel on Wednesday, 11 November from 9.30-10.30am
  • Urbenville Hall on Wednesday, 11 November from 12-1pm
  • Tabulam Hall on Thursday, 12 November from 9.30am-10.30am
  • Drake Village Resource Centre on Thursday, 12 November from 12-1pm

 

Kyogle Landfill Facility will be closed on Tuesday, 3 November 2020 due to another power outage by Essential Energy.

Council apologises for any inconvenience.

Operations at the landfill will return to normal on Wednesday, 4 November.

 

Join in National Recycling Work free workshops

As part of National Recycling Week activities, Council together with North East Waste are bringing you a range of short online interactive workshops hosted by experts.

These workshops cover a range of topics from recycling basics to decluttering sustainably and how to create an intentional wardrobe. Of course the hugely popular beeswax wrapper workshops are back as well!

Each workshop will have amazing give-aways to those that register AND participate. Don’t miss out.

The eventbrite links to each event are below:

Monday 9 November

Tuesday 10 November

Wednesday 11 November

  • 10am: Recycle Right: Beyond your Bin: Find out what types of items can be recycled beyond your household recycling bin. To register, follow this link.

Thursday 12 November

Beeswax wrapper workshop: Our ever popular beeswax wrapper workshop is back! Join NE Waste to find out the best plastic free storage solution.

Friday 13 November

Host a zoom watch party with your friends and join Susanne Thiebe from Less Mess and the NE Waste team to find out how to create an intentional wardrobe with sustainability in mind.

 

Australia Day Award nominations for Kyogle, Woodenbong and West of the Range now open

Nominations have opened for the 2021 Kyogle, Woodenbong and West of the Range Australia Day Awards.

In Kyogle, awards will be presented in seven categories, with nominations closing on 15 January 2021.

Award categories are:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Junior Citizen of the Year
  • Senior Sportsperson of the Year
  • Junior Sportsperson of the Year (under 18)
  • Senior Student of the Year (High School)
  • Junior Student of the Year (Primary)
  • Senior Citizen of the Year

Nominations forms are available from locations around Kyogle including Council’s administration centre. They can also be downloaded by clicking here. Note: Nominees are required to be notified and to sign the nomination form.

The Woodenbong Australia Day Committee will present awards in six categories:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Sportsperson of the Year
  • Community Organisation/Event
  • Business/Service
  • Environmental Citizen/Organisation

Nominations close on 31 December 2020. Note: Nominees are to be notified of nomination. Nominations forms are available from locations around Woodenbong and Council’s administration centre. They can also be downloaded by clicking here.

The West of the Range Australia Day Committee will present awards in five categories:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Sportsperson of the Year
  • Community Organisation/Event
  • Business/Service

Nominations close at 4pm on 30 November 2020. Nominations forms are available from Cr Earle Grundy and Council’s administration centre. They can also be downloaded by clicking here.

Power outage to close Kyogle landfill on Thursday, 15 October

Due to a power outage scheduled by Essential Energy, the Kyogle landfill and return and earn will be closed on Thursday (15 October).
The power supply interruption has been scheduled to upgrade Essential Energy infrastructure in the area.
Council apologises in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.Landfill operations will return to normal on Friday (16 October).

 

Works ongoing at Kyogle Pool Precinct

As notified earlier this week, Kyogle Council has temporarily closed the splash park and toddlers pool at the Kyogle pool precinct whilst remedial works are carried out to the surface of the splash park.  Whilst these works are progressing well, patrons are advised that the splash park and toddlers pool are likely to remain closed throughout this weekend (10/11 October) whilst clean up works are completed.  Council apologises for any inconvenience that this may cause to patrons over the coming weekend.  The main and medium pools will remain open as usual.

 

Council facilities closed for public holiday and Union Picnic Day

The public holiday on Monday (5 October) and Union Picnic Day on Tuesday (6 October) will see a number of Council facilities closed over the two days.

Council’s main office will be closed both days, while the Woodenbong waste transfer station will be closed Tuesday.

Meanwhile, a planned power outage on Wednesday (7 October) will mean the Kyogle landfill and container Return and Earn recycling point will be closed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Operations at the landfill will return to normal on Thursday.

Council apologises for any inconvenience.

All of Kyogle Council LGA now in QLD border zone

The Queensland Government has released a map of the new border zone that will come into effect at 1am on 1 October 2020.
The former “border bubble” has been expanded and now includes all of the Kyogle Council and Tenterfield Shire Council areas as well as the Richmond Valley, Lismore City, Ballina Shire, Byron Shire and Glen Innes Severn Council areas.
Residents of the border zone will be able to cross the border for any purpose and visit any part of Queensland. However, they must still apply for a border pass.

Return and Earn Centre closed for weekend

The Return and Earn Centre at the Kyogle Landfill will be closed on Saturday 12 September and Sunday 13 September due to unforeseen circumstances.

The centre will re-open as normal on Monday 14 September.

Council apologises for any inconvenience the unscheduled closure may cause.

Blue green algae alerts for Tabulam and Toonumbar

An Amber Alert has been issued for the benign Cyanocatena sp algae in the Clarence River at Tabulam.
Meanwhile, a Green Alert for the potentially toxic cyanobacteria Planktothrix sp has been issued for downstream of Toonumbar Dam. There are no alerts for the dam itself.
An Amber Alert means that blue-green algae may be multiplying and the water may have a green tinge and musty or organic taste and odour. The water should be considered unsuitable for potable use and alternative supplies or prior treatment of raw water for domestic purposes should be considered. The water may also be unsuitable for stock watering. Generally suitable for water sports, however people are advised to exercise caution in these areas, as blue-green algal concentrations can rise to red alert levels quickly under warm, calm weather conditions.
A Green alert means that blue-green algae is a naturally at low numbers. At these concentrations, algae would not normally be visible, however some species may affect taste and odour of water even at low numbers and does not pose any problems for recreational, stock or household use.
For further information go to the WaterNSW Algal Website http://www.waternsw.com.au/algae or call NSW algae hotline 1800 999 457

Bush Fire Danger Period begins 1 September

The Bush Fire Danger Period for the Kyogle Council area will start on Tuesday, 1 September, 2020.
The Bush Fire Danger Period will also start on Tuesday for the Richmond Valley, Lismore, Ballina and Byron local government areas.
The introduction of the Bush Fire Danger Period means that any one wanting to a light a fire from Tuesday will require a fire permit.
Persons wishing to light a fire at any time throughout the year are required to notify the NSW Rural Fire Service and all adjoining neighbours 24 hours prior to lighting. Failure to comply can result in fines under the Rural Fires Act 1997.
Smoke regulations prohibit burning in some areas – contact your Council or local Fire Brigade for further information.

Kyogle landfill closed 11am Tuesday, 1 September – 10am Wednesday 2 September

There’s been a late change of plans.
Rather than being closed all day tomorrow (Tuesday) so work can be undertaken on the weighbridge, the Kyogle Landfill Facility will now be closed from 11am tomorrow until 10am Wednesday (2 September).
Once again, Council apologises for any inconvenience the closure may cause.

New tractor for community volunteers at Woodenbong

A new four-wheel drive tractor and mulcher were delivered to Woodenbong on Thursday (27 August) much to the delight of the community volunteers who maintain the town’s showground, common area and public spaces.

Funded under the Federal and State Government’s Bushfire Grants Kyogle Council received after last year’s horrific bushfires, the tractor replaces an old ride-on mower which was previously used to keep Woodenbong looking spic and span.

Kyogle Council Mayor Cr Danielle Mulholland described the new tractor as a blessing for the Woodenbong community.

“I am delighted that the Woodenbong community got this tractor,” she said.

“It is well deserved and a smart decision by Council to support local community organisations who do so much for their community.

“The tractor will make life much easier for the volunteers who will be able to finish jobs in half the time.

“I’d also like to thank Kevin Hogan, our Federal MP, who made representations to have Kyogle Council included in the Bushfire Recovery Program which enabled us to fund projects like this one.”

Cr Lindsay Passfield said the new tractor would  strengthen Woodenbong’s already robust volunteer base and enhance efficiency.

Christine Reid, of the Woodenbong Showground Trust, said the tractor would be put to good use.

“The Woodenbong common and the showgrounds have never looked so good and we’re prepared and ready to get going on all of our events as soon as the Covid restrictions are eased,” she said.

Lynne Parker, who is also a member of the Showground Trust, was over the moon that after years of chasing funding for a tractor, it had finally become a reality.

“We’re ecstatic that we got this tractor which will be a big asset to the community and the various local organisations,” she said.

“The time it takes to prepare the grounds for events will be more than halved.”

The tractor was delivered by tractor dealer and fifth generation Woodenbong local Trent Martin.

Mr Martin said the tractor was the heaviest, and biggest engine capacity in its class on the market.

“I think it will perform beyond expectations,” he said.

The mulcher originally ordered with the tractor was nixed because the delivery time was far too long with Covid restrictions in place. Mr Martin replaced that mulcher with a higher quality mulcher at no extra cost.

Kevin Hogan thanked Kyogle Council for the community consultation they have done in allocating the bushfire grant money.

Council officially names four new bridges

Council has officially named four new bridges that until now were only know by anecdotal names.

Council decided at its August meeting to name:

  • The bridge on Peacock Creek Road over Gorge Creek (16.5km from Clarence Way), Gray Bridge;
  • The bridge on Old Dyraaba Road, 11.9km from Sextonville Road, Magil Bridge (Bundjualung for Easter Water Dragon);
  • The bridge on Walters Road, 593m from Green Pigeon Road, Matthews Bridge
  • The bridge on Hootons Road, over the Clarence River (15km from the Clarence Way), Binging Bridge (Bundjalung for River Turtle).

Council received 25 submissions from the public on the proposed names, with the bridge on Hootons Road over the Clarence River attracting the most submissions.

Two of the submissions wanted the bridge to be named either MacLean Bridge or MacLean crossing in reference to the historical river crossing being known as MacLean’s and seven supported the name Binging to acknowledge the area’s traditional owners.

Nine submissions wanted the bridge named after the Hooton family.

In deciding to go with Binging Bridge, Council noted that the Hooton family already had been recognised in the naming of the road and that only one other bridge in the local government area carried a Bundjalung name.

 

QLD Border zones updated; residents must still apply for border pass to enter QLD

The Queensland Government has introduced border control measures at its State borders.

These included establishing a border zone which incorporates communities on both the Queensland and NSW sides of the border. Residents in these border zones often live on one side of the border but work or go to school on the other side of the border.

Queensland border zone residents cannot travel outside the border zone in New South Wales (but can travel anywhere within Queensland) and New South Wales border zone residents cannot travel outside the border zone in either Queensland or New South Wales.

After some initial omissions from the border zone, including the area around Urbenville, the border zone has been updated. To view the updated border zones, click here.

Border zone residents can cross the border for any purpose. However, even in you live in a border zone, you must still apply for a Queensland Border Declaration Pass to enter Queensland.

For further information or to apply for a border pass, click here.

 

Red benches create awareness of domestic violence

Two benches at the front of the Kyogle hospital have been painted bright red as a stark reminder that domestic violence dwells in our community.

The red benches also serve as a beacon of hope to domestic violence victims that help is available.

Council painted the benches red at the request of the Kyogle Family and Domestic Violence Working Group which has joined a campaign to have 100 red benches installed across Australia.

The campaign is being driven by the not-for-profit Red Rose Foundation which is working to end domestic violence in Australia.

Kyogle Council Mayor and patron of the Kyogle Family and Domestic Violence Working Group Cr Danielle Mulholland said the red benches movement first came to light during the 16 days of activism last December.

“The CWA organised the 16 days of activism in Kyogle and that included a play on domestic violence and a short presentation on the red benches movement,” Cr Mulholland said.

“The whole thing grew from there, with the idea being that the red benches will get people talking about domestic violence.

“And having them at the front of the hospital reminds people that victims of domestic violence often end up at the hospital, or worse, the morgue.”

Cr Mulholland said raising community awareness of the prevalence of domestic violence and that help is available was crucial in reducing the harm it causes.

“As Mayor, I feel it’s important that the victims of domestic violence, women and men, know that Council cares and that help and support is available.”

Cr Mulholland stressed that domestic violence was not limited to physical violence.

“It can be emotional, psychological, financial and even spiritual abuse whereby a person is prevented from pursuing their own spiritual beliefs because of a family member,” she said.

“If we put a spotlight on domestic violence, then perhaps the victims and perpetrators will get the help they need.”

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, help is available:

  • Kyogle Family Support Service phone 6632 1044
  • Help to stay safe or leave phone 1800 RESPECT: 1800 737 732
  • The Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service phone 1300 720 606 or 6621 1044
  • The Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre – Family Law and Domestic Violence legal advice phone 6621 1000 or 1800 689 889
  • Call out family and domestic violence in the community phone 000 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000

Pool lifeguard training course being held on 22 and 23 August

Interested in becoming a Council pool attendant, but don’t have your Pool Lifeguard Certificate?
You’re in luck! A Pool Lifeguard Training Course will be held at the Evans Head aquatic centre on 22 and 23 August – see attached flyer.
You can enrol by following this link .
Council is currently looking for pool attendants to work at the Kyogle pool complex, with some possible relief work at the Bonalbo and Woodenbong pools.
The positions are to be offered on a seasonal casual basis starting September 2020 and finishing April 2021.You would be working in accordance with the Local Government (State) Award and be earning an hourly rate of between $30.52 to $35.36 per hour (inclusive of 25% casual loading).
Applicants should hold a Pool Lifeguard Certificate; Apply First Aid Certificate and Lifesaving Qualification, and must be willing to undergo a Working With Children Check.
For further information, including a position description go to Council’s Positions Vacant page.

Applications now open for Community Assistance Fund grants

Applications for grants under Kyogle Council’s Community Assistance Fund have now opened.

The fund provides one-off grants of up to $1,000 for organisations and $500 for individuals. Grants of up to $5,000 are available for projects with matched funding.

Applications close at 4pm on Monday 31 August, 2020.

You can apply directly through this online by following this link.

You can find the guidelines and a downloadable application form by following this link.

Bookings necessary for Return and Earn deposits at Kyogle landfill

With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, the Return and Earn collection point at the Kyogle landfill, re-opened on Monday, 1 June.

However, restrictions to the operations of the service apply and they include:

  • Visits are strictly by appointment only. If you do not have an appointment you will be turned away.
  • Appointments will occur in 15 minute intervals. This will enable most patrons to drop off their containers and exit the facility before the next patron arrives.
  • On arrival you must enter via the main gate and turn right to the Return and Earn Collection Shed as usual. If a yellow and black barricade is across the road, you must wait at this barricade until staff give you the green light to proceed to the shed.
  • When making an appointment, you will be required to tell staff approximately how many containers you will be dropping off. You cannot bring more containers than you nominate when making your appointment due to collection limits.
  • There is a limit on the number of containers Council can collect in a 7-day period. Once this limit is reached, we will not be able to take any more appointments for that week. However, you may make an appointment for the following week.
  • If you miss your appointment time or are more than 15 minutes late, you will need to rebook another appointment time.
  • To make an appointment, please call the Kyogle Landfill Facility on (02) 66323 002 between 8am – 12pm, Monday to Friday

Covid-19 – Important Community Information – UPDATED REGULARLY

This page has been established to provide the Kyogle Council community with relevant information about the Covid-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic as it becomes available and to update residents and ratepayers on Council’s services.

The safety of our communities and employees is Kyogle Council’s number one priority and to that end we are taking advice from the NSW and Federal Governments in relation to Covid-19.

Council aims to maintain service levels to our communities as much as possible, however that may change at short notice.

Council’s administration centre remains open, however social distancing guidelines apply (see below) and customers are asked to use the hand sanitizer, which is available at the front counter, on arrival.

Community members are reminded that most business with Council can now be conducted on-line or over the phone (6632 1611).

People who do not have access to a computer, can always phone Council (6632 1611) and talk to our customer service staff about what they can do to help you.

Council services

Most Council services are operating as normal, as resources allow. However, this may change at short notice and there have been some disruptions to a number of non-essential services.

What’s operating and what’s not

  • Kyogle library, including the mobile library, re-opening in line with NSW Health guidelines and restrictions on Monday 1, June. Restrictions will include:
    • Excluding staff and visitors who are unwell;
    • Limiting the number of guests to allow for four square metres per person;
    • providing distance markers for people queuing at service points;
    • limited internet/in library computer services;
    • quarantining books for 24 hours before returning them to shelves;
    • providing a special opening time (10-11am Tuesday to Friday) for  people aged over 70 years.
  • Kyogle Visitor Information Centre is open, however only two visitors are allowed on the premises at any one time.
  • Kyogle Museum remains closed but will re-open on Thursday, 3 September 2020.
  • Roxy Gallery has re-opened. Opening hours are 10am-3pm Wednesday to Friday and 10am-2pm Saturday. COVID-19 restrictions include:
    • Only one entrance to gallery, via the Summerland Way foyer
    • Maximum of 10 people in the gallery at any one time
    • All visitors to provide name and contact details for the purposes of contract tracing
    • Cleaning will be increased
    • The Roxy Shop will remain closed until further notice
    • If you are felling unwell, please DO NOT visit the gallery
  • The Kyogle Memorial Institute (KMI) Hall is available for bookings. The maximum number of people allowed in the hall/supper room is limited to one person per four square metres.
  • Council’s three public swimming pools are closed for the off-season.
  • Kyogle Community Centre (formerly known as the Kyogle Seniors Centre) is available for bookings. The maximum number of people allowed on the premises is limited to one person per four square metres.
  • Kyogle Youth Centre also known as the Laneway Community Space will re-open on Monday 22 June for the following activities:
    • Wednesday – Friday Kyogle Youth Action drop in between 3.30-5pm
    • Fair Share Kitchen open Thursdays from 11am-2pm
    • Kyogle Together will be undertaking extra cleaning of the centre and other measures such as temperature checks, social distancing, and limiting numbers in the space
  • Return and earn collection point at the Kyogle landfill, re-opening with restrictions on Monday, 1 June. Restrictions include:
    • Visits will be strictly by appointment only. If you do not have an appointment you will be turned away.
    • Appointments will occur in 15 minute intervals. This will enable most patrons to drop off their containers and exit the facility before the next patron arrives.
    • On arrival you must enter via the main gate and turn right to the Return and Earn Collection Shed as usual. If a yellow and black barricade is across the road, you must wait at this barricade until staff give you the green light to proceed to the shed.
    • When making an appointment, you will be required to tell staff approximately how many containers you will be dropping off. You cannot bring more containers than you nominate when making your appointment due to collection limits.
    • There is a limit on the number of containers Council can collect in a 7-day period. Once this limit is reached, we will not be able to take any more appointments for that week. However, you may make an appointment for the following week.
    • If you miss your appointment time or are more than 15 minutes late, you will need to rebook another appointment time.
    • To make an appointment, please call the Kyogle Landfill Facility on (02) 66323 002 between 8am – 12pm, Monday to Friday
  • All Council caravan parks and camping grounds are open.
  • Kyogle Tip Shop will re-open on Thursday, 25 June. Opening hours will be 9am-1pm Thursday to Sunday.
  • All Council playgrounds have re-opened and can be used with caution*.
  • Kyogle skatepark has re-opened and can be used with caution*.
  • All outdoor gyms have re-opened and can be used with caution*.
  • Council’s administration centre remains open.
  • All waste facilities remain open.
  • Construction and maintenance crews remain on the job.

* Please observe current government guidelines for social distancing and gatherings of people (people to remain 1.5m apart, outdoor gatherings limited to up to 10 people), wipe down surfaces before and after use where possible, practice good hygiene (cover you mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough, wash your hands for 20 seconds), stay at home if you are sick, and remember it is your responsibility to leave an area if it is too busy.

There may be further changes as the Covid-19 situation develops. Council will provide regular updates on this page and social media.

Public toilets

All public toilets are open except the toilet in David Reid Park, Kyogle.

Border Closures

The Queensland Government has advised Council of the following measures in relation to the closure of the Queensland border.

  • Full closure of Lions Road/Running Creek Road (a barrier will be in place preventing traffic from crossing the border).
  • Soft closure at the Summerland Way/Mt Lindesay Highway (signage and 24 hour police presence).
  • Soft closure of The Head/Carney Road in the Tenterfield Shire.
  • Multiple police patrolled checkpoints in the Tweed.
  • Cross border rail services will terminate in NSW – see the Transport NSW website.
  • Road closure warning signs will be erected at Casino and Kyogle.

All people entering Queensland will be required to isolate for 14 days unless they are exempt. For the full details on the Queensland border closure, including exemptions, enforcement measures and effects on cross border communities, go to the Queensland Government website.

Information for Business

As the Federal and State Government’s move to ease restrictions, more and more businesses are re-opening their doors and operating under guii Business owners/operators requiring information and guidance on operating (including re-opening) their business as restrictions ease are advised to go to the NSW Government website by clicking here.

Australian Government Support for Business

JobKeeper Payment

The Australian Government has introduced a JobKeeper Payment of $1,500 per fortnight, per eligible employee, for up to six months as part of a package to support the wages of up to 6 million Australians throughout the coronavirus crisis.

The JobKeeper Payment started on 30 March 2020, with the first payment to be received by employers in the first week of May.  Employers must pass this payment on to their employees.  Eligible employers include businesses structured through companies, partnerships, trusts and sole traders. Not-for-profit entities, including charities, will also be eligible along with self-employed individuals.

Employers must elect to participate in the scheme. You can do this by registering here.

Apprenticeship Wage Subsidy

Registration is open for employers for the Australian Government’s Apprentice Wage Subsidy to retain apprentices and trainees. Eligible employers will receive a 50 percent subsidy for wages paid to apprentices between January to March this year. This will provide urgent financial assistance to help businesses retain their existing apprentices and trainees.  For further information on how to apply for the subsidy, including information on eligibility, contact an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider.

Jobs Hub

The Australian Government has launched a new Jobs Hub, supporting businesses and those Australians looking for work. The Jobs Hub helps Australians looking for work find advertised vacancies through an up-to-date list of a selection of businesses and organisations that are currently hiring. It can be found here.

While many businesses have been adversely affected by COVID-19 and are reducing their workforces, there are some areas of the economy which have an increased demand for workers. This includes jobs in health and care sectors, transport and logistics, some areas of retail, mining and mining services, manufacturing, agriculture and government sectors, among others.

In addition, employers who are hiring and want support to connect with potential candidates can also contact the Department of Education, Skills and Employment at workforce@dese.gov.au to be connected directly with businesses reducing their workforces; and the employment services network to source suitable candidates.

Coronavirus Business Liaison Unit

The Coronavirus Business Liaison Unit has been created in Treasury to build on existing efforts to support confidence, employment and business continuity. It is engaging with peak business and industry groups on systemic issues arising from Coronavirus to ensure these are being brought to the attention of Government. The Unit is hearing from business on a regular basis and providing updates to Government, focusing on crucial issues where the Government may be able to undertake additional work to support what business is doing. The Unit is also providing up-to-date information on the Government’s response to COVID-19 and the actions that Government is taking to support business and industry across Australia.

To contact the Coronavirus Business Liaison Unit, email CoronavirusBusinessLiaison@treasury.gov.au. To learn more about the Coronavirus Business Liaison Unit, click here.

The Australian Government is rolling out comprehensive targeted assistance to support businesses in response to the pandemic. Call the business.gov.au hotline on 13 28 46 to speak with a specialist adviser about what support is available. The hotline is open seven days a week from 7am-11pm AEST.  For the latest information on what is available to help business visit business.gov.au, follow this link to the Treasury website,  or click on the fact sheets below:

NSW Government Support for Business

Small Business Support Grants

The NSW Government is providing $10,000 grants to small businesses across NSW struggling to cope with the COVID-19 shutdown.

To be eligible, businesses will need to:

  • have between 1-19 employees and a turnover of more than $75,000
  • a payroll below the NSW Government 2019-20 payroll tax threshold of $900,000
  • have an Australian Business Number as at 1 March 2020, be based in NSW and employ staff as at 1 March 2020
  • be highly impacted by the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020 issued on 30 March 2020
  • use the funding for unavoidable business costs such as utilities, overheads, legal costs and financial advice
  • provide appropriate documentation upon application.

Applications for a small business grant of up to $10,000 will be available through Service NSW from 17 April and will remain open until 1 June 2020.

NSW Government’s Economic Package

Key elements of the NSW COVID-19 stage two package include:

  • the creation of a $1 billion Working for NSW fund to sustain business, create new jobs and retrain employees. The fund is already being put in to action with 1000 new staff for Service NSW to be funded by the program. The Working for NSW fund will comprise $750 million in new funding and $250 million announced last week for additional cleaning services
  • deferral of payroll tax for business with payrolls over $10 million for six months (up to $4 billion deferred). Businesses with payrolls of $10 million or less received a three-month waiver on payroll tax in the first package. These businesses will now get an additional three month deferral as well
  • deferral of gaming tax for clubs, pubs and hotels, and lotteries tax for six months, conditional on these funds being used to retain staff. This improves liquidity and helps these businesses stay afloat
  • deferral of the parking space levy for six months
  • deferral of rents for six months for commercial tenants with less than 20 employees in all Government-owned properties.

For more information about the NSW Government’s  COVID-19 business and employment response, follow this link.

Individuals

As part of the Federal Government’s stimulus packages, support is being provided for individuals and families. For the latest advice on what  is available, click here. You can also follow the links below.

NBN Co to establish financial relief and assistance package

NBN Co has announced it will establish a $150 million financial relief and assistance fund to help internet providers to support their residential and small and medium business customers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The relief fund, created following a short industry consultation led by NBN Co, is aimed at helping internet providers connect low-income households with home schooling needs, supporting emergency and essential services, and assisting small and medium businesses and residential customers who are facing financial hardship.

What you need to know about Covid-19

NSW Health says the best way to protect yourself and your family is the same as you would against any respiratory infection. Practice good hygiene by:

  • making sure to clean your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub
  • cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or a flexed elbow
  • avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.

You should also make sure you stay home if you are sick and practice social distancing.

Social distancing means we reduce the number of close physical and social contacts we have with one another.

While practising social distancing, people can travel to work (including public transport). For non-essential activities outside the workplace or attendance at schools, universities and childcare – social distancing includes:

  • avoiding crowds and mass gatherings where it is difficult to keep the appropriate distance away from others
  • avoiding small gatherings in enclosed spaces, for example family celebrations
  • attempting to keep a distance of 1.5 metres between themselves and other people where possible, for example when they are out and about in public place.
  • avoiding shaking hands, hugging, or kissing other people.
  • avoiding visiting vulnerable people, such as those in aged care facilities or hospitals, infants, or people with compromised immune systems due to illness or medical treatment.

For more information about social distancing, refer to NSW Government – Social distancing

For the most up-to-date information on Covid-19 click on the following links:

Help for bushfire-affected landholders to rebuild boundary fences adjoining public lands

The NSW Government has committed $209 million to help bushfire-affected landholders with the cost of rebuilding boundary fences adjoining public lands.

Private landholders who share a boundary with public land and were impacted by the Northern and Southern fires of late 2019 and early 2020 are eligible to receive up to $5,000 per kilometre to contribute to the replacement of damaged boundary fences.

Note that for the purposes of this grant, public lands includes:
– National parks
– Forestry Corporation land
– Traveling stock reserves
– Crown reserves, tenured roads and leases
– Roads managed by Roads and Maritime Services or Local Government.

Grants can be issued retrospectively to cover costs already incurred by landholders replacing fire damaged fencing where a boundary is shared with public lands.

For further details, or to find out how to apply for Supporting our neighbours – public land boundary fencing program, go to the Local Land Services website by clicking here.

Local businesses can apply for Covid 19 small business support grants

Local businesses battling the impact of the coronavirus shutdown can pre-register now for a $10,000 NSW Covid-19 Small Business Support Grant.

The grants are to help small businesses stay afloat.

The application form for the grant will not be available on the Service NSW website until 17 April. However, small businesses can pre-register for someone to call them when the program goes live. To do that, go to https://mybusiness.service.nsw.gov.au/concierge

To be eligible for a $10,000 Small Business Support Grant, businesses will need to:
• have between 1-19 employees and a turnover of more than $75,000
• a payroll below the NSW Government 2019-20 payroll tax threshold of $900,000
• have an Australian Business Number as at 1 March 2020, be based in NSW and employ staff as at 1 March 2020
• be highly impacted by the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020 issued on 30 March 2020
• use the funding for unavoidable business costs such as utilities, overheads, legal costs and financial advice
• provide appropriate documentation upon application.

Eligible industries are those that have been subject to closure or are highly impacted by NSW Government health directions in relation to COVID-19 and include:
• Retail trade
• Accommodation and food service
• Rental, hiring and real estate services
• Administrative and support services
• Arts and recreation services.

Call us first

Kyogle Council is keeping the doors of its administration centre open during this challenging time so we can provide as comprehensive a service as possible to our community.

But you can do most of your business with us over the phone or online, so unless you absolutely have to come into the office why not pick up the phone and call our helpful customer service staff first to see if they can assist you.

You can call Council on 6632 1611 or you can go to this page to see a summary of what business you can do online with Council.