More help for flood affected businesses in Douglas Shire



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Douglas Shire small businesses affected by the North and Far North monsoon trough can now apply for new recovery grants of up to $10,000.

The grants are being made available in 14 local government areas to provide further support to small business owners during this challenging time.

The Federal Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management, the Hon David Littleproud, said the grants were being jointly funded under the Commonwealth-Queensland Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

“Small businesses play a crucial role in driving local economy and the impact on many Queensland small businesses following the monsoonal floods has been significant,” Minister Littleproud said.

The grants are available to eligible businesses in Douglas Shire, Cloncurry Shire, Flinders Shire, McKinlay Shire, Richmond Shire, Townsville City, Burdekin Shire, Burke Shire, Carpentaria Shire, Charters Towers Shire, Croydon Shire, Etheridge Shire, Hinchinbrook Shire and Winton Shire Council areas.

Queensland Minister for Employment and Small Business Shannon Fentiman said the impact of the monsoon disaster had severely affected the region.

“Local businesses are the lifeblood of our communities and getting them back up and running is key to guaranteeing our long-term economic recovery,” Minister Fentiman said.

“These grants ensure that affected business owners are financially supported through their recovery and can undertake repairs to buildings, plant and equipment.

“The grants will also support small business owners to take steps so they are better prepared and more resilient to future disasters.”

Repairs funding is available across all local government areas subject to specific eligibility criteria.
The Small Business Recovery Centre at 143 Walker Street in Townsville continues to offer face-to-face support and a place for business owners to meet Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority staff, mentors or other stakeholders.

Visit to read the guidelines and submit an application for resilience or repair funding under the Small Business Disaster Recovery Grants.

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