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Increased Support Available For Flood Impacted Businesses And Residents In Cowra

Written by: The Cowra Phoenix

IMAGE: Flooding at Cowra’s River Park in November last year.

More financial support will be made available to flood-impacted communities across New South Wales, including Medium Size Business Support grants, as the recovery from flooding which began in August, 2022 continues.

The latest round of support includes:

The Medium Size Business Support grant, providing up to $200,000 for flood-impacted businesses or not-for-profit organisations with 20 or more employees; The Back Home grant and Rental Support payment extended to a further 13 local government areas (LGAs); and Funding for community and volunteer non-government-organisations (NGO) to support community-led recovery projects.

The Medium Sized Business grant will be available in the LGAs of Balranald, Berrigan, Bogan, Bourke, Brewarrina, Cabonne, Carrathool, Central Darling, Cobar, Cowra, Dubbo Regional, Edward River, Federation, Forbes, Griffith, Gunnedah, Hay, Junee, Lachlan, Leeton, Moree Plains, Murray River, Murrumbidgee, Narrabri, Narrandera, Parkes, Wagga Wagga, Walgett, Warren, Warrumbungle and Wentworth.

The extended disaster recovery packages are jointly funded by the Australian and NSW governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

Federal Emergency Management Minister Murray Watt said the funding was important to get people back on their feet. “We continue to work with New South Wales disaster recovery agencies to ensure communities experiencing ongoing recovery needs can access much-needed support,” he said.

“We know that the economic recovery of flood-impacted regions is crucial to their long term wellbeing. That is why we are providing support for medium businesses to assist in their restoration and help lift local economies back on their feet.”

“The important work our community and volunteers provide both during and following natural disasters also needs to be recognised which is why funding is being invested to ensure much needed recovery services delivered through community-led social recovery programs continues.”

NSW Deputy Premier Paul Toole said no one effected by floods will be left behind. “Whether it’s helping get people back in their homes, locals back in jobs, or businesses reopening, we will continue to roll out the support needed to get our flood-affected communities back on their feet and local economies moving again,” he said.

“This latest funding builds on the $6.1 billion we have committed to flood recovery in the past year, sending the strong message that no matter where you live in the State, or at what stage of recovery, we will continue standing by our communities and leave no one behind.”

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