List of areas where small businesses can apply for cyclone Oswald cleanup money

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List of areas where small businesses can apply for cyclone Oswald cleanup money

Grants of up to $25,000 for cleanup activities are available for small businesses affected by cyclone Oswald.

If you are a Northern Queensland small business owner and your business was directly damaged by tropical cyclone Oswald and the heavy rainfall and flooding that hit the state in late January, then you might be eligible for a government grant under the governments Special Disaster Assistance program.

Grants of up to $25,000 are available to assist small businesses to cover the costs associated with [information quoted from QRAA web site]: 
  • purchasing, hiring or leasing plant, equipment or materials to clean-up or resume business activities
  • clearing or disposing of debris and damaged goods
  • repairing buildings or essential fittings in buildings other than houses
  • replacing lost or damaged stock essential to resuming trading
  • leasing temporary premises to resume operations
  • engaging a person to clean or to conduct a safety inspection of premises
  • paying additional wages to an employee to assist with the clean-up and restoration work.
To apply for assistance for direct damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Oswald and Associated Rainfall and Flooding 21 - 29 January 2013, you must be located in one of the following local government areas:
  • Bundaberg Regional Council
  • Fraser Coast Regional Council
  • Gladstone Regional Council 
  • Gympie Regional Council
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
  • North Burnett Regional Council
  • Southern Downs Regional Council 
The web site also states that to be eligible you must [quoted from QRAA web site]:
  • own (whether as sole owner, in partnership or as a private company) a small business
  • have been engaged in your small business, in the prescribed Tropical Cyclone Oswald and Associated Rainfall and Flooding, 21 - 29 January 2013 disaster area and have suffered direct damage as a result of the event
  • intend to re-establish your small business enterprise
  • be responsible for meeting the costs you are claiming.
To apply, go to the QRAA web site and complete the Special Disaster Assistance Application Form.
There is more information and rules about this on the Web site. We recommend reading carefully through the site before applying.
Low interest loans
Also keep in mind that the government also administers low interest (1.7%) loans of up to $250,000 under a Natural Disaster Assistance scheme for business that have been impacted by other natural disasters in Northern Queensland.
A phone number has been setup (1800 623 946) you can ring to ask questions.
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