Small Business support crucial for economic recovery

Date published: 22 February 2019

The Townsville Local Recovery and Resilience Group (TLRRG) is working closely with small businesses to provide support and advice on how to receive state and federal assistance.

TLRRG Chair Deputy Mayor Les Walker said helping local businesses reopen after the flood would be critical to the local economy.

“The Small Business Recovery Centre provides answers about what support is available to local businesses including advice on insurance issues,” Cr Walker said.

“Re-opening these small businesses will be crucial to getting locals back into work.”

Minister for Employment and Small Business Shannon Fentiman met with Townsville business owners this week to offer assistance to help them get back up and running.

“We know that small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities and that following a disaster one of the most effective ways to help the community recover is to ensure local small businesses survive and thrive,” Ms Fentiman said.

“This Small Business Recovery Centre is a Queensland first and a one-stop-shop for business owners to access assistance, help with applying for grants, business mentorship and can be used as a work hub.”

Townsville City Council’s Governance and Finance Committee Chair Cr Verena Coombe toured the CBD Recovery Centre with Ms Fentiman.

“I’d like to thank the Queensland Government for the support they are providing our local businesses to help them get back on their feet,” Cr Coombe said.

“Reviving small businesses impacted by flooding will be crucial to ensuring our city has a sustainable long-term economic recovery.

“Council is working closely with the Queensland Government to ensure all assistance and support that is available finds its way to those businesses that need it.”

All recovery information is available through the Emergency Management Dashboard.