Lismore CBD is set for a $250,000 grant. Photo: Marc Stapelberg
Lismore CBD is set for a $250,000 grant. Photo: Marc Stapelberg

How small businesses can access money to get flood ready

LISMORE City Council has announced a $250,000 grant which is set to help their goal of revitalising the Lismore CBD and local small businesses.

The grant is part of a Business Flood Grant program which is open to small businesses employing fewer than 10 employees and owners of buildings in flood prone areas.

 The grant is derived from the NSW Government's $1.5 million grant to help improve the Lismore CBD and is one of four being funded from the state government grant.

Lismore deputy mayor Darlene Cook said that this was about future-proofing businesses in the event of another flood hitting Lismore. 

"Anything we can do to help our business community to get back on its feet but also we know there's going to be another flood down the track, that is inevitable with Lismore, so we need to assist our business community so they remain their continuity and plan ahead as it will happen."

Emma Wallace, executive officer of the Lismore Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said while the wait had been slow the chamber was hopeful of the grant helping business in the area.

"I think it's a difficult process, council need to work through their process and due diligence as well, however, we are seeing from the business community a frustration at the lack of visible implementation of CBD revitalisation.

"But this a set towards maybe seeing some of the goals come to eventuality as part of that bigger picture for CBD revitalisation and expenditure of the $1.5 million of state government funding."

The chamber is encouraging small business owners to think creatively and use the grant to benefit their business long-term.

"We are looking forward to seeing the impact of this injection and hearing what business operators are gaining from this opportunity."

The council has committed to improving the CBD with this announcement following on from the laneway project announced earlier this year.

Applications are open from August 12 to September 15.

For further details and to make a submission for the grant, see www.lismore.nsw.gov.au.



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