Cr Bill Ludwig talking to PM Tony Abbott in Yeppoon. Allan Reinikka
Cr Bill Ludwig talking to PM Tony Abbott in Yeppoon. Allan Reinikka

Livingstone businesses urged to apply for disaster funding

LIVINGSTONE Shire Council has welcomed welcomes last week's announcement by both the Federal and State governments that Category C Assistance (grants of up to $25,000) are available for eligible businesses within the local government area of Livingstone.

Chairman of the Livingstone Shire Economic Recovery Taskforce Councillor Graham Scott said following the devastating impact of Cyclone Marcia, local business owners have been eagerly awaiting the release of the guidelines which will enable them to access these grants.

"Today, the guidelines and applications forms have been made available by the QRAA and Council is encouraging our local businesses to act now and utilise this opportunity.

"We know that primary producers, local businesses and not-for-profit organisations in our Shire need urgent access to financial support to get their business recovery underway.

"Applying for grants can be a complex and confronting process and to this effect Council very much welcomes the offer by Capricorn Enterprise, our economic development arm, to assist local businesses in completing their applications," Cr Scott said.

Capricorn Enterprise Chief Executive and Member of the Economic Recovery Taskforce, Mary Carroll said "some of our businesses have been faced with damage claims which are actually less than their insurance excesses, so a $25,000 grant will go a long way in helping them get back on their feet."

Livingstone Shire Council is urging businesses to collate the following information for their Category C Assistance grant applications, read the guidelines and complete an application:

·         a copy of your Insurance Policy

·         any invoices from contractors for your clean-up

·         damaged items excluded from your insurance policy

·         collation of your stock losses, and

·         any other financial information you think is relevant.

 

Guidelines and application forms can be found on the QRAA website under the Special Disaster Assistance link: http://www.qraa.qld.gov.au/current-programs/Disaster-recovery/special-disaster-assistance/special-disaster-assistance-small-business. Please contact QRAA on 1800 623 946 with any enquiries or Capricorn Enterprise on 4927 2055 if you would like assistance.



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