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  • 01 May 2020 3:38 PM | Wauchope Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc (Administrator)

    Three quarters of NSW business owners believe their operations will survive the COVID-19 crisis, according to a flash poll conducted by the state’s peak business organisation, Business NSW.

    The survey was conducted as part of a Tele Town Hall event involving NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet, which had more than 3000 businesses on the line from across NSW.

    Asked whether they believe that their business would survive the current crisis, 72 per cent of respondents answered yes, while another 23 per cent said they were unsure. Just 5 per cent believed their business would be forced to close.

    “These are very high numbers considering the impact the virus and the restrictions have had on businesses of all types and in all locations” said Business NSW Regional Manager Kellon Beard.

    “The optimism and ‘can do’ attitude of business owners and their employees has never surprised me; however, this has been the ultimate test of their endurance and perseverance,” Mr Beard said.

    “NSW is the engine room of the national economy and with the swift support of the Federal and State Governments many businesses believe that they will survive, which is great news.

    “The Treasurer too was heartened by these figures, and by the grit and resilience being shown by the business operators on the call – their determination to continue operations, paying their staff and supporting their communities was there for all to hear and see.

    “Of course, the big challenge for businesses will be in coming months when our way of life slowly starts to return to a new normal and the harsh reality of their true financial position becomes clear after government subsidies end for them and for their customers. 

    “That’s why it is so important for everyone to continue to follow the directions of Government health authorities and obey the restrictions in place.

    “Business owners fully appreciate that the best way for them to return to normal, or in fact, the new normal, is by flattening, and then wiping out the curve.

    “Business NSW has advocated for business owners and their staff to immediately download the COVIDSafe App and to then push for a staged re-opening of regional towns with no cases of the virus, which would allow businesses in those towns to start trading again sooner and provide much needed employment for these hard hit regional areas” Mr Beard said.

    Formerly the NSW Business Chamber, Business NSW is the peak policy and advocacy body which has been representing businesses in NSW since 1826.

  • 30 Mar 2020 10:20 AM | Wauchope Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc (Administrator)

    The Boosting Female Founders Initiative (the program) will run over three years from 2020-21 to 2022-23. The program is part of the Women's Economic Security Package, which helps to support more Australian women into work and supports Australia's international obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). The program will provide targeted support on a co-contribution basis to female founders of startup businesses (startups) to launch and scale their businesses into domestic and global markets.

    The Australian Government has announced a total of $18 million. For this round, $6 million is available.

    The objectives of the program are to:

    • stimulate private sector investments into innovative startups led by women
    • help female entrepreneurs overcome the disadvantages they face in getting access to finance and support to grow their startups
    • enable female founders to scale-up, expand into domestic and global markets, and become self-sufficient
    • boost the economy through increasing the diversity of startup founders.

    The intended outcomes of the program are:

    • increased number of startups founded by women
    • new products and services are brought to market by startups founded by women
    • increased financial investment in startups founded by women
    • women improve their earning potential through entrepreneurship
    • increased job creation and economic growth.

    The grants will be available on a co-contribution basis, in two tiers as follows:

    Tier one - $25,000 to $100,000 ($140,000 if you meet additional requirements)

    Tier two - $100,001 to $400,000 ($480,000 if you meet additional requirements)

    The grant amount will be up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs - unless you can meet additional requirements (see the grant opportunity guidelines for further information).

    You are responsible for the remaining eligible project expenditure plus any ineligible expenditure. Contributions to your project must be cash. You may seek contributions from private investors and industry partners.

    The grant opportunity will be delivered through a two-stage competitive selection process due to the expected high demand for this program. You will first apply for an EOI. If successful, you will be invited to submit a Stage Two grant application.

    Find out more here: https://www.business.gov.au/Grants-and-Programs/Boosting-Female-Founders

  • 26 Feb 2020 12:55 PM | Wauchope Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc (Administrator)

    26 FEBRUARY 2020 - The state’s peak business organisation, the NSW Business Chamber, has changed its name to Business NSW.

    “The new name and identity builds upon our proud 194-year history and reflects our role as the peak policy and advocacy body representing businesses in NSW,” said Business NSW Mid North Coast Regional Manager, Kellon Beard.

    “As we continue to strive to ensure NSW remains the place to do business in Australia, Business NSW will continue to advocate on issues that are important for business, and those which hinder the ability of business owners to maximise their potential and create jobs for their fellow Australians,” Mr Beard said.

    “As we have in the past, Business NSW will continue to publicly campaign and to work directly with government, stakeholders and the media on behalf of business owners, their employees and the broader community.

    “Through our regional offices spread across the State, Business NSW will also continue to work directly with local businesses and local chambers of commerce to ensure that they can access local support from someone who truly understands their region and who has relevant expertise.

    “Recently, we launched the Backing the Bush campaign which is calling on city-based businesses to pledge to take one Board, management or staff meeting that would normally be held in the city to a bushfire or drought affected part of NSW, with more than 110 companies already pledging to do so.

    “However, we want to do more, achieve more and be more to all businesses across NSW, now and into the future, and our new name and identify will allow us to further build our presence and influence across the State.

    “In the coming month, we will also launch Business Australia, a nationwide free-to-join membership-based organisation.

    “Business Australia will offer advice, support, products and services to all businesses operating in and entering Australia.

    “This is an exciting time for our organisation as we launch two new brands aimed at helping businesses grow and thrive as we continue working on behalf of businesses of all sizes to build an even better and stronger community.

    “The launch of our two new brands, Business NSW and Business Australia, follows more than two years of member and stakeholder research, insight and analysis by the NSW Business Chamber,” Mr Beard said.

    Kellon Beard

    Regional Manager, Mid North Coast, NSW Business Chamber

  • 26 Feb 2020 11:53 AM | Wauchope Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc (Administrator)


    The 2020 Infrastructure Priority List released by Infrastructure Australia contains very few new ideas, but does suggest plenty of room for progress, according to the State’s peak business organization, Business NSW.

    Including new priorities and those already on the list from previous years, there are 63 priorities on the list that are entirely in NSW, or are national priorities that would partly occur within NSW.

    “The list identifies dozens of NSW projects which are in development.  However, it highlights the need for projects in NSW to move off the drawing board and into implementation,” said Business NSW Regional Manager Kellon Beard.

    “We aren’t lacking in ideas to improve NSW’s infrastructure.  What we need are investment decisions from Government and its partners,” Mr Beard said

    “Business NSW is concerned that, just because this State is ahead of other States and Territories and has already funded some of its projects, the Commonwealth should not view NSW as already fully catered for.

    “With our growing population and increasing demands on infrastructure, NSW is in a position where we needs to run as fast as we can just to stand still.  Without further funding for major projects in the years to come, NSW and the greater Sydney region will fall behind competitor regions in Australia and around the world.

    “The Infrastructure Priority List added several nationwide strategies with relevance to NSW, including high priority initiatives for a National Water Strategy and a Town and City Water Strategy, as well as regional telecommunications coverage and regional road improvements.

    “The broadening scope of the Priority List is welcome.  It is important for officials to remember that infrastructure isn’t just about high-profile big city projects.  Regional NSW has been suffering the impacts of drought for several years.

    “Governments need to do more to support commercial activity in the regions. Improving water supply and efficiency will help protect vulnerable businesses from the worst effects the next time drought conditions set in.

    “In a year that has seen drought, bushfires and flooding, the List’s emphasis on resilience in infrastructure is timely. It will be important for Governments to convert these plans from high-level strategy to concrete proposals in the months to come” Mr Beard said.

    About Business NSW

    Formerly the NSW Business Chamber, Business NSW is the peak policy and advocacy body which has been representing businesses in NSW since 1826.

    Regional Manager, Mid North Coast

  • 31 Jan 2020 7:38 AM | Lisa McPherson (Administrator)

    The NSW Government would like to hear from anyone that has the capability and capacity to provide goods and/or services in bushfire affected regions. We are establishing a supplier list that covers any goods or services, including those not available on our whole of government arrangements.

    Everyone is welcome to apply here. If you have any additional enquiries please contact NSW Procurement on 1800 679 289.

    The NSW Government would like you to register your interest in providing urgent works in a range of goods and/or services as part of the bushfire recovery program.

    Registration as a supplier entails completion of a straightforward online questionnaire that includes rates for services. Everyone is welcome to apply to be registered at https://tenders.nsw.gov.au/?event=public.scheme.show&RFTUUID=B9A30F09-99EC-D33A-810D5B89C5B8A71C

    Tender name

    Bushfire-Affected Communities Rebuild Portal


    Ref No.


    Closing date

    23 January 2022 12pm NSW


    NSW Government

    Contract Period:


    Service location(s)

    Regional NSW

    Web document Location:


    Key points of note:

    Scheme Details

    Due to the recent bushfires, the NSW Government would like to hear from anyone that may have capability and capacity to provide goods and/or services in affected regions. The government is establishing a supplier list that covers any goods or services; including those not currently available under whole of government arrangements.


    The purpose of this portal is to connect government buyers with regional suppliers and vice versa. It assists buyers to give first preference to appropriate local suppliers based in affected regions. Any information gathered through this portal that is not commercial-in-confidence will be publicly available on the Procurepoint website so that everyone can access it.


    The Applicant must identify its areas of substantial expertise by nominating the categories in which it is seeking prequalification.

    Agency, government or private buyer

    • If you are a buyer please select this capability.

    Building works, associated trades and materials

    • Such as construction, repair, maintenance, electrical, plumbing, landscaping, pest control, remediation, road works, rail services, facilities management, waste removal, associated trades and materials.


    • Medical and related services to maintain health and well-being. For example, medical professionals, social support and assistance.


    • Accommodation providers such as hotels and motels.
    • Provision of hospitality goods or services such as food, beverages, household items, furniture and other retail products.

    Native wildlife

    • Native animal welfare and related services for wildlife.


    • Other goods and services not covered on the list above.

  • 20 Jan 2020 8:22 PM | Lisa McPherson (Administrator)

    A fabulous evening was spent at Bago Maze and Winery for the first Wauchope Chamber Catch up of 2020. Members and guests lost and then found themselves in the maze while getting to know fellow business colleagues along the way. 

    Over nibbles, attendees heard about the work of Chamber and the two subcommittees of the Motorcycle Friendly Town Wauchope and Creative Wauchope followed by the Heritage Riverwalk project which is anticipated to start the installation phase in the very near future. Check out some of the pics on Facebook here!

  • 10 Jan 2020 4:35 PM | Lisa McPherson (Administrator)

    Visit www.smallbusiness.nsw.gov.au

    Supporting bushfire affected small business

    Good afternoon,

    Our thoughts are with the thousands impacted by the bushfire disaster. 

    Please see below our most common questions that we are receiving in our contact centre and some responses to support bushfire affected businesses. Could you please direct this email to your Contact Centre Manager to brief their agents.

    1. What can I do if my business premise is damaged?
    • Small business operators who own the damaged premises should contact the Insurance Council of Australia for help with questions about their bushfire and business continuity insurance and link them to their insurer. They don’t need to worry finding insurance documents, they will locate them. Call: 1800 734 621
    • Tenant and landlords with retail or commercial lease for the damaged premise concerned about repairs, rent and ability to trade should contact the NSW Small Business Commission Lease experts on 1300 795 534 or https://www.smallbusiness.nsw.gov.au/contact.
    • Home-based business with a residential lease for the damaged premise should make their real estate agent or landlord aware of the damage and call the NSW Fair Trading to discuss the matter further on 13 32 20.

      NOTE: There are grants up to $15,000 for clean-up and to cover the costs of relocation to, and lease of, temporary premises when immediate re-opening of the damaged premise is not possible. Apply here.

      Loss of Income is not currently eligible under this scheme.

    1. Where can I get legal advice?
    • Legal Aid NSW is currently providing free, practical legal assistance to help bush fire affected communities recover and rebuild. Call 1800 801 529 or go to www.legalaid.nsw.gov.au.
    1. How do I access financial assistance?
    • Disaster Recovery Payment is for anyone whose livelihood is affected by bushfires.  The one-off, non-means tested payment of $1000 is for eligible adults and $400 for eligible children in Australia or overseas. Apply here.
    • NSW Rural Assistance Authority Disaster recovery grant of up to $15,000, and low-interest loans of up to $130,000, are available to primary producers, small businesses and not-for-profit organisations in LGAs affected by the NSW bushfires. Apply here.

    We have also developed a news article that is full of practical advice and information for small businesses. All this is on one page listing support services available to small businesses, including financial assistance options.


    If you have used any information from this page to update your stakeholders please consider linking to this article as this page is updated regularly. It is important to ensure our stakeholders are receiving the most up to date information on support available.

    We look forward to working with you.

    Free Call:  1300 795 534

    Web Contact: https://www.smallbusiness.nsw.gov.au/contact

    Small Business Commission team

  • 19 Dec 2019 12:52 PM | Lisa McPherson (Administrator)

    Building small business resilience

    The NSW Small Business Commission has launched Get back to business - a guide to recovering from disaster. The resources are hosted on our website in an article on 'Building small business resilience.' Their availability is quite timely given the challenging and difficult circumstances many communities and small businesses are experiencing across NSW.

    Disasters such as bushfires, floods, cyber-attacks or severe storms can devastate small businesses. But when disaster hits small businesses, what should they do? The process of recovery can seem overwhelming, particularly when you don’t have a plan.

    Planning and preparing in business is simply good business. Preparing and being ready if a disaster hits could be the difference between a business being out of action for a few days or never reopening. That’s why we've developed a range of resources to help small business owners both prepare and recover from disasters.

    Get back to business - a guide to recovering from disaster is a step-by-step guide for business owners dealing with a disaster. It outlines how small businesses can recover and even bounce back better than ever. The guide provides information on the five phases of disaster recovery – from the moment disaster hits to the days, weeks and months ahead. There are action checklists on how business owners can work through each phase of recovery. There are also several case studies highlighting lessons learned by other small businesses who have been faced with disaster.

    The Insurance claims for small business guide also helps small business owners in the recovery phase, guiding them through the often complicated insurance claims process and providing advice if they encounter issues with providers.

    These resources complement the NSW Government’s Get Ready Business - five step guide to preparing for disasters (2018), which helps business owners prepare for disaster in five simple steps.

    Access and get the resources now:

    For further details and assistance please do not hesitate to get in touch:

    By phone: 1300 795 534, or

    By email: sbf.councils@smallbusiness.nsw.gov.au

    From all of us at the NSW Small Business Commission we wish you and your families a merry Christmas and a safe festive season.

    Yours sincerely

    The Small Business Friendly Councils Team

    NSW Small Business Commission

    Visit www.smallbusiness.nsw.gov.au

  • 19 Dec 2019 11:25 AM | Lisa McPherson (Administrator)

    The Buy Regional campaign is being expanded to include experiences/tourism operations to support businesses impacted by bush fires. Registrations close on 20 December 2019!

    Businesses need to complete information as noted below to be listed on Buy Regional. The criteria for publishing in the listing is simply that your business has to be registered in the NSW and be in a regional area. You can now add events and accommodation to the ‘Experiences’ section.

    Businesses can register by sending the following information to BuyRegional@dpc.nsw.gov.au

    Please provide the following information in your email to be listed on Buy Regional:

    • We need a good photo – a high res, landscape pic if possible – that really shows off your business and what you offer.
    • If your products fit into a couple of categories, please send a pic for each category.
    • Is your business registered in NSW?
    • What is your ABN?
    • Business owner name?
    • Business address?
    • Online store address
    • Business summary (160 characters) – describe your business like it’s someone describing it – the website descriptions are in the third person:
    • Which category best suits your products?
    • Choose from Food, Wine, Fashion, Art and design, For kids, Hampers, Wellbeing, Experiences

    More information online at: https://www.nsw.gov.au/improving-nsw/regional-nsw/buy-regional-this-christmas/

  • 24 Nov 2019 10:34 PM | Lisa McPherson (Administrator)

    NSW Government has allocated $25 million to help with bushfire clean-up costs

    Recently Wauchope Chamber became aware of assistance for fire impacted people through our State Member Melinda Pavey MP's Office. Please see information below:

    The NSW Government has allocated $25 million to help with bushfire clean-up costs, in addition to other assistance measures.

    Assistance for cleaning up

    The clean-up funding will help pay for removing hazardous materials - including the removal of asbestos-contaminated material released as a result of the bushfires, concrete slabs, all dangerous debris and trees. Those wishing to make an application under the program are encouraged to contact the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on ‪1800 018 444 for more information.

    The NSW Government will also waive waste levy fees for residents disposing of bushfire-generated waste. Building materials, garniture and any other bushfire generated waste is included; the waiver will apply at nominated facilities and will save significant sums of money for households. The exemption of waste levy fees applies ‪until 29 February 2020 on debris and waste created by these bushfires.

    Assistance for fire-damaged fencing:

    - BlazeAid - is setting up operations in our region. For more information, please visit the BlazeAid website and follow the links to contact a Camp Co-ordinator: https://blazeaid.com.au/how-to-get-fencing-help/

    - NPWS – The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) offers assistance under certain conditions to repair or replace fences bordering national parks in accordance with the NPWS boundary fencing policy.

    NPWS is offering to purchase and supply an agreed quantity of fencing materials to reconstruct

    boundary fences. For further detail visit the NPWS website: https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/topics/parks-reserves-and-protected-areas/fire/park-recovery-and-rehabilitation/assistance-for-fire-damaged-fences

    Disaster Relief

    Call the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444 (Mon–Fri 8.30am-4.30pm) for more information.

    Animal Welfare

    Local Land Services is assisting with emergency fodder, stock water and assessment of animals impacted by the fire. Landholders are encouraged to call the Agriculture and Animal Hotline to request assistance: 1800 814 647

    Disaster Recovery Payment and Allowance

    The Australian Government has activated these programs for people severely affected by the NSW Bush Fires. Call: 180 2266 or visit www.humanservices.gov.au


    Melinda Pavey MP

    Member for Oxley

    Original information issued by Melinda Pavey MP, Member of Oxley

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