Grant funds flow for small business recovery in Meander Valley

Posted on July 18, 2020

At its July meeting, Council approved over $100k in grant funding to assist small businesses in Meander Valley to recover from the COVID-19 Disease Emergency.

“Fifty local businesses have been successful in securing a grant from Council’s $1.7m COVID-19 Community and Business Support Package at what is a critical time in the recovery phase,” Mayor Wayne Johnston said.

Businesses across a range of sectors including retail, hospitality, manufacturing, tourism and child care will benefit from the funding, which is designed to assist with the recommencement of operations as restrictions ease.

“All grant recipients have demonstrated significant financial hardship. Council is committed to providing real support and hope that this goes some way to help with the impact that restrictions have had on our local businesses. This initiative builds on rate and fee relief already provided by Council,” Mayor Johnston said.

Successful applicant Peter, proprietor of Verde Cafe in Westbury said the support will assist with business continuity.

“We were one of the few hospitality businesses that decided to remain open for take away service, however there were a few extremely quiet weeks. The grant application process was simple, easy to navigate and the funds will help us to recover our operational finances.”

Peter also said that the support of the local community could not be underestimated.

“Throughout the lockdowns, the local community has continued to demonstrate incredible support and I would like to thank all our customers. Every one of them have made the difference and they are the reason we are still operating,” Peter said.

As a member of Council’s Community Grants committee, Cr Stephanie Cameron said reading through the applications was an overwhelming experience.

“While I felt very sad to read of the immense loss of income some businesses faced, I was also very proud of our resilient community who have adapted and found new ways to keep on keeping on.”

The Small Business Grants are one of three grants incorporated into Council’s COVID-19 Community and Business Support Package, the third, Council’s Lifestyle Recovery Grants will open for applications in September.

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Peter, owner of Verde Cafe in Westbury