The fabric of our regional communities are held together by employment. Regional businesses are often underestimated, and despite adverse conditions we generate our fair share of national prosperity creating the employment which holds our community together.

Over the past few months and years, we’ve seen our fellow Australians support us through the drought, and more recently the bushfires.

As we rebuild after the bushfires, there is an opportunity for local trades to carry out this work. If you haven’t yet had an opportunity, I’d encourage you to register your services on the following websites:

If you’re looking at undertaking any works, whether it’s insurance related or not, you can access a list of trades and services below filtering it down to your town:

For additional support regarding the bushfires, the NSW Government has made Service NSW the central pillar to support communities.

This includes accommodation, mental health, clean-up services, financial assistance, and insurance and legal support or volunteering. To connect call 13 77 88 between 7am and 7pm or visit online at

Grants and funding opportunities

We’ve taken the time for you to source selected grants to help your business prosper. These include:

  • Small Business $30,000 instant asset write off – Australian Taxation Office
  • Companies considering rapid growth can assess the Entrepreneurs Program and $20,000 in Business Growth Grants – NSW Business Chamber
  • $10,000 for skilled workers for eligible industries – NSW Government
  • Payroll tax rebate for apprentices and trainees. Plus get funding between $750 and $4,000 when eligible – Apprenticeship Support Australia
  • Meet a highly skilled facilitator to review your business’ research needs. Receive up to $50,000 in matched funding – Innovations Connections
  • $1,000 grant for volunteer activities – Community Grants Hub
  • Coles has launched $50 million to help small business with innovation, growth and development of new market-leading products, technologies and processes – Coles Nurture Fund
  • Financial incentivise to reduce energy consumption including lighting, heating, hot water – Energy Savings Scheme NSW
  • Expert guidance and grants to help commercialise novel products, process and services – Accelerating Commercialisation
  • Up to $10,000 to celebrate diversity – Multicultural NSW
  • Farm Business can have up to $5,000 for Skills & Professional Development – Business.Gov
  • Incentives to attract new and growing businesses in Regional NSW – NSW Government
  • Not for Profit business can receive up to $140,000 – Impact Investing Australia
  • Restarting a mature age workers career and receive $10,000 – Job Active
  • Grants for growth to increase positive social impact – ING Dream Starter
  • Strengthening Rural Communities Grants – FRRR

We always welcome opinions on what needs to be done, authentic local stories or methods to help our advocacy efforts. I’d welcome you to contact me directly on 0429 993 822 or email

Kind regards,

Joe Townsend  Regional Manager New England North West, NSW Business Chamber