Balonne Shire Council is doing its bit to ensure local businesses and the community are supported during the recent and current impacts on businesses.
Council’s Chief Executive Officer Matthew Magin said council had eight business support programs currently under way.
“Council has a responsibility, like the Federal and State governments, to support our local businesses and help them keep their doors open in times such as drought and COVID-19,” he said.
“We currently have a wide range of support available to local businesses and a dedicated officer to guide them through this difficult time.”
Mr Magin urges all businesses, sole-traders, contractors, not-for-profits and charities to make contact in the first instance with their accountant, banks and Council to help assess eligibility requirements of all levels of government funding and programs.
Council is also supporting local businesses through numerous grant-funded economic development projects.
“Currently we have wild dog exclusion fencing, infrastructure projects, digital connectivity infrastructure and a number of community projects on the go which are helping support not only our local businesses, but the entire community,” Mr Magin said.
“Council also encourages our residents to Live Local, Buy Local by purchasing Buy Balonne Gift Cards which can only be redeemed at participating local businesses.
“I would urge all those that have cards to redeem them and help our locals.
“It’s important we all play our part in ensuring our local businesses keep their doors open and keep locals in jobs while coping with COVID-19 restrictions.”