Federal Member for Wright, Scott Buchholz has welcomed an announcement to support farmers and small businesses in regional and rural areas, with a boost through the Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS).
Mr Buchholz said the Liberal National Government was committed to providing small businesses with the help they need to survive and thrive, from the devastating impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic.
“We know that the impacts of the coronavirus have hit many regional businesses hard, particularly in the tourism and hospitality space.
“Coupled with the ongoing drought and the black summer bushfires – it has been a triple whammy for local businesses. I know they are resilient; I know they are committed to their staff and customers – yet a helping hand can go a long way to help guide operators on their path to recovery,” Mr Buchholz said.
Over $4.7 million is being provided to the RFCS to support small regional businesses facing hardship due to COVID-19.
Mr Buchholz said the funding will help eligible small businesses to access advice and assistance to navigate the tough road to recovery.
“This funding will support businesses in the Lockyer Valley, to understand their financial position, identify funding and support and implement a recovery plan over the long-term.
“Small businesses are integral to our local economy. They provide much needed services, support and create jobs and opportunities for local people.
“I’ve been urging residents to get out, buy local to support our businesses to stay local, that could be getting hardware from the Mitre10 in Plainland or grab your groceries from the Laidley or Hatton Vale IGA’s,” Mr Buchholz said.
State Member for Lockyer, Jim McDonald welcomed the announcement saying all support in the Lockyer Valley to support farmers and small businesses was welcome.
“Many people are either too proud to ask for help or don’t think they will qualify for assistance.
“The Rural Financial Counselling Services are just a phone call away. Please make use of this service,” Mr McDonald said.
This funding builds on and is in addition to the $7 million already provided for small business financial counselling services in drought-affected communities.
Southern Queensland region, which includes the Lockyer Valley and Toowoomba regions will receive an additional funding amount of $265,833.
For further information on the Regional Recovery Small Business Support Program, visit www.agriculture.gov.au/rfcs
Mr Buchholz – Scott O’Connell – 0413 424 384