12 August 2020
With the first phase of $100,000 to be injected into the local economy under the Business Supporting Business program and applications now closed for the Community and Business Rebuild and Relief Funds, we’re well and truly starting to seeing the results of Council’s Community Support Package on the ground.
Delivered in partnership between Council and the Singleton Business Chamber, the Business Supporting Business program offers $250 Spend in Singleton cards to help businesses not only get back on their feet, but to support each other in the process.
There was a great take up in the first round, and last week we launched into the second phase, encouraging all businesses across the Singleton local government area who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 – including those who were successful under round one – to submit an application. It’s quick and easy to do, and all the information you need is available at www.spendinsingleton.nsw.gov.au
A condition of the program is the $250 Spend in Singleton card must be spent within three months. The cards may be used at any participating business, for purposes such as essential food or office supplies, fuel expenses, as a gift for a staff member doing it tough or as a thank you for their support.
The support for our businesses also extended to the $100,000 Business Relief and Rebuild Fund, delivered in partnership by BHP’s Vital Resources Fund, which closed on 31 July. I’m really looking forward to the announcement of the successful applicants, and to seeing these projects get off the ground to support our local business owners.
We’re also working very closely with Cessnock City Council and the Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association to promote our local tourist businesses. Bushfire funding has been put to good use on a regional marketing campaign to entice visitors to our part of the world, and two webinars for our local businesses were held recently. The next phase of the campaign will kick off this month, which focuses on promoting the products and places we love most about our area.
And you don’t have to be from out of town to enjoy the attractions in our own backyard. Follow @singletonhuntervalley on Facebook for plenty of ideas for what you can do this weekend.
Cr Sue Moore
Mayor of Singleton