Letter to Member; COVID-19. 140 Million For Bushfire Affected Regional Industry, Qantas, Armidale Regional Council (20 April 2020)

April 20, 2020

Dear Member/Friend

I was pleased to learn that Qantas will have a limited service to and from Sydney. with two (2) return services each week, on Tuesdays and Fridays, commencing this Friday.

The NSW Government today announced a $140 million package to help industries in regional areas significantly impacted by bushfires. Industries with the greatest impact will be given the greatest share of the funding. The package is to focus on recovery in the short term, enabling industries to plan for the longer term.

Details of the funding criteria are yet to be made available.

Additionally, there are measures (the cost of which is shared by the NSW and Federal Governments) to cover the cost of the clean up of residential and small business properties as well as grants to be provided to bushfire affected primary producers ($75,000) and bushfire affected small business ($50,000).

To see all available bushfire support visit: www.service.nsw.gov.au

A reminder, applications are open for Job Keeper and the Small Business Grant. Here are the links to them:




As mentioned before, if you are thinking of applying you should look at these now.

The Council has received funds to enable it to carry out various projects that will support the regional economy and members of the community. It would be of some benefit to publish details of the projects, either underway or to be commenced in order that members of the community can see what is happening.

No doubt Council proposes to use local businesses as far as possible in relation to these projects. Providing details of projects to assist Armidale Region recovering from the drought, bushfires and COVID-19 will provide some confidence as we move forward.

While on the topic of Council, a rumour has emerged that roadway access is to be provided to the Mall, at least on a temporary basis. Given the vast amount of work carried out by the Mall Reference Group and its final recommendations, this comes as a great surprise. Council should make public any report upon which the decision is supposed to have been made. Communication and consultation about the move are also necessary given the history of endeavours to improve the mall

Best wishes,


Anthony Fox
Armidale Business Chamber
m. 0402 838 077


The Armidale Business Chamber has put together a free business coaching package to support business as they adjust to significant change under very tight timeframes and difficult circumstances.

In partnership with Mandy Walker of Focus First the Chamber is providing a 45 minute one on one business coaching consultation (via phone).  Each session is tailored to the needs of the individual business, whether those are: 'tactical and practical, providing help with navigating the now; or survival, keeping your business afloat; or for future planning, reimagining your business or starting a new one.

The consult is by appointment only. Contact Mandy via email or phone 0459 098 618.


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