Local small business owners have successfully campaigned for the bushfire relief grant to be extended to the Upper Lachlan Shire.
Eclectopia owner, Christine O'Neill was just one of many small business owners that faced a significant loss of revenue, when Taralga faced the Green Wattle Creek fire in the 2019-20 fires.
Since the introduction of the bushfire relief fund in March, she has lobbied government and peak business bodies for inclusion in the scheme.
Susan Reynolds, chair of the Upper Lachlan Small Business Association said, "we are delighted, at last those businesses affected in the Upper Lachlan Shire, particularly in Tarlaga and some in Crookwell, are finally being recognised and are eligible for some assistance."
On Tuesday, the Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman recognised small businesses in the Shire were severely impacted by the Black Summer bushfires.
"I'm so pleased to have finally secured their inclusion in the scheme," she said.
"We know that the impact of the bushfires reaches far beyond the areas damaged directly by the fires, and these grants are a godsend for small businesses that have taken such a significant hit financially."
It is just one of many battles that small business owners faced this year including, the impact of the bushfire, drought, and Covid-19.
"Small businesses are crucial for our regional economy and we're doing everything we can to keep them open during these extraordinary times."
Businesses have until December to apply for $10,000 to recover costs associated with bushfire recovery.
"I urge anyone in the Upper Lachlan, or any other bushfire impacted local government areas to reach out to Service NSW to have a conversation about what we can do to help you," Mrs Tuckerman said.
More than 20,000 applications were reviewed by the Commonwealth and state governments and $190 million paid in support for small businesses.
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