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Small businesses on Sydney's Northern Beaches will be able to access some relief after a disastrous Christmas period, with a new grants program announced today.
Grants of $3000 will be available to businesses which suffered a 30 per cent decrease in revenue, the NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said.
Businesses which suffered a downturn in revenue of 50 per cent or more for a two-week period between December 19 and February will receive a $500 payment.
"2020 was a tough year but it ended for the Northern Beaches with a very tough situation, many family and businesses did it very tough during that time," Mr Perrottet said.
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"People in the Northern Beaches made enormous sacrifices particularly over what is a family time."
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The grants will act as additional support on top of the Dine and Discover vouchers for people in the Northern Beaches designed to encourage people to support local hospitality businesses.
The payments will be made through Service NSW and are designed to compensate businesses for costs such as rent, maintenance, legal fees and keeping employers.
Mr Perrottet reassured business owners the process of applying for the grants should only take "a few days".
"It's very simple, verification only takes a few days and payment to the accounts comes shortly after that," he said.
Mr Perrottet said basing the scheme on revenue downturn was the "fairest" way of prioritising businesses in most need of support.
"The best way of doing this and of having a fair system was to do it on reduced turnover," he said.
"There may have been businesses that were in areas that were further locked down who did better than those that weren't as sustainably impacted by lockdown."
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