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Covid business support measures extended

SUPPORT measures for Canberra businesses impacted by COVID-19 have been extended by the ACT government.

The closing date for the ACT’s Small Business Hardship Scheme has been pushed back until February 28, and food business registration fees and annual liquor licence fee waivers have extended until the end of June.

Under the program, businesses with an annual turnover of between $30,000 to $2 million can claim up to $10,000 in reimbursements for water, electricity, gas and commercial rates bills if there has been a 30 per cent decline in revenue.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the extension of the programs will provide further financial support for struggling local businesses.

“The government has committed more than $475 million in government assistance since the beginning of the pandemic to support local businesses,” Mr Barr said.

Funding to the tune of $500,000 has also been allocated for a second round of ‘Amp it Up’ grants, to help offset costs for live performances and venues.


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