Tourism, business and economic newsletter from Cassowary Coast Regional Council. 

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24/7 National Coronavirus Help Line 1800 020 080
It can be difficult to keep up with all the information and assistance available for businesses affected by COVID-19. We've listed the latest information for businesses below to make life easier. 

National COVID-19 Support

  • JobKeeper Payment: Under the JobKeeper Payment, businesses significantly impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak will be able to access a subsidy from the Government to continue paying their employees. For more information and to apply for the JobKeeper payment visit
  • Cash flow support for small and medium businesses Business Support: Temporary cash flow support to small and medium businesses and not-for-profit organisations that employ staff during the economic downturn associated with the coronavirus.
  • Relief for commercial tenants: A range of measures to help renters. This includes a temporary hold on evictions and a mandatory code of conduct for commercial tenancies to support small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) affected by coronavirus.
  • Supporting apprentices and trainees: If you employ an apprentice or trainee you may be eligible for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of their wage.
  • Temporary relief for financially distressed businesses: The Government is temporarily increasing the threshold at which creditors can issue a statutory demand on a company and the time companies have to respond to statutory demands they receive.
  • Increasing the instant asset write-off: The Government is increasing the instant asset write-off threshold from $30,000 to $150,000. This provides cash flow benefits for businesses that will be able to immediately deduct purchases of eligible assets.
  • Backing business investment: A time limited 15 month investment incentive (through to 30 June 2021) to support business investment and economic growth over the short term, by accelerating depreciation deductions.

The Australian Government has set up a team of dedicated customer representatives 8am – 8pm across Australia through their Coronavirus business support service. Phone 13 28 46 or E-mail.

For more information on financial assistance, eligibility and timing for the new government support for Australian businesses, visit


State COVID-19 Support

The Queensland Government’s industry recovery package contains a range of initiatives. Please note that all of the latest updates are available on the Business Queensland website and it is suggested that you regularly visit this site to stay in touch with the most up to date information.  You can download the factsheet here or click on each title in the summary below:

Useful links and business support:

  • MailChimp is offering free website domains for 5 years to help businesses get online.
  • Australian Banking Association Small business relief, deferral of loans.
  • Chamber of Commerce & Industry Qld  Free resources for Queensland businesses.
  • Facebook are offering free training courses and tools to help promote your business.
  • Ergon Energy support for businesses
  • Supply Chain IssuesAssisting Queensland manufacturers and businesses that are currently impacted by the ongoing coronavirus situation. 
  • Halpin Partners have launched a website providing videos and resources for businesses.
  • Rural Financial Counselling Service: Any Small Business impacted by COVID19 can now contact the Small Business Financial Counselling Service - North Queensland Phone  (07) 4652 5669.
  • Fair Work Australia: Help and advice for employers and employees with entitlements during this time. 

Patrick Bluett is the tourism industry representative for the region. If you require tourism related information, assistance or advice please contact or phone 0475 004 098.

Visit the Department of Agriculture website for advice on COVID-19 or email for assistance.

  • Market Diversification and Resilience Grants help develop alternative markets food and fishing exporters and critical supply chain partners.
  • FarmHub provides support to farmers and farm business in times of hardship.
  • The Australian Government has made temporary changes to visa arrangements. This helps farmers and food producers access the workforce they need through the Pacific Labour SchemeSeasonal Worker Programme and working holiday makers.
  • Air freight support: The Australian Government is setting up an International Freight Assistance Mechanism. This will back Australia’s agriculture and seafood export sectors. 
  • Free Webinars - BDO and Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries webinar series for evaluating and refining your business continuity planning. 
Positive Business Stories

There's a whole lot of goodness happening across the region as businesses adapt and innovate their way through the disruptions caused by the pandemic. If you know of a business doing great things, please give them a shout-out by tagging #LoveThePlaceWeLive to feature in the next edition. 

The Pocket Produce in El Arish recently launched their online store and have partnered with local producers. Essential food boxes containing produce, bread, eggs and milk can be delivered to your door for a small fee.

Tuskers located in South Mission Beach have launched 'tusker-roo' home delivery service after purchasing two scooters. 

Butchers across the region are offering deliveries to help those who #StayHome. Check out your local butcher's facebook page. 

"We bought a delivery vehicle and upgraded our website to enable us to sell direct to the public. People are starting to realise how important it is to know more about where food comes from. The story behind it. And also how important it is to support Australian family owned and operated small businesses" Chris Bolton Fishing
"Lots (of businesses) still open with modifications to their service.
It is good to see everyone is being careful and complying with all the Government guidelines. Not every business is closed and if we are careful we can keep busy with some degree of normalcy." Tully & District Chamber of Commerce.
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Cassowary Coast Regional Council
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Phone: +61 7 4030 2222 or 1300 763 903

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