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The region’s peak business organisation, Business Hunter believes a new hardship panel established by the NSW Government to consider financial support for small businesses will be embraced by businesses across the State.

Business Hunter CEO, Bob Hawes, says the panel has been brought together to consider on a case by case basis those businesses that may not have qualified or applied for any of the current hardship packages being offered by the State Government.

“This is an important initiative and one Business Hunter is more than happy to support,” said Mr Hawes.

“There is concern amongst the business community that some may ‘fall through the cracks’ when it comes to the support packages.

“Establishing a panel to assess each case that doesn’t automatically fit the criteria gives our business community the confidence to put their case forward.

“The pandemic has shown that different industries have been impacted in different ways, and different parts of the state have been impacted at different times.

“The Panel, which is to be made up of representatives from Revenue NSW, Treasury, and Service NSW, will be able to take a holistic view of the specific circumstances of each individual application.

“As parts of the state prepare to re-open next Monday, it’s important to understand that not all industries and regions will bounce back immediately, especially those that rely on international visitors for much of their business.

“The Government has shown it will engage with businesses who have had a grant application rejected or thought the process too difficult. The message is clear: ask the question – even for the second or third time - as you may find there is support available to you,” Mr Hawes said.

For more information and to apply for a hardship grant – go to:


Bob Hawes
P: 02 9466 4665
M: 0418 496 745


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