Ryan calls for urgent expansion of business support
15 July 2020
The Andrews Government needs to offer more support to businesses across Mitchell Shire facing brutal stage 3 restrictions.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Nationals leader Steph Ryan said the $5,000 grant on offer to help businesses survive a further six weeks of lockdowns simply didn’t go far enough.
“I am very concerned that the eligibility criteria for these grants means many small businesses won’t qualify at all,” Ms Ryan said.
“To receive the assistance, businesses need to have employees, be registered for WorkCover and already be on JobKeeper.
“That means sole traders are excluded, as is anyone who is not able to access the Federal Government’s main line of support in JobKeeper.”
Seymour’s newest café, Little Stones Café is just one of a number of businesses that does not qualify for any government assistance.
The call to broaden support comes as Ms Ryan continues to push the government to release postcode based data for the Mitchell Shire.
“The community wants to know where active cases are by postcode. There are rumours flying about everywhere and it has made people very anxious,” Ms Ryan said.
“The government is open with people in Melbourne about where cases are located and which areas might have experienced a transmission risk.
“It is unfair to lock down the whole shire when they won’t tell us which areas are at greatest risk.”
Ms Ryan said businesses now found themselves locked down and bleeding money because of the Andrews Government’s failures on hotel quarantine and contact tracing.
“We are in this situation because of the government’s systemic failures on hotel quarantine and contact tracing,” Ms Ryan said.
“Daniel Andrews needs to immediately review the guidelines for financial support to save people’s jobs and livelihoods.”