Go Local campaign
Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie crossed the Queensland coast on 28 March 2017. Communities were without power and water for days, and small businesses faced the immense task of rebuilding.
The Office of Small Business deployed staff to affected areas to survey businesses. The data from these surveys has been used to activate joint federal–state Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangement assistance, including concessional loans of up to $250 000 and recovery grants of up to $25 000.
A ‘Go Local’ campaign was also launched in April to help local small businesses get paying customers back through their doors.
As an ongoing investment in the state’s small business sector, the Queensland Government is providing a $4 million recovery package, including $2 million for an extended ‘Go Local’ campaign, $1.5 million for small business grants and $550 000 for dedicated workshops and mentoring services.
The ‘Go Local: Keep small business going strong’ campaign promotes the benefits of buying locally and supporting small businesses across Queensland.