Manager Communications and Cultural Services - Gunnedah Shire Council

Hotels and accommodation providers across the State who experienced cancellations as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, can now access additional financial support, thanks to the Accommodation Support Grant going live .

The Grant provides a one-off lump sum payment to businesses which faced a significant loss of income during the winter school holidays.

The funding forms part of a suite of economic support measures for businesses.

Eligible applicants will be required to show booking cancellations between Friday 25 June and Sunday 11 July inclusive as a result of the lockdown restrictions.

Two different grant amounts will be available:
•  $2,000 for cancellations of 10 nights or less
•  $5,000 for cancellations of 11 nights or more

Accommodation providers can apply for the grants via the Service NSW website.

One application can be made for each eligible accommodation premises belonging to a larger chain. Approved applications will receive the one-off payment to their bank account as quickly as possible.

For more information and how to apply visit COVID-19 | NSW Government

Manager Communications and Cultural Services - Gunnedah Shire Council
COVID-19 Business Support

The NSW Government have introduced a recovery package with financial assistance, support measures and tax relief to help businesses and people across the state impacted by the current COVID-19 restrictions.

The business grants program has been expanded, with grants between $7,500 and $15,000 available to eligible businesses with annual wages up to $10 million.

A new grant program has also been introduced for smaller micro businesses with turnover between $30,000 and $75,000.

Targeted support will enable eligible accommodation premises that have lost room nights during the recent school holidays to apply for grants of up to $5,000.

For more information and to find out if your business is eligible, visit

Manager Communications and Cultural Services - Gunnedah Shire Council
Service NSW app is a safe and secure way to check-in to business

Contact tracing is an effective way to help stop the spread of COVID-19. That’s why it’s mandatory that you check-in when you visit pubs, restaurants, casinos or cafes.

You can now use the Service NSW app for contactless check-in when you visit a business who uses a NSW Government QR code.

You don’t have to write out your details, just scan the business’ unique QR code using the camera on your phone and follow the prompts. It’s easy and secure.

Your details will only be kept for 28 days and only be used for contact tracing. You’ll be notified if there’s an outbreak at a location you’ve checked in to.

> Service NSW app for check-in

Be ready when you next visit a business – get the Service NSW app on your phone.

Manager Communications and Cultural Services - Gunnedah Shire Council
COVID-19 resources for people with disability

If you are a person with disability, or a carer, there are video and online resources available to help you navigate COVID-19, including getting tested, going to hospital and resources for support people.

The information is provided in Easy Read and AUSLAN formats.

Manager Communications and Cultural Services - Gunnedah Shire Council
COVID-19 Infection Control Training

COVID-19 infection control online training is available for health care workers in all settings. It covers the fundamentals of infection prevention and control for COVID-19.

Manager Communications and Cultural Services - Gunnedah Shire Council
Latest rules for hospitality venues

Latest rules for hospitality venues – cafes and restaurants, breweries, cellar doors, clubs, bars and casinos must now follow the same restrictions as pubs and will need to register as a COVID Safe business Venues that do not comply may face fines. For more information, view the latest venue rules and media release.

Manager Communications and Cultural Services - Gunnedah Shire Council
Invigorate Gunnedah supporting recovery in the wake of COVID-19

Gunnedah Shire Council is moving to the second phase of its economic response to COVID-19, with the introduction of the Community Resilience Business Recovery Package – Invigorate Gunnedah.

Endorsed by Council at the July Ordinary Meeting, the second phase of the package, valued at more than $800,000, incorporates a range of community and business initiatives to support recovery, rebuilding and revitalisation throughout the Gunnedah Shire.

The recovery package is centered upon six key objectives, including:

  1. Support local spending,
  2. Bring vibrancy back into the CBD,
  3. Strengthen our businesses and encourage resilience,
  4. Grow our tourism sector in Gunnedah Shire,
  5. Promote Gunnedah as the first choice to live, work and invest, and
  6. Drive local infrastructure projects to create more jobs.

Each objective will be achieved through a number of initiatives and strategies, to be rolled out in the coming weeks.

For further information about these initiatives and Gunnedah Shire Council’s broader COVID-19 response, visit

Tourism Team Leader - Gunnedah Shire Council
COVID-19 SPECIAL: FREE Digital Business 1-on-1 Advice

Northern Region Business Enterprise Centre are a local branch of the Australian Small Business Advisory Services and are funded by the Federal Government to provide a range of free digital business advice – from starting up a website to creating an online booking system, cyber-security management, social media, small business management software and more.

The Federal funding allows generally for 1 hour free 1-on-1 personalised advice session for your business, however due to the COVID-19 business implications, this offer is currently extended to a full 24 hours of free 1-on-1 advice for any business within our region.

Hugh McKellar is our local digital business advisor, located in Armidale, is enthusiastic and eager to assist Gunnedah businesses.

You can contact Hugh on 0417 274 447, (02) 6297 3121 or

More details are on the attached flyer and Hugh encourages all Gunnedah businesses to get in contact for any digital business needs you may have.

Tourism Team Leader - Gunnedah Shire Council
Have you signed up for the Gunnedah Business Workshops yet? They’re FREE!

Get your business market-ready with this series of marketing workshops.

Register here: 

Manager Communications and Cultural Services - Gunnedah Shire Council
NSW Licence Fee Waivers

As part of the NSW Government’s COVID-19 economic stimulus package we are waiving a range of licence and permit fees for 12 months.

Which licence and permits are eligible?

From 1 April 2020 new application and renewal fees will be waived for:

  • paintball venue permits
  • tattoo parlour operator licence.

From 15 April 2020 new application and renewal fees will be waived for:

  • home building contractor licences
  • trade or specialist contractor licences
  • motor vehicle repairer licences.

More licence fees will be waived in the weeks ahead