Economic Development - Hornsby Shire Council

Flood recovery information session for Hawkesbury Nepean Valley businesses

Businesses are invited to attend an information session to meet with representatives from across government agencies and your community.

WHERE:    Pitt Town and District Sports Club, 139 Old Pitt Town Road.

WHEN:       Thursday 13 May, between 6pm and 8pm, or,

                      Tuesday 25 May, between 6pm and 8pm, or,

                      Wednesday 9 June, between 6pm and 8pm.

You will be able to access support, information and advice on the following:

  • Disaster recovery grants
  • Centrelink assistance packages
  • Technical agricultural and/or sector-specific updates
  • Flood clean-up
  • Riverbank remediation
  • Financial management and insurance issues
  • Mental health supports

Government and community representatives available will come from:

  • Your local councils
  • Service NSW
  • Resilience NSW
  • Services Australia
  • Local Land Services
  • Department of Primary Industries and Rural Assistance Authority
  • Councils and Public Works Advisory
  • Environmental Protection Authority (EPA)
  • Rural Financial Counselling Service
  • Insurance Council of Australia
  • Australian Red Cross

ATTENDANCE: There is no need to register to attend, but please be aware the venue will be COVID-safe and public health orders may be in place to support physical distancing and the wearing of masks. Visit for orders at the time of the information session you wish to attend.

If you are not able to attend in person, we encourage you to phone Service NSW on 13 77 88 and ask to speak to a Business Concierge about the specific flood recovery supports you can access.

Economic Development - Hornsby Shire Council

NSW Small Business Commissioner – Federal Budget – Measures for Small Business

The Federal Government has announced a number of measures targeting small businesses, or of potential benefit to small businesses, in its 2021-22 Budget.

  • The Government is extending temporary full expensing for an additional year until 30 June 2023. Temporary loss carry-back is also being extended to include the 2022-23 income year.
  • To assist small businesses to pause or modify Australian Taxation Office debt recovery actions, the Government is broadening the Administrative Appeal Tribunal’s (AAT) powers to pause or modify such actions until the underlying dispute is resolved.
  • Small businesses will be assisted to adopt digital technologies through a $12.7 million expansion of the Digital Solutions – Australian Small Business Advisory Services. A further $15.3 million will be used to drive business uptake of e-invoicing.
  • The wage subsidy scheme for apprentices is being expanded by 100,000 places. Under the program, employers will be reimbursed 50 per cent of an apprentice’s or trainee’s wage for the first year, up to a cap of $7000 a quarter.
  • The excise refund cap for small brewers and distillers has been increased from $100,000 to $350,000 a year.
  • New grants will be offered to workers to take up agricultural jobs – up to $2,000 in relocation assistance after two weeks of work, and up to $6,000 after four weeks.
  • The Budget commits to supporting our worst hit sectors and regions, including $1.2 billion for aviation and tourism support and $300 million to support the successful reopening of Australia’s creative and cultural sectors.

For more information, see the Government’s Budget website.

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Service NSW Information Hub for Small Business

Waste Project Officer - Hornsby Shire Council

For local businesses serving food…

The NSW Environment Protection Authority has launched a new online resource to to help cafés and restaurants cut food waste and reduce costs. It’s called Your Business is Food.

If you are a business serving food, sign up online and over six weeks, you’ll be taken step by step though the program with email updates, tips, advice, and information.

These include:

  • Managing stock: A good relationship with your supplier, only ordering what you need and buying seasonal produce are all good tips.
  • Food storage: Rotating stock and keeping it stored at the correct temperature.
  • Well-designed menu: Understanding your menu and what sells, buying food that can be used across a range of meals.
  • Plate waste: Watching portion sizes and offering side dishes as optional.

For more information, visit

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Reclaim Your Vitality – Workshop

Foundations of reclaiming your vitality by cleaning up your eating, move to make a change – your way and snapping the stress cycle. 90 minute workshop sharing tips/trips/traps to help reclaim your vitality. Putting a pep back in your step.

Libby, Elinor and I will be sharing the foundations  to bring back the zing
One small step at a time.
One small change to see the change you want to see
Learning the foundations of reclaiming your vitality

Cleaning up your eating
Move to make a change – your way
Snap the Stress Cycle

22 May 2021

from 2pm to 4pm.

A face to face workshop to help you put the pep back in your step to be held at the Divine Wellbeing Centre Mount Colah

It is easy to clean up your eating, move to make a change and SNAP the stress cycle.

Redeem your $25 ticket cost on the day against any products offered by our presenters.

Also, for the first 10 people to register, receive a copy of the “Passion Test” by Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood.

Come along to enjoy a fun afternoon to help you reclaim your vitality.

Drop a comment below and I will send you all the details or check out our Facebook Group –


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Local Mother’s Day Gift Boxes

Aggie global has released their Mothers Day Gift Boxes.

The gift boxes are filled with unusual, Australian made products to help you gift something a little different this year. Each box contains a dried flower bouquet, 2x non alcoholic drinks, bushfood chocolates (your choice of rocher balls or a block), edible hibiscus flowers and a personalised card.

Help us support small, Aussie producers this Mothers day! Buy online today.

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Aggie Global Donates to NSW Disaster Relief Fund to Support Flood Affected Farmers

In April Aggie Global will be donating 10% of our revenue to the NSW Disaster Relief Fund.

Living in the Hornsby area, Lisa and Zoe have a lot of friends and family living along the Hawkesbury river. Like many people, we saw first hand the affects of the floods in March. Although we all want to chip in with a helping hand, sometimes it wasn’t always possible.

To help out with the flood recovery, we wanted to extend our reach beyond our current network. That’s how we come up with the idea of donating some of our revenue to a cause helping farmers recover from the floods. This way we can also help farmers up in Taree and other area’s outside of Hornsby’s surrounding areas, that were also heavily impacted by the floods.

If you want to help us and our farmers out, buy one of our gift boxes, or some of our individual Aussie products, so we can donate more to the Disaster Relief fund.

Check out our range here:


The Paisley Twins.

Economic Development - Hornsby Shire Council

Flood disaster recovery small business grant

If you’re a small business or a not-for-profit organisation, and you’ve been directly impacted by the NSW Storms and Floods from 10 March 2021 onwards (AGRN 960), you may be eligible for a flood disaster recovery grant.

The flood disaster recovery grant of up to $50,000 is to help pay for costs of clean-up and reinstatement of a small business or not-for-profit organisation’s operations.

You must be a small business or a not-for-profit organisation in a defined disaster area to be eligible. Please note that this grant is not available to primary producers. Visit the Rural Assistance Authority for information on the financial assistance available to primary producers.

Economic Development - Hornsby Shire Council

Jobs Plus Program

The $250 million Jobs Plus Program will strengthen the NSW economy by creating or supporting up to 25,000 jobs to 30 June 2022.

The Jobs Plus Program is designed to support companies who want to expand their footprint in NSW. The program will reduce the cost of establishment, financial risk and increase speed to market for businesses looking to scale and grow in NSW.

It will provide private and non-government sectors seeking to invest in job-creating projects, proposals and partnerships, with support throughout the critical stages of business development.

Proponents seeking assistance through the Program will be eligible for a variety of support levers based on the number of jobs created. Indicative tiered support is outlined below.

Community Response: local business supporting community members

Testimonial from a local community member:

“I was struggling and, without any immediate support, turned to and asked Arora, Mad Toppings Hornsby Area Manager, for guidance. Arora not only provided me with advice, but kindly provided me with a short term loan in good faith to help me.

This short term loan provided relief to me and my child and ensured we could get through the next couple of days.

Arora offered to help me secure employment which goes one step further, unreserved kindness.  It is this sense of community that makes our local area special.  To help someone in good faith only is a special human characteristic.

I can’t thank Arora enough and encourage the community to get behind Arora and his business.”