Grants ar­rive right on time af­ter Debbie

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

IN THE wake of Cy­clone Debbie, a re­cently an­nounced State Gov­ern­ment grant is of­fer­ing a much needed kick along for three Whit­sun­day busi­nesses.

The Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment made spe­cific grants avail­able to newly started small busi­nesses to en­able them to ac­cess pro­fes­sional ad­vice and sup­port in the crit­i­cal early stages of es­tab­lish­ing a busi­ness.

Th3rd Di­men­sion Me­dia, The Green­box and Pac­man and Sons were the three lo­cal busi­nesses an­nounced dur­ing the first round of the Small Busi­ness En­tre­pre­neur Grants Pro­gram.

Owner of Th3rd Di­men­sion Me­dia Kate Tulett said, af­ter the cy­clone, the premises were flooded and the busi­ness was with­out elec­tric­ity for 14 days.

This meant they had to rely on gen­er­a­tors for power.

“With such destruc­tion across the Whit­sun­day re­gion, our ser­vices were in de­mand by in­sur­ance com­pa­nies need­ing drones to carry out dam­age as­sess­ments,” Kate said.

“We spe­cialise in drones, 360 video, graphic and web de­sign.

“It was a fairly chal­leng­ing time,” she said.

“But I’m happy to say my busi­ness is now fully op­er­a­tional.

“Get­ting this En­tre­pre­neur Grant to­day has come at the per­fect time.

“Af­ter the catas­tro­phe of the cy­clone, re­ceiv­ing this grant is an ab­so­lute bless­ing.”

El­i­gi­ble busi­nesses must have reg­is­tered a busi­ness name in the last four years and have fewer than 20 em­ploy­ees.

Fur­ther rounds will be open later this year.

Check busi­ness.qld.gov.au for up­dates.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

RE­BUILD: PCYC branch man­ager Sgt John Dickinson ac­cept­ing the Reef Gate­way do­na­tion from cour­tesy bus driver Trevor Neill.

PHOTO: PETER CAR­RUTHERS

WIN­NERS: Kate Tulett and Pablo Hauber from Th3rd Di­men­sion Me­dia.

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