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Round one of the Regional Job Creation Fund saw six local businesses benefit with the potential creation of 172 jobs in the region and round two has now opened. 

Lismore MP Janelle Saffin has welcomed the business enhancement and local jobs boost under Round 1 of the NSW Government’s $140-million Regional Job Creation Fund.

‘Six local businesses have benefited from the first round of the program with the total allocation of $3.23 million,’ she said. 

With 172 new jobs projected to follow Ms Saffin said she looks ‘forward to receiving reports as these additional jobs come online.’

Round 2 open

Round 2 of the Regional Job Creation Fund program opened for applications on 2 February and seeks to supports existing businesses in regional NSW to grow and encourages interstate or overseas businesses to invest in regional NSW.

‘I strongly urge local businesses to check their eligibility for access to those funds,’ Ms Saffin said. 

‘This investment in regional businesses has come at a much-needed time. 

‘Our local economy has suffered deeply from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic which followed closely on the heels of floods, drought and bushfires.

‘My role as your member is to support local businesses, and in this case, those who, under this initiative, can show a track records of sustainability and I have strongly advocated to Government that they do all they can to provide that support.’

Expressions of interest for round two of the program must be submitted by 5pm Friday 18 February to proceed with the application process and the full application must be submitted no later than 9am Monday 14 March.

Information to check eligibility and to apply can be found at the Regional Growth Fund or by calling 1300 679 673 for more information.

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