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Free cash: Grants of up to $3,000 are announced to help small businesses

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Small businesses in New South Wales can apply for a $3,000 grant to help with expenses from July 1. 

The state government announced the Small Business Recovery Grant today to help companies recover after the coronavirus-caused downturn. 

The money is meant to help companies with fewer than 20 employees pay for expenses such as energy and phone bills.

Small businesses in New South Wales can apply for a $3,000 grant to help with expenses from July 1

Small businesses in New South Wales can apply for a $3,000 grant to help with expenses from July 1

Small businesses in New South Wales can apply for a $3,000 grant to help with expenses from July 1

The recovery grant replaces the state’s $10,000 Small Business Support Grant which ends on 30 June. 

So far more than 49,700 businesses have applied for the grants worth more than $490million.

The government set aside $750million for the plan – and the leftover money will be used to fund the new $3,000 grants.  

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said: ‘Our collective prosperity has always been built on hard work, and creating jobs is the number one priority of the NSW Government.

‘Today we signal to the people of NSW a shift in direction, from response to recovery. It’s time to get the show back on the road. Keeping people in jobs and businesses in business is at the heart of everything we are doing.’ 

Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope said the new grants would help businesses turn their lights on, open their doors and welcome back customers and clients.

‘We are getting NSW back to business by helping entrepreneurs and mum and dad owners to relaunch and revitalise their businesses,’ he said. 

The recovery grant replaces the state's $10,000 Small Business Support Grant which ends on 30 June

The recovery grant replaces the state's $10,000 Small Business Support Grant which ends on 30 June

The recovery grant replaces the state’s $10,000 Small Business Support Grant which ends on 30 June

Business NSW CEO Stephen Cartwright said: ‘Small business owners across the State have done it tough during the pandemic, with many impacted by bushfires and drought prior to that. Many have had to lay off staff and are struggling to just survive.

‘They will certainly appreciate this new support package from the Government as they ramp up their operations following hibernation.

‘Business NSW will be encouraging all of our member businesses to apply for the grant as it will help to kick start their operations, re-engage staff and allow them to get back to the ‘new normal’,’ Mr Cartwright said.  

Who is eligible for the $3,000 grant? 

Eligible businesses and not-for-profits must meet a range of criteria including:

· Australian Business Number as at 1 March 2020 registered in NSW;

· Have total Australian wages below the NSW Government 2019-20 payroll tax threshold of $900,000 as at 1 March 2020;

· Have fewer than 20 Full Time Equivalent staff (including non-employing businesses) as at 1 March 2020;

· Have an annual turnover of more than $75,000 as at 1 March 2020;

· Have experienced a decline in turnover of at least 30 per cent from March to July 2020 compared to the equivalent period (of at least two weeks) in 2019;

· Are in a highly impacted industry as at 1 March 2020. These industries were impacted by the COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement Order 2020;

· Have costs from 1 July 2020 associated with safely re-opening or scaling up their business. 

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The state government has also announced a new $12.8million bailout package to help exporters recover from the coronavirus-caused downturn.

Up to 1,000 Export Assistance Grants of $10,000 will be given to businesses which need help to access new markets or re-enter old ones where trade has ceased. 

The grants total $10million and the other $2.8million is being spent on installing more trade experts overseas and marketing help for NSW businesses.

The package is expected to boost regional companies such as farms and wineries. 

Small and medium businesses in New South Wales can apply for a $10,000 cash grant to export their produce overseas. Pictured: A fruit farm

Small and medium businesses in New South Wales can apply for a $10,000 cash grant to export their produce overseas. Pictured: A fruit farm

Small and medium businesses in New South Wales can apply for a $10,000 cash grant to export their produce overseas. Pictured: A fruit farm

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, Industry and Trade John Barilaro said the Government is investing in the regions and reinvigorating export industries impacted by COVID-19.

‘We know many of our regional exporters and communities have been doing it tough over the past few months, with disruptions to freight channels and reduction in orders,’ he said.

‘Our new $12.8 million package is designed to unlock the regions and boost international trade once again, making it easier to get exports from paddock to port and plate.

‘The package will provide more local trade advisors, an increased presence in key Asian markets, a new e-commerce program to develop alternative channels to market and a $10,000 grant scheme.’

The state government has today announced a new $12.8million bailout package to help companies recover from the coronavirus-caused downturn. Pictured: A sheep farm

The state government has today announced a new $12.8million bailout package to help companies recover from the coronavirus-caused downturn. Pictured: A sheep farm

The state government has today announced a new $12.8million bailout package to help companies recover from the coronavirus-caused downturn. Pictured: A sheep farm

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The Bachelor’s Locky Gilbert sends home Izzy Sharman-Firth and intruder Bec Cvilikas

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The Bachelor fans were not surprised when Locky Gilbert chose Irena Srbinovska and Bella Varelis as his top two picks at the rose ceremony on Wednesday.

And many flocked to Twitter to call his decision to send home Izzy Sharman-Firth and intruder Bec Cvilikas predictable.

One wrote: ‘I’ve never been less on tenterhooks about a final two. Irena and Bella. Can’t be anyone else.’  

'I've never been less on tenterhooks about a final two': The Bachelor's Locky Gilbert sent home Izzy Sharman-Firth (right) and intruder Bec Cvilikas (left) in a double elimination viewers called very 'obvious'

'I've never been less on tenterhooks about a final two': The Bachelor's Locky Gilbert sent home Izzy Sharman-Firth (right) and intruder Bec Cvilikas (left) in a double elimination viewers called very 'obvious'

‘I’ve never been less on tenterhooks about a final two’: The Bachelor’s Locky Gilbert sent home Izzy Sharman-Firth (right) and intruder Bec Cvilikas (left) in a double elimination viewers called very ‘obvious’

‘Irena and Bella. Obviously. Right??’ wrote another. 

A third tweeted: ‘So I don’t think anyone will be surprised if the final two are Irena and Bella?’

‘I’m calling it, Irena and Bella are the 2,’ added another.

Predictable: Many flocked to Twitter to call Locky's decision to send home Izzy and intruder Bec, and chose Irena Srbinovska and Bella Varelis as his top two picks very 'obvious' and 'unsurprising'

Predictable: Many flocked to Twitter to call Locky's decision to send home Izzy and intruder Bec, and chose Irena Srbinovska and Bella Varelis as his top two picks very 'obvious' and 'unsurprising'

Predictable: Many flocked to Twitter to call Locky’s decision to send home Izzy and intruder Bec, and chose Irena Srbinovska and Bella Varelis as his top two picks very ‘obvious’ and ‘unsurprising’

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Not surprised: One wrote, 'I've never been less on tenterhooks about a final two. Irena and Bella. Can't be anyone else.' Another tweeted: 'So I don't think anyone will be surprised if the final two are Irena and Bella?'

Not surprised: One wrote, 'I've never been less on tenterhooks about a final two. Irena and Bella. Can't be anyone else.' Another tweeted: 'So I don't think anyone will be surprised if the final two are Irena and Bella?'

Not surprised: One wrote, ‘I’ve never been less on tenterhooks about a final two. Irena and Bella. Can’t be anyone else.’ Another tweeted: ‘So I don’t think anyone will be surprised if the final two are Irena and Bella?’

‘Bye Izzy and Bec,’ another wrote.

There were also a number of viewers who were surprised that Locky would be picking his final two so soon after hometown visits.  

‘Oh I’ve been so confused how we went from 4 to grand finale. I swear it used to be 4 to 3 to final 2,’ said one. 

‘We’re overdue for a blindside,’ another wrote, as a third tweeted: ‘Are there only two roses? Wait? What? Am I missing something here?’

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'I swear it used to be 4 to 3 to final 2': There were also a number of viewers who were surprised that Locky would be picking his final two so soon after hometown visits

'I swear it used to be 4 to 3 to final 2': There were also a number of viewers who were surprised that Locky would be picking his final two so soon after hometown visits

‘I swear it used to be 4 to 3 to final 2’: There were also a number of viewers who were surprised that Locky would be picking his final two so soon after hometown visits

Locky gave his final two roses to Irena and Bella, former friends turned rivals, at the end of the rose ceremony. 

After embracing Bec, it was an emotional Izzy’s turn to say goodbye, tearing up as she hugged Locky before he walked her out.

Before leaving, he told her: ‘You’re so amazing, you bring out the best in me. I’ve had literally the best time.’

The final two: Locky gave his final two roses to Irena and Bella, former friends turned rivals, at the end of the rose ceremony. Pictured left to right is Irena and Bella

The final two: Locky gave his final two roses to Irena and Bella, former friends turned rivals, at the end of the rose ceremony. Pictured left to right is Irena and Bella

The final two: Locky gave his final two roses to Irena and Bella, former friends turned rivals, at the end of the rose ceremony. Pictured left to right is Irena and Bella

She said: ‘You’ve also got some amazing girls back there. Good luck.’

In the car, Izzy tearfully told producers: ‘I saw myself standing at the end of this whole experience with Locky. I was not expecting tonight to go the way it has. I guess it wasn’t meant to be. 

‘Right now, I’m just feeling really heartbroken. But I wouldn’t change anything,’ she added. 

Heartfelt: Before sending her off, Locky told Izzy: 'You're so amazing, you bring out the best in me. I've had literally the best time.' In the car, Izzy told tearfully told producers: 'Right now, I'm just feeling really heartbroken. But I wouldn't change anything'

Heartfelt: Before sending her off, Locky told Izzy: 'You're so amazing, you bring out the best in me. I've had literally the best time.' In the car, Izzy told tearfully told producers: 'Right now, I'm just feeling really heartbroken. But I wouldn't change anything'

Heartfelt: Before sending her off, Locky told Izzy: ‘You’re so amazing, you bring out the best in me. I’ve had literally the best time.’ In the car, Izzy told tearfully told producers: ‘Right now, I’m just feeling really heartbroken. But I wouldn’t change anything’

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JK Rowling triggers ANOTHER transphobia row

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JK Rowling is embroiled in yet another transphobia row after she directed fans to a website selling badges and stickers saying ‘transwomen are men’.

The author, 55, appeared to take aim at her critics yesterday, tweeting a photograph of herself wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan: ‘This witch doesn’t burn’.

She followed up her message with a link to the Wild Womyn Workshop, writing: ‘If you are (or know) a witch who wants one of these, don’t buy from cynical chancers.’

Furious critics were quick to point out that the website sells a series of other items they deemed ‘transphobic’, with users sharing images of badges reading ‘f*** your pronouns’ and ‘trans activism is misogyny’.

Wild Womyn Workshop, which has a category dedicated to ‘gender critical’ items, also sells a badge reading ‘dead men don’t rape’ alongside stickers stating ‘trans-ideology erases women.’   

JK Rowling is embroiled in yet another transphobia row after she directed fans to a website selling 'offensive' badges and stickers saying 'transwomen are men'

JK Rowling is embroiled in yet another transphobia row after she directed fans to a website selling 'offensive' badges and stickers saying 'transwomen are men'

JK Rowling is embroiled in yet another transphobia row after she directed fans to a website selling ‘offensive’ badges and stickers saying ‘transwomen are men’

Social media users accused Rowling of promoting transphobia by sharing the link, with one writing: ‘How about considering supporting trans-inclusive organisations instead of incredibly transphobic ones?

‘Every time I think you can’t be a worse TERF, you somehow do. The bar is literally so low.’ 

Others branded the Harry Potter author a TERF – a slur meaning a trans exclusionary radical feminist – while urging Rowling to ‘understand the damage and hatefulness you have caused a group of people.’

Another critic added: ‘Coming out being transphobic proudly now… wow… I hope one day you understand the damage and hatefulness you are continuously causing a group of people when you could have used your influence and money to help people.

‘You honestly should be ashamed.’

A third added: ‘Words cannot express how disappointed I am in you.’ 

The author, 55, appeared to take aim at her critics yesterday, tweeting a photograph of herself wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan: 'This witch doesn't burn'

The author, 55, appeared to take aim at her critics yesterday, tweeting a photograph of herself wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan: 'This witch doesn't burn'

The author, 55, appeared to take aim at her critics yesterday, tweeting a photograph of herself wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan: ‘This witch doesn’t burn’

Pictured: A badge for sale at the store

Pictured: A badge for sale at the store

Pictured: A badge for sale at the store

Pictured: A badge for sale at the store

Furious critics were quick to point out that the website sells a series of other items they deemed ‘transphobic’, with users sharing images of badges reading ‘dead men don’t rape’

Other products at the store read 'f*** your pronouns' (pictured), causing fury to erupt over the author's tweet

Other products at the store read 'f*** your pronouns' (pictured), causing fury to erupt over the author's tweet

Other products at the store read ‘f*** your pronouns’ (pictured), causing fury to erupt over the author’s tweet

Responding to the criticism, Angela Wild, who runs Wild Womyn Workshop, told MailOnline: ‘Men are not women. No-one can change sex.

‘These simple statements are now considered “transphobic” and controversial. If some people are offended by my products because they are triggered by biological reality I am sorry for them but it has got nothing to do with me.

‘Don’t like my products? Don’t buy them. It’s not unlawful to tell the truth.’

Ms Wild, a self-proclaimed lesbian feminist, is a co-founder of the anti-trans, lesbian separatist group Get the L Out, which staged a demonstration at London Pride in 2018.

The author’s latest row comes just a week after furious backlash erupted over her newest novel, in which a male serial killer dresses as a woman to slay his victims.

Troubled Blood – written under Rowling’s pseudonym Robert Galbraith – follows detective Cormoran Strike as he uncovers what happened to missing GP Margot Bamborough. 

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Social media users accused Rowling of promoting transphobia by sharing the link

Social media users accused Rowling of promoting transphobia by sharing the link

Social media users accused Rowling of promoting transphobia by sharing the link

He fears she fell victim to Dennis Creed, who has been dubbed a ‘transvestite serial killer’ for murdering his victims while wearing female clothing.

An early review of the 900-page book by The Daily Telegraph – in which the critic states the book’s ‘moral seems to be: never trust a man in a dress’ – sparked immediate backlash online.

Furious readers rushed to Twitter to share their thoughts, making #RIPJKRowling trend in the UK.

Others said the book – which had not been released at the time – is not transphobic at all and over-eager detractors should read it before jumping to conclusions.

The author's latest row comes just a week after furious backlash erupted over her newest novel Troubled Blood

The author's latest row comes just a week after furious backlash erupted over her newest novel Troubled Blood

 The author’s latest row comes just a week after furious backlash erupted over her newest novel Troubled Blood

Observer journalist Nick Cohen wrote: ‘I’ve read the latest Strike novel, and the claim it’s anti-trans is total sh***. 

‘I can’t tell you why it is total sh*** without giving away the ending. So until you read it yourself, which you should, you will just have to trust me: this is total sh***.’

A Twitter user called Steve replied stating: ‘But when you combine it with all the negative stereotyping she’s done about trans women, it shows a clear pattern. 

‘It’s not anti-trans as such but it does play into the fears that trans women are cis males looking to spy on women.’

Cohen replied: ‘Read the bloody book why don’t you?’ 

In June, the Harry Potter author hit headlines after she mocked an online article using the words ‘people who menstruate’ instead of ‘women’. 

She was hit by what she described as ‘relentless attacks’ after she wrote: ‘I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?’

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Furious readers rushed to Twitter to share their thoughts, making #RIPJKRowling trend in the UK.

Furious readers rushed to Twitter to share their thoughts, making #RIPJKRowling trend in the UK.

Furious readers rushed to Twitter to share their thoughts, making #RIPJKRowling trend in the UK.

JK Rowling pictured with Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson in 2001

JK Rowling pictured with Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson in 2001

JK Rowling pictured with Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson in 2001

The acclaimed novelist then penned a deeply personal essay to address the controversy, revealing she was sexually assaulted in her 20s and saying she still feels the scars of ‘domestic violence’ in her first marriage. 

Rowling’s remarks sparked backlash from a range of stars including Ron Weasley actor Rupert Grint, Emma Watson who played Hermione Granger in the film franchise, Daniel Radcliffe who played Harry and Eddie Redmayne, who stars in her Fantastic Beasts films. 

But actor Robbie Coltrane – who played Rubeus Hagrid in the movies – told the Radio Times: ‘I don’t think what she said was offensive really. 

‘I don’t know why but there’s a whole Twitter generation of people who hang around waiting to be offended. 

He added: ‘That’s me talking like a grumpy old man, but you just think, “Oh, get over yourself”.’

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Frantic search for two missing 14-year-old girls who left Hobart school and dyed their hair

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A frantic search is underway for two teenage girls who left school in their uniforms, dyed their hair black and caught a bus out of town before disappearing.

Madeline Dixon and Molly Martin were last seen leaving Collegiate Middle School in Hobart in school uniform at 8.45am on Wednesday morning. 

Police are appealing for public assistance to find the two 14-year-old girls.

Tasmanian detectives released an update about 8.30pm with new information that indicated the girls had ‘attempted to alter their appearance’ after leaving school grounds.

They both reportedly dyed their hair black and changed out of their school clothes into darker outfits.

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Pictured: Madeline Dixon

Madeline Dixon and Molly Martin were last seen leaving Collegiate Middle School in Hobart in school uniform at 8.45am on Wednesday morning

Police claim both teens were last spotted together about 2.10pm on a bus from Rosny to Carlton.

They indicated they would get off the bus at Sorell, and police have reason to believe both Madeline and Molly remain in the area.

One of Maddie’s relatives admitted he had ‘no clue’ who she would know in the region.

‘I wouldn’t have a clue who she associates with as her side of the family doesn’t really talk to mine as much as we’d all like to,’ he said.

‘I just hope she’s okay and nothing needs to be taken any further.’

Tasmanian detectives released an update about 8.30pm with new information that indicated the girls had 'attempted to alter their appearance' after leaving school grounds. Pictured: Collegiate Middle School in Hobart

Tasmanian detectives released an update about 8.30pm with new information that indicated the girls had 'attempted to alter their appearance' after leaving school grounds. Pictured: Collegiate Middle School in Hobart

Tasmanian detectives released an update about 8.30pm with new information that indicated the girls had ‘attempted to alter their appearance’ after leaving school grounds. Pictured: Collegiate Middle School in Hobart

Maddie was last seen wearing a black Nike jacket, grey crop top and track pants. She was carrying a large shoulder bag. 

Police fear the girls may be trying to cross state borders early on Thursday morning.   

“We are extremely thankful with the information that we have currently received which has proven to be exceptionally helpful,’ a Tasmania Police spokesman said on Wednesday night.

‘I strongly encourage members of the public to notify Tasmania Police with any further information that they may have,” Sergeant Simon Ward said.

Anyone with information should contact police on 131 444. 

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