Shadow Minister for Tourism and Small Business Alyssa Hayden has launched a petition urging the McGowan Labor Government to provide grants to small businesses being decimated by the COVID-19 crisis. 

“The McGowan Labor Government is the only State Government in Australia that does not have a small business grant program of up to $10,000 to help struggling small and family run businesses who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mrs Hayden said. 

“Many small and family run businesses are not eligible for any State Government assistance in WA due to strict and illogical restrictions put in place by the McGowan Labor Government. 

“The devastating effect of this is that entire industries like travel agencies have been left out in the cold and are now working for free as they process cancellations, with no bookings on the horizon and no State Government support to keep them going during this unprecedented time. 

“With record unemployment in Western Australia and the worst rate in the country, at 8.1 per cent, the McGowan Labor Government needs to look at grants and initiatives being provided in other States, which are successfully keeping more businesses open and people in jobs. 

“We need to help our local small and family run businesses to keep them in business and West Australians in jobs. We have a jobs crisis in WA and the McGowan Labor Government still hasn’t released its economic plan for recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.” 

To sign the petition visit https://www.petition.org.au/support-wa-business/