The NSW Government is helping small businesses bounce back from the pandemic with up to $640,000 in grants available to help organisations host events to generate new ideas and connect with fellow entrepreneurs.

Grants of up to $2,500 for local councils and $3,500 for chambers of commerce, industry associations and not-for-profit groups are available to help them organise events for the fifth NSW Small Business Month in March 2022.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said Small Business Month is a unique opportunity to help the State’s hardworking small business owners by offering events that teach and inspire.

“Small businesses have been tested like never before and it is the skills, resilience and ambition of small businesses that are vital to rebuilding the economy.

Minister for Small Business Damien Tudehope said the theme of this Small Business Month was `Rebuild, Recharge, Renew’.

“This reflects the Government’s determination to help small businesses recover and build a brighter, stronger future,” Mr Tudehope said.

Applications for event grants open on 1 November, and must be submitted by 10 December with organisations encouraged to get online, review the grant guidelines and start preparing applications now. Grants are competitive and applications will be assessed against the published criteria.

The events must adhere to the relevant NSW Health advice, including having a COVID-safety plan, registration of all attendees, limiting the number of people in the venue, and attendees to remain seated as required at all events.

Further details on how small businesses and supporters can participate in NSW Small Business Month will be released in the coming weeks. For more information visit:


The NSW Government has streamlined the process for tourism businesses and councils to apply for visitor attraction signposting, creating more opportunities for the Goulburn electorate to showcase its destinations.
The centrepiece of the revamped Visitor Attraction Signposting Program is a new digital one-stop shop. A partnership between Destination NSW and Transport for NSW, the Visitor Attraction Signposting Program has been improved according to the guiding principles of the NSW Visitor Economy Strategy 2030 – putting the visitor first, leading with the State’s strengths, and accelerating digital innovation.
Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman encouraged local stakeholders to review the new materials and consider opportunities to build the profile of the entire region’s attractions.
“The NSW Government’s Visitor Attraction Signposting Program is a fantastic way for us to highlight the unique assets on offer to visitors, giving them an even richer experience,” Mrs Tuckerman said.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said visibility was key to creating a seamless visitor experience in regional NSW.
“Once visitors arrive in a regional town, or even on their way there, they are much more likely to enjoy their experience if landmarks and attractions are located easily and safely,” Mr Toole said.
“These signs are about encouraging people off the highway to explore some of the best the bush has to offer.”
Minister for Tourism Stuart Ayres said the digitally enhanced and streamlined wayfinding program would enable the State’s tourism regions to offer a more enjoyable and hassle-free road trip experience.
“We know from our research just how valuable the white on brown signs on the State’s road system are for tourism businesses and councils, signposting the amazing landmarks, must-see attractions and visitor experiences that NSW has in abundance,” Mr Ayres said.
“The enhancements to the program are all about making it easier to do business with government – simplifying the process of applying for wayfinding signage and accelerating the decision-making process.”
A range of categories of attractions and tourism businesses are eligible for visitor signs including galleries, museums, national parks, Aboriginal cultural attractions, historic towns or properties, wineries and more.
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Locals have the chance to change the face of their favourite fishing spots for the better, with Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman today announcing applications for the Habitat Action Grants were now open.

Mrs Tuckerman encouraged anglers in the Goulburn electorate to submit their ideas today.

“The Habitat Action Grants program is always immensely popular with great opportunities to improve local fishing environments,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“Previously we’ve seen the improvement of waterways through revegetation with native plants, the reintroduction of lost woody habitat into rivers and estuaries for fish, and more.

“I encourage all recreational fishing groups, Landcare organisations, high schools and local councils in the region to take advantage of this fantastic funding opportunity and get their applications in before Friday, 10 December.”

Habitat Action Grants are funded from the Recreational Fishing Trusts, where all funds raised by the NSW Recreational Fishing Fee are placed, to apply for this round groups should visit

“The best thing about these grants is they are ideas conceived by and led by locals, for the local area, and we get to see fishing licence fees being put to good use – this is their money being reinvested into projects in the region.

Since 2008, the Recreational Fishing Trusts have invested more than $7.5 million into the Habitat Action Grants program throughout NSW. To find out more visit


A $25 million recovery package for the sport and recreation sector has been unveiled, providing a helping hand for grassroots sporting clubs and associations as community sport returns.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said the Sport and Recreation Recovery and Community Rebuild Package will provide financial support, assistance and participation opportunities throughout the Goulburn electorate.

“This announcement provides a welcome injection of funding for community sport in the region following all the disruption due to COVID-19 restrictions,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“Eligible sporting clubs and associations will be able to access up to $1,000 as they recommence community activities, in addition to other initiatives which will be delivered throughout NSW”.

Premier Dominic Perrottet said the package would help the sector bounce back after disruption to competitions and activities.

“The COVID lockdown has had a major impact on everyone’s lives, including the more than 30,000 employees and 415,000 volunteers across more than 10,000 sporting clubs and associations throughout the State,” Mr Perrottet said.

The Sport and Recreation Recovery and Community Rebuild Package includes:
• Up to $12.5 million for grants of up to $1,000 to eligible clubs and associations
• Up to $7.8 million to support sporting organisations and peak bodies;
• $3.1 million to support participation initiatives focused on areas most affected by restrictions, including south-western Sydney and regional NSW;
• Up to $1 million for grants to support marketing and promotional activities for outdoor and active recreation providers; and
• $600,000 to support regional talent pathways in the lead up to the Brisbane 2032 Olympics.
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Letter to Editor – Reply to “Heritage jewel in our historic crown is being flogged”

Dear Editor

I write to thank every person who has contacted me in regards to the Berrima Gaol, I appreciate the emails and phone calls I have received and noted each concern raised. Although, I was disappointed to read Ms Russell’s letter to the editor October 26 “Heritage jewel in our historic crown is being ‘flogged’”. As many of her concerns would have been elevated – and assumptions corrected – had she written to my office directly instead of seeking publicity on these incorrect assumptions.

As per my discussions with both Wingecarribee Shire Council and Berrima District Residents association (prior to the information seeking EOI being distributed); the State Government is calling for Expressions of Interest in the site.

I doubt I will find a resident who disagrees that Berrima Gaol has great potential to deliver social, economic and environmental outcomes for the community. Exploring the expressions of interest is the first step in understanding the potential for the site and I certainly look forward to seeing what is received.

The EOI campaign will assess and evaluate what kind of responses are received, and the submissions may then be required to respond to a request for tender. As Ms Russell speculated, the development of a community vision statement on the future of the site will, in fact, contribute to the assessment of the EOIs. In addition, Wingecarribee Shire Council will be essential in determining the permitted use through the zoning process which will be required for a change of use to the site.

Any community organisation, including the Court House Trust or Berrima Residents Association, or perhaps another community group Ms Russell is a part of, is also eligible to submit their own ideas for the Gaol via the EOI process.

I also write to the Editor to give confidence to the community that the gaol will remain a historic centrepiece for Berrima – attracting tourism and growth for the whole region. And that I have the NSW Government’s assurance of; if an appropriate expression of interest is received and adequate tender completed; part of the site will be used for public space and the heritage buildings preserved and adaptively reused.

Kind regards,

Wendy Tuckerman

Member for Goulburn