In Austria, homeowners and shopkeepers are offered financial incentives to beautify their premises.
In Austria, homeowners and shopkeepers are offered financial incentives to beautify their premises.

Town gets a facelift

TIRED shopfronts could be in for some much-needed pampering following the launch of a new council program which gives small business owners the chance to spruce up their buildings at a discounted price.

Key areas around the region have been earmarked for the Fraser Coast Streetscape Scheme which Mayor Mick Kruger says is aimed at improving the appearance of facades within the CBDs and shopping centres and improving accessibility.

Under the program businesses which employ fewer than 20 people will be eligible to apply for general grants up to $1500 and $2500 if the property is listed on the council's Local Heritage Register.

The grants are awarded on a dollar-for-dollar basis meaning the amount coming out of the council money tin will match the amount being spent by the business owner.

Applications from landmark buildings, or where the proposal includes upgrading council- owned infrastructures such as footpaths or street furniture, may be able to negotiate a larger grant.

Fraser Coast councillor Gerard O'Connell said the program was about forming a partnership between the council and small business.

He said the retail sector, which accounted for 15% of the region's economic activity, had been “really challenged” of late and hoped the incentive would be a welcome boost.

Application forms are available at the website www.frasercoastopportunities.com.au.



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