Business News

Why not come along to some training or networking events. Whether you have been in business for a lifetime or are starting up your first venture, there's always more to learn. And maybe your input can help other businesses to thrive in our area.

Think about whether your business can employ a young (or not so young - over 50yo) job seeker... you could be eligible for a subsidy.

Or you might be able to help out with work experience for young job seekers.

Join the Lake Eucumbene Chamber of Commerce: help develop our local economy, turn innovative ideas into action, network with other business owners and lobby for improved government services in this area.

Bushfire Recovery

Check out the Dept Primary Industries website and also Business Council of Australia (BCA) BizRebuild bushfire recovery plans.

Lake Eucumbene Chamber of Commerce has received the following info from Service NSW:

Follow this link to grants available to primary producers, small businesses and not-for-profit organisations that have been affected by bush fires.

Service NSW realise that the focus is on humanitarian aid at present, but wanted to reach out to let you know about the grants available to businesses. At a future time, we will personally contact all businesses in fire affected areas so we can offer assistance if required.

NSW Business Chamber has supplied information on further support for businesses and individuals affected by the fires, including stamp duty exemptions for replacement vehicles and free replacement licences.

Service NSW has offered to come to Adaminaby to meet with affected businesses. Contact the Chamber of Commerce if you are ready to meet their rep; we have been waiting until fire risk is reduced.

Snowy 2.0

Snowy Hydro Community Information Meeting

6-8pm, 25 February at Adaminaby Bowling Club

Hear from the project team:

  • construction and site works currently underway;
  • what Snowy 2.0 means for local communities, jobs and businesses;
  • traffic management updates;
  • benefits this expansion of the Snowy Scheme will bring for energy consumers;
  • Q&As.

The session will be attended by representatives from Future Generation JV.

Speak one-on-one with project team members over light refreshments.

Interested in subcontracting for construction? You'll need to register with ICN and Future Generation JV advise that you also join the LECC. The major contractors are working through local chambers of commerce to connect with local businesses: to provide up to date information and as a contact point when they need particular skills.

The Snowy 2.0 main works EIS is available for comment now.

Waste Management

Local businesses are invited to meet with Snowy Monaro Regional Council reps. DATE HAS BEEN CHANGED - more info soon

The meeting is looking for practical proposals to improve commercial waste management in this area. If you have a solution in mind, you'll need to email the Chamber of Commerce before the meeting date, so we can set aside time in the meeting for your input.

commercial waste meeting in Adaminaby, September 3

Mobile Phone & Internet Improvements

See the Community News page.

Subsidised Training - Smart & Skilled Program

The NSW Government is subsidising skills training for farmers and regional businesses impacted by the drought and looking to transition into new or updated career opportunities.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible an applicant must be:

Eligible training includes but is not limited to:

More information: call 13 28 11 or visit NSW Training.

Note: If you don't fit these eligibility criteria, please contact your local Training Services NSW office; support might be available.


The Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre (BEC) is keen to run business training events around Adaminaby. You can have your say for what training you are interested in at our online poll here.

Want to discuss you business needs with a business advisor? Contact Kris Laird at

About BEC Training

Lake Eucumbene Chamber of Commerce receives regular updates from the BEC on business seminars, courses and networking events held in this region.

Many BEC seminars are designed for small numbers of participants and cost very little. Personal service and customised training prevail.

BEC events are a good way to discuss your queries and ideas with experienced business consultants, and to talk with other business people who face similar challenges.

Events are regularly held in Cooma and Jindabyne and can be held in Adaminaby too.


Skills for Business offers fully subsidised business management, digital or financial skills training for NSW small businesses. Find out more.

TAFE also offers short leadership courses, business degrees and certificate courses as well as free Business Bytes (online video tutorials on small business topics).


Bin Trim

The NSW Bin Trim program has been designed to help small and medium sized businesses quickly identify simple actions to cut waste and boost profits.

Under the Bin Trim Business Grants Program, your business may be eligible for free advice and funding support to help you waste less and recycle more. Over 8,000 businesses have already joined the Bin Trim program. Round 2 aims to help another 12,000 businesses.

If your business employs between one and 199 employees, an EPA-funded Bin Trim assessor may be able to conduct a free waste and recycling assessment and produce an action plan for your business.

Your business may also be eligible for a rebate of between $2,000 and $25,000 to help with the cost of recycling equipment. A Bin Trim assessor can help you to apply.

The Southern Region BEC delivers the Bin Trim program in southern NSW.

Businesses can register now for this free program by contacting Geoff at the Southern Region BEC on 0428 930 196, office 6297 3121 or by email.

Grants and Rebates for Employers

Employing staff might be more affordable than you think.

Small Business Grant

The NSW Small Business Grant Scheme came into effect on 1 July 2015. The scheme entitles businesses that don't pay payroll tax, a grant of up to $2000 for hiring a new full time equivalent (FTE) employee for 12 months. Part time or casual positions may also be eligible, and paid pro rata.

The grant applies to new positions filled on or after 1 July 2015 and continues until 30 June 2019. The grant will be payable after the first anniversary of the hire of a new employee.

To apply for this grant

NSW Jobs Action Plan

This plan provides a rebate of $6000 to businesses that pay payroll tax, for new jobs. It targets businesses with under 50 employees.

The employment needs to meet all of these conditions:

To apply for this rebate

Support for Businesses

NSW Business Chamber

Members of the Lake Eucumbene Chamber of Commerce (LECC) receive many benefits and services from the NSW Business Chamber at no or minimal cost.

These include:

You can read more on the LECC's webpage.

NSW Business Chamber

Southern Region BEC

SRBEC offers individual consultations with business advisors for current or wouldbe business people. Resources such as upcoming training dates, business plan templates and links to useful websites are on the SRBEC website.

Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre

More Resources

Business Info

Consult for checklists of essentials for starting or growing a business, for grants and assistance, or to get more information on the regulations and licensing which govern your business.

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) represents the international supply chain sector: importers, exporters, customs brokers, freight forwarders, logistics service providers and industry groups. Contact ComplianceNet - Freight & Trade Alliance Training Support on 02 9975 1878 or if you need help with enrolment.

Australian Licence and Business Information Service Tax Essentials for Business Employer Obligations

Regional Development Australia Southern Inland (RDASI) lists an amazing array of grants and awards for business, as well as business news.

Collated Demographic Data on this Region

This is a valuable resource to:

Try RDASI or the Snowy Monaro Regional Council website for statistical summaries