Border closure: Janelle Saffin asks for same funding as Victorian border towns

State MP Janelle Saffin is urging the NSW Government to give local businesses a fair go and deliver the same $45 million assistance package that they rolled out along the southern border with Victoria.

Businesses near the Murray River are being offered $5000 or $10,000 grants for losses suffered through the border closure.

The $5000 is available to enterprises which have endured at least a 30 per cent decline in turnover, while to qualify for the $10,000 firms needs to demonstrate a 75 per cent fall in turnover.

That drop-off has to be since July 8 when the southern border closed and compared against a two-week period over March 30 to July 7.

Businesses that are based in councils that touch the border and have less than 20 full time or equivalent employees are eligible.

Ms Saffin has repeatedly asked the NSW Government to deliver a similar program to help small businesses across northern NSW that have been affected by the Queensland border closure.

Ms Saffin said: "Communities across Northern NSW are crying out for a relief package from the Government to support the local economy, keep businesses open and keep people employed.

"Communities in the Northern Rivers and Northern Tablelands have had such a tough time this year. First with drought, then bushfires, and then the border closure. They shouldn't be left to deal with this on their own.

"If the Government's relief package was good enough for one community - why not extend it to other regions that are doing it tough?"