Posted: 1:52 pm on 1st September 2014

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Ever thought of getting rid of those roller shutters on your shopfront?

Now is the time to do it!

The NSW Government has decided to do taxpayers a favour and rid the City of Sydney of these curtains of gloom, which apparently foster a ‘hostile environment’.

The Shopfront Improvement grants, which have been around since 2010, offer up to match up to $6,000 in expenditure.

Initially several areas were targeted by the program, including Redfern and surrounding suburbs, but Oxford St is the only area currently left eligible.

Perhaps the previously eligible areas were so turned around by the elimination of roller shutters that no further expenditure was thought necessary, especially since ‘anecdotal evidence points to increased turnover for existing businesses.’

Or perhaps the NSW Government decided to rein in spending after a lavish $82,636.50 was disbursed in 2013-14, with every eligible applicant being awarded funds.

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