In a period of tragedy and severe hardship with the ongoing bushfires, local businesses have pulled together to help those in need.
We’ve seen countless businesses creatively and generously doing what they can to help. From cafes and gyms to retailers and accommodation providers, businesses are digging deep to offer support.
The most basic of human needs have been met through the offer of showers, beds and food, to raising funds to support those (people and animals alike) touched by the bushfires.
We thank all the businesses who have selflessly given to our wider community in this ongoing crisis.
We’d also like to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of our emergency services teams and volunteers working tirelessly to do everything possible to bring the immediate danger to an end.
The ongoing impacts of the fires on businesses in our region are yet to be realised. Direct and indirect losses are likely to continue as a result of an interrupted tourism season, damaged consumer confidence, pressure on supply chain capabilities, increased unplanned spending and lower yields.
Local business operators are urged to consider all the grants and assistance available for disaster relief. The resources listed below have been compiled as a starting point specifically to support businesses affected by the bushfires:
- NSW Business Chamber – assistance available
- Service NSW – Bushfire customer care service
- Get back to business – a guide to recovering from disaster
- Insurance claims for small business guide
- Get Ready Business - five step guide to preparing for disasters (2018)
In the weeks, months and years ahead the collaborative spirit will help lead the local recovery. Businesses have an important role to play, working side by side with agencies, charities and leaders, to rebuild lives and communities – we’re all in this together.