Press release from Macleay Valley Business Chamber, 20 March 2020.

The Macleay Valley Business Chamber sends their support and encouragement to all businesses and community members across our region.

The Chamber wants to reassure all people who are operating a business in the Macleay Valley that they are available to offer whatever assistance they can. ‘We want people to know that we are here to speak with, and to help people through this very difficult time however we can, regardless of whether they’re a member or not’ said Chamber President Mr Scott Marsh. ‘We are a small community and we know that now is the time that we all have to stand together and help each other.’

The Chamber understands the devastating impact that the Coronavirus (COVID–19) is having across our nation and the world and how these impacts are filtering into our local businesses and communities.

‘At no other time has it been so imperative that everyone in our community does their utmost to support local business, to help keep them sustainable for as long as possible’ Mr Marsh said. ‘We want to avoid buying or ordering things from outside of the region wherever we can. We urge people to check with your local suppliers and reach out to them first. If they can help you, they will. We also encourage everyone to follow all official health guidelines from our Governments’ at National, State and Local levels at all times and avoid listening to hearsay that can create unnecessary panic and distress’.

The Macleay Valley Business Chamber is aiming to keep a comprehensive list on their website & Facebook page of changes and announcements that may impact businesses in our region as they become available.

Mr Marsh strongly recommends all businesses in our region take advantage of the Federal Government assistance packages wherever possible. ‘These packages are there to support businesses and employees so that can we work towards a sustainable future by the time we reached the end of this current health crisis’.

‘I would also like to call on all businesses and members of our community to look out for those around them that are more vulnerable and see what they can do to support those people’ added Mr Marsh.