The Western NSW Business Chamber is promoting a survey that aims to assess the impacts of the drought on businesses.
Regional manager Vicki Seccombe reports that the survey will inform governments.
“The Western NSW Business Chamber believes there is clear evidence the impacts of drought flow on significantly to regional businesses that support and make up the fabric of our rural and regional communities,” she said.
“We know many of our members are already struggling with increasing cost pressures in areas such as fuel, gas and electricity prices, then on top of that comes the impact of the drought resulting in falling sales, stifled business growth and employment in the region.”
Ms Seccombe is urging regional business owners and operators to complete the survey.
“In times like this, we need to come together to support all our businesses, both farming and non-farming business and look for solutions that help our communities to remain strong and viable during this time,” she said.
“The NSW Business Chamber will ensure our state and federal governments have a clear picture of the impact across our regional communities, and can implement strategies to address these issues with our support.”
Ms Seccombe has welcomed farm aid packages from governments but says the “extended drought has much broader implications”.
The survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/nswbcdroughtsurvey closes on August 16.
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