After what businesses and individuals have faced in the past few months, it's going to be a long road to recovery.
Uncertainty has become a part of daily life and that puts a major strain on being able to operate normally.
For most companies, once you factor in staff, trading, supplies, customer expectations and stock, it becomes even more difficult.
In the past few months, essential suppliers have been able to continue working, other traders were forced to close, while there were those who chose to trade differently, either operating behind the scenes, going online or offering takeaway or delivery options.
Innovation, collaboration and ingenuity have led the way in terms of making the most of the current situation and planning for the future.
- PART 1: The hardest hit: An overview of job losses in the region
- PART 2: Recovery for those hit the hardest by coronavirus restrictions
- PART 3:Regional Impacts and what you have told RDA Orana
- PART 4: Gaps analysis around COVID-19 response
- PART 5: Agricultural consistency shows the region's tangibility and resilience
- PART 6: Mining sector buffers impact of COVID-19
- PART 7: Construction sector booming across western region
RDA Orana has compiled a COVID-19 Business Recovery and Re-opening Survey.
It follows on from a business survey released in April to gauge the pandemic's impact on the regional economy and the coping strategies of local businesses.
This survey will provide us insight on how businesses see themselves coming out the other side in terms of employment, financial assistance and services offered.
With the region impacted by job loss and change, there is certainly concern about how businesses can cope with circumstances in both an emotional and financial sense.
As we plan our recovery, the choices we make in the coming weeks and months can help us build an economy and a region that works for everyone.
The survey feedback and data captured will help our position in the future.
The more information we receive from the business community, the more we can influence the agenda for all levels of government moving forward and delivering effective recovery campaigns.
More details about the recovery survey will be released shortly.
All responses will remain confidential and participants have the option to complete the survey anonymously.
Our interactivity and connectivity with stakeholders was recently shown through a national survey which reflected RDA's role in the community.
RDA Orana received 68 responses and was among the top seven in terms of response rate.
The survey was released by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.
Information like this is incredibly useful in terms of moving forward and ensuring the future health and wealth of our region.
You can find a link to the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C19-Recovery-DL.
RDA Orana is a not for profit business that receives federal funding to support regional and economic development initiatives across the Orana region. Our mission is to support sustainable economic growth through the provision of regional intelligence that creates connections and collaborations, supports investment decisions by business and government, and that encourages the development of our workforce. To find out more visit rdaorana.org.au
Regional Recovery with RDA Orana is a series of columns produced by RDA Orana looking at the impacts of COVID-19 and the road to recovery for our community.
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