While RFS, Defence Forces and other volunteers continue to help fight fires, saving lives and homes, other groups in the community have also suffered. Businesses have struggled during a normally busy tourist season and while things seem grim, local business chambers are looking at ways to overcome the setbacks.
This has eventuated in meetings with local, State and Federal government members regarding solutions available through those avenues, and the Chamber will collaborate with agencies and keep the business community informed of available relief resources.
Last December, Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce combined forces with Hastings Business Women’s Network, Micro Business Forum, NSW Business Chamber, Greater Port Macquarie Tourism Association, Camden Haven Chamber of Commerce and Wauchope Chamber of Commerce joined forces to host the 2019 Combined Networks Christmas Party and share some Christmas cheer with their members.
“Port Macquarie and the surrounding districts have been enduring smoke and fires since July. We are grateful to the business community for their support and guarantee the funds raised at this event will be of great assistance over the upcoming summer season,” he said.
In total the event raised $1,622.50 and included cash donations from guests, all profits from the Combined Network’s event and a very generous $295 cheque donation from the Hastings Business Women’s Network.
Most importantly, the Chamber is committed to letting the rest of NSW know that the Mid North Coast is open for business and welcome all neighbours to come and visit.