There is now more optimism since the Easter long weekend where we managed to continue to suppress the Coronavirus pandemic with social isolation and imposed restrictions. The good news is that commentary has now turned to making plans for gradual lifting of restrictions and re-booting our economy.
Chamber has been working with council on a Local Economic Assistance and Recovery Plan for the past few weeks. Key measures put forward for consideration include rates and fee relief, direct assistance to help cafés and restaurants to open when restrictions are lifted, new employment opportunities for trainees, housing industry incentives, preferencing for local suppliers and bringing forward major infrastructure projects to inject capital into our economy.
Port Macquarie, Wauchope and Laurieton Chamber representatives are meeting via zoom in the coming days to discuss assistance measures and provide more feedback to council, State & Federal members on easing restrictions and economic recovery.
I welcome any additional feedback from the business community with ideas on assistance and recovery measures to be put forward.