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Gunnedah businesses urged to speak out about drought

10 July 2019

Businesses in Gunnedah that are feeling the heat during the drought are being asked to help Gunnedah Shire Council put together a complete picture of the impact for the NSW Government.

The NSW Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope and NSW Small Business Commissioner Robyn Hobbs are planning to visit Gunnedah in late July as part of a tour of the region.

Mr Tudehope and Ms Hobbs are bringing a team with them to meet with drought-affected small businesses to hear about the impact first hand and advise what assistance might be available.

Gunnedah Shire Council Manager Economic Development Charlotte Hoddle said Council wanted as much information from Gunnedah businesses as possible.

“We are asking our business operators to let us know exactly how the drought is impacting on them,” Ms Hoddle said.

“We have put together a survey that will take only about 10 minutes, but will allow us to piece together a complete picture of the short and long-term implications for our business sector.

“The survey not only asks about the impact on the bottom line, but about other concerns, as well as seeking information about who has sought assistance, who hasn’t, and who does not know where to turn.

“The more businesses complete this survey, the stronger our information will be. This is a great opportunity to present the state of our business community to both the Minister and the Small Business Commissioner.”

Fill out the Drought Impact Survey for Businesses here. Respondents go in the draw to win $100 Gunnedah Gift Card.

Photo Caption: Gunnedah Shire businesses are being asked to complete a survey to build a complete picture of drought impacts.

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Media Contact: Eliza Gallen 6740 2100.