Assistance to business during the pandemic

Special webinar for Blacktown businesses: Dealing with the pandemic – presented by Rapport Leadership International and sponsored by CGU Insurance.

A recording of our COVID-19 business support webinar is now available online.

With the need for social distancing, Council has transformed its face-to-face business training sessions into a webinar format.

 

A message from the Mayor of Blacktown City

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Local businesses are experiencing unprecedented challenges during this current pandemic, which are more confronting than the Global Financial Crisis of 2008-2009. 

We are pleased the Australian and NSW Governments are pulling together support measures for our businesses and their employees.

Blacktown City Council will continue to play its part by maintaining essential services. Our waste cleaning, and maintenance staff are all working uninterrupted.

We urge our residents and businesses, as a community, to work through this current crisis together.

Our Council website and business newsletters are keeping local businesses regularly informed and updated on the range of financial assistance and organisational support which is available to you.

This information includes important opportunities for our residents to support local business, whether it be in buying a takeaway from your local outlet or buying locally made products. 

Many businesses may continue to operate by appointment or online.

Please help your family and loved ones to stay safe and healthy in these difficult times.

Councillor Tony Bleasdale, OAM

 

Assistance for business

While Council is not able to provide any direct financial assistance, we encourage our local businesses to get regular updated information on the help and support they need, from the following websites:Canberra_ParliamentHouse1.jpg

Banks 

The major Australian banks are providing support to their business clients – please contact your own bank if this may be relevant for you.

Advice for exporters

If your business exports goods and services, advice is available from the Australian Government through the Austrade website: Austrade - Coronavirus

Opportunity for manufacturers

The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre has created a register to capture expressions of interest from Australian based manufacturers looking to assist with supply of goods, services or knowledge in tackling the current COVID-19 pandemic.

 If you are interested in participating in this commercial opportunity, go to: Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre - Coronavirus.

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Council is working with the Riverstone and Schofields Chamber of Commerce and setting up a local directory of businesses which are still open and trading.

If you live, work or shop in the Riverstone and Schofields area go to the Riverstone and Schofields Chamber of Commerce website for more information.

Case Study

The following is an example of how our local businesses are looking to adapt to the ‘new normal’.

A local business in Riverstone is modifying its production processes to produce a hand sanitiser gel. This has not proved difficult to do. The hard part is creating a supply chain to deliver the product to end users.

There is currently a considerable shortage of bottles to store the sanitiser for distribution and sale.  As a result, the producer is thinking creatively and developing a new chain of supply. They are looking to fill bulk containers with their product and locating these at central sites where the community can come and fill up their own bottles with the sanitiser. (Subject to necessary regulatory approvals.) 

More information

We are issuing regular updates via e-newsletters to our local businesses.

If you want to stay in touch, please subscribe to our Business e-Newsletter.

To see the latest editions please click here.