Business as un-usual for the Burdekin
Burdekin Shire Council’s Economic Development team are monitoring the effect of COVID-19 on local businesses closely, with impact surveys distributed to assess the decrease in revenue.
Burdekin Shire Council’s Economic Development team are monitoring the effect of COVID-19 on local businesses closely, with impact surveys distributed to assess the decrease in revenue already felt across the region.
The survey, covering events and retail outlets through to the manufacturing and agriculture industries, will be used to record the impact of COVID-19 to lobby State and Federal agencies for all support available.
Burdekin Shire Council Economic Development Officer Eliza Lovell said documenting the event would ensure all local businesses would have access to any relevant assistance packages in the future.
“Council is working closely with all local industries to ensure we get a true snapshot of the impact COVID-19 has had on operators in these early days, with both revenue and employees already lost,” Mrs Lovell said.
“We will conduct the surveys on a regular basis to understand and plot the long-term effects of the virus on local businesses. This is one of the most unpredictable events in Australia’s history – two weeks ago, no one could have expected a nationwide shutdown, so this was never something our local industries could have been prepared for.
“The survey collects data ranging from loss of revenue and patronage through to employees let go as a direct result of the shutdown, so will provide a thorough snapshot of what our business owners are facing and the rapid rise in unemployment being experienced in the wake of new regulations and self-isolation guidelines.
“I commend all local businesses for following best practices and closing their doors or introducing innovative new measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 – and encourage all locals to continue to ‘Buy in the Burdekin’ wherever possible.”
The Small Business Recovery Centre Townsville is planning to deliver webinars for small businesses on access to support and recovery information and grants in response to COVID-19. Council will provide updates as soon as dates are finalised.
Small businesses are encouraged to complete the COVID-19 Impact Survey by visiting https://bit.ly/BDKSurvey. For the latest advice on economic assistance for affected industries and small businesses visit qld.gov.au/about/industry-recovery