I really don’t think we need to talk about current devastation currently sweeping our nation and the world. Let’s leave that for the news outlets to cover. I would like to talk about some rays of light that are creeping out through the cracks of this turmoil. Local businesses thinking differently.

Shining Lights

There are examples of local businesses that are moving heaven and earth to adapt to the new normal. A perfect example of a new way of thinking is The Real Body Movement Fitness Studio. They moved their business model from bricks and mortar to completely online overnight. They are doing live online training classes and they have managed to keep supporting their community and their business. Now, this option may not be available to all businesses but there might be something out there. Another example are local mechanics who have changed their business models to include contactless drop off, pick up and payments. This is the type of thinking is needed right now. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention.

I know it feels like standing in front of a tsunami with and opened umbrella, but when lose hope we are lost.

Many businesses have been forced to close already and all businesses will be affected in some way in the coming months. Our heart goes out to them, please look after yourselves and seek help before you think you need it.

Help is a Phone Call Away

The Gympie Reginal Council has been working tirelessly behind the scenes – often unnoticed – to put together a business support service. Along with the Business Leap program and the combined Chambers, the service will provide business information to assist with rate deferral and payment plans, fee and charges waivers and, to connect you with appropriate state and federal funding programs. They will also encourage businesses to come forward if they believe that under the current circumstances, consideration should be given to relaxing some of the restrictions they are required to operate under. They can be contacted on 1300 307 800.

As I mentioned last fortnight; one of the most important things you can do is get your accounts sorted. If you aren’t up to date with your accounting, you may not be eligible for the assistance packages as they are becoming available.

Be Careful What You Wish For

Congratulations to the incoming elected officials for local council. At this stage in the count (around 65% counted in some cases) it seems we will have a thoroughly changed Council including a new Mayor. To those incoming, you are about to be handed a job at a time no one could have ever planned for. It will be immeasurably difficult, but remember what you campaigned on and stick to it, you owe your constituents your best. Good luck.

I say it again, we are all in this together. Please be a support to each other and reach out for help, it is there if you need it.