Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update | March 2020

On the 19th March a meeting was called by the Denmark Chamber of Commerce to address the impact and concerns of COVID–19 on local business, as well as, an opportunity to share creative ways businesses are currently dealing with the impact. There were 25 present (sitting approximately a metre apart finding new and creative ways to greet one another). Those in attendance represented a wide range of businesses in the community: accommodation, hospitality, community services, arts and accounting to name a few.

With less than 24 hours’ notice, the Shire had four representatives that attended: Angela Simpson (Community Services Officer & Chair of the Pandemic Response Team), Lee Shelly (Strategic Project Officer), Robert Ohle (Shire Health Officer) and newly appointed Community Engagement Officer, Renee Wiggins.

Some general concerns that arose:

  • Lack of resources (cleaning supplies, ingredients, toilet paper, to name a few)
  • Panic and uncertainty in the overall community
  • Staff concerns (how to manage and support casual employees)
  • Financial concerns (not meeting financial goals at peak Easter period)
  • Impact on owners and staff families

Some creative solutions that were discussed included:

  • Have policies and procedures in order – communicate to staff and customers
  • Work together to find solutions
  • See what others are doing and practice slip-streaming (follow their lead/copy them)
  • Use your social media, newsletters, etc to inform your customers that you are open for business and what you have to offer
  • Support each other – Love local

Stay Informed – Follow Public Health Advice

  • We encourage you to check in with the following sites regularly and follow their social media pages to ensure you receive the most accurate and up to date public health information and advice. Many of these sites have posters and resources you can download to share directly.
  • health.gov.au
  • wa.gov.au

The Premier, the Hon Mark McGowan MLA is also releasing detailed daily updates on his Facebook page which is well worth following and sharing – giving correct information on the current COVID-19 status for Western Australia.

  • Support for Local Businesses
    There is no doubt that the economic impact is being felt, so it is more important than ever for us to support local businesses. The SBDC and the Federal Government have released some valuable information for small businesses and employer obligations, and CCIWA have developed a dedicated COVID-19 portal for all businesses.
  • SBDC
  • CCIWA
  • Gov.Au

Government Stimulus and Support Packages

RCCIWA, to which the DCC is a member, will be ensuring that the real impacts of COVID 19 are shared with Government authorities to ensure that the stimulus measures that are being introduced are effective and relevant to our regional businesses. We expect stimulus measures will be ongoing and will change over the coming months. To date, both the Federal and State Government have released stimulus packages, that have support specifically for small businesses.

 

We Are Here to Support You!

DCC will be doing our best to help connect and inform you of up-to-date information via e-news and social media. Your membership includes access to business support including CCIWA and Business Great Southern. Richard Keeler is available for appointments at the Chamber on Tuesday, 7th April. Contact us to book with him for one on one business questions and support.

The Shire of Denmark is open to receiving your concerns as well. Please email Renee Wiggins

Any community ideas/initiatives can be emailed to Petra at the CRC.

.Our next update will be available soon. 

In the mean time, you can connect with us on Facebook and in a more limited way on Instagram

https://www.facebook.com/DenmarkChamber/

https://www.facebook.com/DiscoverDenmarkWA/

Please support one another…breath deep breaths…connect to your communities

 

Author: Caren Blair