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Businesses join Chamber campaign to back the bush

Release Date: 29/01/2020
Hunter businesses have been quick to respond to a NSW Business Chamber campaign to help communities suffering from the impacts of bushfire and drought, with more than a dozen immediately answering a call to ‘back the bush’.
‘Backing the bush’ is a website where companies and organisations of all sizes can pledge their promise to hold a board, management or staff meeting in one of the affected areas between now and the end of 2020.
“The Hunter Business Chamber contacted a number of member organisations last week inviting them to help get the campaign started and we were overwhelmed by the response,” Hunter Business Chamber Chief Executive Officer Bob Hawes said.
“The support from the business community for bushfire and drought relief efforts has been outstanding. This is the next piece of the puzzle to help sustain small businesses and their staff in affected areas, especially during what is their quiet time.”
“While cash donations have been received with great thanks, the next step is for companies to hold meetings normally scheduled for Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong or interstate in one of the impacted towns.
“This will help businesses of all sizes, from accommodation venues to caterers, cleaners, newsagents and local restaurants and cafes – everyone in the town benefits.”
NIB, GH Varley, Bloomfield Group, Compass Housing and the University of Newcastle are among Hunter organisations that have jumped on board the campaign, joining a host of state and national companies that have taken the pledge, including QANTAS, KPMG, Deloitte, the National Rugby League and BlueScope.
The board of the NSW Business Chamber has also agreed to hold its May State Council meeting on the NSW South Coast – a two-day event for more than 60 people.
Mr Hawes said companies can sign up for the campaign by visiting the site
“So many of us in business have watched the crises unfold, feeling at times helpless, but now there is a practical and real way to assist these communities,” he said.
“The site will encourage businesses and organisations to use the #BackingTheBush hashtag on social media when their meeting or event occurs.”
NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said: “This is a fantastic initiative which has the full support of the Government and I will encourage all agencies within government to get involved.”

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