Almost the end of another financial year, where have the first six months of 2020 gone?

As we begin to rebound and re-establish ourselves from COVID-19, now is a great time to continue to support shire’s local small businesses, particularly at the end of Financial Year.

If community members, primary producers and local small business owners would like to save money and purchase during the ‘End of Financial Year Sales’, make sure that your money is being spent within the shire, to help rebuild our local economies and keep your money invested and turned-around within our towns and villages.

Don’t be afraid to call into your local store/supplier and ask questions about sourcing or stocking your favourite brands or how they can locate and deliver your reliable products before the end of June.

No matter how big or small your purchase, it will keep the ‘wheels turning’ for all of our local businesses and there is no more important time than now to help our local economy continue to grow.

Our small businesses have been doing it tough, and in particular many through the lack of tourists travelling through our towns as well, and it is important we give our local tourism industry every opportunity to recover, as it is also another economic stream that we are very fortunate to have.

The Pilliga Bore Baths have recently reopened – but with strict physical distancing requirements governing visitors to the village.

If we work together and follow the Public Health guidelines we can welcome visitors to the region and continue to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Just a brief reminder that Council has now employed a Small Business Liaison Officer, who has been working hard and getting out and about with local business, and is available to speak to local small business owners, particularly if they have questions regarding the many recent stimulus packages that have been released by the government – which include the ongoing drought stimulus packages as well.

These can always be located online at:

There is also a monthly Small Business in Focus newsletter for anyone with, or an interest in business.

If you would like to make an appointment to speak to Council’s Small Business Liaison Officer or join the monthly email newsletter, please call 6799 6866.

And finally this week an update on Council facilities that have been, and continue to re-open on a staggered basis throughout local towns and villages.

Council has chosen to stagger these facility openings, to take a cautious approach to continue to keep ‘at bay’ any potential infections to staff and community members alike.

Please keep an eye out on Council’s ‘Your Council’ page in The Courier for these ongoing updates, and they are also available on Council’s Social Media and Website, for daily updates as well.

As the State and Federal Government revise these orders, Council will reflect and make changes as necessary to comply with all protocols and restrictions to continue to have our Shire ‘COVID-FREE’.

Cr Cathy Redding, Narrabri Shire Council Mayor

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