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Council, DPS, Chamber call for businesses to share COVID-19 impacts

To ensure the Port Stephens tourism and business community has the best possible COVID-19 recovery plans in place, Council are calling for our local businesses to take part in the Australian Business Economic Impact Survey (ABEIS)


Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer has recognised that for businesses to navigate their way through these uncertain times, having more of an understanding about the local impact is critical.

“We’re asking for the community to speak up and help share the impacts COVID-19 has had on their business.

“Having real input, data and understanding the positive and negative impacts will assist us all in planning recovery, advocacy and grants applications in the future,” he said.

“The more we understand the impact on the various industries which make up the Port Stephens economy, we can then forecast and compare trends across Australia which will be incredibly valuable,” Mayor Palmer said.

Council is working closing with its industry stakeholders to make sure as many businesses as possible participate in the survey.

President of the Tomaree Business Chamber, Leah Anderson added that this survey is crucial to ascertain the impact on employment and business conditions for each sector.

“This survey will give unique insights around the changes in each industry sector.

Some sectors are doing very well, but the majority are experiencing change like never before,” she said.

Eileen Gilliland CEO of Destination Port Stephens sees the survey as an opportunity to benchmark the impact of COVID-19 on the Port Stephens visitor economy, but also to measure our performance in the recovery phase.

“Please do take the time to help – the more responses we receive from the Port Stephens business community, the more meaningful the insights will be for all of us.”

To complete the REMPLAN survey visit - COVID-19 Australian Business Economic Impact.

For more information about COVID-19 and Port Stephens Council’s response, visit

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