Pandemic effects to be probed
Benalla Rural City Council is keen to find out how the ongoing impact of COVID-19 is affecting local business in the Rose City.
From changing restrictions, to QR codes, repeated lockdowns and density limits, businesses in Benalla have been forced to adapt in order to survive.
Benalla Rural City Council Mayor Danny Claridge said council was acutely aware the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on many of our local businesses had been extreme.
“Council is keen to gain a clearer understanding of the key issues and direct impacts of COVID-19 on our business community,” Cr Claridge said.
“And (we want) to ensure that our message back to government agencies is consistent, relevant and will access the best possible support in the short, medium and longer term for our community.”
Accordingly, Benalla Rural City Council’s Economic Development Team will be contacting up to 1000 businesses about the impacts of COVID-19 on their operations.
Phone calls and faceto-face visits began on September 21 and will take place until November 17.
The survey takes about 10 to 15 minutes, covering topics such as:
• the degree of economic impact;
• mental health;
• changed business models; • staff and skills shortages; • e-commerce;
• connectivity; and
• blackspot challenges.
● For business owners wishing to speak with a council officer, phone 5760 2600 to make an appointment.
● An online survey is also available at www.survey monkey.com/r/ONLINE-COVIDImpacts-5