President's Message - Supporting Camden Haven through COVID-19
Respect, safety, family, community and measured action are all key themes that will ensure the Camden Haven overcomes the current challenge that we are presented with. Ideally, on the other side of the pandemic we will all be able to look back and recognize the same characteristics displayed when overcoming drought conditions and the force of fire. We were strong, united and ensured that the most vulnerable were protected… as a community we ended up stronger and more resilient.
With these key themes in mind, the Laurieton Riverwalk Markets will be postponed until further notice (reviewed monthly). Slice of Haven is postponed, Creek to Creek’s Laurieton Multisport Challenge is cancelled. The Tourism Marketing Co-operative (TMC) is continuing to advocate for Camden Haven’s tourism businesses while Chamber committee works with the iKew committee to ensure our visitor gateway remains open for as long as is safe. The Chamber’s networking and general meetings will be held “virtually” via Zoom… We see this as an opportunity to ensure we stay connected utilizing technology where possible. Our March general meeting will be our first trial in a public forum.
The Chamber is thankful for the stimulus packages that have been announced by the State and Federal government. We encourage all businesses to seek out the detail we are happy to provide support with navigating this process.
Respectfully, supporting local small businesses is imperative. This is a wonderful opportunity to reacquaint yourself with our excellent local specialty stores such as the butcher, the baker, the fruit and veg shop, health food, clothing, restaurants and other amazing retailers.
Striking a balance between being prepared and panicking is essential, for me being on a sense of “alert” is best. The Chamber and I are alert to the circumstances and are taking measured steps to be prepared for the worst whilst planning for the future (post immediate threat).