Fires, drought, flood and then COVID19 have given us some valuable information about the strengths and weaknesses of the economy of our region. We have experienced the challenges of being cut off from other regions - food security, essential supplies, provision of utilities, business interuption and isolation - and we have been told to expect similar challenges in the future.
The Chamber believe that it is essential we take from these lessons and develop a regional economy that supports us through these challenges in the future, without impacting on the positive aspects. We are calling on businesses, and the community, to join us in discussing options for the future and the feasibility of a circular economy.
We will look at options such as:
Building on our food supply to create a viable market that supplies Canberra during the good times, and when we are cut off, exclusively feeding our own region.
Developing an online market that can be easily hyper-energised during shutdowns and continue to support our business to consumer sales.
Seeking solutions to business and consumer interuptions of power, phone and water.
Investigating options that will encourage sustainable compatible businesses to the region.
Sustainability, including water, waste, food and power.
We will then develop a prefered strategy in consultation with local, state and federal government, as well as relevant organisations, to work on carrying your agreed plan through to fruition.
If you would like to be part of the discussion or would like to put forward your ideas, please email the Chamber with FUTURE in the message header.