Community urged to support local business

30 September 2020

Transport for NSW is throwing its support behind a range of retailers and specialist services along the Parramatta Light Rail alignment for NSW Small Business Month.

Parramatta Light Rail Program Director Anand Thomas said NSW Small Business Month provides an opportunity to recognise dedication and drive of small business owners.

“Small businesses have a part to play in driving the state’s economy, especially in times of hardship like we have experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Thomas said.

“Before construction began, Transport for NSW was actively supporting small businesses along the Parramatta Light Rail alignment and has continued to do so as works ramp up.

“I’d encourage everyone this October to visit their local small businesses and see what they have to offer.”

The Parramatta Light Rail project is giving away prizes from local businesses and profiling business on its Facebook page with deals and special offers every Monday and Friday.

For a chance to win prizes, including a cut and blow dry from Michaels Hair and Beauty and a supporter’s pack from Peter Wynn’s Score, customers need to download the ‘Activate Parramatta’ app and scan the in-store QR code every time a purchase is made.

The NSW Small Business Month campaign is part of Transport for NSW’s ‘Activate Parramatta’ plan for businesses impacted by light rail construction, through events and activities including local marketing campaigns and wayfinding signage.

More than 150 small businesses have signed up to Government-appointed service, Realise Business, helping businesses to navigate the challenges of a changing environment and make the most of the opportunities ahead.

Mr Thomas said that this was a critical time for small businesses who are trying to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Despite the current climate, small businesses create so many jobs in NSW and we want to keep it that way,” Mr Thomas said.

“The time is now for shoppers to support the local small businesses up the road, down the street and around the corner.”

To find out more about the Parramatta Light Rail, visit www.parramattalightrail.nsw.gov.au.