Published on May 31, 2016

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Last year’s April super storm had a major impact on businesses across the Cessnock local government area.

A flood impact study prepared by Council’s economic development unit found the potential damage bill blew out to a whopping $39 million.

More than one thousand businesses were surveyed in the wake of the storm, with 76% of respondents reporting their business had been impacted by the storm.

668 businesses estimated a combined loss of 2,533 trade days, and more than 600 businesses recorded aggregated damage and revenue losses of $5.9 million and $9 million respectively.

Only 34 per cent of businesses surveyed believed they had adequate insurance to cover repairs and revenue loss.

The Hunter Region BEC and the Department of Premier and Cabinet are each running a series of workshops to help businesses prepare for emergencies.

Workshops will help businesses to develop business continuity and risk management plans, understand how to safeguard against technology failures and highlight government and social services available to assist in response and recovery.

Register for a free workshopwinteriscoming

Hunter Region BEC is holding the following FREE workshops in Kurri Kurri:

  • Risk Management – 7 June 2016
  • Protecting Your Business – 21 June 2016
  • Technology and IT – 5 July 2016
  • Finance and Banking – 19 July 2016

All workshops run from 9.30am to 12pm.  Contact the Hunter Region BEC at to RSVP for a workshop.

All participants who attend these workshop will be eligible for a FREE 1 hour one-on-one appointment with Hunter Region BEC business adviser Kate Murphy.

The Department of Premier and Cabinet is holding the following FREE workshop in Rutherford:

  • ‘Get Ready’ Now – 16 June 2016

This workshop runs from 9.45am to 3pm.  RSVP to by 6 June to attend.