Medical equipment is in high demand and Lismore MP Janelle Saffin is encouraging local business to come on board and start producing this much-needed equipment.
‘The unprecedented global demand on medical supplies had seen traditional suppliers now unable to fill urgent orders to service NSW,’ said Ms Saffin.
‘Hand sanitiser, hand wash soap, gloves, cleaning products, protective clothing, masks, eyewear and paper products are now in such high demand.
‘The NSW government is calling on local businesses in the Lismore City, Kyogle, Tenterfield Shire and Tweed Shire LGAs to convert their production lines to make these products to fill the gap,’ she said.
Several local distilleries including Brookie’s Byron Gin and Lord Byron Distillery have already risen to the challenge and are producing hand sanitiser for both local distribution and for the health industry.
Ms Saffin said this is also a great way for businesses who may be seeing a downturn in business due to COVID-19 to adapt and remain strong during these uncertain times.
‘This is a way for businesses to diversify and keep as many workers in a job as possible,’ Ms Saffin said.
Local businesses who are able to join the fight against COVID-19 are urged to register their interest at www.nsw.gov.au.