University opens its doors to business as recovery begins

Published in the March-April 2017 issue

Southern Cross University has thrown its support behind the Lismore City Council and the Lismore Chamber of Commerce and Industry as the massive flood recovery effort gets under way.

More than 300 people attended a Business Recovery Meeting, hosted by the Lismore Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and held at the new Southern Cross University Enterprise Lab at the Lismore campus.  Representatives were provided with an update on the services and support available and the plans for recovery.  State Emergency Services personnel in attendance received a standing ovation for their efforts.  The Lismore City Council has  launched a fundraising appeal.  People can also support local businesses through the purchase of a song Every Voice Matters.

Southern Cross University has also opened its doors to local businesses who have been flooded, made homeless, or both. Local enterprises are being offered free university working space and internet connections.

The University’s Executive Director responsible for property and information technology Mr Allan Morris said: “We have an array of IT labs and other enterprise facilities which we can make available to local business owners right away. Someone can register, arrive with their laptop, hook it up and use the University’s wireless systems and internet connectivity. If they don’t have a laptop we can set them up on a PC. That way their business can continue and they can get back on their feet more quickly.”

One of the first to take up the offer is RED Inc, a support organisation for young people with disabilities in the Northern Rivers region. RED Inc’s

Using the University’s Manning Clark Room is RED Inc education support officer Cathy Dosba.

education support unit is using space in the Manning Clark Room at the Learning Centre.

Others are EPIC Assist employment agency, NSW Teachers Federation. and ACE (Adult and Community Education).

A number of small businesses are using the free wi-fi available through the Learning Centre.

“This is a natural extension of the commitment which saw us host the Southern Cross Evacuation Centre in the first place,” Vice Chancellor Professor Adam Shoemaker said. “Along with Lismore Base Hospital, we are one of the largest employers in the Lismore district. So it makes all the sense in the world to help rebuild the city and the larger region in this way.”

Business owners wanting further details or to register can phone 1800 659 460 or email libdesk@scu.edu.au

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