L-R Deborah Benhayon, Ellen Kronen and Andrew Gordon at the Resilient Australia Awards presentation at Parliament House, Sydney on 19 October 2017.

On Thursday October 19, The Lismore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) were awarded the winner of 2017 Resilient Australia Awards, NSW business category by the NSW Government for their outstanding efforts in building disaster resilience at a special awards ceremony at Parliament House, Sydney.

The 2017 NSW Get Ready Community Award and the Resilient Australia Awards showcase important disaster preparedness initiatives that often go unseen. The awards aim to inspire communities to strengthen their capabilities to withstand and recover from natural disasters.

Minister Troy Grant expressed his observations of the LCCI with his comment:

“The LCCI won the Resilient Australia Business Award for its exemplary leadership, advocacy and support for their business community in the aftermath of the Northern Rivers floods. The LCCI has worked tirelessly and continues to strengthen the resilience of local businesses through the Lismore Business Recovery Taskforce,”

Resilient Australia Awards 2017

L-R Thomas George MP, Scott Henckel, SES, Ellen Kronen, Deborah Benhayon, Andrew Gordon and Mark Speakman MP, Attorney General at Parliament House.

Hon Thomas George MP offered his words of encouragement:

“The LCCI did a tremendous job and I congratulate them on their award and wish them the best of luck as they progress to the national level of the Resilient Australia Awards,”

This award highlights the recovery initiative actioned by the LCCI post our March weather event. With special thanks to the Northern Rivers NSW Business Chamber, the NSW Small Business Commissioner Office, the Office of Emergency Management and the Lismore City Council for their collaboration. Thank you also to Hon Thomas George MP and Kevin Hogan MP for their endless support and assistance in the recovery of the business community. And most of all, thank you to our business community who ceaselessly remind us of just how resilient we are together.

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