The drought is having a wide impact and Regional Development Australia Northern Inland NSW is keen to assess how local businesses are coping, through an online survey that wraps up this Friday, November 15.
RDANI NSW chair Russell Stewart said that Christmas sales may be depressed as families struggle, and an analysis of survey responses received so far indicate how much non-farm businesses in the region are suffering as the 'forgotten casualties' of the drought.
"While we welcome the recently announced increased assistance from the Federal Government, the massive impact the drought is also having on our non-farming businesses needs to be recognised," Mr Stewart said.
"If you are a business that is being affected by the drought, I urge you to share your story through our survey before it closes."
The survey takes only a few minutes to complete. It can be found here.
He also encouraged regional business to participate in initiatives like the state government's Buy Regional hub, and others such as Buy From The Bush, One Day Closer to Rain and local gift cards.