While there is no ignoring the hardship of droughts and fires, I am delighted to see the launch of amazing new opportunities within our shire.
This coming Friday is the official launch of Social Alley at South West Rocks Country Club. It provides six lanes of ten pin bowling to the mix of golf, lawn bowls and family entertainment that are on offer. The lanes open to the public at 10am this Saturday, creating that rare family sports experience that's just as much fun if you're terrible or terrific!
It's a big week for cutting ribbons with the official opening of the Riverside Movies complex on Wednesday. The feedback from those who have already taken the opportunity to see the latest movies is brilliant and it is wonderful to have the grand unveiling just in time for the new Star Wars film.
The vision for the Cinema prompting more business investment in Kempsey is already looking positive with the opening of two new cafés in Smith Street.
I wish The Vault and Mike's Place every success and look forward to these new businesses adding to the vibrant life of the centre of town.
If you are still looking for Christmas present ideas why not a voucher to any one of the shopping or entertainment experiences in the Valley? It's a great way to support the local economy and get the word out about our great businesses.
The big small business survey
Another way you can help Kempsey is to nudge any small business owners you know to fill out the NSW Small Business Commissioner's survey.
The results will be used to determine how much support we receive in the community in response to the fires, so this really is one survey that can make a lot of difference.
So please head on over to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SBbushfireimpacts