NSW Small Business Commissioner Robyn Hobbs OAM is urging Sydneysiders and big business to get behind dry regional NSW.
Dubbo remains in drought, the NSW Department of Primary Industries' indicator shows and the city has recorded just 156mm of rain this year.
Ms Hobbs said it was clear the drought's impact stretched far beyond farms into whole communities.
As she told of her advocacy and support of small businesses in areas affected by prolonged lack of rain, she contested big business could play a part in keeping the economies of regional centres moving.
Big business can help small business by procuring from the local area...NSW Small Business Commissioner Robyn Hobbs
"Big business can help small business by procuring from the local area - if you need to outsource a job or purchase supplies, look in the local community first," Ms Hobbs said.
She also suggested people from Sydney and other big cities could provide an economic stimulus.
And that’s a wrap! 👏👏 Thanks to all the 69 Councils who travelled far and wide for our first Small Business Friendly Councils conference. We hope it’s been an inspiring experience, learning how to better support your local small businesses. pic.twitter.com/dGW3cSYgey— NSWSmallBizCom (@NSWSmallBizCom) May 17, 2019
"My message to those in more metropolitan locations is to go rural - choose to visit these areas and enjoy the country hospitality, knowing your dollars are being well spent in communities that need them," Ms Hobbs said.
The commissioner also encouraged businesses to seek support from her office, which could be contacted on 1300 795 534.