Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (17:14:15):Few parts of my electorate of Maitland have been as hard hit by COVID-19 as small businesses, yet this is a time where they remain essential to the ongoing physical, social and economic health of our community.

Today I pay tribute to the Maitland Business Chamber and its ongoing commitment to support the operators and entrepreneurs who call our city home. The chamber's activities include advocacy and engagement, events such as monthly breakfast or lunch meetings, the small business summit and marketing activities.

During the coming year the chamber's activities will be directed by members of its new committee, and I welcome incoming president Shane Hamilton, vice president Michael Maffey and treasurer Louise Lennox to their roles. Shane, Michael and Louise will work with the support of diverse group of executive members including Andrew Mason, Melissa King, Andrew Vile, Helen Oswald, lain MacDonald, Melanie Power, Melanie Thornton, Sachin Joshi and Randeep Singh, as well as executive assistant and member liaison officer Kate Meyn-Shrimpton.

We thank them for their contribution to our community.