Young businesses help meet demand of vital products

Steve Norris with a five litre hand sanitiser made out of his distillery at Bluestill Distillery. Photo: contributed

Steve Norris with a five litre hand sanitiser made out of his distillery at Bluestill Distillery. Photo: contributed

Businesses across Young are doing what they can in the fight against COVID-19.

With many suppliers of medical equipment struggling to fill orders, the state government is urging businesses to convert production lines and begin making products to help reduce demand.

Cootamundra MP Steph Cooke earlier this month said "this is an opportunity to adapt and service a growing demand for a range of products".

Bluestill Distillery in Young is one example at a local level of a business adapting to change by beginning to make hand sanitiser.

Owner Steve Norris says a drop in tourism has provided them with "capacity to handle sanitiser".

He said it will likely remain a product they'll offer on the other side of the pandemic.

"We realised we could swing our services that way," Mr Norris said.

"It's quite a simple process to produce and there's been a demand. It's been steady, it was quite busy but it has settled down. It'll be another part of our business now. We'll continue to make sanitiser. It's just opened up a few more doors and you have to adapt to different circumstances."

Mr Norris said they were one of the lucky ones, and had in fact seen a boom in demand from bottle shops for spirits.

"We haven't been too badly affected by the pandemic. We do a lot of wholesale to bottle shops across the state and it's actually picked up," he said.

Steph Cooke MP praised all local businesses who are doing their bit to help out suppliers.

"It's fantastic to see local business stepping up and meeting the demand for this important product," Ms Cooke said.

"We live in unprecedented times and this resourcefulness and willingness to help out is part of what makes our community such a great place to live. This is a great way to keep people working, make an important product locally and reduce the spread of a deadly virus in our communities."

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