Take a staycation, experience the region through a self-guided taste trail and share it on social media.
They are just some of the ways to support local businesses impacted by the lockdowns, border closures and COVID-related restrictions.
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council has launched a support local campaign complete with 10 ways to do your bit to help the region's businesses, while staying COVID-safe.
Greater Sydney is our region's largest visitor market and many tourists are also drawn from the Central Coast and Newcastle. All those areas are in lockdown.
Add the border closures to the mix and Greater Port Macquarie is also missing out on interstate tourists.
Ways to help local businesses include supporting takeaway and home delivery options, using the state government's Dine and Discover vouchers and trying a new adventure, experience or business in your own backyard.
The campaign also urges residents to explore the region through the five self-drive curated taste trails, enjoy a staycation with accommodation choices to suit everyone, buy a Camden Haven gift card and promote their favourite local business.
But the ideas don't stop there.
Residents can help businesses grow their "community" through the use of social media and online reviews, all while using the hashtag #SupportLocalPMH, offer their skills such as becoming a volunteer for a non-profit organisation and remember to be kind.
While we are all grateful we are not in lockdown, the fact that others are in lockdown is having a major impact on some businesses.Liesa Davies
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council's group manager economic and cultural development Liesa Davies acknowledged there were many speeds to our economy with some sectors doing well but other businesses were finding it tough.
She said the campaign was about raising awareness and reminding locals that locals needed their support.
"While we are all grateful we are not in lockdown, the fact that others are in lockdown is having a major impact on some businesses," Ms Davies said.
"There are ways you can be mindful of how you spend your money, who you need to support and thinking of others that might be doing it tough."
Ms Davies said locals needed to support local businesses in a COVID-safe manner.
"We are reminding people if they want to continue to have the freedoms that we do, it really is all about us all doing our part," she said.
Ms Davies said it was more important than ever to support local businesses and be kind to everyone at the same time.
Luigi Bros Delicatessen, which reopened on July 19 after the floods, is one of the stops on the producers and providores taste trail.
Owner Nicole Connolly said Luigi Bros Delicatessen was travelling well but they were a bit nervous about what was happening around regional NSW due to COVID-19.
She encouraged residents to support small local businesses.
"We are definitely not getting the tourists - most of our customers are local," Miss Connolly said.
Greater Port Macquarie Tourism Association president Janette Hyde said she enthusiastically embraced the council's campaign.
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