Hawkesbury Paddlewheeler back on the water

The Hawkesbury Paddlewheeler will be back on the Hawkesbury River for Father’s Day, 6 September, offering COVID-Safe cruising. Captain Ian Burns is also celebrating the Paddlewheeler’s return with an official launch on 4 October and he says he has appreciated Council’s Business Bounce Back Program which helped him get back on track.

“Thanks to the help from the Business Bounce Back Program, the Hawkesbury Paddlewheeler is back in operation, and we’ve started taking bookings again.

“The mentors in the program have been absolutely responsive and now I’m putting into action everything I’ve learned in the one on one sessions and the webinars. I’ve adopted a whole new business mindset and now we can navigate through new challenges just as well we can navigate the Hawkesbury River.”

The Hawkesbury Paddlewheeler is a locally owned and family operated business that has been cruising the Hawkesbury River for over 35 years from historic Windsor.

“We offer an award-winning tourist attraction. I was so proud when we won the most outstanding specialised business of the year in the Hawkesbury for 2019,” Captain Burns said.

‘We’ve certainly taken some difficult blows from the bushfires, floods, the Windsor Bridge development and COVID-19,” he said.

“Joining in the Business Bounce Back Program has been a huge help to getting our confidence back and developing the business know-how to get back on the water.

“The marketing assistance included in this program is great; it’s a real boost like we’ve never had before,” he said.

“We’ve always taken pride in providing a family friendly, fun filled atmosphere at reasonable prices, and we’re back on deck to do it all again!”

The Hawkesbury Paddlewheeler is operating under COVID-Safe guidelines and Captain Burns is committed to doing the utmost to ensure that his crew and all passengers are protected on every cruise. To find out more visit www.paddlewheeler.com.auThis external link will open in a new window and www.facebook.com/HawkesburypaddlewheelerThis external link will open in a new window

The Business Bounce Back program is part of Council’s broader business recovery program that is offered to Hawkesbury businesses. The free program offers one on one mentoring and provides the business tools for resilience in the future.

To find out more about the program, please email City Design and Economic Development Manager Amanda Kearney via business@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au or call 4560 4444.

Council has also set up the Hawkesbury Business Hub at www.yourhawkesbury-yoursay.com.au/hbhThis external link will open in a new window to offer business community centralised business information, particularly as it relates to the impact of COVID-19 and bushfires on businesses.

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