Twelve months ago, life in Campbelltown looked very different.
COVID-19 had turned our bustling city into almost a ghost town, with everyone virtually looked in doors.
I don't know about anyone else, but I certainly won't be forgetting that period anytime soon.
However, it really is heartening to see us return to some sort of normality - particularly for our small businesses sector.
There were a few local businesses that actually recorded an increase in trade due to COVID-19, but the majority weren't so lucky.
Many experienced enormous down turns, were forced to lay off staff and even shut up shop completely.
Recently I stopped by several businesses on Blaxland Road to see how they were faring.
It was extremely heartening to see so many shops filled with people and employees.
Speaking to the owners, many were optimistic that the worse was over and that they were well and truly on the path to recovery.
That was not just great news for the owners, but also for their employees, their customers and of course, for our community.
There is no doubt that small business is the lifeblood of our community.
Not only do they supply us with our everyday needs, they also provide invaluable support.
It's always small businesses who are the first to put their hands up to support those in need of help.
It's always small businesses who are the first to step in and support charities and charity events.
Small businesses have supported our community through thick and thin and I am pleased that we as a community were able to support those businesses during their time of need over the past 18 months.
Let's keep supporting those small businesses who have supported us for so long.