A LOCAL Facebook page promoting what is open during the COVID-19 crisis has been a saving grace for Echuca-Moama businesses struggling to survive.
And it's all thanks to Lis Scott.
The Echuca mother-of-two created 'What's Open in Echuca-Moama during COVID-19' group when restrictions came into force in March.
Within days, she had thousands of members.
"I didn't expect it to take off the way it did," she said.
There are now almost 5000 members, nearly all of which have a link to Echuca-Moama.
Mrs Scott said the idea came about when she was in Port Douglas celebrating her 30th wedding anniversary in March.
"On the third or fourth day the restrictions came into effect and many places closed," she said.
"I looked on Facebook to see if there was any information on what was open in Port Douglas and I found a similar page there.
"I figured that would be a good idea for Echuca-Moama so I created one then and there."
Over the next couple of days, Mrs Scott spent hours on her phone and iPad approving members, categorising businesses into topics and monitoring comments and messages.
"There were a few negatives, mainly from people saying non-essential businesses shouldn’t be open," she said.
"I had to remove a few people and angry comments. Things have settled down since then and things aren’t so negative anymore.
"It's really a place for people to find out what is open during the COVID-19 restrictions and to support local business.
"It's important to keep businesses alive in these times. We need to look after each other and support local business where we can."
Community-minded and driven, working as a chaperone at Echuca Specialist School and volunteering with Echuca Swimming Club, Mrs Scott also created the Echuca-Moama Christmas Lights Facebook group in 2013.
"People like to know where the Christmas lights are so people can post their addresses on there," she said.
"I also organise shopping trips and winery tours. It’s just something I like doing."
While it’s been more than three months since the creation of the Facebook group, Mrs Scott is still as busy as ever.
"I'm on it all the time, checking messages and approving new members which I'm still getting," she said.
"I especially love hearing comments from people about how I've helped them.
"I'd like to thank the community and businesses for all the support and lovely words of encouragement and thanks I get for doing the page."