Eden-Monaro is no run-of-the-mill election

Finbar O'Mallon

Eden has been through the mill.

First it was the bushfires and then COVID-19.

And now the small southern NSW town is a battleground for the hearts and minds of voters.

Campaigning for the July 4 Eden-Monaro by-election, Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday made his way down a line of assembled mill workers, bumping elbows and posing for selfies.

Part of his plug included millions to help wood processors and producers get back on their feet after the summer bushfires destroyed product and infrastructure.

Eden's Allied Natural Wood Exports indirectly and directly employs 600 people, with most of them locals.

The bushfires that encroached Eden raised fears that the loss of the mill would spell the end of the town.

"That is how serious it was," general manager Kel Henry told AAP.

While it escaped complete destruction, flames still struck the yard, eating up machinery and product.

Mr Henry was fighting fires outside his own village nearby as the fires took most of the yard, leaving him wondering if he'd have to tell his employees they wouldn't have a job after the blaze.

"Obviously we need any support getting back on track as a business," Mr Henry said.

He says it's unlikely they were eligible for all of the help up for grabs.

As he speaks, wind blows from the asbestos-riddled shed behind him, now a charred wreck marked for demolition.

The by-election was triggered by the resignation of Labor MP Mike Kelly because of ill health and is being contested by a field of 14 candidates.