Assistance for local businesses

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A refreshed Northern Grampians Shire Council Business Assistance Scheme is set to deliver vital support for local businesses.

Adopted by Council at its February 5 meeting, the updated Business Assistance Scheme (BAS) will provide a range of aids aimed at attracting new businesses, or supporting existing businesses within the Shire to diversify their income and build a more sustainable future.

Forms of assistance provided by the BAS include financial and officer support, split into two distinct streams:

• The Foundation Assistance Program (FAP) allows for but is not limited to, contributing towards permit fees, provision of professional services, support through regulatory processes and other one-on-one in-kind support.

• The Targeted Assistance Program (TAP) provides specialised assistance to businesses who wish to undertake small, medium or large scale projects which align with regional objectives in the Northern Grampians, or which seek to address emerging economic trends or issues.

The Business Assistance Scheme originated in 2008, and in the 2016/17 financial year alone, delivered approximately $50,000 worth of financial assistance to local businesses.

Northern Grampians Shire Council Mayor, Cr Tony Driscoll said Council was committed to assisting local businesses transition into the evolving market, as well as attracting new investors in order to develop the local rate base and stimulate job creation.

“Our revamped Business Assistance Scheme is just another example of Council’s commitment to building a more sustainable future for our local businesses, as well as actively working to attract potential investors to the region,” Cr Driscoll said.

“We are open to any new idea or suggestion, big or small, and we are happy to work with anyone in order to create a viable future for both our business community, and the Northern Grampians Shire as a whole.

For more information on any aspect of the Northern Grampians Shire Council Business Assistance Scheme, please contact Council’s Economic Development Unit on (03) 5358 8700.