Council offering business support following mine announcement

Published on 15 December 2016

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Northern Grampians Shire Council is working with Regional Development Victoria (RDV) to offer support to businesses directly impacted by the transition of Stawell Gold Mine into its care and maintenance phase.  

Mayor Cr Tony Driscoll said Council and RDV were working together to provide assistance in a number of different ways.

“We’ll be providing free business mentoring sessions to contractors of the Stawell Gold Mine and the larger employers around town who are really feeling the impact of this week’s announcement,” Cr Driscoll said.

“We’re also working with RDV to roll out the Business in Transition Support (BiTS) program which will help former employees of the mine navigate through the redundancy process and explore options for future employment.”

Cr Driscoll said Council’s work over recent years to attract projects such as the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory (SUPL) and the Nectar Farms development stood the community in good stead.

“Our Economic Growth and Business Services teams have been working hard to get these and other similar-scale projects off the ground.

“We’re confident that we’ll see the benefits of that over the coming period as the mine transitions to care and maintenance and these projects hit their stride.”

Council facilitated a community meeting last night, bringing together key community stakeholders to explore avenues for assistance across all sectors. A second community meeting will be held next week.

Further information is available by contacting Council’s Business Services team on 5358 8700.

PHOTO: Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford and Regional Development Victoria Regional Director (Grampians) Anthony Schinck today committed to efforts to support former employees of the Stawell Gold Mine.