Building Better Business in St Arnaud


Impacted by flooding during 2021 and more recently in October 2022 St Arnaud Businesses are being provided with an opportunity through Community Recovery Hub funding to identify ways to increase their resilience when a disaster strikes. Northern Grampians Shire Council have engaged Resilient Ready to collaborate with St Arnaud business owners to identify common goals and opportunities to increase knowledge and capabilities in: 

  • business sustainability
  • disaster preparedness
  • social capital 

From September 2023 to March 2024, Resilient Ready will work closely with local businesses, Northern Grampians Shire Council and other key stakeholders to develop a two-year strategic action plan for Napier Street businesses.

The project will involve:

  • Conducting interviews with non-business stakeholders such as emergency services and community groups (October - November 2023).
  • Holding a project launch event (27 November 2023) with business owners and non-business stakeholders.
  • Conducting individual discussions with all Napier Street businesspeople (28 November - 1 December 2023).
  • The development of a 'Findings Report' and two-year action plan (February - March 2024).

Funding Partners 

The Building Better Business in St Arnaud Project is generously funded by the Victorian Government and Commonwealth Government under the Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding arrangements (DFRA) through Emergency Recovery Victoria’s Community Recovery Hub Program.

Recovery - October 2022 Floods 

Recovery is the process of coming to terms with the impacts of a disaster and managing the disruptions and changes caused, which can result for some people in a new way of living.

Recovery work refers to the decisions and actions taken after a disaster with a view to restoring or improving pre-disaster living conditions; this includes encouraging and facilitating necessary changes to reduce the risks to future disasters. 

You can find information on other activities and programs supporting local communities to recover after the October 2022 Floods on the Recovery - October 2022 Floods page.