Business support measures in place

Published on 27 March 2020


Gannawarra Shire Council is continuing to provide support to businesses during the current economic climate.

Numerous businesses throughout the Gannawarra have been impacted by the required measures implemented by the Federal and State government to stop the spread of Coronavirus.

“Many business owners and employees face uncertain times in the Gannawarra as the Coronavirus pandemic impacts on the local economy,” Mayor Lorraine Learmonth said.

“Council staff are assisting as much as they can, and are in regular contact with local business as part of efforts to report the local impact back to the State Government.

“Council’s Coronavirus website, also features information for business support, and is updated regularly.”

Measures Council are currently undertaking to support local businesses include:

  • Promoting the various assistance packages that have been implemented by both the Federal and State governments, as well as the Regional Development Australia’s online resources;
  • Liaising with Regional Development Victoria regarding what support is needed;
  • Investigating the hosting of business training programs once the Coronavirus pandemic has subsided;
  • Promptly paying local businesses for Council works to improve their cash flow; and
  • An increased focus on supporting local business through Council’s Procurement Policy by increasing the weighting on supporting local businesses.

“Council will also be looking at other measures at its April Ordinary Council Meeting to assist businesses,” Mayor Learmonth said.

“Residents can also play a role at this time by supporting local businesses, and continuing to do so when this pandemic ends.”

For more information regarding Coronavirus and Council’s efforts, please visit


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