Baillieu/Ryan Government To Support Marysville

Baillieu/Ryan Government To Support Marysville

Victoria Shadow Minister for Regional & Rural Development Peter Ryan

Liberal Candidate for Seymour Cindy McLeish

Nationals Candidate for Seymour Anthony Rolando

Victorian Coalition Pledges Support For Bushfire-Affected Businesses

Victor P Taffa

  • Coalition Govt will back Conferences for New Centre in Marysville
  • $6 Million in Secured and Unsecured Loans Available to Local Businesses

A Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government will breathe new life into bushfire-affected towns by significantly boosting business support and local economies, Shadow Minister for Bushfire Response and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan said today.

Mr. Ryan said a package of Coalition initiatives to support bushfire-affected businesses included a commitment to establish a new $19 Million Conference Centre in Marysville and an additional $6 Million for loans to support small businesses that will drive economic development and create new jobs.

“The Coalition will build on Labor’s pledge of a new conference centre by guaranteeing to hold a number of conferences at the centre each year to ensure it remains viable.” Mr. Ryan said.

“We will also challenge major corporate organisations to follow our lead and pledge to hold conferences in Marysville as a show of support for the community.”

“The Coalition has vowed to stand by our bushfire-affected communities and we will encourage businesses back to the popular tourist town of Marysville which has struggled since Black Saturday.” Mr. Ryan said.

Mr. Ryan said prior to the fires, the mainstay of tourism in Marysville was popular resorts like the Cumberland that catered to both the private tourist and corporate conference market, but the majority of resorts have not been rebuilt.

“Bushfire-affected communities like Marysville will only survive if the small business sector is re-established, but recovery has been painstakingly slow.” Mr. Ryan said.

“The Coalition has listened, which is why in government we will develop a conference centre in Marysville, with the Marysville Golf Course under consideration as a possible site for the initiative.”

“The conference centre will provide local employment, attract tourists and give other businesses such as retailers, cafes and restaurants the confidence to invest in the Town.” Mr. Ryan said.

Mr. Ryan said the Coalition’s support for bushfire-affected businesses would include an additional $6 Million in bushfire assistance loans for those caught up in the nightmare of attempting to rebuild.

“The Brumby Government repeatedly refused Coalition requests to extend business bushfire assistance from $200,000 to $500,000, at a concessional rate of 3.2 % p.a. for the first five years.” Mr. Ryan said.

“A Coalition Government understands that businesses and primary producers need additional help to get back on their feet and providing larger, low interest loans will be a major step in that direction.”

“The Coalition will extend the scheme for a further 12 months than what is currently in place under the Brumby Government, allowing businesses to apply for government loans through until 30 June 2011.” Mr. Ryan said.

“Businesses that have received loans under the old scheme will also be able to apply to extend their loan to a maximum of $500,000.”

The Nationals Candidate for Seymour Anthony Rolando said very small businesses in bushfire-affected towns, such as small building contractors, tradesmen, small agricultural contractors and retail businesses, would also receive much-needed support under a Coalition Government.

“Unsecured loans of up to $50,000 will be made available to small businesses at a concessional rate of 3.2 % p.a. for the first five years to enable them to get back on their feet again.” Mr. Rolando said.

“Under the Coalition’s small business loans scheme, which would be administered by Rural Finance, a tradesman who lost everything in the fires would have the capacity to buy a ute and tools or a retailer taking out a loan would be able to fit out and stock a small retail premises.” Mr. Rolando said.

Liberal Candidate for Seymour Cindy McLeish said the Coalition’s economic stimulus measures would help businesses affected by the fires and re-invigorate communities from the ground up.

“Many businesses wiped out by the fires desperately want to stay in their home town but they don’t have enough money to rebuild because the Brumby Government won’t provide bushfire support to the level that it’s required.” Ms. McLeish said.

“Low-interest loans of up to $500,000 for bushfire-affected businesses and this commitment to build a conference centre in Marysville highlight the Coalition’s strong support for small business in bushfire-affected communities.” Ms. McLeish said.

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