Minister Announces Support Package For New Businesses In Marysville & Kinglake Ranges

Minister Announces Support Package For New Businesses In Marysville & Kinglake Ranges

Victoria Deputy Premier Peter Ryan

Victoria Minister for Bushfire Response Peter Ryan

Coalition Announces Additional Business Support In Marysville And Kinglake Ranges

Victor P Taffa

One-on-one intensive mentoring support and business development assistance will be available to residents looking to start a business in Marysville and the Kinglake Ranges under a new bushfires recovery initiative announced today by the Victorian Coalition Government.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Bushfire Response Peter Ryan said the new Business Start Up Program aimed to encourage and support businesses wishing to open in the areas most seriously affected in the 2009 bushfires.


“$165,000 is being made available as part of the $1.3 Million Small Business Support Program to provide support through business development assistance and intensive mentoring to small businesses in their establishment stages.” Mr. Ryan said.

“This Program has been created in partnership with the Salvation Army and Pandora Jewellery and is another example of the Government, not-for-profit and private sectors working together to support the bushfire reconstruction and recovery effort.”

Mr. Ryan encouraged people thinking of establishing a business in a fire-affected area to apply for support under the Program.

“Up to 10 businesses in both Marysville and the Kinglake Ranges will be eligible for intensive mentoring sessions with the Small Business Mentoring Service, which has provided extensive assistance to existing and small businesses since the fires.” Mr. Ryan said.

“Business owners will also be able to participate in workshops where expert information and assistance will be provided to help with initial start up and establishment.”

Prospective businesses interested in participating in the Program must be looking to start up their Business in the Kinglake Ranges (Kinglake, Kinglake West, Kinglake Central and Pheasant Creek) or Marysville and Triangle area (Marysville, Narbethong, Granton, Taggerty and Buxton).

The Victorian Government is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) for this program. Copies of the program EOI form are available online at or by calling the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667.

Expressions of interest close on Wednesday March 9 2011. The first training session will be held in Marysville on March 21 and in Kinglake on March 22.