Helping business get back on its feet

PRACTICAL ASSISTANCE: BizRebuild's Rupert Hoskin meets with Merimbula's Lynn McColl this week to discuss long-term business recovery following bushfires.
PRACTICAL ASSISTANCE: BizRebuild's Rupert Hoskin meets with Merimbula's Lynn McColl this week to discuss long-term business recovery following bushfires.

With some local economies facing ruin following summer's bushfire crisis, the Business Council of Australia is determined to help them get on their feet.

Representatives of the council's BizRebuild initiative visited Merimbula and Eden this week with offers of assistance.

BizRebuild said it provides targeted and practical assistance based on the needs of each area. For example, through one of its members, it is providing demountables to create a small shopping village in Mogo so people can continue to trade while rebuilding takes place.

Other versions of assistance include help with replacing tools and equipment lost in the fires, business mentoring and advice regarding IT and marketing.

In Merimbula, the BizRebuild needs assessment team met with Lynn McColl, regional president of the Capital Far South Coast NSW Business Chamber to talk long-term solutions.

They also presented her with 20 $500 service vouchers to be distributed to businesses to use at local accounting and law firms.