Rebuilding the economy post coronavirus

Published on 22 July 2020


Pyrenees Shire Council will establish an Economic Task Force to aid business recovery.

The task force will be made up of local businesses as well as representatives of business organisations and Council staff.

Council endorsed the Task Force as well as a Tourism Marketing Strategy at last night’s monthly meeting.

“The purpose of the task force is to coordinate economic recovery activities, and support businesses to manage their own recovery,” Mayor Tanya Kehoe said.

“I look forward to this group getting together and seeing what innovative ideas they come up with,” Cr Kehoe said.

Interested business owners can express their interest in being a part of the task force by contacting Economic Development and Tourism Manager Ray Davies.

The Tourism Marketing Strategy was prepared to aid Council in promoting the region after changes to Visit Ballarat.

The Strategy has since been adapted to aid in the recovery of the tourism sector post coronavirus.

Council’s Economic Development and Tourism Unit will continue to work with businesses to understand the ongoing impact of restrictions.

Council Officers have been carrying out phone catch ups with businesses and event organisers throughout the pandemic, as well as feeding this information through to State and Federal government agencies.

CEO Jim Nolan said Council’s project work had also helped to keep the construction industry moving. w

“We’ve hit the go button on the civil works for Correa Park, continued to keep drought stimulus projects going and contractors are about to start building the Snake Valley Skate Park,” Mr Nolan said.

“Council will advocate to other levels of government for the funding of projects such as Moonambel Water,” he said.