The 2020 Bega Valley Bushfires have created an enormous recovery challenge for the local economy. We’re experiencing one of the biggest economic shocks the region has ever faced, compounding the already significant challenges posed by ongoing drought conditions. The business community is grappling with how to navigate the direct and indirect impact of the fires to grow stronger together.
Council’s role is to support businesses as we build back better. Our focus is not only on rebuilding our economy to where we were, but also looking for the opportunities to create a more resilient, future ready, sustainable and inclusive economy.
Over time we have built a strong relationship with the business community and we understand the unique challenges of a regional economy dominated by small businesses who are also small employers and important supply chain players.
Many are battling their own personal devastation and the loss or damage to homes and properties. Added to that, resilience and mental health is tested by cashflow challenges and the need to make many tough decisions with impacts for staff, customers and suppliers. The Bega Valley has a high level of casual work, particularly in the tourism sector. Less work means decreased spend cycling through our local economy.
The bushfires have generated serious impacts for our key industries. Agribusiness is grappling with soil health and waterways impacts, together with livestock, breeding stock and infrastructure losses. Tourism has also been dealt a heavy blow. Road closures and the declaration of a ‘tourist leave zone’ in early January, during the peak tourism season, left a gaping income hole during a month that usually provides at least 50% of annual revenue for local businesses.
Our aim is to walk with business with the goal of Building Back Better. This means supporting the full spectrum of business recovery needs; everything from restoring damaged or destroyed premises to identifying what’s needed to ensure sustainable and resilient business models for the future.
We’re launching a number of initiatives, in collaboration with the business community, designed to underpin economic recovery.
Whether it’s taking care of yourself, checking in on your staff, or looking out for your neighbouring businesses, rebuilding our economic resilience can only happen by rebuilding our own.
Services are available through the Recovery Centre and by speaking to your trusted medical practitioner.
Find out what’s happening to support businesses recover through the Bega Valley Innovation Hub
Get in touch with your local Chamber of Commerce or Tourism Association to find out how you can get involved in the programs they’re managing for recovery. Now’s the time to connect and start collaborating.
This is where you can find information about all the State Government support available to small businesses that have been directly or indirectly fire-impacted.
Register and be connected to updates about disaster assistance.
Lodge your details on NSW Government and Bega Valley Shire Council registers to let us know you’re available to provide goods and services in the weeks, months and years ahead.
This fund identifies and supports events that have the potential to act as a 'cornerstone' or flagship tourism events for their area by attracting overnight visitation and delivering long-term benefits to the region.
Find outabout the Regional Event Fund
If you're about locally grown and produced food and you can supply to a restaurant quality standard and volume, get in touch with us and we’ll help you register with the Federal Parliament’s catering service.
Please submit the following form with your details:
Your details will be passed on to our contact in Canberra who might get in touch for more information if they’re potentially looking to supply from your business.
This opportunity has been created through Council’s active participation in the Canberra Region Joint Organisation (CRJO).
You’re welcome to contact Dan and Alison from our Economic Development team on (02) 6499-2222 or by emailing EconomicDevelopment@begavalley.nsw.gov.au