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Bunyip Complex bushfires - business, farm and economic recovery

  • Susie Wickes, our Economic Recovery Officer, is working full time until September 2022 to help fire-affected businesses that are now being further impacted by COVID-19.
  • We encourage all businesses in the bushfire area to contact Susie to see how she can help. Contact Susie by email at or by calling 0435 173 746
  • Support for local businesses is also available at our Cardinia Business portal


  • WGPA partners with Council’s Bushfire Recovery Team to work towards a long-lasting recovery for the bushfire affected community.
  • If you run a farm or business in the rural areas generally between Pakenham and Warrigal, West Gippsland Progress Association (WGPA) is offering these farm and business opportunities in 2021.

To find out more or to express interest in being involved in any of the initiatives listed below contact Barry Crees or Susie Wickes:

Ph: 0400 204 393

Ph: 0435 173 746

Food tourism strategy

Council is supporting the West Gippsland Progress Association to develop a food and tourism strategy to put West Gippsland on the map for visitors to Melbourne. 

  • The strategy aims to help the recovery of the business community impacted by the Bunyip Complex bushfires.
  • The strategy will focus on promoting West Gippsland’s tourism products and experiences, and the region’s food tourism/agritourism point of difference.
  • This work will provide local government, industry, stakeholders and the community with a clear analysis of West Gippsland tourism. It will outline key actions for the region as it strives towards sustainable tourism that aims to deliver economic, social, cultural and environmental benefits into the future.

Whilst the focus is on prioritising Bunyip Complex Bushfire recovery actions in the short to medium-term, this work will also provide a strong foundation for future long-term tourism planning and development.

For more information or to get involved, please contact Barry Crees or Susie Wickes.

Farmer and small business mentoring system pilot

Guide others or get guidance. A system run by local people for local people.

Regenerative agriculture principles training and self-verification

If you’re interested in regenerative agriculture, get on board this long-term program now. We need farmers who are thinking of using the principles, as well as those who are already committed.

Farmer cooperative

A collaborative farmer entity that looks at collaborative investments, resources, market channels and marketing for local produce and farmer development programs.

Destination West Gippsland

Work with regional partners to identify viable existing visitor product and target markets. Plan visitor promotional campaigns and a Quality Tourism Accreditation program.

  • Farmers Assistance Hotline: 132 316 for farming families experiencing financial hardship. (Mon to Fri, 8am to 8pm).
  • Centrelink: 132 850
  • Insurance Council of Australia disaster hotline: 1800 734 621 Claims from affected policyholders will be given priority.
  • Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS): 1300 045 747 Free financial counselling to farmers and small related businesses.
  • State Trustees: 1300 138 672
  • Superannuation: 1300 131 060 (early access on compassionate grounds)
  • Victorian Disaster Legal Aid: 1800 677 402
  • Consumer Affairs Victoria: 1300 55 81 81 or
  • Australian Passport Information Service: 131 232 you may be eligible for a free replacement passport if it has been lost or damaged in the fires.
  • Want locals to know where your business is? List it on the Buy Local map on the Cardinia Business portal.
  • If you’re looking for assistance with your farm or business, the Cardinia Business team is here to help.

More info: Cardinia Business 

Business Victoria has free business programs available. The wide range of practical help and resources are aimed to prepare individuals and businesses for a stronger recovery.

More info: Business Victoria

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