Yarrawonga Chronicle

Border brokers to support business


Towns split by interstate borders are used to living as one community and industries and businesses on the border face unique challenges.

Local challenges need local solutions and that’s why the Victorian Government is establishi­ng a team of Border Brokers to work alongside Victoria’s Cross Border Commission­er Luke Wilson.

The team will include eight brokers who will work in the Hume, Gippsland, Loddon Mallee, Grampians and Barwon South West regions, which have all been impacted by restrictio­ns on their respective borders.

Brokers will be jointly led by Regional Developmen­t Victoria and Agricultur­e Victoria – which already have strong mechanisms in place to support communitie­s and industry.

“Victorian communitie­s and businesses who live along the borders with NSW and SA have done it tough in the past year and a half – this team will add further support to help them to navigate the challenges,” Victoria’s Cross Border Commission­er Luke Wilson said.

“The Border Brokers will work with me to ensure a local understand­ing of the issues and that these local needs are represente­d across government.”

This team will ensure locals have a key contact on the ground to advocate on their behalf and will support businesses and industry groups to address issues and challenges.

Border Brokers will work across state and

COVID community support services

During these current nationwide difficult times, there is a range of support services throughout the community who can help.

Moira Shire CEO Clare Keenan said council was in regular meetings with multiple service agencies to discuss emerging and continuing needs and issues for residents and finding ways to give assistance wherever possible.

“During times of emergency council always plays a lead role in coordinati­ng relief and recovery, and always in partnershi­p with various local and state organisati­ons,” she said.

“In particular, we have been meeting regularly with key agencies including Victoria Police, NCN Health, and Yarrawonga Health as well as representa­tives from Red Cross and the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing to ensure everything is being done to ease our residents through this latest lockdown. local government­s and with chambers of commerce, key agricultur­al stakeholde­rs, industry, regional tourism boards and community groups to identify and triage issues.

The team will work on solutions to challenges such as access to workforce and help to ensure supply of necessary goods and services to local businesses. The Brokers will also be able to connect locals with the comprehens­ive support that has been provided by the Victorian Government throughout the pandemic.

In addition, Brokers will be included in the membership of the Border Representa­tives Reference Group which the Government establishe­d last month. The BRRG brings together key stakeholde­rs to identify local impacts and challenges experience­d by border communitie­s in response to Victorian/NSW border restrictio­ns.

The Border Broker initiative recognises that border communitie­s have endured challenges as a result of restrictio­ns in place by the Victorian, NSW and SA government­s, in order to keep locals safe.

For more informatio­n go to rdv.vic.gov.au/ cross-border-commission­er

Minister for Regional Developmen­t and Agricultur­e Mary-Anne Thomas said the restrictio­ns in place along the border are necessary to keep border communitie­s safe but understand­s that communitie­s need support.

“That’s why we are responding with a team of Border Brokers,” Ms Thomas said.

“The Border Brokers will be a new point of contact on the ground to help our communitie­s impacted by challenges from the pandemic. They will be a crucial step in ensuring our border communitie­s continue to have a strong voice as we recover from the global pandemic.”

The Victorian Government will deploy a team of locally based ‘Border Brokers’ to support industries and businesses impacted by restrictio­ns on Victoria’s borders with New South Wales and South Australia.

“In addition, we have gone into a new partnershi­p with the City of Greater Shepparton and now have COVIDSafe Business Support Officers who will visit local businesses to assist with COVID safe plans and offer advice on how businesses can operate safely and within regulation­s.”

Ms Keenan said everyone has been hit hard by this latest lockdown – mentally, socially and economical­ly.

“We need to support our Moira communitie­s to ensure we can all return to normalcy when lockdowns ease and we are actively encouragin­g all members of the community to get vaccinated as soon as they can,” she said.

“People are rallying to look after those in isolation as a result of visiting Tier One and Two sites in and around Shepparton which is wonderful to see.

“Go to our Facebook page or website for the latest news on relief and recovery opportunit­ies and initiative­s for Moira Shire.”

Orchid show cancelled

The Murray Valley Orchid Club were to hold their Orchid Show on Saturday, September 18 and Sunday, September 19 at the Yarrawonga Showground­s but unfortunat­ely all shows have been cancelled due to Covid.

For informatio­n about the club or if you would like to buy any orchids please ring Garry (yabbie) Luke on 03 57458393.

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Garry Luke with three lovely orchids he had been growing to enter into the orchid show that has now been cancelled.
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