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Bland Shire Council has provided a financial injection of more than $20,000 directly into local business through the provision of five Business Assistance grants.

Council’s May meeting approved business assistance funding for The Dentists of West Wyalong, Whispering Pines, Beauty Off Main, Evergreen Photography and Salon K & Co to support their plans to establish new businesses or expand existing businesses within the Bland Shire.

Bland Shire Council General Manager, Ray Smith, said Council is delighted to be able to continue to support and foster new and existing business to the Bland Shire.

“Council is committed to driving economic development in the Bland Shire,” Mr Smith said.

“The grant recipients will bring a range of benefits to the Bland Shire in terms of creating direct and indirect jobs, providing the community with new services and fostering a competitive local business environment as well as filling previously vacant shops in and around the Main Street and in turn increasing the vibrancy of West Wyalong’s retail hub.

“The provision of the Business Assistance grants is just one of the many ways Council supports economic development in the Bland Shire.

“Council continues to support existing business and business groups such as Business West Wyalong while also working hard to attract suitable major business and industry to our Shire.

“While any talks with potential new business or industries are held in Commercial in Confidence, the community can be assured that Council continues to actively engage with investors and promote the Bland Shire as an ideal business destination.”

Council established an Economic Development Fund in 2014 to help create new investment, industry and employment opportunities in the Bland Shire.  Almost half of the rates paid for the Cowal gold mine are deposited into the fund as part of Council’s long term economic development strategy.

The two major recipients of the latest round of Business Assistance funding, which followed a recent $40,000 grant to support the redevelopment of the West Wyalong Medical Centre, were the Dentists of West Wyalong ($6664) and the Yalgogrin based Whispering Pines ($5189).

Whispering Pines is family owned organic farm which sells organic flour products throughout New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria and recently announced plans to expand their business.

The Dentists of West Wyalong recently established a practice in West Wyalong to provide dentistry services to residents of the Bland Shire and surrounding regions.

Meanwhile, Business Assistance Funding was also approved for Salon K & Co ($3667), Evergreen Photography ($2590) and Beauty off Main ($2537) which have all recently established shop front businesses in and around the Main Street.