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NEW FUNDING FOR CASEY-CARDINIA BUSINESS GROUP

Member for Gembrook Brad Battin today announced that the City of Casey will be offered a $20,000 grant as part of the first round of funding under the Victorian Coalition Government’s $6 million four-year Streetlife program.

“The City of Casey is one of 32 councils and trader associations across Victoria that will be offered grants under Streetlife to support local initiatives aimed at revitalising trading activity in main street business districts,” Mr Battin said.

“The council will work to create the Casey-Cardinia Business Group – the premier business network in the Casey-Cardinia region. This network will encompass all industry sectors and will collaborate with existing business associations to ensure there is a continued focus on developing resources for their local precincts.

“I congratulate the City of Casey on this vital project which will provide greater confidence for retailers throughout the municipality.”

Mr Battin said this round of Streetlife funding will distribute more than $500,000 over the next six to 12 months to assist councils and trader groups in working directly with small retail businesses to develop marketing strategies, new skills and online capabilities.

Councils are eligible for grants of up to $20,000 on an 80:20 co-funding basis, while business and trader associations qualify for up to $5,000. The individual grants are invested into new local projects tailored to the specific needs of retail businesses in community shopping precincts.

Mr Battin said the Government’s support of retail businesses in the Casey and Cardinia areas through the Streetlife grant will be an important boost for the local economy.

“By working in conjunction with the City of Casey, shopfront traders will have access to new tools and resources that they can adapt to build a stronger and more sustainable future for their business and the local community,” Mr Battin said.

For more information on the Streetlife program and how to apply for funding, visit business.vic.gov.au/streetlife????????

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