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WIMMERA and southern Mallee businesses can shape support andsustainabilityinitiatives designed for the region. 

Wimmera Development Association, the peak advocacy body supporting and promoting economic development opportunities to investors, is calling on businesses to provide feedback to informlocalised initiatives. 

Wimmera Development Association project manager Mark Fletcher said the Australian Business Economic Impact Survey (ABEIS) aimed to respond to the rapid change businesses had experienced as a result of COVID-19

REMPLAN will manage the survey and present insights throughout the lifecycle of the pandemic. 

Mr Fletcher said the survey asked people to reflect their business make-up; forecast the impacts of the coronavirus disruption on revenue, customers, staffing and production of goods; and investigate their priorities for coming months in order to assess the business’ capacity to adapt to changing and challenging times. 

Mr Fletcher said Wimmera Development Association and councils could access a breakdown of that feedback relative to their location.

“REMPLAN economic modelling is highly recognised by the state government for planning applications, and local governments use the information for future planning and project development, business support and grant applications,” Mr Fletcher said.

“The more information this survey can collect, the morerepresentative it will be – for shires and industries. 

“We understand businesses are responding to the now. Planning for the future and accessing support to recover also remains critical.” 

Mr Fletcher said people could visit https://surveys.remplan.com.au/s3/REMPLAN-COVID-19-ABEISto access the survey. It takes about 15 minutes to complete.

Wimmera Development Association is the peak advocacy body behind many major, emerging projects in the region. It supports businesses, promotes economic development opportunities to investors and is a key link between industry and governments, lobbying for improved infrastructure and for regional priority issues.