Murrindindi adopts Community & Business Recovery Plans

At its 26 August Meeting, Murrindindi Shire Council adopted the COVID-19 Community Recovery Plan (CRP) and Business Recovery Plan (BRP).

Leigh Dunscombe
Murrindindi Shire Mayor, Leigh Dunscombe. PHOTO: Ashley Geelan

Mayor Leigh Dunscombe said the CRP and BRP plans were developed in parallel and are designed to work in concert.

“Together, the plans identify the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on our local community and businesses, and provide actions and initiatives to support relief and recovery,” Mayor Dunscombe said.

“The CRP has been developed in partnership with health and support services and local community organisations and we thank them for their support and contribution. I’d also like to thank the community groups and individuals for their input. It was fantastic to hear from almost 150 community members at our recent online community consultation session.

“The CRP speaks to the key impacts of COVID-19 on the community, including social isolation and connection, mental health, financial stress and food security. It also provides a range of actions that will support our community and our local groups and clubs to make it through this difficult time.

The BRP was developed by consultants Urban Enterprise with support from the council’s Business Advisory Committee, which is made up of representatives from local business, tourism associations and independent business representatives.

Council says: “It’s pleased to have gathered valuable community input on the Plan from two recent surveys and two online forums.”


The BRP includes a range of activities and initiatives to help address the loss of jobs and the negative effects on many businesses in Murrindindi to support businesses to operate in a ‘with-COVID’ world to return to a growing economy.

“Given the unpredictable nature of this pandemic, a phased approach to recovery has been adopted in both Plans. This allows movement in and out of phases as conditions change, making for an agile approach to recovery and transition into the ‘new normal’.”

Murrindindi Shire hopes both the CRP and BRP will be successfully adopted as “council will be looking to quickly advance many of the actions to support our communities and businesses’, Mayor Dunscombe concluded.

For more information, and to view the CRP and BRP, please visit our dedicated COVID-19 web pages here or give us a call on (03) 5772 0333.