Acting Premier and Minister for Bushfire Response Peter Ryan today visited Marysville businesses recovering after the 2009 bushfires, including a new pharmacy which has been established in the township for the first time.
The opening of the first pharmacy in Marysville follows the re-opening of the Australia Post franchise in the town's main street last week, and the establishment and re-building of small businesses in recent months.
The pharmacy is temporarily located at Marysville Central shopping centre, which was established by the State and Federal governments to provide new and existing businesses with temporary accommodation during the rebuilding and recovery of Marysville.
Permanent facilities will be established by pharmacy owner Andrew Clayton with the assistance of a $100,000 grant recently awarded through the Victorian Bushfire Business Investment Fund.
"The new pharmacy, together with the re-opening of the local post office last week and the recent establishment of new businesses and re-opening of existing businesses, is a great confidence booster for the local economy," Mr Ryan said.
Mr Ryan also met with the Community Recovery Committees in Murrindindi Shire to discuss local rebuilding and recovery plans.
"Many valuable projects have already been undertaken in bushfire-affected communities but more needs to be done to support survivors and the Coalition Government will be there to help every step of the way," Mr Ryan said.
Mr Ryan said business recovery in Marysville would be further boosted by the Coalition Government's commitment to extend low-interest loans.
"This, along with our allocation of up to $19 million for investment in a conference centre in Marysville, will provide employment opportunities, encourage tourism and provide confidence for other businesses to move back to the area," Mr Ryan said.