Media release

Assistance for Margaret River small businesses

25 November 2011

Small Business Centre South West ready to help small businesses affected by fire.

The Small Business Centre South West in Busselton is standing by to assist small businesses affected directly or indirectly by the disastrous fires in the Margaret River district.

Small Business Minister Simon O’Brien said although there had been no confirmation of the full extent of damage or destruction to small businesses, it was likely that many would be struggling with business continuity issues.

"As well as the initial fire damage, there are issues of electricity blackouts and interruptions to communications," Mr O’Brien said.

"Western Power is replacing power poles and restoring electricity to affected areas, but small businesses may need to make alternative plans while this work is undertaken".

The Small Business Centre Network, with offices in Busselton, Manjimup, Albany and Bunbury, can provide information and guidance on keeping businesses running.

The primary contact is Ms Kyla Clark at the Small Business Centre South West on (08) 9754 8555, 0400 548 555 or email kylaclark@sbcsw.com.au

The Minister is encouraging small businesses affected in any way, to contact Kyla, so comprehensive data can be gathered on what issues need to be addressed.

"There is likely to be many businesses: home-based; family owned and run; and tourism businesses that will be affected by this disaster. The quicker we learn the issues, the faster we can put into place support measures that will be timely and effective," he said.

Minister's media contact: Charles Hayne - 9213 6400 or 0418 413 199

SBDC media contact: Di Graham - 6552 3218 or 0432 750 565

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