Sessions teach risk reduction

HELPFUL HINTS: Jan Barned of Financial Management Trainer addresses a group of local farmers at the community resilience workshops currently being held by the Alpine Shire Council.

OVER the past week the Alpine Shire Council has been holding free workshops for local business owners on business continuity planning in the case of unforeseen circumstances arising.

Funded through the Resilient Community Program the workshops aim to help business owners understand the critical elements of their business, identify the risks that could interrupt their business and develop strategies to enable them to quickly return their business to normal following an interruption.

Alpine Shire Council community building and engagement officer Jan Mock said the seminars have come about following the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009 where businesses in Kinglake and Marysville struggled to return to normal following the fires.

“Many local businesses lost everything after the bushfires so we are holding these workshops so that our local businesses know how to get back on their feet quickly if something unexpected occurs,” she said.

“It’s not only interruptions caused by natural disasters that we are looking at though, businesses can be affected by a number of different factors including the loss of key staff, something unexpected happening to a supplier or even interest rates going up.

“What we are trying to get across is for business owners to be able to identifying risks, what is the probability of the risk occurring and how to mitigate against them.

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