$100,000 in grants go up in smoke

ALMOST $100,000 was spent on a program that attracted just eight businesses in the wake of the 2013 Harrietville bushfires, it was revealed at the monthly Alpine Council meeting last week.

The money was part of a Victorian Government response to the fires aimed at making the businesses “more resilient” and included in-kind support from the council.

The report brought strong commentary from councillors and a promise that it wouldn’t happen again under the watch of chief executive Dave Barry.

Former mayor Peter Roper said it was a valuable lesson.

“This is what concerns me about council accepting grants especially when there is a large in-kind contribution from us as well,” he said.

“This is a lesson for council not to accept every grant that comes our way.”

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