The Victorian Government has helped tip millions of dollars back in to the Macedon Ranges economy by supporting local businesses to get through to the other side of the coronavirus crisis.

Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, today announced 467 businesses across the Macedon Ranges Shire Council area been paid a one-off $10,000 Business Support Fund grant for operational costs such as salaries and utilities.

The Business Support Fund provides payments for eligible businesses that have a wages bill below the payroll tax threshold.

79 businesses in the Macedon Ranges have also received full payroll tax refunds for the 2019/20 financial year, totalling $1,544,652 in immediate government support.

The payroll tax refunds are part of the Victorian Government’s $1.7 billion Economic Survival Package, which is helping Victorian businesses and workers during the pandemic.

The Economic Survival Package also includes land tax deferrals for eligible small businesses, rent relief for commercial tenants, and the $500 million Working for Victoria fund to help workers who have lost their jobs find new opportunities.

More than 6,700 workers across the state have already started drawing pay cheques through Working for Victoria.

The Government is also helping thousands of Victorians back to work by fast-tracking shovel-ready projects all over the state.

The $2.7 billion Building Works economic stimulus package includes new schools, road upgrades, a boost to public housing and important help for our tourism sector.

Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas MP

“The coronavirus pandemic has clearly had a devastating impact on lives and livelihoods – but we’re giving our local businesses the support they need to survive.”

“We’re fighting for every job and every industry across the Macedon Ranges to ensure we get through to the other side.”