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Director Renae Hanvin said the pilot program is open to all Livingstone businesses.

By Trish Bowman

Livingstone Shire businesses, not for profits, groups, clubs and organizations are being encouraged to take part in a free online business community resilience toolkit (BCR) program set to begin on May 30 that will bring real benefits for the community.

The BCR toolkit is a free pilot program available to all LGAs across Livingstone, delivered online, is designed to be user friendly and will offer disaster resilience that empowers business owners and communities to grow stronger and more resilient from the ground up, one simple step at on time

The program is being delivered by corporate2community, Australia’s leaders in building business resilience, helping communities thrive by doing disasters differently.

Corporate2community Director Renae Hanvin knows all too well the impact of disaster fatigue on communities including businesses, and the growing challenges with staying in business given this new era of disasters and disruptions, natural and otherwise.

“Disasters are changing and we need to change too,” Ms Hanvin said.

“In the past some business owners could say this isn’t going to happen to me, but we know disasters and disruptions are here to stay.

“Royal Commissions and incident reviews have their place but we know what we need, what business communities want right now, is simple, practical solutions to get them ahead of the next disruption.

“So many businesses are in a world of pain. The multiplying impacts from so many disasters is overwhelming.”

Livingstone Mayor Andy Ireland said he would encourage everyone to register for the program and be a part of the solution.

“In these tough times things are only going to get better if people take the initiative and make the necessary changes and there is no better way to do that than engaging in programs like this.

“This program is easy to engage, take very little time and will produce real benefits for our community.”

Ms Hanvin said they have created the BCR Toolkit for people to take small steps in their own business and start conversations to strengthen connections across business communities as a whole.

Livingstone project lead Catherine Thompson said she has been working closely with the local Chamber of Commerce, businesses and council to ensure the BCR Toolkit is created by the community for the community.

“The program rolls out 20 modules over four weeks beginning May 30, 2022, with two simple, yet powerful questions and a two-minute case study with a local business person,” she said.

“The questions focus on crucial topics such as building extra income streams, and the 80/20 rule (how to prepare for 80 per cent of disasters with 20 percent of the effort).”

The BCR Toolkit Program is being delivered by corporate2community and funded by Livingstone Shire Council as part of an Australian Government Bushfire recovery initiative.

Businesses can register for the Business Community Resilience Toolkit Program by visiting http://toolkit.corporate2community.com/livingstone.

The online toolkit program commences May 30, 2022, with modules each weekday until June 24, 2022.

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