Our Background

The Baw Baw Shire Council conducted the Business Expansion Retention Program (BEAR) within the Drouin Business Community during 2009. The Process allowed local businesses to express their thoughts on how:

  • Business in Drouin could be improved to build a better local economy; and
  • The Local community could understand the importance of expansion and retention of local business.

The outcomes were documented and tabled in December 2009 and indicated that 86% of the local businesses who responded believed the formation of a business group in Drouin could assist the future development of businesses in the area.

The Baw Baw Shire Council formed a Task force Group of eight business owners and community members to action this outcome. SED Consulting Gippsland was then commissioned to assist in the creation of a Strategic Business Plan for the establishment of the Drouin Business Group (DBG).

The Task force Group has developed the vision and objectives for the DBG and its implementation plans.