Businesses pledge to take their events to Victoria’s fire affected regions

Tourism, Sport and Major Events Minister Martin Pakula.

Big business is rallying around the bushfire ravaged regions of Victoria and pledged to hold meetings and events in the towns affected.

To date 119 Victorian businesses, sporting organisations and other organisations have pledged to hold meetings, events and conferences in the regional areas affected by bushfires.

Tourism, Sport and Major Events Minister Martin Pakula kicked started the Business and Sport for Bushfire Recovery program after seeing the devastating effects of the fires himself.

“I’m saying to companies, do not worry about whether these towns have a conference centre, do not worry about your normal meeting facilities,” Pakula told the Herald Sun. “Have your meeting in the pub, have it in a restaurant, have it in the bakery, for goodness sake.

“The point is not the quality of the conference facilities, the point is just get yourselves out to these places and spend money.”

Premier Daniel Andrews also backed the initiative.

“With businesses taking a massive hit during what is normally their busiest time of the year, I encourage everyone to follow the lead of these organisations and visit and spend money in these bushfire-affected communities,” he said.

The full list of companies and organisations that have signed up to the program:

ACMI

AFL

AI Group

AIIA – Australian Information Industry Association

Alibaba

Amcor

ANCA Group

ANZ

Armaguard

Arts Centre Melbourne

Asaleo Care

AsiaLink Business

Aspen Asia P/L

Australia Post

AustralianSuper

Australian Computer Society (Vic)

Australian Grand Prix Corporation

Australian Hotels Association (Vic)

BHP

Bluescope Steel

Bombardier Transportation Australia

Boral

Bosch

Box Hill Institute

Bristol Myers Squibb Australia

Cann Group Limited

Canopy Growth

Carlton FC

CBUS

Circus Oz

Coles Group

Collingwood FC

Community Chef

Costa Group

Country Racing Victoria

Cricket Australia

Cricket Victoria

CrocMedia

Crown

CSIRO

CSL

Deakin International

Deloitte

Docklands Studios Melbourne

Energy Australia

Essendon Airport

Essendon Football Club

EY

Film Victoria

Geelong Arts Centre

Geelong FC

GFG Alliance

Gilbert + Tobin

Gordon Legal

Greyhound Racing Victoria

Harness Racing Victoria

Hawthorn Football Club

Herald and Weekly Times

John Holland

Johns Lyng Group

Kirkland Lake Gold

KPMG

KS Environmental Services

LaTrobe University

LINFOX airports

LINFOX Logistics

LUCRF Super

Marand

Maurice Blackburn

Mecrus

Melbourne Airport

Melbourne City FC

Melbourne Cricket Club

Melbourne FC

Melbourne Racing Club

Melbourne Rebels

Melbourne Storm

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Melbourne Victory

Microsoft Australia (Vic)

Minter Ellison

MO Works

Mondelez

Moonee Valley Racing Club

Museums Victoria

NAB

National Basketball League

NGV

North Melbourne FC

Nous Group

PACCAR

PFD Food Services

PWC

Racing Victoria Ltd

Richmond FC

Seek

Shape Australia

St Kilda FC

State Library Victoria

State Sports Centres Trust

Sun Pharma Australia

Swinburne University

Swisse

Tabcorp

TAC

Tennis Australia

The Australian Ballet

Think HQ

Treasury Wine Estates

University of Melbourne

Victoria Racing Club

Victoria University

Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Victorian Planning Authority

Victorian Trades Hall Council

Visit Victoria

Western Bulldogs FC

William Angliss TAFE

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