Johnson & Johnson meet in Merrijig in boost for bushfire recovery in Victoria

Global giant Johnson & Johnson has taken its business to regional Victoria, hosting a monthly leadership meeting in the bushfire-affected north east of the state.

Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula today met the Johnson & Johnson team in Merrijig as they support local businesses affected by the recent bushfires.

Eight senior executives are staying at the Sebel Pinnacle Valley Resort for two nights.

Johnson & Johnson is in Merrijig as part of the Business & Sport for Bushfire Recovery program, which encourages businesses to hold meetings, events and conferences in a bushfire affected region.

To date, 215 leading organisations have taken the Business & Sport for Bushfire Recovery pledge including the Victorian Planning Authority which will hold an executive team meeting in Wangaratta next week and consulting giants EY, which has booked a leadership retreat for 14 at Lakes Entrance in March.

“Companies like Johnson & Johnson are showing community spirit and leadership by getting out into regional Victoria,” said Pakula.

Bushfire Recovery Victoria chair Ken Lay said recovery from the bushfires is going to be a sustained effort in many parts of Victoria.

“It’s encouraging to see so many organisations getting out and playing their role,” he said.

For a full list of organisations signed up to the Business & Sport for Bushfire Recovery program, and details on how companies can get involved, go to