BizRebuild delivers pop-up mall to Mogo, by the Business Council of Australia
In February 2020, 13 demountable buildings on a truck convoy from Sydney rolled into Mogo, carrying a pop-up mall providing temporary accommodation for the ten businesses who lost their premises in the New Year’s Eve fires.
As part of the Business Council’s BizRebuild program, the Mogo project is one example of the business community listening to a community’s needs, and how practical and meaningful actions can make a world of difference.
There was an incredible sense of hope, optimism and raw emotion filling the streets of Mogo as the demountable buildings were transported to the village. It was a demonstration of how common sense actions can help a community turn the corner and take the first steps in their recovery.
The convoy was greeted by the chair of BizRebuild, General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove (Retd), ATCO Chair and Chief Executive Officer Nancy Southern, Business Council of Australia Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott AO, and Mogo Village Business Chamber president Richard Adams.
“The Mogo pop-up mall is giving burnt out small business owners hope and reassurance that the Australian business community cares about them. We are doing everything we can to help regions like Mogo get back on their feet after the devastating fires,’’ Ms Westacott said.
“BizRebuild is determined to rekindle a sense of community in Mogo by rebuilding businesses and the local economy. The pop-up mall will also generate much needed work for local tradespeople and suppliers.
“By helping businesses recover, we are building stronger communities. I am extremely proud of the overwhelming response from the business community to lend a hand during this time of need, including ATCO for generously donating the demountable buildings,’’ she said.
Sir Peter, who has led several domestic and international disaster recoveries said, “The business community’s response to the tragedy of these bushfires is philanthropic, compassionate and very practical in its approach’’.
“Businesses are the glue that keep people in a community, and we cannot stand by and allow small and local businesses to fail and communities to fade away,’’ Sir Peter said.
The Business Council and its members are getting behind the economic restoration of bushfire‑affected communities across Australia through the BizRebuild program. You can see more at: bizrebuild.com.au