Stephen Molloy

Director of Corporate Services, Cooma-Monaro Shire Council

Cooma-Monaro Shire is a great place to invest, start a business or to expand your network. Cooma’s location close to Canberra makes it a superb commercial base, without the ACT’s high costs. We also have a passing trade of over a million tourists each year!




Details of the Business Development & Assistance Scheme and confidential application form are available for download.

There are a growing number of entrepreneurial businesses across a range of industries that are based in Cooma with national and global commercial networks. They have found that the location coupled with the lower costs in Cooma-Monaro Shire can make a big difference to their business’ bottom line.

Cooma-Monaro Shire Council is proactive in encouraging business establishment in the Shire or relocation of existing businesses to the area.

A tailored package of incentives and assistance measures may be available to you in securing your investment in the Shire. The objective is to help you succeed and grow employment.

Depending on meeting various criteria, there are a number of potential assistance options including:

  • Land and Building Assistance
  • Infrastructure Assistance
  • Development Contribution Assistance
  • Planning Process Facilitation
  • Business and Industry Assistance Facilitation
  • Community Support Facilitation

These are assessed on an individual basis and all discussions are held on a confidential basis.