Eco Dev Update - Friday 27 March

To:  Claire Hahnel, Mitchell Shire Council

We've taken a slightly different approach as to simplifying the information you receive from the Eco Dev team as we fully understand you are probably being bombarded by business information from all directions!  This information is also being added to our COVID-19 Business Support web page.  We hope this is newsletter is helpful to you.

Note: This information is correct as at Friday 27 March at 10am. 
The situation is changing rapidly, please ensure you stay informed through the Victorian Government DHHS website.

A Message from the Mayor

We fully understand this is a difficult and stressful time for many in our community, and particularly for all of our local businesses.

The outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus) is causing economic disruption in many sectors across Mitchell Shire. Businesses are already hurting, and we know things are only going to get tougher.  However, we want you to be assured that during the COVID-19 pandemic, Mitchell Shire Council is here to support our business community in any way we can.  

Right now, we are looking at ways in which we can support our business sector, and how we can shift our focus to provide a more concentrated support for you.  

We have extra measures in place so our service provision here at Council can continue, but we are mindful of limiting direct contact as much as possible.  Operational services can be accessed by telephone or online and we would encourage you to do that wherever possible, if and when you need our assistance. 

And while we’re facing our own challenges, we are very mindful that this is having an enormous impact across our business sector.   But the great thing about our Shire that we hear time and time again is how well we look out for each other.  We need to continue to do this in the weeks and months ahead. 

We will continue to work with local businesses, trader groups and chambers to identify the best ways we can help businesses through this time and, eventually, into recovery.

Thank you and keep safe. 

Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor David Lowe

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Jobs Victoria

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Banks helping Small Businesses

  • The Australian Banking Association is urging small businesses financially impacted by the spread of COVID-19 to contact their bank to access assistance on offer which can include deferred loan payments, waiving fees and restructuring loans. Visit the website here

Difficulty Paying Rent

  • Contact the Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC) if you are struggling to pay your rent for your business - Click here

Other Information

  • If you have any queries, please contact the Economic Development Team on:
    5734 6260 for Business, 5734 6436 for Tourism and 0409 795 734 for Event Permits or email  


Claire Hahnel
Business Development and Engagement Officer
Mitchell Shire Council
03 5734 6260 or


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