|1st September 2020|
Welcome to the latest monthly Business e-newsletter.
In this edition we bring you the latest updates on COVID -19, regional and state wide support opportunities, events, news and more. We also encourage you to complete the Australian Business Economic Impact Survey to understand the local impact of COVID - 19.
We want this newsletter to be valuable to you so please share your feedback and suggestions to help us improve.
|COVID -19 Update|
Regional Victoria is in Stage 3 Stay at Home Restrictions. For a summary of the Stage 3 restrictions, please read this document on the Council website. To stay updated on Council services visit - http://www.moyne.vic.gov.au/Emergencies/Coronavirus-COVID-19.
COVIDSafe Plans are advised for regional Victoria if you are a high-risk industry (construction, warehousing and distribution, supermarket and medical distribution centres). If you are an abattoir or meat processing facility (including seafood and poultry), you must complete a High Risk COVIDSafe Plan regardless of where you operate in Victoria.
For information and resources to help your business prepare a COVIDSafe Plan visit the Business Victoria website.
|Regional Growth Summit 2 starting soon!|
Join us live for the second round of the Regional Growth Summit starting 2nd September, 8:45AM -6:00PM. Register here: https://bit.ly/RGSSep2020 and use code MoyneRGSPass to make it FREE. All sessions will be recorded for ongoing access.
Sessions for the day will feature:
|Localised Meet Up - Great South Coast|
You’re invited to come along to the first Localised Great South Coast Meetup! It’s a great way to connect and meet other local people in business and organisations from across our region, plus get some business tips from local experts.
|Are you a business owner in the Moyne Shire who benefits from visitors?|
As a business who benefits from tourism in Moyne, the Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism (GORRT) in partnership with Visit Victoria and Moyne Shire Council is offering a FREE 12 month membership with GORRT and your local tourism association, backed by a team of tourism specialists if you register before the end of October 2020.
For greater detail, visit the following webpage for more information on the offer: https://www.portfairyaustralia.com.au/atdw-subsidy
|Free Financial Counselling Support for Regional Businesses|
The Australian government has expanded its Rural Financial Counselling program to assist small regional businesses affected by COVID-19 to access free and confidential financial counselling. The program aims to help small businesses understand their financial position, identify options, implement plans and access the immediate assistance they need to keep afloat and navigate the road to recovery.This service is available to small regional business experiencing, or at risk of, financial hardship due to the impacts of drought or COVID‑19. Small business financial counsellors can help:
|Victorian Country Market - Click for Vic Campaign|
The Victorian Country Market is part of the "Click for Vic" campaign that aims to support business recovery. It is an e-commerce site that provides an avenue for regional businesses to market and sell the best they have to offer.
Explore some of the products currently listed for the Great South Coast region here and if you are a local producer and would like your products to be listed on the site, please sign up here or visit: https://corporate.visitvictoria.com/clickforvic
|Australian Business Economic Impact Survey (ABEIS) and Analysis|
The Australian Business Economic Impact Survey (ABEIS) administered by REMPLAN is an initiative to respond to the rapid change experienced by businesses as a result of COVID-19 and the need for insights at a local geographic scale. It provides valuable insights into the business and economic implications of COVID-19 and the associated policies to manage the health crisis.
Recent analysis on the impact of COVID -19 in Moyne indicates a drop in employment and output by 6.4% and 9.5% respectively while 20.7% of local businesses have applied for the Jobkeeper scheme. For further detail access on the impact analysis, please visit the Moyne public-access Economy Profile here.
The survey remains open and available for all businesses and we encourage you to take the survey and provide your valuable insights into how COVID - 19 is affecting your operations. The more we can understand the local impacts, the better placed we will all be to take targeted, strategic actions to support local workers, businesses and economies. Please click on the link below to complete the survey - https://surveys.remplan.com.au/s3/REMPLAN-COVID-19-ABEIS
|Hospitality Business Grant Program|
The Victorian government recently announced the Hospitality Business Grant Program to support food service businesses
impacted by the return to Stage 3 ‘Stay at Home’ restrictions.
Eligible businesses will be provided with a one-off, $25,000 grant to support continued business operation.
Grant funds may assist:
For more information visit: Business Victoria website - Hospitality Business Grant Program
|Small Business Fund - Expansion Program|
To support businesses impacted by the reintroduction of Stage 3 restrictions across regional Victoria, a one-off $5,000 grant is available to eligible businesses under the Business Support Fund – Expansion program. To be eligible for the Fund, businesses must:
|Business Events and Short Courses|
|Small Business Victoria Workshops|
The Small Business workshops delivered in partnership with Moyne Shire Council will continue via online delivery and be free of charge until the end of September 2020. Upcoming workshops will cover the following topics:
|Upskill My Business|
The Victorian Government has partnered with key industry groups and top education providers to present virtual professional-learning opportunities to small business owners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
|Separate Your Recyclables|
We’re calling on you to separate glass from other recyclables – use the purple glass only bin, put zero glass in the yellow bin.
Since the introduction of our four kerbside bins system, we are only collecting materials in the yellow bins that can be recycled here in Australia. This includes only plastics with the recycling symbol 1 or 2, paper, cardboard, aluminium and steel cans.
Soft plastics, long-life and tetra-paks cannot be recycled in Australia and need to be disposed of in the red bins.
For more information on the correct use of the four kerbside bins, including a Better4Moyne video, visit Council’s website moyne.vic.gov.au/better4moyne.
For further information about our service or if you need help with accessing any of the resources provided, please contact Council's Economic Development Team: