|2 June 2021|
This month's edition comes at a challenging time for Victoria and we all hope positive news is on the horizon. You'll find information about the circuit breaker lockdown and its associated support packages, other State and Federal Government assistance packages, latest budget announcement and how to connect with Council's business advisory committee. You will also find notice of upcoming events, business tips, news, a business profile and more.
If you would like any further information on any of the articles, or would like your business profiled, please contact the Economic Development and Tourism team on 1300 656 564.
|Latest COVID -19 Update|
The Victorian Government circuit breaker Coronavirus restrictions will remain in place until 11:59pm on 3 June. For more details of the changes, please see the summary of circuit breaker restrictions and the authorised providers and authorised worker list.
|Circuit Breaker Business Support Package|
The Victorian Government has recently released details of a $250.7 million Circuit Breaker Business Support Package for businesses affected by the seven-day circuit breaker action, including operators in the hospitality, retail, events and creative industries.
|2021/22 Budget Priorities|
On 21 May 2021 Council released its proposed budget for the 2020/21 financial year.
The Budget aims for Council to continue to provide the wide range of services and infrastructure to its communities whilst recognising the need to remain financially sustainable into the future.
Council has proposed significant investment in infrastructure projects around the Shire and into key priorities for business, including investment in economic development and skilled migration; to attract key workers to the region and help fill skills shortages. There is also initiatives focused on small business growth and local tourism operators; to assist them in building new skills as they adapt to changing market conditions.
The state and federal government also recently announced the 2021/22 priorities that will create jobs, skills growth, economic recovery, healthcare and mental health and revitalising regional areas. Find out what the Victorian Budget 2021/22 and the Federal Budget 2021/22 means for your business.
|Footpath Trading Permits|
As we return to a COVID normal, the conditions and fees for Use of Footpath permits will revert to pre-COVID arrangements.
Moyne Shire supported businesses during the peak of COVID-19 by waiving fees for Footpath Trading Permits and providing expanded outdoor dining opportunities.
As of 1 July 2021, the COVID specific permits will expire and all footpath trading and the use of footpaths will revert to pre-COVID permit arrangements.
Over the coming weeks, Moyne Shire’s Economic Development team and Local Laws Officers will visit businesses to assist with queries related to permit applications or business initiatives.
To find out more about Use of Footpaths or Moyne Shire Business Support Initiatives, please visit our website at https://www.moyne.vic.gov.au/ contact Moyne Shire Local Laws on 1300 656 564.
|The HIVE Offers Free Lockdown help for businesses|
The Hive at South West TAFE is offering a free online mentoring service during lockdown to help businesses improve their digital presence and the way they use digital technology to deliver products and services.
It's also an opportunity to try something new, tweak or fix something old and come out the other side of lockdown a little stronger and more resilient than before.
If you or someone you know is interested, you can choose and book a time at https://bit.ly/hive-calendarTerms and Conditions:
Contact The Hive via email@example.com if you have any questions.
|Free Financial Counselling, Business Advice & Wellbeing Coaching|
The Rural Financial Counselling Service is your local provider with counsellors working across Victoria’s western region.
Rural financial counsellors and small business financial counsellors are a great resource for your farm or small business operation. They’re based in the regions they work in and understand local conditions and communities.
Financial counsellors can help with:
RFCS WSW takes a holistic approach to financial counselling. A well-being counsellor is available to ensure anyone working with a financial counsellor is fully supported.
Appointments with a financial counsellor are always free of charge.
Get to know your local RFCS. Call 1300 735 578 or visit www.wswrcs.com.au.
|Business Competitiveness Program|
Applications are now open for round one of the Victorian Government’s Business Competitiveness Program.
Grants of up to 33 per cent of eligible project expenditure, up to a maximum grant amount of $500,000, will be allocated on a competitive basis. Projects need to be completed within 18 months of receiving the grant.
|Looking to Employ New Staff?|
Applications for the Jobs Victoria Fund are still open for eligible Victorian employers looking to employ jobseekers.
The Fund offers a subsidy of up to $20,000 when employing people who have been most affected by the economic impacts of the pandemic.
You can apply for a wage subsidy for up to 20 full time equivalent employees, depending on the size of your business.
At least 60 per cent of jobs supported by the Jobs Victoria Fund will be for women; reflecting the significant impact the pandemic has had on their employment opportunities.
To find out more visit - Jobs Victoria website
|Young Farmers Scholarship Program|
The Young Farmers Scholarship Program provides young farmers and/or young farm workers up to $5,000 towards training or study (Upskill). It also provide up to $5,000 extra funding to invest on-farm or in professional development (Invest), to put new skills into practice.
Each year, 12-14 scholarships are awarded to young farmers aged 35 or younger. Since the program was established in 2015, 76 young farmers have been awarded scholarships.
The scholarship program is designed to be flexible and to fit with the different demands and ambitions of young farmers. It provides young farmers, and those who work directly on farms, with an opportunity to invest in themselves and their career.
You can download the program guidelines for further information.
Applications close on 6 June 2021.
|Skills and Jobs Centre - SWTAFE|
South-West TAFE has recently launched a new website for the Skills and Jobs Centre.
|Accelerating Commercialisation: Information Session|
The Australian Government's Accelerating Commercialisation service provides expert guidance and support to small and medium businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers to help commercialise innovative products, processes, and services.
Join Jonathan Chak from i4 Connect to learn more about:
Wednesday 2 June 2021
2:00 pm. Register now
|Business Tips : Learn Online Marketing for Free|
Do you want to know more about digital marketing and how to reach more customers by building your online presence.
|Victorian Tourism Awards Nominations Still Open|
The Victorian Tourism Awards represent an industry framework for peer recognition which fosters a culture for business development excellence and innovation.
The Awards have assisted the Victorian Tourism Industry for over 30 years in striving for excellence. During this period, more than 4,000 businesses have entered the Awards and have benefited through thorough examination of their business practice, with many recognised as winners at a national level.The Australian Tourism Industry Council (ATIC) have implemented some changes to their awards program for 2021, allowing businesses to share their stories on overcoming difficulties experienced extending from the bushfires and COVID-19.
Nominations for this year’s Awards opened last month and will close in June -
|Great Ocean Road Touring Map - 2021|
- Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism have released an updated 2021 Great Ocean Road Tourism Map.
|Get in touch with the EDAC today|
The Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC), consisting of six business/ industry representatives, provides a locally focused and a diverse industry perspective on Council’s long term economic vision and shorter term Action Plan.
Over the last twelve months, the committee has been instrumental in advocating and driving business support initiatives such as the Love Local Campaign, Business Adaptation Service, the Façade Improvement program and more. As a business recovery action, the Committee has reached out to more than 200 businesses providing support and advice on Council’s support services and initiatives.
The EDAC encourages economic growth and new business development. Local business owners are invited to make contact with the committee via firstname.lastname@example.org
|Business Profile - Suffoir Winery and Brewery|
Suffoir Winery and Cellar Door is a family-owned and operated boutique Winery, Brewery and Distillery on the outskirts of Macarthur, just a few minutes from Budj Bim National park. Founders Michelle and Pieter Badenhorst relocated to regional Australia for a country lifestyle, starting the business in 2012.
Visit Suffoir Winery and Cellar door at 144 Mt Eccles Road, Macarthur to indulge in the range of products on offer, or visit their website .
For further information about our service or if you need help with accessing any of the resources provided, please contact Council's Economic Development and Tourism Team on 1300 656 564 or general inquiries can be emailed to email@example.com