Welcome to the March 2021 edition of the Moyne Business e-newsletter.

In this edition you’ll find information about getting back to a COVIDSafe summer,
Council's 2040 Community Vision project, business grants, a business profile and how we can help to promote your business events.

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.

From 11:59 pm 26 February 2021, Victoria returns to COVIDSafe Summer with some revised conditions:
  • Face masks will be only be required on public transport, in rideshare vehicles and taxis, in sensitive settings such as aged care facilities – and in some larger retail settings including indoor shopping centres, supermarkets, department stores, indoor markets.
  • On-site office work capped at no more than 75 per cent of a workforce on-site (both public and private sectors).
  • Record keeping continues to be an important tool for helping Victoria stay safe and stay open. Businesses are required to record the details of visitors by using the  Victorian Government  free QR code service.
For More information visit  the Victorian Government Coronavirus website - COVIDSafe Summer
Information on Council services are available from our website - here as well as news and information from our Facebook page.
Council is inviting the community to help shape the future of Moyne by participating in a range of engagement opportunities, as part of the Moyne 2040 Community Vision project.  Moyne is a vibrant and beautiful shire and the people are friendly and welcoming but we can’t take our future for granted.  

The Moyne 2040 Community Vision project puts the future of Moyne in the hands of the people. 

Whether you live, own a business, work, study or volunteer in Moyne, we want to hear your views about the challenges and opportunities facing Moyne and how we can address them.

Together, we will shape a desired future based on our shared values, goals and priorities to ensure Moyne continues to grow more prosperous, connected and resilient.

Between February and June, you can have your say on the Moyne 2040 Community Vision via an online survey, community panel and community pop-up events.
For more information please visit www.moyne.vic.gov.au/Your-Say/Community-Vision or call 1300 656 564.
The Victorian Government has announced a $143 million package to support eligible businesses impacted by the recent circuit breaker action to limit the spread of COVID-19. This package of cash grants and direct payments is expected to help more than 50,000 Victorian businesses. The package includes four individual programs.

Find out more about these programs on the Business Victoria Website

Do you have an event coming up? Let the Port Fairy & Region Visitor Information Service know! Our visitor newsletter (distributed every Friday) was created with the visitor in mind, while giving our accommodation & local eateries the opportunity to value add to the visitor experience. Being emailed out to almost 400 registered users and shared via Facebook & Instagram if you have an event you would like to add, please email us via vic@moyne.vic.gov.au by 2pm on the Wednesday prior to the event, following the below guidelines:  
  • Must be relevant to Visitors coming into the Moyne Shire
  • Organisation name
  • Include a short description (less than 25 Words)
  • Date / time of event
  • Event Location
  • Post must be submitted Monday – Wednesday
  • Contact name, Phone and or web address link.
Our team can also list your event with a FREE listing on ATDW (Australian Tourism Data Warehouse), to automatically feed your event through to: Port Fairy What’s On, Visit Great Ocean Road What’s On and Visit Victoria What’s On
Applications for the First Peoples’ COVID-19 Business Support Fund have now been extended to 26 March 2021. Aboriginal businesses that have been affected by the pandemic, e.g. through temporary closure or trading restrictions, can apply for grants of up to $10,000 to help them get back on their feet. Explore eligibility criteria and how to apply on the Business Victoria website.
The Partners in Wellbeing helpline is a free and confidential service provided by the Victorian Government to help small business owners, business employees and advisers receive the mental health support they need in dealing with the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

The helpline also provides small business owners with advice on managing debt and financial issues.

Contact the Partners in Wellbeing team on 1300 375 330 for assistance between 9am and 10pm on weekdays, and 9am to 5pm on weekends.  

Council has partnered with Business Victoria to offer free online workshops, trainings and resources for people wanting to start or grow a small business. Below are a list of some of the workshops currently available. If you're seeking training in another business topic, Upskill My Business has a range of other courses for you to explore.

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is offering free business recovery and resilience mentoring to eligible small business owners in Victoria.

Get tailored guidance on business recovery, market transformation, digital literacy and engagement, market and supply chain diversification, and retraining from experienced business professionals.

Eligible Victorian businesses can now claim four free two-hour mentoring sessions with an experienced professional to help them make informed decisions about the future of their business.

Apply today - https://www.victorianchamber.com.au/business-support/crisis-information/business-recovery-and-resilience-mentoring

Join the Business Victoria Facebook page - I am a small business owner in Victoria, Australia and connect with over 20,000 members of Victoria's small business community. Click on the link to join the community today - https://m.facebook.com/groups/businessvic

Friends Brian, Sam (Noodle) and Alex (Doof) started Noodledoof – a craft brewery and distillery business in Koroit (128 Commercial Road), out of their passion for brewers and supporting local content and produce.

The three converted a garage into a stylish brew house making quality craft beer and spirits that are exciting, adventurous and approachable.

Noodledoof beers utilise local ingredients and are influenced by the changing seasons allowing the team to get creative in the brew house, with a constantly evolving tap list. Most of the beers are made in small batches so check in regularly to see what they have been up to lately.

For Noodledoof's range of spirits, they teamed up with local Aboriginal Corporation, Worn Gundidj, utilising their expert knowledge of the surrounding area. Their gins have a unique flavour profile from native botanicals such as correa alba, lemon myrtle and mountain pepper.

In just under 2 years, Brian, Sam and Alex have reinvented their business model to stay relevant in the challenging Covd-19 period while meeting market demands. The business also offers fine dining and café experiences. Noodledoof have an online store to buy branded merchandise. In exciting news, the business recently won an award for the best commercial beer at the 2021 Ballarat Beer Festival.

To learn more about Noodledoof, visit https://www.noodledoof.com/,check out their  Facebook page – @noodledoof or contact Sam or Alex at info@noodledoof.com

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 03 1300 656 564 or general inquiries can be emailed to ecodev@moyne.vic.gov.au