In this edition, you will find information about the latest COVID-19 update and support for businesses impacted. You will also find information about local, statewide and national funding opportunities currently available including upcoming workshops, business advice, news and other updates.

Lastly, there is an opportunity for you to have your say on Council's Draft Financial Plan and a
bout where mobile and broadband improvements are most needed. 

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.
The Generating Cashflow workshop will help you to identify what’s driving your business cash flow and what you can do to keep cash pumping into the parts of your business that need it most.
Learn how to:
  • Tell the difference between profit and cash
  • Understand the working capital cycle
  • Improve customer collections
  • Manage stock
  • Manage suppliers
  • Manage debtors
  • Avoid a cash flow crisis
  • Prepare a cash flow forecast
  • Access tools, templates, support and resources in future.
Date: September 14th 2021
Time: 10.00am -12.00midday
Booking link:

This online workshop is brought to you by
Small Business Victoria in partnership with Moyne Shire Council, delivered by Monarch Institute.

Applications to the 2021/22 Business Facade Improvement Program are still open!
The grant program aims to improve streetscapes and encourage capital investment in Moyne’s town centres. Whether it be a fresh coat of paint, new signage, or a new verandah and windows, we encourage all small business operators and property owners to invest in their

Property owners or business operators considering making an application must discuss their potential project with Council through its Business Support Service, to ensure any potential issues are managed early and all planning requirements can be met. To book an appointment with the Business Support Service, please call 1300 656 564 or for more information about the program, visit

The application closes on 13 September.

Applications to the Business Adaptation Sevice are still open!

Local businesses of all sizes, including sole traders, are encouraged to submit an application for the program. Successful applicants will receive personalised mentoring and support services. Find out how to submit your Expression of Interest to receive professional business development services up to the value of $1000.

Facilitated by professional business consultants with extensive and varied experience, the BAS program offers access to professional services across a broad range of areas including

  • Financial Advice
  • Business Planning
  • Strategic advice
  • Digital solutions
  • Marketing
  • COVID Safety
  • Succession Planning
  • Information Technology.

For more information call 1300 656 564 or visit our website

We are delighted to share the upcoming FREE event happening in September. The event is part of the Regional Growth Project (RGP) running in partnership with the State Government of Victoria and the Digital Innovation Festival (DIF2021) with the intent of helping outer metropolitan, regional and rural business communities thrive.

The Victorian Regional Growth Showcase - Monday 6th September, 10 am-1 pm - A half-day event to build awareness and celebrate the key digital and innovation projects happening across Victoria. Sharing how the Regional Digital Fund is supporting local communities based on four themes - Connectivity, Digital Hubs, Digital Health and Digital Inclusion. It’s ideal for the organisations and individuals involved in the key digital projects to network with each other, and Local Government, industry and businesses to keep up to date with the regional projects underway.

Sign up here -

Covid-19 restrictions are still in place for Regional Victoria, including mandatory use of facemasks for both indoors and outdoor, QR code check-in and capped capacity at the workplace. Restrictions may be eased for regional Victoria subject to announcements next week.

Employers that require their staff to attend a worksite must issue an Authorised Worker Permit to their employees. A template of the Authorised Worker Permit can be downloaded from the Victorian Government Coronavirus website including information on how to issue the permit.

For more information on the latest restriction or for information and advice for business and industry visit the DHHS website.

Automatic cash grants jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments are available for regional Victorian businesses following the extension of the current lockdown to the whole state. The support comprises:

Business Costs Assistance Program - Around 18,000 businesses in regional Victoria will automatically receive payments of $5,600 ($2,800 per week) if they have previously received grants under the Business Costs Assistance Round Two or July Extension programs.

Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund - Automatic payments of $5,000, $10,000 or $20,000 per week will be made to more than 2,000 licensed hospitality premises in regional Victoria that have previously received grants under the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 or July Extension programs.

Alpine Resorts Winter Support Program - This targeted program will provide payments of $5,000, $10,000 or $20,000 per week, depending on business type and location.

COVID-19 Disaster Payments - Eligible workers who lose work due to the lockdown and sole traders can access the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 Disaster Payment, of $450 for people who have lost 8-20 hours of work over seven days or $750 for 20 hours or more of work lost.

Small Business COVID Hardship Fund - Businesses in regional Victoria that do not qualify for this new support and have experienced a reduction in revenue of at least 70% are encouraged to apply for the Small Business COVID Hardship Fund, which provides grants of $14,000 to successful applicants.

For further information, please click here

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:

  • Understanding your financial position
  • Identifying and exploring options
  • Accessing grants and government support
  • Negotiating with banks, creditors or insurance providers
  • Planning for the next months and for the future

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

Australia has the highest incidence of food allergy in the world. Food allergies occur in approximately one in 10 infants, one in 20 children and one in 50 adults. Some food allergies can be severe, and some allergic reactions can be life-threatening or fatal.

New laws introduced in Victoria in 2018, requires that all anaphylaxis cases which present to hospital are reported to the Department of Health and Human Services. This allows for swift action where there is a suspected undeclared allergen in a packaged food or poor food allergen management at a food business. Anaphylaxis notifications and subsequent investigations have already seen food businesses being prosecuted.

As COVID-19 restrictions ease, more Australians are dining out. Foodservice venues are employing staff again and it is likely they have never had training in food allergy. For this reason, it is important that food business owners train all new and returning service staff using the free online food allergen management training – All about Allergens. There are a number of different training courses available including those specifically designed for:

  • General food service staff;
  • Cooks and chefs;
  • Schools and children’s education and care;
  • Camps; and Hospitals

Please contact Moyne Shire Council’s Environmental Health Team on 1300 656 564 for further information.

Whether you've just started out or have been running your business for years, business planning can be the key to your success. Having a business plan:
  • helps you to prioritise – it gives your business direction, defines your objectives, maps out how you'll achieve your goals and helps you to manage possible bumps in the road.
  • gives you control over your business – the planning process helps you learn about the different things that could affect your success. If you're already in business, it helps you to step back and look at what's working and what you can improve on.
  • helps you seek finance – if you're seeking finance for your business, you'll need to show banks and investors why they should invest in your business
Learn how to develop a business plan with a business plan template to suit your planning needs. For further information please click here.

The Australian Government  Small Medium Enterprise SME Recovery Loan Scheme is designed to support the economic recovery and to provide continued assistance to SMEs that are dealing with the economic impacts of the coronavirus crisis.

The Scheme is enhancing lenders’ ability to provide cheaper credit, allowing many otherwise viable SMEs to access vital additional funding to get through the impact of Coronavirus, recover and invest for the future. The Government will work with lenders to ensure that eligible firms will have access to finance to maintain and grow their businesses.

The SME Recovery Loan Scheme builds on earlier loan schemes introduced during COVID-19.

Loans are available until 31 December 2021.  For for information visit -

Council invites the community to provide feedback on its draft 10-year Financial Plan.
The Financial Plan 2021-2031 will support the implementation of the new Council Plan and help achieve the 'My Moyne My Future' Community Vision. It outlines how Council will invest in services, projects and infrastructure that are important to the community while supporting a financially sustainable position.

To view the proposed Financial Plan visit:

Submissions can be made via:
  • Written submission to PO Box 51, Princes Street, Port Fairy, VIC 3284

  • An email with the subject line ‘Financial Plan Submission’ to:
Submissions close at 4 pm Monday, 20 September 2021.
The Victorian Government is fast-tracking better mobile coverage and broadband across the state through the $550 million Connecting Victoria program.

Connecting Victoria will enable more businesses to take advantage of digital opportunities with more reliable, better value broadband in more places, including popular shopping streets and business parks. The program will focus on getting more Victorians access to business-grade broadband and upgrading mobile coverage, improving 4G mobile coverage, helping more places become 5G ready, and improving access to safety information during bushfires and other emergencies.

Your insights will help deliver better connectivity in more places across regional Victoria and outer suburban Melbourne.

To participate visit:

Submissions close 20 September 2021.

Seacombe House is one of Victoria’s oldest hotels, the heritage-listed building was constructed in 1847. The current owners purchased Seacombe House in 1992 and both have a historic connection to the property. Descendants James Jago being the first cook and his wife was the chambermaid at Seacombe House then known as the Stag Inn whilst Frederick Stevens was a Spirit Merchant in Cox Street and  Postmaster of Port Fairy [Belfast].

Today, guests can enjoy the period charm with modern-day comforts. Situated at the ocean end of the main street in a quiet garden setting, guests enjoy being a minute away from shops, boutique cafes and restaurants, a five-minute walk to the historic wharf and a ten-minute stroll to the beaches.

This all year round accommodation has something for everyone. There’s the beautiful historic Seacombe House Cottages which were the original shire offices, Seacombe House Motor Inn suites, the cute and cosy Seacombe House Guest House accommodation and the original ballroom now known as the Boldrewood room with conference facilities for up to 30 guests.

To learn more about the business, check out the video on the Port Fairy Tourism Facebook page

Phone: 5568 1082
Facebook: /SeacombeHousePort Fairy/
Instagram: @seacombehouse 

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