COVID-19 Business & Tourism Support Hub

Operating in this rapidly changing environment has never been more challenging. Here, you will find various support initiatives, accessible to businesses.

A Path Forward

As the Greater Hamilton region eases out of restrictions, we are here to support our business community as our local businesses adapt to the updated conditions. While this is still a time of rapid change and uncertainty, a sense of forward movement is apparent as we progress towards the goal of being ‘COVID normal’.

The Southern Grampians Shire Council is continuing to offer resources for local businesses as they navigate the changing environment, including free one-on-one consultations with experienced business advisors as well as digital marketing audits for those who want to expand their online presence. We also have resources detailing COVID safe practices for each industry, which is updated frequently to align with new measures.

Our Economic Development and Tourism team are continuing to provide support. If you’re interested in accessing any of our listed resources, or have a question you need answered, reach out to us for a chat today.

 

Ensure that your business gets the most out of
these initiatives developed by our team.

Access 1:1 Business Support with Colin Thompson

We have engaged the services of an experienced independent Small Business Support & Assistance Officer to assist local businesses through this crisis.  Free, one-to-one consultations with Colin Thompson from the Small Business Mentoring Service are available for all businesses in the Southern Grampians Shire.

Colin will learn about your business and go through the plethora of financial packages you may be eligible for.

Check our Financial Relief Quick Reference Guide

Our team has curated a concise guide of financial support and relief packages for business, being offered from the State and Federal Governments, banks and the ATO.

This reference guide is being updated as new announcements are made, so please check back regularly to ensure you don’t miss an opportunity.

Get Online Quickly with Subsidised Website Templates

Southern Grampians Shire Council is collaborating with experienced web developers to enable a swift transition from bricks and mortar to the digital environment.

For those who don’t require a website, but still need a professionally designed business email, Electronic Direct Mail templates are also available.

Book a 1:1 Digital Marketing Audit

Local businesses will benefit from a FREE Digital Marketing Audit – including a pre-consultation Questionnaire, a 1 hour consultation and follow-up action plan. This will provide individual assistance wherever you need it most in the digital side of your business, to make sure you’re well-positioned to survive and bounce back from COVID-19.

Register for Free Training, Workshops and Webinars

Engage with these resources to develop your skills and improve your business.

Collect Business as Unusual Decals & Posters

Businesses can collect their decals and posters from the Hamilton Spectator, Regent Florist, and Daktari Sport. Other distribution outlets include Post Offices in Balmoral, Coleraine, Dunkeld and Penshurst.

List Changes in our Business & Tourism Community Directory

Keep us abreast of any changes or innovations to your business, services and/or products – so we can assist in communicating these to residents or existing visitors to the region.  Simply take a moment to fill in this form.

Join our Greater Hamilton Business & Tourism Facebook Group

Council have set up a new Facebook Group for Southern Grampians Shire-based businesses, service providers and event organisers to communicate updates during this pandemic.

You are invited to post any changes to your business operations so our team can help to communicate updates to potential customers, or you can complete this form. Our goal is to keep as many local businesses as possible open and viable during the challenging months ahead.

We are currently in Step 3 of the Coronavirus Road to Recovery. Please find below current resources to help your business stay COVID safe during this time.

Regional Victoria - The Third Step

Further easing has been announced and will apply from 11:59pm Tuesday 27 October 2020.
Density requirements, cleaning, signage and record keeping requirements continue to apply for many of these venues and facilities

 This unexpected downturn is a great opportunity is to develop and work on your business. We’ve scoured the web to find some of the best resources to help you achieve your goals.

COVID-19 Business Support Bulletins

We’ve created easy to understand resources that point you to various forms of support and opportunities for you and your business.

LATEST BULLETIN

 

ISSUE 12

– Free Business Training Opportunities

– Advice in Applying Refusal of Service to Melburnians 

– Tourism Accommodation Cancellation Fund

– Free Listing on Australian Tourism Data Warehouse

 

Published Fri 22 May 2020

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Our Team

 You are not alone. The most important person to look after in your business is you, and we are here to help to provide the support you need.  Pick up the phone or send us an email, whether you need business advice, contacts for counselling services or just a listening ear.

Economic Development Team: 

Hugh Koch, Daryl Adamson,
Daniel Shaw, Leesa Iredell

E: ecodev@sthgrampians.vic.gov.au
P: 0409 797 446

Visitor Experience Team:

Mary McArthur, Simone Logan,
Stacey Barnes, Judy Schneider

E: hvic@sthgrampians.vic.gov.au  (anytime)
P: 1800 807 056 (M-F 9 to 5pm)

Economic Development Team: 

Hugh Koch, Daryl Adamson,
Daniel Shaw, Leesa Iredell

E: ecodev@sthgrampians.vic.gov.au
P: 0409 797 446

Visitor Experience Team:

Mary McArthur, Simone Logan,
Stacey Barnes, Judy Schneider

E: hvic@sthgrampians.vic.gov.au  (anytime)
P: 1800 807 056 (M-F 9 to 5pm)

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