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What's in this edition - June 2022
Business Grants
Business Victoria Hub
Hospitality Traineeship Program
Women Leading Locally
Victorian Dining and Entertainment Program
'Code Like a Girl' internships
Agriculture - Events, Grants and Support
Tourism - Greatopia!, 52 Weekends and 12 Apostles Trail open
Have Your Say - Asset Plan, Draft Budget and Cobden Structure Plan
Fonterra wins!
COVID-19 Information
Business Corangamite have listed below website links and grants available (and upcoming) that can assist you to find the right grant for your business.

Grants - Corangamite Shire 
The Business Façade Improvement Program and Small Business Assistance Programs will open in July 2022 (subject to Council budget adoption). 

Grants & programs | Business Victoria
Small Business Ventilation Program to improve ventilation (closes 24 June 2022). This support has been designed to help businesses implement building ventilation and reduce the risk of spreading COVID‑19 and to keep customers COVIDSafe.  There is a rebate and a grant available.
Small Business Digital Adaptation Program is open (closes 18 July 2022) provides $1200 rebates so small businesses can access a range of digital business tools. 

Grants & Support | Creative Victoria
Creative Neighbourhood Infrastructure Support Program (closes 2 June 2022) provides one-off grants for
infrastructure upgrades that support secure and accessible workspaces for creative use, there are 3 streams available.

Grants to help propel your business in 2022 | Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry can assist you to find different grants and incentives ranging from business development, growing jobs, energy, mental health and wellbeing and export
assistance. Click on the link above to search for a grant to suit your business.

Solar for Business Program | Solar Victoria
Solar Grants are available for eligible business owners to reduce the upfront cost of a solar panel (PV) system. Rebates up to $3,500, plus the option of an interest-free loan, to reduce energy costs and invest in a cleaner, renewable future.
Have you visited the Business Victoria Hub lately? Visit Business Victoria Hub today and find out about:
  • How and why you need to protect your business from spyware
  • The new .au domain names and why its important that you know about it
  • The single-use plastic ban (effective from 1 February 2023)
There is also FREE support for small business owners and their employees, including financial counselling, business advice and wellbeing support, find out more by visiting Partners in Wellbeing Helpline | Business Victoria
The Jobs Victoria Fund is providing funding across Regional Victoria, focusing on the hospitality and tourism sector. The program provides trainees with 12-months of secure employment, undertaking placements across regional businesses, while completing a Certificate III in Hospitality or Tourism.

Jobs Victoria has partnered with community-based registered group training organisation Westvic Staffing Solutions to coordinate training and work placements with employers throughout regional Victoria. 

Contact Stephen Sinnott, Westvic Staffing Solutions directly on 0400 206 698 and find out what incentives can apply to you. To find out more you can also visit Jobs Victoria

Applications are now open for the Women Leading Locally Fellowship Program. The program will help develop leadership skills, provide participants with ongoing mentoring and equip them with the knowledge and skills needed to run a successful local government campaign. Applications close 28 June 2022, to apply visit: Women Leading Locally Fellowship 2022 - Women Leading Locally (
The Victorian Dining and Entertainment Program is STILL AVAILABLE, which means customers can claim back 25% on dining and entertainment experiences across the state (excluding Melbourne CBD).

Dining and Entertainment rebates are available when a customer spends $40 or more on eligible expenses at cafes, restaurants, breweries, distilleries, wineries and other eligible hospitality venues, cinemas, museums, live performances, zoos, theme parks and more.

The program applies to eligible purchases made on or after 29 March. Up to $125 in combined rebates for dining and entertainment is available per customer. Anyone with a valid Australian bank account can apply.

If your business or venue is among those eligible for the program, your customers can claim back 25% on eligible purchases. Businesses don’t have to register to be part of the program.

Rebates are available on a first come, first served basis until funds are exhausted. 
To find out more visit: Victorian Dining and Entertainment Program | Business Victoria
The State government has joined with Code Like a Girl, to provide five paid internships within government departments as part of a pilot program for women who want to build skills in coding.

For more information on Code Like a Girl internships, visit

Westvic Dairy are holding a 'Situation and Outlook' lunch on 23 June 2022, at Thompsons Hotel Cobden. This will be followed by a presentation covering Dairy Australia's Farm Business Management programs and resources for farmers. To register click here: Situation and Outlook | Dairy Australia

Grants to Support Sustainable Hunting are now open, the grants aim to support innovative new projects to promote safe, responsible and sustainable hunting activities. Eligible projects could include regional game food events, habitat restoration, conservation projects, hunter education or research. To find out more visit SHAP Grants Program | Sustainable Hunting Action Plan (SHAP) | Game Hunting | Jobs, Precincts and Regions (

Solar Grants are available for eligible business owners to reduce the upfront cost of a solar panel (PV) system. Rebates up to $3,500, plus the option of an interest-free loan, to reduce energy costs and invest in a cleaner, renewable future. To apply visit Solar for Business Program | Solar Victoria

New mental health and suicide prevention support for Australian farmers has been developed in Victoria's Great South Coast. Deakin University’s National Centre for Farmer Health recently completed a two year project to improve access to appropriate and effective mental health support in rural farming communities. Key initiatives include the development of a framework to train and support farming community members to provide mental health support to each other, as well as Steering Straight, a self-managed mental health action plan. You can download the free booklet here: Managing Stress on the Farm Book | National Centre for Farmer Health
Corangamite Shire has been working with Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism on a campaign to promote the Visit 12 Apostles Coast and Hinterland tourism region. The campaign aims to cut through tourism clutter, providing a distinctive and creative campaign that showcases the region's diversity, unique experiences and encourage overnight stays. The campaign launched 29 May, check it out here. Keep an eye on your screens - you'll be singing along to the video / TVC very soon!

52 Weekends 
Last week saw the end and final episode of the ‘52 Great Weekends’ campaign. Each week provided blogs and episodes encouraging people to explore the Great Ocean Road region. Many locations, operators and attractions in Corangamite Shire have been featured in over 13 episodes. To watch the episode’s visit 52 Great Weekends.

12 Apostles Trail
The first riders have hit the 12 Apostles trail with the first leg of the Twelve Apostles Trail open to cyclists, hikers and runners to enjoy south of Timboon. The all-weather path provides an easy 11 km round trip between attractions including Timboon Fine Ice-Cream, the Timboon Railway Shed Distillery and Schulz Organic Dairy.
Draft Asset Plan
Corangamite residents are encouraged to have their say on the Draft Asset Plan which will guide Council’s approach to asset management for the next 11 years. Closes 9 June 2022. 
Council manages over $0.64 billion of infrastructure and property assets including:
  • 169 public buildings (including halls, public toilets, playing field amenities, community centres), heritage buildings and council offices and depots
  • 2,195km of roads comprising 915km of sealed roads and 1,280km of unsealed roads
  • 108km of footpaths
  • 187km of kerb & channel
  • 94km of pipe
  • 70 bridges and 47 culverts
  • 45 play spaces
  • 22 monuments
Draft Budget
The Draft Budget 2022-2023 is now on display, and you are invited to provide feedback on Council’s $51.3 million draft Budget. The proposed Budget will deliver a $1.8 million operating surplus and will see Council remain debt free for a fifth year. It includes a rate increase of 1.75% in line with the State Government's rate capping framework. Closes 10 June 2022.

Cobden Structure Plan
The Cobden Structure Plan will ensure land use planning and development is meeting community needs and maximising opportunities for sustainable growth in Cobden. The Plan will build on what is good about Cobden whilst also considering regional growth strategies. You can find out more or register your feedback online. Closes 24 June 2022.
Have Your Say - Draft Asset Plan
Have Your Say -Draft Budget 2022-2023
Have Your Say - Cobden Structure Plan
CONGRATULATIONS to Fonterra who won an impressive 44 medals at the 2022 Dairy Industry Association of Australia (DIAA) Australian Dairy Product Awards. Fonterra’s Cobden site won 18 of the 44 titles for its home-grown products, including two golds and 16 silvers for products including Western Star butter, cream and buttermilk powder.

To stay up to date with all things Covid-19, visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria | Coronavirus Victoria. The website has the resources for your business, including CovidSafe Plans, Testing, Vaccination, Grants/Funding and all recent updates to restrictions.

You can call the Coronavirus Hotline 24hrs a day on 1800 675 398.

There are so many challenges that you are all facing while continuing to adapt to the ever-changing environment. Please reach out, have a chat, we are here to listen. How is your business going now

Our Economic Development and Tourism team are available to assist with any questions or concerns you may have and encourage you to reach out to our team for support.

Please contact us on (03) 5593 7100 or email If you would like to book in for our staff to visit you at your business, please email, or call Kellie on 5593 7228. 
Business Corangamite Facebook has regular updates and information for business. 
The Business section of the Council website provides information on opening a business, expanding or changing a business, general business support, COVID-19 links and Shop Local Corangamite downloadable resources. 
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