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Buy local in Bass Coast

Published:
Friday 24 April 2020

Bass Coast Shire Council is launching it’s ‘Buy Local’ campaign this week, in an effort to support local businesses during this time of uncertainty.

The Campaign, which will feature on the Business in Bass Coast Facebook Page and in local media, will give the community information about how they can continue to support local businesses.

The impact of COVID-19 on tourism and other sectors means that Bass Coast businesses need local support now more than ever. Many businesses are adapting their services and exploring opportunities to help their business stay operational in this uncertain time.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Brett Tessari said there are a range of local businesses diversifying, particularly restaurants and cafes, with takeaway and home deliveries offered.

“We are aware that many businesses are doing things differently to adjust to the current restrictions,” Cr Tessari said.

“It is a tough time for our local businesses and we all want to be able to support them where we can.”

Businesses that qualify are able to pursue the State and Federal support programs and funding, for example the Victorian Economic Survival Package Business Support Fund and the Federal Job Keeper Wage Subsidy. Council’s Business Support Team is working with local businesses to help them to identify what is available and supporting them with their applications. Council is also providing support through its recently announced $960,000 Response and Recovery package, which includes a $700,000 quick response grants program which will open for applications in coming weeks.

“We are also working closely with organisations, such as Destination Phillip Island and Destination Gippsland to promote local initiatives,” Cr Tessari said.

“Destination Phillip Island has set up a Shop at Home Phillip Island and Beyondpage on the Visit Phillip Island website and have run social media campaigns to drive traffic to this page as well as helping to promote local initiatives such as basscoastlocal.com, which was set up by a local resident to promote food and drink businesses who are still providing services to the community."

For more information, or to speak to someone in the Business Support Team, email businesssupport@basscoast.vic.gov.au or phone 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.