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Mayor's Message - 28 April

Mayor's Message - 28 April

Tuesday 28 April 2020
Cr Brett Tessari

We are excited to be launching our ‘Buy Local’ campaign this week, to encourage everyone who can to buy local and support Bass Coast businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The recent impact on tourism and other sectors means that our businesses need local support now, more than ever.

Everyone has been doing an incredible job so far of staying home and slowing the spread of COVID-19, which is really important. But these restrictions have made it difficult for many of our local businesses to continue offering their services to the community. So, we are asking you, where you can, to keep on supporting our fantastic local businesses, many of which are finding creative ways to continue to deliver their services. There are a range of local businesses diversifying, particularly restaurants and cafes, with takeaway and home deliveries being offered. We are aware that many other businesses are doing business differently too. It is really great to see so many businesses adapting their services and exploring opportunities to help their businesses stay operational in this uncertain time.

It is tough out there for our local businesses and we all want to be able to support them where we can.

If you operate a business in Bass Coast, you might have heard from our Business Support Team, who have been actively checking in with businesses to provide guidance and support. So far they have spoken to well over 200 businesses. If you would like to speak to someone in the Business Support Team, email or phone 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.

Businesses are encouraged to look into 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 is also providing support through our recently announced $960,000 Response and Recovery package, which includes a $700,000 quick response grants program. Applications for these Grants will be open in coming weeks.