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Shopfront rebate recipients announced

Shopfront rebate recipients announced

Published:
Thursday 9 December 2021

Forty-one Bass Coast businesses will receive rebates of up to $2000, to complete vital shopfront improvements.

Bass Coast Shire Council received $50,000 from Regional Development Victoria to facilitate a Shopfront Improvement Rebate Program.

The Program received 41 high-quality applications, from a wide range of businesses and services from eight towns across the Shire.

From these applications, 26 businesses will be allocated up to $2,000 from the Rebate Program. Given the overwhelming response to the Program, Council has committed to providing $27,500 to support the projects of the remaining 15 businesses.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Michael Whelan said it was wonderful to welcome Minister for Regional Development the Hon. Mary-Anne Thomas to Wonthaggi on Thursday (9 December) to announce the recipients of the rebates.

“I would also like to thank our Member for Bass, Jordan Crugnale MP, who has been a passionate advocate for Bass Coast and has played a critical role in the State Government’s continued investment in our region,” Cr Whelan said.

“The Rebate Program will assist businesses and service providers in Bass Coast to improve the appearance of their shopfronts and building facades as part the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Cr Whelan said that vibrant and attractive streets, shops and public spaces play an important role in creating prosperous town centres.

“We want to do everything we can to bring people back to our towns. We rely so heavily on the visitor economy in Bass Coast, so it will be great to see these projects come to life and the difference it makes to these businesses,” Cr Whelan said.

“In an additional boost for the local economy, the majority of the rebate recipients have indicated they will utilise local contractors to complete the projects.”

Some of the projects that will be completed with the assistance of the rebates include external signage, painting, minor repairs and lighting upgrades.

Shopfront Rebate Ministers Visit
Pictured, from left are Deputy Mayor Cr Leticia Laing, local business owners Alan Foon, Souvanny Gully, Stephen Cousins, The Hon. Mary-Anne Thomas MP and Jordan Crugnale MP.