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Support During COVID-19

Southern Grampians Shire Council is working to support Greater Hamilton businesses during COVID-19.

In this rapidly changing environment, Council's Economic Development & Tourism Unit has refocused the team on to Business and Economic Recovery whilst still looking to deliver the longer-term strategic projects required for our region to bounce back.

Our plan is simple: 

1) Provide advice and support to businesses in response to the immediate issues they are facing

2) Work on strategies to allow our region to bounce back when recovery begins.

Business Support Phase

Initiatives activated to support our business community and local economy during this challenging time include:

  • Business Mentoring; Free 1:1 business mentoring sessions by experienced independent advisers, assisting businesses to access financial packages & counselling services.
  • Quick Reference Guide ; a regularly updated outline of financial support and relief packages for business from Governments, Banks and the Australian Tax Office.
  • COVID-19 Business Support Bulletins; weekly bulletins highlighting timely information, opportunities and resources for the business community.
  • Digital Assistance Program; Free 1:1 support from Digital Marketing experts to provide individual assistance to businesses to ensure they are well-positioned to survive and bounce back from COVID-19.
  • ECommerce & Website Packages; Subsidised eCommerce website packages and email templates to enable businesses to get online quickly.
  • Business As Unusual Campaign; an eye-catching new print and digital campaign including shop decals, posters and paid advertising alongside the Greater Hamilton Regional Business & Community Directory, designed to promote how local businesses have adapted to the challenges of COVID-19.

Local business/community members have the opportunity to participate in the above initiatives. All details are contained within our COVID-19 Portal;, which hosts these resources alongside:

Recovery Phase

Council continues to work on several longer-term Strategic Economic Projects to ensure the Greater Hamilton region is poised for a strong recovery.

Key projects include;

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