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Business initiatives to get involved with

Council’s Economic Development Team continuously develop programs and provide opportunities for businesses to be involved. Below are some of the great initiatives currently in place;

Contact the Economic Development Team on 9217 2278 or business@whittlesea.vic.gov.au for more information about the initiatives below.

 

Think Local, Shop Local, Create Local Jobs

The Think Local, Shop Local, Create Local Jobs campaign urges the community to source products and services wherever possible from local businesses across the municipality to help support and grow the local economy. 

The campaign aims to build a strong local economy providing more jobs for local residents resulting in reduced travel times, improved environmental and social outcomes and flourishing, liveable neighbourhoods.

 

Vacant to Vibrant

The Vacant to Vibrant program aims to address retail vacancy issues across the municipality. Multiple vacant retail premises in local shopping precincts has the potential to lead to a decline in public safety and amenity and an increase in criminal activity including tagging, bill posting, graffiti and vandalism of private property and community assets.

Retail shopping strips are a part of the fabric of local communities and are generally operated by local people providing much needed goods, services and support to the local communities they serve.

Council works with stakeholders to provide opportunities for businesses, artists, social enterprises and start-ups to grow local jobs and provide local communities with vibrant, active shopping precincts that are friendly, welcoming areas providing opportunities to connect and build social networks.

 

Supporting social enterprise

Social enterprises trade to intentionally tackle social problems, improve communities, provide people access to employment and training or help the environment. By using the power of the marketplace and commercially viable business models they aim to benefit the public and community, rather than shareholders and owners.

Council has developed an action plan to support the growth of social enterprises in the municipality, and focusses on:

  • Building an inclusive and diverse social enterprise sector
  • Improving market access
  • Developing strong and sustainable social enterprises
  • Strengthening local social enterprise networks

 

Bring Your Own Container

The Bring Your Own Container program aims to encourage the reduction of the six most problematic and prolific sources of litter which are single use plastic items such as plastic shopping and produce bags, water bottles, straws, disposable coffee cups and takeaway food containers and food ware (cups, plates, cutlery).

Food businesses in the City of Whittlesea who would like to be part of the program can complete the application form and survey online.

Participating businesses will be provided with marketing collateral and be promoted on the City of Whittlesea Tourism Website.

 

Economic Development Grants Program

The City of Whittlesea EDGP provides financial assistance to businesses, education providers, not-for-profit groups and community organisations to deliver projects that align with the Whittlesea 2040 Plan to build a strong local economy. These grants are applicable for initiatives that aim to grow and support the small business and social enterprise community.

The Grant Program is released annually through Council’s Community Development Grants Program.

 

Retail marketing and business development special rates

The purpose of the Special Rate scheme is to improve viability and drive economic development within local shopping precincts through marketing and promotional initiatives. The Special Rate scheme involves levying a special rate on each property owner within a defined geographical area to contribute to a pool of funds and a Business Plan to improve commercial viability through marketing and promotional activity.

The combined effect of these activities contributes to reduced vacancy rate, improved Centre image and branding, improved communication with businesses, improved patronage and ongoing liaison with Council

A request to council for a Special Rate Scheme is initiated by a Business Association and it is the role of council is to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Local Government Act 1989 in relation to Council declaring, levying and operating a special rate/charge scheme.

 

Visitor Economy

The Visitor Economy is considered on a national level in the top 5 sectors of economic growth with the potential to become Australia’s fastest growing industry.

Strengthening the visitor economy is an important contributor to the City of Whittlesea’s social, cultural and economic vibrancy and prosperity.

The City of Whittlesea actively supports the Visitor Economy and works strategically and in partnership with key industry stakeholders, northern region Councils and local businesses to further boost this priority industry.

Council has a clear direction for tourism development and growth within the City of Whittlesea, with the primary objective of increasing tourism visitation, length of stay and yield.

Producing dedicated visitor economy marketing collateral including digital and print promotions. To discuss the marketing opportunities available to visitor economy businesses, contact the Tourism Services Officer or call 9217 2549.

Key Tourism Organisations & Resources:

The following organisations and resources are available to supporting the visit economy sector;

  

Growing our Agriculture sector

The City of Whittlesea is committed to supporting our existing agricultural sector and encouraging new agricultural businesses to grow and prosper in the region.

For more information about the initiatives supporting this emerging sector, visit the Growing our agriculture sector page.

Connect with the Economic Development Team about any of these initiatives at business@whittlesea.vic.gov.au or call 9217 2278.

 

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