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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 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.

Business Support Phase

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

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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