Getting back to doing what we love

I’ll keep this short, as I know you’ll be busier than ever right now! I’m so proud of the effort and determination of our amazing local businesses to see this pandemic through – and, now we have reached 70% double dosed, charging towards 80% and, indeed, beyond 90% – I know you’ll have already turned your mind to how to reopen in a COVID-Safe way.

To that end, I wanted to take a moment to reach out to provide you with some communications resources that may assist – everything from physical distancing reminders, assistance with digital certificates, and reminders on face mask requirements.

For information and resources on how to reopen safely please go here:

Keep well all!

Taking It Outdoors: Supporting a safer way to open

The Victorian Government is helping councils and businesses breathe new life into neighbourhoods with the $54.5 million Outdoor Economy Package.

By funding a variety of outdoor activations, this package will ensure that local businesses, like shops, hairdressers, beauty services, dance studios and gyms will join restaurants and cafes as leaders in Victoria’s outdoor economy. Funding will also be given to local councils to support the establishment of semi-permanent and permanent outdoor precincts that will be of lasting benefit to communities.

More information about the package can be found here –

Boronia CBD Biz Facade Round 2 Grants OPEN

ROUND 2 NOW OPEN: $100,000 worth of Business Façade Grants to help spruce up Boronia’s CBD!

Following on from the first successful round of $50,000, I’m stoked to continue to back in local businesses in the Boronia CBD with a new round of Business Façade Grants as a part of the Andrews Labor Governments Boronia Revitalisation program.

Individual businesses, arcades, shopping centres, community organisation or not-for-profit organisations can apply for a maximum $5,000. This is a 1:1 co-funded contribution, meaning you agree to fund the equal amount applied for in this grant.

It could be for things like a refresh, repair or maintenance to the businesses’ existing façade, window treatments and permanent window fixtures, or signage.

This program is fully funded by the Andrews Labor Government with support from Knox Councip to administer and I was stoked to help secure this program which is backing in local business.

It’s another big step forward in revitalising the CBD, bringing it back to life and enabling our ripper local businesses to thrive.

Franchise Manager - Bendigo Bank
We’re Here for You

In more than 13 years of being part of the Bayswater community, we’ve been here with you. And throughout this shared journey, we’ve always been committed to the care of our community, especially when things get tough. As we continue to navigate COVID-19, please know our commitment to you will not change. If you need assistance, we’re here to help you navigate these uncertain financial times.

Call us Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.00pm on 9729 0122.

We’re here for you.

Local Business Plays Key Role in Fighting COVID-19 Locally
Say g’day to the team Crux Biolabs – who are taking the fight up to COVID from right here in Bayswater, conducting critical research to help combat the virus.
It was great to be given a guided tour by their CEO, Catherine and COO, Kate, to get a good sense of what they do in their labs – and I really appreciated them being able to put it in terms I understood (via Star Wars references).
I’m really proud of the work they and their team do – and I’m stoked they’ve received a grant from the State Government. As a part of our Technology Adaption and Innovation Grants program, they will be sharing in close to $200,000 going to a handful of well deserving local businesses.
Looking forward to seeing what’s next in store for Crux!
*Photos prior to restrictions.
Funding Sustainable Solutions for Packaging Waste
I encourage small to medium businesses, not for profit organisations and social enterprises locally to apply for up to $50,000 grants now open through the Investment Support Grants – Packaging.
This funding will support businesses to create innovative solutions for packaging waste, including turning it into new products. Getting more value from our packaging waste will play an important role in transforming Victoria’s recycling sector, contributing to a strong and sustainable economy.
Sparky on a Mission!

Say g’day to the team from McCartney Electrical Solutions. It was great to catch up with them recently and have a chat about what they’ve been up to.

Their Managing Director, Jonno, has a real passion for educating the next generation of electricians – so much so that he and his team were recognised at the Championing Industry in Victorian Schools event earlier this year.

Chatting with Jonno, his passion is clear – and he doesn’t buy into the rhetoric of some that young people are lazy and don’t want to put in the hard yards. His apprentices are living proof. Believing that they can do the job, and to learn, is the first, most important step.

McCartney Electrical are also part of my industry roundtable for the Bayswater Education Plan.

So, a massive shout out to the whole team there – for giving young people a shot at upskilling and getting skills they’ll carry with them for life.

Keep up the great work!

*Pre restrictions

Now Open: Small Business COVID Hardship Fund

The Victorian Government is always looking for more ways to support more businesses in need. That’s why the Victorian Government’s Small Business COVID Hardship Fund will assist eligible small and medium businesses:

  • whose operations have been severely impacted by COVID-19 restrictions that have been in place between 27 May 2021 and August 2021
  • that have experienced at least a 70% reduction in turnover as a result of the COVID-19 restrictions, and
  • that are ineligible for other key COVID-19 Victorian Government business grant programs that have been announced since 27 May 2021.

The program offers grants of $10,000 to eligible small and medium businesses, including employing and non-employing businesses.

It’s specifically designed to help businesses that are able to operate but that have a significantly reduced customer base due to the restrictions, such as pharmacists located in the CBD or manufacturers supplying closed venues, and those whose orders and bookings have been cancelled due to restrictions, such as catering businesses.

More information, is available at 

SDI Australia – Another Great Local
SDI Australia, a family business, grew from humble beginnings to now employing hundreds of locals, manufacturing thousands of specialised dental equipment. And I’m so proud that it’s located in the very heart of the Bayswater Business Precinct!
So well regarded are SDI, they were recently successful in the latest round of the Andrews Labor Government’s Global Gateway Grants program, meaning they will be sharing in over $280,000 to a handful of great local businesses.
My thanks to Samantha for the personal guided tour, and for the hospitality of everyone there. Can’t wait to see them go from success to success!
Electric Vehicles Leading The Way Locally
It’s no secret I love getting out and about to our local businesses – but it’s always an added bonus when I get to ride an electric bike!
My thanks to the team at EVS – Electric Vehicles Pty Ltd for hosting me and giving me a crash course in what you do (luckily the crash part didn’t extend to my jaunt on the bike)
It was great to celebrate their recent successful Technology Adaption and Innovation Fund grant application – courtesy of the Andrews Labor Government, as well!
Established in 2004, and located in Knoxfield, Electric Vehicles specialise in personal electric transport solutions – and their passion for not just the environment, but their whole team, was evident.
I’m always proud to represent great businesses like this – and I’m always going to go into bat for them. Keep up the great work!