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 https://business.vic.gov.au/grants-and-programs/small-business-covid-hardship-fund 

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!
Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two & Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund

Applications are now open for the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension and the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 July Extension. The extended programs give eligible businesses that did not apply in June, or have since become eligible, an opportunity to apply for the equivalent of July Top-Up Payments.

Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension

Details on full eligibility criteria, program guidelines, how to apply and FAQs are available at Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension

Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 July Extension

Details on full eligibility criteria, program guidelines and FAQs are available at Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 July Extension

Applications are open until 11:59pm 13 August 2021.

Businesses seeking advice can be directed to the Business Victoria Hotline on 13 22 15

Business Development Officer - Yarra Ranges Council
Modern Manufacturing Initiative – Grant opportunities

The Manufacturing Collaboration Stream supports large-scale manufacturing projects with:

  • business-to-business collaboration at their core and/or
  • business-to-research collaboration at their core.

The objectives of the Manufacturing Collaboration Stream are to:

  • Foster collaboration between businesses, research organisations, investors and other parties to realise transformation in Australia’s manufacturers towards higher value added segments of the manufacturing ‘smile curve’
  • Support manufacturers to work together to build manufacturing networks and ecosystems, unlock complementary capabilities, overcome barriers to scale and grow, and access global markets
  • Support long-term job creation and a more highly skilled workforce in the Australian manufacturing sector
  • Increase investment in Australian manufacturing, particularly in high-value added activities
  • Increase manufacturing capability, business acumen, knowledge diffusion and expertise.
  • For more information on eligibility please read the Grant opportunity guidelines.


Applications will open on Wednesday 11 August 2021.

To apply, go to www.business.gov.au/mmic


Business Development Officer - Yarra Ranges Council
Industry Capability Network “The Victorian Prospect – July 2021”

Founded in 1984, ICN Victoria exists to support local industry participation, local content considerations and assist with the project procurement process. Read the latest edition of The Victorian Prospect here

To find out more about ICNGateway & to join the networking platform that’s helping Australian business grow go to https://gateway.icn.org.au/

Is your business in a position to win work on infrastructure projects and other procurement options across our state?

Yarra Ranges Council and ICN Victoria  held a series of virtual webinar workshops to support local businesses.

If you missed these sessions, you can watch recorded presentation here

These sessions centered on how you can get started with – and significantly improve upon – your ICN Gateway profile, which acts as the way to submit EOIs for projects, connect you to industry buyers, and many other advantages.

  • Welcome to ICN “Let’s start the conversation” 
  • Creating a new profile – targeted to those not yet on the platform
  • Profile improvement – targeted to those already on the platform
Support Builds For Businesses Through Lockdown

An injection of $282.5 million means 90,000 Victorian businesses and sole traders will now share in up to $484.3 million in support for the 12 days of the current vital public health action, with automatic top-ups for the lockdown extension to be made in coming days.

Eligible Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund recipients will receive $4,200, taking the total payment to $7,200, while Business Costs Assistance Program recipients will receive $2,800, increasing the total grant to $4,800.

Businesses that had chosen not to apply for these support programs in relation to the May/June lockdown, or had been ineligible to apply but are now eligible, will be welcome to apply for July lockdown support payments and will be considered outside of the automatic top-up process.


Discussions with the Commonwealth Government have confirmed that the vast majority of microbusinesses not registered for GST will be eligible for the Covid-19 Disaster Payment of $600/$375 per seven-day period. The Victorian Government will establish a concierge service to help these businesses access this support. 

More information about businesses support is available at business.vic.gov.au.