“Circuit Breaker” lockdown – Business Support Package

The State Government has announced a $143 million “Circuit Breaker Action Business Support Package”. This package is limited to businesses in hospitality, food wholesaling, tourism, events (and related services) and some retail businesses. Further detail can be found below.

Here’s what’s included:

  • Business Costs Assistance Program
    $2000 grants are available to eligible businesses in hospitality, food wholesaling, tourism, events (and related services) and retail.  Applications are open now, please click here to check eligibility and apply.
  • Licenced Hospitality Venue Fund – Circuit Breaker Action Payment
    $3000 additional grants may be available for previous recipients of the Licenced Hospitality Venue Fund. You do not need to apply for this payment, you will be contacted if eligible. Further information can be found here. 
  • Victorian Accommodation Support Program
    This is an expansion to the original Regional Tourism Accommodation support program as it will now also include accommodation premises in Greater Melbourne. Eligible businesses will be able to claim reimbursements for cancelled accommodation bookings under the following tiers:
    Tier 1: Funding of $2250 (ex GST) per Accommodation Premises experiencing 10 or fewer cancelled nights.
    Tier 2: Funding of $4500 (ex GST) per Accommodation Premises experiencing 11 or more cancelled nights.
    This program will open soon, you can register your interest here.
  • Victorian Travel Voucher Schemes
    Two travel voucher schemes will be made available to encourage Victorians to travel across the state:
    – 40,000 vouchers to support travel in greater Melbourne (to be launched soon)
    – 10,000 additional vouchers added to the existing Regional Travel Scheme to support travel in regional Victoria. Further information can be found here.

We encourage you to assess your eligibility and apply for any grants available to your business. For further information you can visit the Business Victoria website.

Marketing and Communications Manager - West Carr & Harvey
New land tax waiver

The Victorian Government has announced further land tax assistance for eligible landowners who have been impacted by COVID-19.

In March 2020, commercial landowners with less than $1m in taxable property received a land tax deferral until 31 March 2021.

Since then, a 25% to 50% land tax waiver has been announced with increased eligibility for both commercial landowners and residential landlords.

To find out more, click here.

Marketing and Communications Manager - West Carr & Harvey
Business Support fund for Victoria: West Carr & Harvey update

Here’s our latest on the updates to the Business Support Fund for Victoria:



Marketing and Communications Manager - West Carr & Harvey
Flagship Farmers – client news from West Carr & Harvey

The McDonald’s Flagship Farmers Program provides an opportunity for farmers within McDonald’s supply chain to be recognised for their commitment to agricultural sustainability. The platform allows them to share their knowledge with other farmers around the world with a view to driving positive change in the industry and promoting sustainable practices.

As generational farmers committed to the future of their Boorook property, David and Nick Allen have been the first Australian producers to be named as “Flagship Farmers” within the program.

They have been recognised for their focus on succession planning and sustainable practices such as grazing management, tree planting and water conservation.

Inspired by the knowledge sharing as a result of the program, David recently made the decision to travel to Europe to connect with other flagship farmers and learn more about their sustainability practices on farm.

Congratulations to the Allen family on being recognised by the program and for their ongoing commitment to sustainability!  To find out more: https://www.flagshipfarmers.com/en/profile/david-and-nick-allen/

Heart Mind Project – a new way of managing stress in the workplace

Life is busy and taking the time for self-care can be last on our to-do list. Often the impact of workplace stress can go unnoticed until it’s too late. Stress can also impact on families. How many of us have allowed stress and work pressures to affect our relationships, causing arguments with your partner or even yelling at the kids?

As a result, our client, Andy Fox was inspired to start the “Heart Mind Project” through the provision of what is called the “Resilience Advantage Program”. This program is based on more than 20 years of peer-reviewed research and is proven at a corporate and military level.

Andy believes living from the heart allows you to access the “Power of the Heart” – synchronising of the heart and the mind – with a goal to achieve clearer inspired thinking, a reduction of stress, creation of emotional resilience and a significant improvement in your quality of life indicators.

The goal? Clearer, more inspired thinking, a reduction of stress, enhanced emotional resilience and an improvement in the quality of life for yourself and your employees.

To find out more please visit https://heartmindproject.com/

Head of Community - Localised
Localised Meetup: Meet and connect with other savvy people in business

Looking to grow your business?

Our Meetups are your chance to meet and connect with like-minded people across a range of industries and establish valuable contacts for yourself and your business. We can’t wait to hear from West Carr & Harvey and Geelong Cats.

Already registered? Invite your colleagues and friends!

Bring plenty of business cards, prepare your Lightning Pitch (click here for inspiration!) and join us on for an impressive networking experience like no other!

Date: Friday 13 September 2019
Time: 9.30-11.00am
Venue: Deakin Cats Community Centre, GMHBA Stadium, Kardinia Park

To RSVP, click on this link: https://ticketing.localised.com.au/events/geelongcats


New office for West Carr & Harvey

Not long after celebrating 70 years in Geelong, our growing accounting firm West Carr & Harvey have moved location to a custom built premises at Federal Mills in North Geelong.

In the last 20 years, we have grown from 12 staff to 60 and the move was vital to allow for our continued growth.

The move is a logical one with many of our business relationships already in place in the precinct because we specialise in assisting start-up businesses. And we look forward to providing ongoing support to these new businesses.

The new premises has been named a “flagship” office for the area by property developer, Cameron Hamilton. “This space is one of the largest at Federal Mills and is the most exciting office fitout our new ‘Hamilton Group Spaces’ business has delivered. We’re very proud to welcome another progressive business to our precinct at Federal Mills & Pivot City.”