Grants for New Energy Jobs Fund

Do you have a project in mind that could create long-term sustainable jobs, increase the uptake of renewable energy generation, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and drive innovation in new energy technologies?.

If so, you may be eligible for grant funding through the Victorian Government’s $20 million New Energy Jobs Fund. Up to $5 million is available for round one which is now open and closes on 16 March 2016.

To find out more about the program visit the Business Victoria website.

Victoria’s Automotive Transition Plan

The Victorian Government has announced the $46.5 million Automotive Transition Plan to help businesses, workers and communities affected by the closure of automotive manufacturing operations.

Under the plan, the following programs were launched and are open for business:

Local Industry Fund for Transition (LIFT)

  • Grants are available to support projects worth over $200,000 that create sustainable jobs and economic activity in each of the regions.

Automotive Supply Chain Transition Program (ASCTP)

  • Provides expertise to assist with the identification, design and implementation of strategies to transition into new sectors and markets.
  • Receive up to $15,000 to develop a Business Transition Plan and up to $50,000 to implement transition activities.

For fact sheets and more information visit the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources website.

Small Business Bus coming to Thomastown

Looking to start a small business? Want to develop your existing small business? The Victorian Government’s Small Business Bus is coming to Thomastown on Wednesday, 10 February, between 10am and 4pm, offering free mentoring with an experienced business professional.

Bookings are essential, so reserve your place now by calling 13 22 15 or visit the Business Victoria website.

Free business mentoring

Local business owners can receive free professional one-on-one advice from an experienced business mentor by booking a one-hour session.

You can get confidential advice on a range of topics including:

  • starting a business
  • business planning and growth
  • identifying goals
  • marketing and finance

Date: Monday, 7 March
Venue: Council Offices, 25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang
For session times or for further information call 9217 2278 or email

Starting your business workshop

Thinking of starting a business but not sure where to start? This workshop will step you through the process and help you get set up right the first time. The workshop covers:

  • evaluating your business-readiness
  • market-analysis
  • determining the best structure for you
  • preparing a business plan and a
  • step-by-step guide to getting registered

Date: Wednesday, 9 March
Time: 5pm – 8.30pm
Venue: Council Offices, 25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang
Cost: $30
Registration: Register online

Coffee and Connect networking event

Our Coffee and Connect series encourages local business owners and operators to come together and share information, ideas, resources and opportunities in an informal setting.

This event also offers participants the opportunity to promote their business, products and services.

Date: Friday, 18 March
Time: 9am to 10.30am
Venue: Council Offices, 25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang
Cost: Free
Registration: Register online

Small business webinars

The Australian Taxation Office are running a series of small business webinars that run for 45 minutes.

Topics include:

  • an introduction to tax basics
  • income tax deductions
  • home-based business
  • motor vehicle deductions
  • concessions for small business
  • goods and services tax and more

To register visit the Australian Taxation Office website.

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  • The latest on major projects and developments
  • Upcoming events and activities for the whole family
  • Upgrades to roads, parks and community facilities

To subscribe, visit the City of Whittlesea eNews page.

Expressions of interest for fitness instructors

Healthy Together Whittlesea are set to expand the popular PT in the Park Program for 2016 and are seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified and insured yoga, Pilates, tai chi and cardio boxing (or self-defence) instructors to support new programs.

For more information contact Healthy Together Whittlesea on 9217 2531 or email

Economic Development department
T (03) 9217 2278 | TTY 133 677 (ask for 9217 2170)
25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang
Locked Bag 1, Bundoora MDC VIC 3083