Hobsons Bay COVID-19 Business Support

Hobsons Bay City Council has released two support packages to assist some of the city’s most vulnerable residents, as well as small businesses who may be struggling from the impacts of the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

The local economy, and especially the hospitality, retail and tourism sectors, are already feeling the impact of the global pandemic. Council will put measures in place to relieve some of the financial burden on the small businesses that operate within our community in this trying time.

Community Support Package #1 - Boosts for small business and the economy

The local economy, and especially the hospitality, retail and tourism sectors, are already feeling the impact of the global pandemic. Council will put measures in place to relieve some of the financial burden on the small businesses that operate within our community in this trying time.

  • Small business operators experiencing hardship can apply for a deferral on their rates payments to relieve their cash flow pressures.
  • Council is establishing a crisis support mentoring network for small businesses.
  • Council is waiving all paid parking in currently metered areas across Hobsons Bay for the next 90 days, active as of Monday 23 March. Time restrictions will still apply. 
  • Local businesses who are responding to the needs of the community by altering or extending their services will be publicised on the Hobsons Bay Business website, and social media channels.
  • Deliver online business engagement forums where possible.

Community Support Package #2 - Financial and network assistance for local businesses

Our local businesses continue to be hit hard by the effects of the Coronavirus. With further business closures and shut downs of some non-essential services, Council has introduced a range of initiatives intended to help provide further relief to financial burden being experienced across the municipality.

  • Full rental rebate until 30 June 2020 for eligible business tenants paying rent in a Council-owned building
  • Refund of food premises registration fees already paid in the current financial year
  • Refund of outdoor trading permit fees already paid in the current financial year
  • Interest free deferral of the next two quarterly rates payments (May and September) for eligible local business (via the Hardship Policy)
  • Waiver of planning application fees for the next six months for new start-up businesses
  • Creation of online local business network forum as part of our Crisis Business Support Network to connect with each other and share government updates 
  • Establishment of a business roundtable comprising local professionals and traders, to advise Council of ongoing business support needs 

For more information on Council's Community Support Packages, click here.

Wondering if your business is eligible for Council’s community support package #2?

Businesses are no longer required to contact Council to check their eligibility as all eligible business (who have paid food registrations and/or outdoor trading permits) will receive an email/letter from Council informing them what refunds they will receive from the package. Businesses are advised to check their email/mail for updates in coming days.

For more information on Council's support packages or to discuss your business needs, please contact the economic development team at business@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au