The outbreak of COVID-19 has had a significant economic impact on the Mornington Peninsula’s economy and on the small business sector, of which 92 percent employ less than 5 people.

Council continues to support and develop growing the capacity of small businesses on our Peninsula particularity as a response to COVID-19. In May 2019, Council became a Small Business Friendly Council with the launch of a Charter to support small businesses.

Recently Council showed its support for the small business sector by publicly affirming its continued commitment to the Small Business Charter, and appointing Councillor Anthony Marsh as the Small Business Champion. Council will consult with businesses to develop a refreshed economic development strategy in 2022.

The Charter is an agreement between Council and the Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC) to create a fair-trading environment for small businesses. Some of these agreements will include:

  1. Work with small businesses disrupted by infrastructure projects
  2. Support the creation of small business networks across Victoria
  3. Streamlined permit approvals processes for small businesses
  4. Prompt payment to small businesses
  5. Easy to read, easy to understand information for Victorian small businesses
  6. Open channels of communication between the VSBC and local councils

The Small Business Charter is in alignment with Council’s $10 million recovery package adopted earlier this year. Over $2 million has now been allocated to a COVID-19 Recovery Grant program for businesses to provide direct financial support to those who have been most impacted by the ongoing lockdowns and restrictions.  View all grants on our Grants and Funding page.