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This week we entered another Regional Victoria lockdown this sadly continues the uncertainty for our industry. We have been working with VTIC on advocacy for specialised support for the Victorian Tourism Industry writing to both the State Minister for Tourism and the Prime Minister.
On the good news front as one of the ongoing sponsors of the Business in Bass Coast Awards, we are proud to congratulate the 2021 Finalists!

May be an image of text that says '2021 Congratulations to all the Bass Coast Business Awards finalists! Employment, diversity and inclusion award Sunscape Solar Wonthaggi Allied Health Centre Wonthaggi Workmen's Club & MJ McMahon Motel'
May be an image of text that says '2021 Congratulations to all the Bass Coast Business Awards finalists! Environment and sustainability award Bass Strait Direct Pty Ltd French Island Cottage Harman Wines Wildlife Coast Cruises'
May be an image of text that says '2021 to all the Bass Coast Congratulations Business Awards finalists! R Leadership award Bass Strait Direct Pty Ltd Harman Wines The Cape Kitchen'
May be an image of text that says '2021 Congratulations to all the Bass Coast Business Awards finalists! CA Marketing and communications award Harman Wines Phillip Island Helicopters The Invy Baker'
May be an image of text that says '2021 Congratulations to all the Bass Coast Business Awards finalists! Resilience award Brinnie T Design Harman Wines The Cape Kitchen'
May be an image of text that says '2021 Congratulations to all the Bass Coast Business Awards finalists! Business innovation award Hair by Sarah Azzato National Vietnam Veterans Museum The Invy Baker'


Everybody is welcome

We are continuing our weekly catch-ups to keep connected, provide support to each other and follow up any concerns you wish to share, so make a cuppa and join us.

You're invited to join a Microsoft Teams meeting
Time: Wednesday, 1 September 2021 at 11:00 am 

Join on your computer or mobile app
Click here to join the meeting


If you wish to discuss the difficulties you are facing or just want to share some insights please do not hesitate to contact myself or Pauleen.  

Kim Storey            0409 250 895
Pauleen Boulton / Arnika Martin   0466 620 856

Do not forget to follow our Facebook Page, where we share the latest updates and events


New Access for Small Business Owners - Beyond Blue

NewAccess for Small Business Owners is a free and confidential mental health coaching program, developed by Beyond Blue to give small business owners, including sole traders the support they need. 

The program uses Low-intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (LiCBT) that allows participants to recognise the way they think, act, and feel and break unhelpful thoughts. 

Over six sessions, coaches with a small business background will work with you to overcome difficult issues, providing you with practical skills to manage stress and get you back to feeling like yourself. 

At your first appointment, your coach will complete an initial assessment with you, and develop a program tailored to your individual needs. 

NewAccess for Small Business Owners is available nationally by phone or video call.

Call 1300 945 301  or  use submit enquiry HERE


Beyond Blue - how to support your staff

COVID-19 has created dramatic changes in the workplace. Depending on your organisation, you and your team may now be working remotely, running staggered rosters, or working modified duties on site.
 here are some tips on how to support your staff during this challenging time.

Link for small business owners who want to support their staff:

Empathy vs sympathy
And here is the link to the Brene Brown video on empathy vs sympathy: (such a lovely watch)

MAS National Presentation Invitation

Mas supports employment, development and growth opportunities for individuals, employers and communities. Mas website

COVID-19 Vaccinations and the Workplace Employer Guide

Masks at Work: Protecting Your Employees on the Job During COVID-19
The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has released a new guide for employers on how to approach the COVID-19 vaccination with employees. You can download the guide here.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria

Connecting you to key updates.

Top links

Stay COVIDSafe
  • Wear your mask correctly – covering your mouth and nose
  • Get tested immediately if you are ill
  • When open, make sure everyone checks in everywhere, every time
  • Update your COVIDSafe Plan
  • Support your workers to get vaccinated when they’re eligible.

For more information go to or the list of exposure sites.


Business and work

Business grants and support, guidance on keeping your workplace safe and information on restrictions for industry sectors.

For an overview of the restrictions, see the Table of Restrictions.


Financial support for businesses and workers

If your job, business or income has been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there are a range of ways the Victorian Government can help.


State fossil emblem hero image

Nominations for Victoria’s fossil emblem

Museums Victoria is excited to invite the people of Victoria to cast their vote in selecting a candidate for a state fossil emblem.

State emblems are a way of celebrating the unique and amazing natural heritage of our part of the world.

Victoria has these emblems already: helmeted honeyeater (bird), Leadbeater's possum (animal), weedy seadragon (marine animal), common heath (flora) and gold (mineral), but does not yet have a fossil emblem.


Voting closing date: 4 October 2021

The eight nominees

You can find all eight fossils at Melbourne Museum, which had originally been found in various Victorian locations.

Map of fossils at Melbourne Museum 595.4KB .pdf file

State Fossil Emblem Map of Victoria 1.3MB .pdf file

Bass Coast Festival of Motorsport


The Bass Coast Festival of Motorsport will take place at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit from 22-24 October 2021. It will provide a valuable boost to Phillip Island’s tourism economy, adding value to local businesses through revenue and employment opportunities, while a range of local businesses, artists and producers will be showcased at the event itself.

-  Are you interested in participating or creating a support event? 
-  Do you know of someone that would be interested?
-  Do you have any other ideas that you can bring to the table?

Send your ideas to Pauleen at
or call to chat on 0466 620 856

ATDW are focused on assisting tourism businesses to better manage their digital presence through new enhancements on ATDW-Online. 

As valued industry partners, we recognise your unique relationships to businesses and tourism operators and we want to ask for your help in promoting new opportunities to our industry. 

ATDW would like to send you updates on our new enhancements and resources that you can distribute to your operators to help businesses learn and use the ATDW-Online platform. 

Below is an example of our most recent enhancement - the Google My Business integration - which we encourage you to include in any industry communications, corporate social channels, or direct conversations with operators you have. 

If you'd prefer not to receive this information please let me know by responding to this email and whilst I respect that, I'd still like to keep you in the loop through our regular #askATDW updates.


Google My Business Enhancement


We believe the Google My Business enhancement will be an invaluable addition to ATDW profiles, helping business owners and operators to better manage and improve their profiles for maximum conversion opportunities. 

If a business chooses to connect their Google My Business listing to their ATDW profile, any updates to their ATDW profile will automatically feed onto their Google My Business listing. This will improve online visibility, deliver better quality traffic and provide efficiencies to a business's management of their digital distribution.

Connecting a Google My Business listing also provides access to Google generated insights on digital performance to be viewed in the ATDW-Online platform, providing a streamlined marketplace for access to tourism digital marketing information. 

This is an exciting release, and to accompany this we have developed a range of communications and collateral to support businesses. Our Google My Business Functionality Walkthrough can help your local businesses to learn how the functionality works and is an easy-to-use resource that you can provide directly to operators. 


Google My Business Walkthrough URL: 


You can click here to access pre-written wording and images for use on your shareable channels. I'd also like to recognise the support of Wine Australia, through the Export and Regional Wine Support Package.

If you have any feedback or questions, please let us know.
We always welcome your valuable suggestions and are here to support the tourism industry in any way we can.

Callum Mack
Industry Partnerships Manager


Support Helpline

It costs nothing get a free mental health check. If you, your family or workmates are feeling overwhelmed or even just 'not quite right' - make use of the free confidential service. 

More information is available on the Partners in Wellbeing Website.
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