Business

Food wasted, donated and staff hours cut as regional hospitality pivots again

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk As Victoria was catapulted into its fifth COVID-19 lockdown on Thursday, hospitality businesses had just seven hours of notice before it came into effect. Like all affected businesses, hospitality business owners had to...

Romsey Region Dinner welcomes some of the region’s (and Victoria’s) best business minds

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk The Romsey Region Business and Tourism Association is hosting a dinner this week celebrating creativity in business and creatives who live and work locally. Held at Glen Erin in Lancefield on Thursday, the...

New water authority takes over eastern Macedon Ranges, reduces water bills

By Colin MacGillivray EASTERN Macedon Ranges residents have become customers of Victoria’s newest water corporation after Western Water merged with City West Water to form Greater Western Water last week. The new corporation will cover an...

Trawool Estate lost $250,000 during Victoria’s last lockdown

By Colin MacGillivray TRAWOOL Estate’s general manager has opened up about the difficulties it and other food and accommodation businesses have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. David Burrows said Victoria’s most recent lockdown was tough to...

Lancefield brewery one step closer after securing State Government investment

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk Lancefield is one step closer to having its own beer, after a Lancefield brewery received a $200,000 State Government investment. The Lost Watering Hole will be an independent brewery, restaurant and café catering...

Lack of government support during lockdown continues to squeeze small businesses

By Colin MacGillivray MEMBER for Euroa Steph Ryan has slammed the State Government for refusing to offer financial aid to small businesses and sole traders not registered to pay GST during Victoria’s recent COVID-19 lockdown. The...

Small businesses struggle without financial support even as restrictions ease

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk Small businesses, sole traders and community groups across the Mitchell Shire and surrounding regions are still struggling without financial support as restrictions ease statewide. People who have lost their incomes were eligible for...

Bakery owners lament rubbish dumped behind Kilmore’s vacant Red Lion Brewery

By Colin MacGillivray The area behind Kilmore’s vacant Red Lion Brewery has become a dumping ground for household rubbish, angering nearby businesses. Sarah Meakins, the owner of the adjacent Ferguson Plarre bakehouse at 34 Melbourne Street,...

Farmers’ markets green lit for lockdowns after months of battling last year

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk After fighting an uphill battle to keep farmers’ markets open during last year’s stage four lockdown, organisers across Victoria are rejoicing their essential status this time around. Victorian Farmers’ Market Association accredited markets...

Broadford bill bungle: residents charged for water meter reader error

By Colin MacGillivray MANY Broadford residents were shocked to see a spike in their quarterly water bills last month after a Goulburn Valley Water error in January led to higher bills in May. GV Water managing...