How to Support Local

Now, more than ever, local businesses need support from the community. MRD have put together some simple ways to get behind local businesses in these challenging times.

5 ways to support local and buy local:

1. Buy a gift voucher for future use
2. Dine-in or order takeaway from local cafes and restaurants
3. Shop local either in-store or online
4. Support via social media – like, follow, share
5. Put a deposit down for future tours or venue hire

Helpful links to inspire local shopping:

Local Takeaway & Delivery List
Find on our Home Page

Mildura City Heart
Directory of online shops
Directory of eateries online

Mildura Central
Link to website
Many stores at Mildura Central are still open, please remember to practice social distancing and be respectful of other shoppers & staff.

Shopping in Wentworth
Retail & Shopping in Wentworth

Image with thanks to David Sickerdick Photography

LED signage at AFL games

While travel to the Mildura region is currently off the cards, one way MRD is keeping the Visit Mildura branding in-market, is a presence via LED boundary signage at a variety of upcoming AFL games.

With the first appearance last night in the Gold Coast V Essendon match, the aim is to keep the Mildura region top of mind for potential travellers, encouraging people to dream, and hopefully, add Mildura and surrounds to their future holiday wish list.

Keep an eye out over the coming weeks for more Mildura region love at the footy.

Image with thanks to Robert Klarich.

JobKeeper Hotspot Analysis and Mapping by REMPLAN

The Australian Government’s JobKeeper initiative has been one of its key responses to the COVID-19 pandemic to support businesses and retain jobs.  The initial scheme was due to come to an end in September but as we have seen, the economy is still in crisis mode and payments have been extended until March 2021.

REMPLAN has been undertaking modelling to estimate the economic impact of the pandemic on regions across Australia with their June estimates having just been released.

REMPLAN have found that for some industries the negative implications for employment are broadly proportionate to the changes in revenue.  In other sectors however, most jobs are being retained despite reduced income and this is due, in part, to government assistance programs such as JobKeeper. Each region of Australia has a unique industry profile and therefore will be reliant to a greater or lesser degree on the JobKeeper program.  REMPLAN has used the postcode-based data released by the Australian Government to estimate the proportion of businesses in each Local Government Area that have made applications to receive payments under JobKeeper as at 31 July 2020. This analysis has then been incorporated into an interactive and themed map located here where you can search for an LGA of interest or browse the map to find a particular region. For REMPLAN clients, there are also direct links to the map interface in the software.

To read more, click here.

CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS IN VICTORIA

Announcement made 3pm, Sunday 2 August 2020.

The Victorian Government has announced a number of changes to restrictions for Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Melbourne to Move to Stage 4 Restrictions, including a curfew from 8pm – 5am.

For Melbourne, new restrictions will take effect from 6pm (Sunday 2 August). A curfew will be in place from 8pm. Curfews will be in operation from 8pm to 5am every evening. People are only allowed to leave their house for work and essential health, care or safety reasons.

Outside of these hours, you are only allowed to leave your house for 1 of the following four reasons:

  • To purchase food and necessary supplies. This must be done within a 5km radius from where you live. Only 1 person per household can leave for essential goods, and only once per day. For some people the nearest goods and services will be more than 5km away. In this situation you may travel beyond 5km to the nearest provider. If you are unable to leave home because it would mean leaving a young child or at-risk person at home unattended, then they may accompany you.
  • Exercise once a day for up to 1 hour within a 5km radius of your home. Gathering sizes will be limited to 2. If you are unable to leave home because it would mean leaving a young child or at-risk person at home unattended, then they may accompany you.
  • For care and health care including accompanying someone for essential medical care if you are a carer, guardian or necessary support person. The 5km limit does not apply to care or caregiving.
  • Work. Study at TAFE and university must be done remotely. The 5km limit does not apply to work.

Regional Victoria including Mitchell Shire will move to Stage 3 restrictions from 11:59pm Wednesday, 5 August.

This means you must stay home except for the following four reasons:

  • For food and essential supplies
  • For study or work
  • For care and healthcare
  • And for exercise or outdoor recreation

When outside your home, you must wear a face covering.

No visitors are allowed at your home, and you are only allowed to gather with one person from outside your household in public.

Schools returning to remote learning

All schools around Victoria will move to remote learning this week. Schools will remain open for vulnerable children and the children of permitted workers.

Kinders and early childhood centres in metropolitan Melbourne will only be open for vulnerable children and children whose parents are permitted workers.

Specialist schools, kinders and childcare will remain open in regional areas.

We all need to play our part to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). By staying at home and limiting contact with other people, we can help protect ourselves, our families and our communities from coronavirus (COVID-19).

Click here to stay up to date with the latest COVID-19 announcements and restrictions in Victoria.

View our COVID-19 Business resources page.

Tourist in Your Own Town Campaign

Our community needs us right now, more than ever before. It’s vital that we all do what we can to look out for one another and help our local businesses survive.

Starting this week, the MRD team will be introducing our ‘Tourist in Your Own Town’ campaign

Utilising our social media channels, we will be showcasing a wide range of local businesses in our region, introducing some of the hardworking people behind the scenes and what we, as a community can all do, to help out. 

Due to current border restrictions, our ‘NSW correspondant’ Sharon will be helping us out by visiting businesses on the New South Wales side of the Murray.

If you would like to be involved, please give us a call on 03 5021 0599. 

FREE listing on major tourism websites

Get your business listed on official tourism websites for FREE!

Murray Regional Tourism is providing all tourism operators in the Murray region with free 12-month
marketing support via the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW) digital platform for a limited
time.

ATDW is Australia’s national platform for digital tourism information, providing your business with
the opportunity to reach millions of potential visitors through official local, regional, state and
national tourism websites including www.visitthemurray.com.au, www.visitnsw.com,
www.visitvictoria.com and www.australia.com.

Listing on ATDW also allows your business to be selected for marketing campaigns or media
familiarisations undertaken by Visit Victoria, Destination New South Wales and Tourism Australia.
For further information about getting your free ATDW business listing and to collect your coupon
code, visit the Murray Regional Tourism Website.

Fork it Local Friday

Introducing….#forkitlocalfriday!

As an initiative to help support the return of business in our region, we’re encouraging workplaces to once a week (every Friday) collectively eat at a local cafe/restaurant/bakery, either in-house or takeaway.

Anyone can be part of this movement. We’d love to hear from other workplaces who have joined this great initiative. Tag us, use the logo, the hashtag and enjoy supporting local. Feel free to join in and #forkitlocalfriday!

Meet our Trainees

We would like to introduce you to our two new Business Administration Trainees, Will Stanley and Laura Peterson.

Will and Laura join the MRD team on a twelve-month traineeship. As well as helping out with various administration tasks and assisting staff with a range of different projects, the trainees will be completing a Certificate III in Business through SuniTAFE.

You’ll hear these two friendly voices when you call our landline (03 5021 0599) and see their friendly faces when you visit our office in person.