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Farm Diversity Tool is the first step in exploring something new for your farm.
This initiative of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation allows you to search crop and animal production enterprise alternatives by type or location to discover which may be best suited to your farm.

Farm Diversity Tool
Resource Efficiency in Agriculture

Keen to save you money and improve the viability of your farm business through energy savings and materials efficiency?
Interested in using a practical guide to help you save money, increase productivity, gain a market edge and reduce environmental impact of your farm?
Cultivate Agribusiness has developed a self-guided workbook book to help you achieve your efficiency goals.
An efficiency hierarchy framework is used throughout the workbook as you go through the following steps:
1. Set your efficiency goals
2. Gather your baseline data
3. Establish benchmarks (efficiency indicators)
4. Identify improvement opportunities
5. Develop an action plan

Your Resource Efficient Farm Workbook
The Future of Local Food Podcast Series - Creating a Fairer Food System

We're kicking off by releasing the talks from the 2015 Future of Local Food conference and then continuing with all new guests in the lead up to the 2016 conference.

First up is Nick Rose from the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance. He speaks intelligently about creating a fairer food system that better serves the needs of the people it was originally designed for.

Nick Rose - Creating a Fairer Food System
The Future of Local Food Podcast Series - Home Harvest Feast

Currently Nillumbik Shire Council and Banyule City Council partner to deliver the Home Harvest Feast. The Feast aims to celebrate local food, the home grower and create better connectivity through the conversation of food.
Growers donate home grown produce, we collect it and with the help of community cooks and recently VCE Hospitality students create a two course local seasonal vegetarian meal. The Feast draws approx. 350 to the meal and is now in its fifth year.

Fleur Anderson & Kirsty Merritt - Home Harvest Feast
Bass Coast Wedding Services Guide

Bass Coast and Phillip Island
Bass Coast offers you the perfect destination to hold your dream wedding. There are a variety of locations and venues that will enable you to create a day that is uniquely you

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Bass Coast Economic Outlook Report

This Report examines the key drivers in the main business sectors in the Shire over the last 10 years, and makes projections about what is likely to happen in the coming five years.
Council's Economic Development Team commissioned this report to:
* provide some clarity about the likely impact on the business sector of the completion of the construction phase of the Desalination Plant
* pull all the different data sets together into one report and make informed analysis
* provide information for existing and prospective business operators in the region to assist with their business planning

Bass Coast Economic Outlook Report
Eating out in Bass Coast

Phillip Island and the Bass Coast Region hosts a large range of restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and wineries to satisfy your food and drink cravings. Being located next to the ocean definitely has its perks, one of them being some of the best fish and chips Victoria has to offer.

Eating out in Bass Coast
Weather and Climate

Victorian farm businesses have noticed that their seasons and climate is changing, and are seeing an increasing focus on carbon in agriculture.

Our climate program aims to assist in making sense of these key issues by providing information, tools and resources to support climate change risk management within the Victorian agricultural sector.

Agriculture Victoria Weather & Climate information
Development Options for Bass Coast 2005 - 2030

This research report is designed to help Bass Coast Shire develop policies aimed at bringing about the best possible economic future for Bass Coast residents. However, it is important to remember that there are a number of important economic factors (or ‘drivers’) that are beyond the control of local policy-makers and these may have an overriding influence on our future economy (eg. national inflation, interest rates, global or State recessions, etc.)
The sources of information used in this report include the local advisory panel, local surveys, Australia Bureau of Statistics data, numerous Bass Coast Shire Council (‘BCS’) Reports, NIEIR LGA databases and other external sources. (Note: ‘LGAs’ = Local Government Authorities, or Shires).

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Bass Coast Business Directory

This directory is comprised of members of the Phillip Island Tourism and Business Partnership and the Bass Coast Business and Tourism Partnership.

If you are interested in having your business listed please send a request to and information will be sent to you regarding the partnerships.

All memberships are renewed annually.

Local Business Directory
Lifestyle, Community, Opportunity

Bass Coast offers a unique affordable lifestyle in beautiful natural surrounds while providing the opportunities to work and invest in one of Victoria’s fastest growing regional municipalities
The Bass Coast has:
• High living standards without crowding or pollution
• Affordable, readily available residential and commercial investment opportunities
• Quality municipal services and competitive health and education services
• Low cost of living
• A skilled and reliable workforce
• Easy access to Melbourne, one of the largest markets in the nation
• An established and substantial tourism market

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The Future of Local Food Podcast Series - Exploring barriers to small scale meat production

Recorded at the Future of Local Food Conference 2015: The Sage concept originated from farmer Chris Balazs from La Finca farm. He originally wanted to process his own premium Hereford cattle for family and friends and maybe sell at a farmers market or two.
Four years on however and Sage has grown to supply its highly sought after meat from 7 different family farms who each share the vision of locally produced and ethically raised animals.

Chris Balaz - Exploring barriers to small scale meat production
The Future of Local Food Podcast Series - Whole-carcass butchering & community supported agriculture

Tammi is the President of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance. As well as answering questions about Fair Food – The Documentary, Tammi will also discuss her recent 3 week fair food tour of the United States.
A former vegetarian academic, Tammi now does whole-carcass butchering on the farm, sells pork and beef at the farm gate and online through a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) model and delivers monthly to hubs in Melbourne and the region.

Tammi Jonas - Whole-carcass butchering & community supported agriculture
Planning and Building in Bass Coast

Information on planning and building in Bass Coast is available on Council's website.
Information includes development requirements, permits and zoning information as well as statistical data.

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Rural Career Guide

The Rural Career Guide is a combined resource for students and job seekers, new entrants to the industry, parents and educators, counsellors and employers.
It features career descriptions, interactive displays, education and training options to highlight career pathways in rural and related industries.

Rural Career Guide
Climate Ready Gippsland

How climate change will affect the Gippsland region and how you can be climate-ready.
The Gippsland region has already become warmer and drier – a climate trend likely to continue into the future.
Local residents, businesses and communities are changing the way they do things in response. Getting climate-ready involves understanding how climate change is likely to affect
you and your region, and working out ways to adapt.
Everyone can contribute to the Gippsland region’s climate-ready future.

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Are you planning to take your business online. this fact sheet provides links to websites that can guide you through the process.
e-business covers online transactions, as well as all Internet based interactions with business partners, suppliers and customers. These online interactions are aimed at improving or transforming business processes and efficiency.

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Bass Coast Wonthaggi Climate Update March 2016

Climate and seasonal variability update for Bass Coast discussion on climate drivers, recent trends and agricultural adaptation.

Bass Coast Climate Update
Conference Venues in Bass Coast

Bass Coast is conveniently located only 90 minutes drive from Melbourne CBD, Victoria and offers a relaxed and friendly atmosphere for your next conference. The beautiful, natural environment and the diverse range of activities, cafes and restaurants make Bass Coast one of Victoria's best conference locations.
Visitor Information staff, who have local knowledge of the venues and their facilities, are available to assist with the organisation of your conference. This fact sheet contains brief information on available venues.
Please call 1300 366 422 for assistance or use the on-line link provided.

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Business & Tourism Associations

When starting a business it is always a good idea to contact your local trader group. The members of these groups can provide valuable support and assistance as you start your new business - especially if your are new to the area.

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Tourism market

Bass Coast and Phillip Island is one of Australia's major tourism regions.
It's not just the perfect base for summer activities, but an ideal base for winter fun, with the Victorian snowfields within easy reach.
The Bass Coast is home to 32,000 permanent residents, but this number swells to close to 100,000 during holiday periods, summer weekends and major events. Bass Coast plays host to some 35% of Victoria's international tourists.
Visitors to Bass Coast contributed $1.05 billion to the local economy whilst 2350 jobs were attributed to tourism in the Shire. Visitors are attracted by such renowned experiences as the world famous Penguin Parade, and the Motorcycle Grand Prix and Superbike Championships.

Economic Impact of Tourism 2009
Planning a Conference

The task of planning and co-ordinating a conference is a high profile but demanding role that can be rewarding at the completion of the event. This fact sheet offers a few useful tips to use that will make the task easier.

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Southern Gippsland Foodmap

Are you a local producer looking to:
* profile your fantastic produce and increase your business profile
* extend your market reach and show your retail outlets
* promote local produce to the local community
If your business fits into one of the listed categories then you can register your business for free on the Southern Gippsland Foodmap.
Categories include: Grower / producer, Green grocery, Butchery, Bakery, Fish monger, Deli
Winery / brewery, Market, Food store and Distributor.
This online map provides information to local consumers, retailers and visitors about food producers in South Gippsland and Bass Coast Shires.

Southern Gippsland Foodmap
Rural Career Guide

The Rural Career Guide is a combined resource for students and job seekers, new entrants to the industry, parents and educators, counsellors and employers.
It features career descriptions, interactive displays, education and training options to highlight career pathways in rural and related industries

Rural Career Guide
Small Business Mentoring Service

A Mentor is a trusted guide who advises and shares their experience with the aim of helping you develop a successful business. To survive and thrive in business, it makes good sense to gain all the support and knowledge available to give you a competitive edge.

Mentors at the Small Business Mentoring Service can help you by:
1. Listening: Your Mentor is skilled at looking at issues from a range of perspectives, providing practical insight and suggesting alternative view points.
2. Motivating: Mentors are able to cut through the day to day problems and help you look at the wider picture and work towards achieving set goals.
3. Planning: Mentors will work with you to look to the future and build a plan that sets out the steps to follow.

SMBS website
Conference Venues - Comparative Listing

This detailed spreadsheet allows conference organisers to compare the facilities available in each of the listed venues.
Please call our Visitor Information staff if you would like more information or assistance with your conference arrangements.
On-line bookings can be made using the link provided.

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Conference bookings
Mohair Raising - options for additional farm income

The best Angora goats in the country were in Goulburn last weekend for the industry's 20th National Trophy Show. It's a significant milestone for what many still regard as a cottage industry. And it comes as a time when production worldwide has collapsed. Indeed, with demand rising for quality mohair fibre, growers here are keen for a lot more mainstream farmers to give Angoras a go. For more information please open this link.

Mohair Raising - ABC Landline
Operating a business

Business Victoria is a comprehensive online resource designed to help you start, run and grow your business
Whether you're looking to start a new business or are already operating you will need to write a business plan, organise finance, employ staff and grow your business. Listed below are guides, tools and templates for you to download and use.

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Why Do Farming Families Diversify?

Farm diversification is common to rural landowners across the developed world.
Within Australia, diversification is being promoted as a system to build economic resilience for farming families.
Diversification has been defined in many ways but, in the context of this report, it has been defined as the addition of another stream of farm-based income to supplement the existing source/s. Over time, the diversification enterprise may overtake and replace the original core business

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Smartphone apps for smart farmers

The original version of this book was produced in November 2012, when the Ag Excellence team noticed that while increasing numbers of farmers were adopting smartphone/table technology, finding suitable apps was very difficult. It was our intention then to provide a booklet which gave farmers information about what apps were available and how the use of these could benefit them.
Wherever possible, we have downloaded and road-tested the apps, however their inclusion in this booklet is not necessarily an endorsement of them.
This booklet was developed by Ag Excellence Alliance Inc., and prepared by Growing Solutions

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How complaints can save your business money

Disputes with customers can be costly. However, a complaint that doesn’t escalate into a dispute can actually help your business.
The advice below, from Consumer Affairs Victoria, can help you reduce complaints about your products or services - and turn those you do get into an opportunity, instead of a dispute.

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Farm Diversification and Compatibility for Existing Farm Businesses

Diversification is one of three important processes through which a farm business can improve its situation.
This Information Note is part of a series that explores aspects of farm diversification and decision making. There are five important aspects to making a decision. These five aspects are: compatibility, observing, trialing, complexity and resource advantage.
For more information open this fact sheet.

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Agribusiness websites

There are 4 pages dedicated to web addresses that are based around the agribusiness industry. Sites include are: DPI, CSIRO, Australian Organics, A-Z Guide to Food and Agriculture, Australian Fodder Industry Association plus many more.

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Community Cultural Centres

Bass Coast Shire Community Cultural Centres cater for a variety of activities. Venues include:
1. Professional theatre.
2. Exhibition spaces.
3. Halls for large functions
4 Various sized meeting rooms.
Click on this fact sheet for more detailed information and how to book a listed venue.

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Economic Profile

Bass Coast boasts significant growth and investment potential due to improving infrastructure and population growth. These initiatives also encourage the integration of the region into global markets, the creation of jobs and stimulate economic growth.
Bass Coast offers access to a strong, motivated and skilled workforce sourced from residents and those making the easy commute from surrounding areas.
Opportunities exist for value-adding and diversification as well as expansion into innovative, intensive horticulture and crop production.

Economic Profile Statistics
Options for Property Management and Enterprise Diversification

When people consider changing the management of their rural property or consider diversify their farm enterprise mix they are looking to improve, grow or develop from a current situated to a better situation for themselves and their family. There are a number of pathways people can take to make these changes. For more information please read this fact sheet.

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Saving $ by going green

Make your business more efficient can reduce overheads and improve profits as well as improving the business sustainability and helping to reduce its impact on the environment.

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Small business self assessment checklist

This checklist is designed to help you and your business to become aware of your rights and comply with your obligations under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). It will help you identify which parts of the ACL are relevant to your business and how you can get more information.

Topics covered:
• Setting up your business to sell goods or services
• Selling your goods or services
• Solving your customer problems

Small Business Self Assessment Checklist
Economic Snapshot

The economic profile of the Shire reveals a diverse industry base with significant involvement in agriculture, education and training, service industries, community and health services and vibrant retail and tourism sectors.

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Labour Force and Job Market Information

Information is available on labour force statistics and local job vacancies as advertised in the local press.

Labour Force and Job Ad information
ASIC and small business

ASIC is an independent Commonwealth government agency that regulates
businesses, financial markets and financial services industries in Australia
A key function of ASIC is to help businesses operate within the law. This will help ensure
that businesses in Australia are managed and operate fairly and transparently. Another key
function of ASIC is to educate businesses on what it means to operate within the law.

Your Obligations as a Small Business Operator
Bass Coast Community Profile

Bass Coast Shire Council Community Profile includes results from the 2006, 2001, 1996, and 1991 Censuses of Population and Housing.

Bass Coast Shire Council Community Profile is designed to inform community groups, investors, business, students and the general public. To achieve this, the Profile is formatted to present the data in simple, clear tables and charts with concise factual commentary.

Bass Coast Community Profile
Small Business Assistance

This fact sheet provides a brief description of the type of help available for those setting up a new business venture or those wanting to develop their existing business:
1. Business Victoria Step by Step Guides
2. Bass Coast Shire Council Economic Development Staff.
3. Business in Bass Coast Website.

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ABS Statistical Information

All ABS statistics can be accessed and downloaded free of charge. The ABS website contains over 365,000 pages including all publications released since 1994. It is updated daily at 11:30am enabling you to access new product releases each day.
A new and exciting range of products including QuickStats, Census Tables and Community Profiles are now available. They can all be used to access data in a variety of formats to suit your needs. The data was updated in June 2012 with the first release of the 2011 Census data.
This fact sheet outlines the products now available and provides links to the ABS website. You can also go directly to the ABS site by clicking on the web link.

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ABS Quick Links
Suggest a Business

This fact sheet contains a list of business opportunities or ideas that have been suggested by community members. The suggestions are listed by locality and then by category.

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Web Links for Statistical Information

This fact sheet lists several web site links that will provide a variety of current statistical information.

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Agricultural Climate Resilience Project

The Agricultural Climate Resilience Project (ACAP) has been developed from work that South Gippsland and Bass Coast Shire Councils have been doing with local producers with the assistance of the State Government over the last four years.
The major focus of the project is ‘mentoring’; helping farmers to gain skills to deal with the threats (and opportunities) that climate change might throw up utilising peers experiences. A number of mentoring models will be used, including forums, discussion groups, farm walks and demonstrations.

ACA project information
Feedback Form - Cafe

This is a customer feedback form specifically designed to cater for cafes.

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Feedback Form - Restaurant

This is a customer feedback form specifically designed to cater for restaurants.

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Whether you are starting a business or growing one, there's a clever way to do it. At you'll find all the information and tools that you need to make business easier. It's your gateway to:
* public information on every registered Australian business
* permits, licences and forms you need to conduct transactions at all levels of government
* the latest information on superannuation and taxation issues
* grants, tenders and contracts information
* professional advice and support and a whole lot more.

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Feedback Form - Take Away

This is a customer feedback form specifically designed to cater for take away venues.

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Feedback Form - Hotel Dining

This is a customer feedback form specifically designed to cater for hotel dining rooms.

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Business Grants

The attached fact sheets provides information on business grant website locations and a brief description of the information available on the site.

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Planning Permit Activity in Bass Coast 2011-12

This report is a summary of statistical information on planning permit activity in Bass Coast for the 2011-12 financial year. The data is provided by local government authorities, the Minister for Planning and the Victorian Civil and Administration Tribunal.

The information covered in this annual report includes:
* the number of permit applications received, decided and reviewed at VCAT
* the estimated cost of works involved in permits decided and the value of fees
* the time to process permits and the number processed within sixty days
* the number of permits that required further information requests, public notice, referral or involved submissions
* the number of permits by category
* changes in land use
* comparison information with previous years and across schemes.

DPCD Planning Activity Report
Building Activity in Bass Coast

The Building Commission's pulseº provides qualitative and quantitative information on the building industry to measure industry's performance. The site is designed to enhance decision-making across the industry, and is free for all to use.

Building Permits data

Financial institutions available in Bass Coast Shire are listed on this fact sheet.

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Accountants and Auditors

This fact sheet provides the details of accountants in our shire. Information is from the Yellow Pages on- line directory.

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Solicitors and Lawyers

Information on solicitors' details are available on this fact sheet. Details are from the Yellow Pages on-line directory.

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Useful Business Web Addresses

This fact sheet has 4 pages listing many web addresses that may be useful to your business growth and development. Sites listed include: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Tax Office, the Guide for Home Based Business, AusIndustry, ACCC and many more.

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January 2016

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December 2015

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