COVID-19 Update

Given the unfolding situation relating to COVID-19 in Australia and across the world, here at the City of Charles Sturt we want to be proactive and clear about how we can stay healthy and are making changes to the way we do things. We will continue to provide updates to the services and events that are impacted along with the latest information and recommendations from WHO, SA Health and the Government.

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#shoplocal - we are back in business

Our '#shoplocal - we are back in business' initiative aims to bring life back to our main streets by helping businesses reconnect with their customers.

Please read the program guidelines including eligibility requirements before applying.

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A range of customer attraction activities and events as restrictions ease and shops re-open or increase service offering.

  • Awareness in the community regarding the businesses that are open in their community and the services they are offering.
  • Restored public confidence in returning to businesses when it is safe to do so.
  • Increased foot traffic and expenditure as a result of a #shoplocal – back in business campaign.
  • Increased activity on our “main streets” such as outdoor dining, foot traffic and reactivation of shop fronts to contribute to the vibrancy of our City.
  • Collaborative projects between local businesses to attract customers in creative ways.

In addition to the general program eligibility applicants must be a business from one of the following employment sectors:

  • Accommodation, beverage & food services
  • Retail Services
  • Hospitality Discount Initiatives - such as a 10% discount for residents or a buy one get one free coffee or meal are eligible for up to $500.
  • Beauty Services and Gym Discount Initiatives - such as a discount for a beauty service or a week’s free gym membership are eligible for up to $1000.
  • Workshops, events and other experiences are eligible for up to a maximum of $2,000 plus GST per business and if the activity involves a local musician an additional $500 may be available to assist with Artist fees.
  • Businesses working collaboratively may receive up to a value of $5,000 plus GST.

Subject to current covid-19 restrictions customer experiences could include but are not limited to:

Shop local initiatives
Businesses connected to and supporting their local community, for example, promotion of a 10% discount card for residents or a retail store offering customers a free/ discount coffee card from a neighbouring café.

Classroom retail
Customer participation through workshops in store or online to learn a skill or participate in maker demonstrations.

Storytelling / meet the maker experiences
Virtual & in store experiences that share the story behind the maker, the process or local product. For instance, an open night to see behind the scenes of the business.

Tasting events
For food-based businesses, for example food sampling and pairing experience.

Temporary artwork installation
Something unique to encourage people to come specifically to see, for instance a collection of artworks outside business premises.

As restrictions ease experiences could expand to include:

Community connection
Business site as a platform for people to interact or accomplish something together, for example businesses supporting residents to plan a community project in store.

Social conscious consumption awareness experience
Event centred around locally produced and sourced products, sustainability and reducing environmental impacts.

Expressions of Interest are now open!

Money granted in the 19/20 financial year should be expended within 6 weeks of receipt of the funds

Money granted in the 20/21 financial year should be expended within 3 months of receipt of the funds.

Expressions of Interest for this program will be open on an ongoing basis until 1 June 2021 or until funding is exhausted.

Payment under this program will be made directly to the business after receipt of a signed funding agreement and tax invoice.

The business agrees to acquit the funds within one month of completing the project, as per the funding agreement.

Contact Sarah Maddock, Place Leader

Expressions of Interest for this program will be open on an ongoing basis until 1 June 2021 or until funding is exhausted.

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