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Baw Baw Business Nominations

Still time to nominate for Baw Baw Business Person of the Shire

Baw Baw Shire logoREMINDER TO NOMINATE: Baw Baw Business Excellence Awards 

The Baw Baw Business Excellence Awards are turning 10 and to celebrate Baw Baw Shire is partnering with Economic Development Australia (EDA) to host the 2017 Victorian State Conference.

This will be a double celebration as EDA is also celebrating their 10th birthday.

To celebrate 10 years of Business Excellence, Baw Baw Shire is hosting a recognition night where it will announce the Business of the Decade and Business Person of the Shire.

We are seeking nominations for a Business Person of the Shire. You will need to submit an application addressing the below questions which will be judged by a panel of independent judges.

This Award is open to business people based in Baw Baw Shire who have contributed significantly to the growth and development of the Shire and who have been involved in business in the Shire for a minimum of 10 years.

The winner of this prestigious award will receive the title of Baw Baw Shire Business Person of the Shire.

Key Dates

Submissions now open
Submissions Close:  Friday 27 January
Judging:  Monday 6 February to Friday 24 February
Gala Dinner Presentation Night:  Thursday 9 March 2017

Conditions of Entry
All entries must be completed by an authorised representative of the business entering the awards.

All entries become the property of Baw Baw Shire Council. Information contained in your entry may be published and used in the awards presentation.

No alterations to entries will be permitted after the final date for submission.

Baw Baw Shire Council reserves the right to seek further details and verification in relation to your entry.

The award will be presented to the individual business person as named in the application form.

Baw Baw Shire Council reserves the right to use the information provided in your entry for promotion of the awards. Entrants understand and accept that their name, logo and / or the name of their business may be listed in publications about the awards.

The business person, if operating must currently be based in Baw Baw Shire, and have an Australian Business Number (ABN) or Australian Company Number (CAN).

It is important that all relevant information is disclosed to Council. This includes any legal proceedings or prosecutions or similar matters involving the business or involving its directors or staff arising out of the running of the business. This is irrespective of whether a conviction was recorded, (so fines and penalty notices need to be disclosed). These matters include criminal matters, breach of OH&S legislation, Local Laws prosecutions, Health Act (e.g. food handling, nuisance), Building and Planning matters, Animal Welfare, Work Cover and Environment Protection Agency (EPA) prosecutions or legal action involving the business and Council.

Council is only interested in matters that relate to the business, not personal speeding fines or similar. In the event that these matters are not disclosed then any submission or award to the business may be cancelled and the business and those associated with it may be excluded from participating in future Awards.


Business Person of the Shire

Contact information for the submission
Name of person making submission
Phone number of person making submission
Email of person making submission

Contact information for the person being nominated
Name of current business (if still in business)
Phone Number
Email address (if known)

This award recognises the positive contribution made to business by business people and professionals. The awards recognise those who demonstrate outstanding entrepreneurial spirit, strategic business direction and innovative ideas whilst providing inspiration to a new generation of upcoming business leaders. To enter this category the nominee must have been in business in Baw Baw Shire for at least 10 years and must have made a significant impact on the business economy of Baw Baw Shire.

Provide a profile of the nominee such as where they started, different businesses they have worked in and different roles they have held. (500 words).

Why do you believe this person should be considered as the Business Person of Baw Baw Shire? (500 words).

Provide an overview of the nominee’s key business achievements including any professional organisations they belong to and any work they have done within the business and wider Baw Baw community in order to contribute to the Business Economy of Baw Baw Shire. (750 words)

Please send in up to 10 high quality photos of the nominee with your application as these will be used when the winner is announced at the Gala Dinner Presentation night. If you do not have images, the business awards organisers will contact the nominee to get some.

Please submit your application no later than 5.00pm on Friday 27 January 2017 to business.awards@bawbawshire.vic.gov.au

If you have any questions, please contact Stacey Clark on 5624 2866 or email stacey.clark@bawbawshire.vic.gov.au or Karen Meyers on 5624 2422 or karen.meyers@bawbawshire.vic.gov.au

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Backstage at West Gippsland Arts Centre

Get the job finished!

West Gippsland Arts Centre artist's impression of upgrade
West Gippsland Arts Centre artist’s impression of upgrade

In September, Warragul Business Group members were taken back stage by Manager Arts Culture and Events, Rob Robson who outlined the amazing history of West Gippsland Arts Centre and a campaign fundraiser to help achieve the original vision for this important regional facility. 

Built in 1982, WGAC was designed to provide a regional performing arts centre for the people of Gippsland.

It was also an outcome from a regional development strategy and built around the same time as the Geelong Performing Arts Centre.

The project was inspired by local activists and supported strongly by the Hamer state government.

Rob said the project cost $4.2 million at the time and was jointly funded by Local and State Governments, and received $450,000 in local contributions through community fundraising.

“The original plan was for a 800 plus seat auditorium, with stalls and balcony seating,” explained Rob Robson.

“Budget shortfalls, caused by building delays, resulted in the balcony seating being deleted from the final design reducing the audience capacity to 490.

“However, the high quality and well equipped stage infrastructure was defended from cuts; and even today, WGAC still boasts one of the very best stage facilities in all Victoria.

Rob went on to talk about issues that threaten the ongoing viability and sustainability of this well-loved community facility:

  • 30 plus years old and increasing maintenance costs.
  • Major accessibility issues.
  • Declining attendances and usage.
  • Growing audience/local population and increasing demand (43,000+ by 2030).
  • Many commercial opportunities – conferences and shows – cannot be taken.

Rob talked about the key things implemented to help ensure WGAC will continue to be vibrant and viable for another 30 years:

  • Master planning to ascertain what is needed, what is possible and approximate cost.
  • Independent expert Economic Impact Assessment and Business case to test 1) Do nothing; 2) Simply refurbish what is there; 3) Expand venue capacity to achieve near to the original intended seat number (750).
  • Only scenario 3 returns a positive cost benefit ratio and gives hope for improved sustainability.
  • Funding application to State Government successful in providing $4 million.
  • Baw Baw Shire Council committed $5 million from Long Term Capital Works Budget (including Developer Contribution Fund component).
  • Now awaiting outcome of application to Federal Government for $4.9m.

The key objectives of the project are to:

  • Expand venue capacity by putting in the balcony – to meet seating demand and to improve the venue’s ability to attract major conferences and ‘big shows’ with broad appeal and generate  revenue to assist venue affordability for the community.
  • Improve accessibility, including a lift between all levels, improved amenities, better circulation in the foyer and entry to the theatre.
  • Make the place a visitor destination with Visitor Information capacity, an attractive café, plaza area in front and linkage to Civic Park.

Rob Robson suggested that the Baw Baw business community might engage with the Centre for the short term as donors (tax deductible) and/or in the longer term as partners.

Other ideas included business and ongoing partnership opportunities, and tickets for business use.

More information visit: West Gippsland Arts Centre Upgrade

Get your financial strategy straight

Setting financial strategy seminar

Confused venn diagramLearn how to develop an effective profit and loss budget and a cash flow forecast that can be used to monitor and measure the strategic objectives of your business.

Do you know the difference between a budget and a forecast? Do you know how to align your finances to your overall strategic business objective?

Budgets and forecasts are integral to the success of a business. This Small Business Victoria seminar explains the difference between a budget and a forecast; the key elements to a good financial strategy; and how to develop an effective profit and loss budget and cash flow forecast that can effectively assist businesses to evaluate and monitor the strategic objectives of the business.

Wednesday 11 November, from 6.00pm – 8.00pm,
Community Health Building, 31-35 Gladstone Street, Warragul.
Cost is $20 per person

For bookings go to the Business Victoria website.