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Enquiries to 8571 1550 Adrian Boden South East Melbourne Manufacturers Alliance (SEMMA) Ph: 9768 2524 Tiffany Murray Greater Dandenong Chamber of Commerce Ph: 9768 3283 Emilio Di Sisto Stakeholder Editorial Ph: 8571 1346 Views expressed by individual contributors in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the City of Greater Dandenong. Material from Stakeholder, Greater Dandenong‘s business news may be reproduced for noncommercial purposes provided the source is acknowledged, e.g. ‘This material first appeared in the City of Greater Dandenong’s Stakeholder publication, December 2017.' Cover: The gateway to Springvale with a sample of cuisines available.

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elcome to the final edition of Stakeholder for 2017.

In this edition we take the opportunity to review the year that was and highlight the success stories for 2017. This year we celebrated the award winning Young Manufacturer of the Year, Anne Koopmann from Bombardier, South East Business Network's ongoing commitment to the region, local social enterprises and the projects being undertaken by the Activity Centre Revitalisation team.

Paul Kearsley.

The June edition was a dedicated Special Business Support Edition, which provided a wealth of resources with articles featuring business assistance offered by Council, through Government programs and from local member oganisations.

We brought to you feature stories on local companies such as Volgren, Nissan Casting, Campeyn, Southern Colour, Iveco Australia, Unique Auto Parts, Le Mans Go Karts and Rob’s British Butcher.

The Economic Development Unit delivered the Victorian Agribusiness Summit in August, as well as the Food Manufacturers Collaborative Network Series workshops. The Small Business Workshop program increased significantly in participation numbers, and the 2018 program is once again shaping up to include informative and relevant topics for businesses.

The celebrations continued with the awarding of the Greater Dandenong’s Chamber of Commerce Business Awards and the stories on the City of Greater Dandenong Business Grant recipients. In this edition we celebrate many more local businesses.

In partnership with local Business Banking representatives of ANZ, Bank of Melbourne, Commonwealth Bank and Westpac another year of successful Mayor and CEO Business Forums were delivered.

On behalf of the Greater Dandenong Business Team, I wish you, your staff and families a safe and happy Christmas and look forward to engaging with you again in 2018. Paul Kearsley Group Manager, Greater Dandenong Business


ightwood Ward Councillor Youhorn Chea has been elected Mayor of the City of Greater Dandenong for the fourth time. Cr Chea has served as a Councillor for 20 years, and was elected Mayor in 2001, 2007 and 2012. Cr Chea has lived in Greater Dandenong since he fled Cambodia in 1982. Using his own experience living in refugee camps and building a new life for his family, Cr Chea wants to inspire refugees and migrants living in this city. “Greater Dandenong is one of Australia’s most culturally diverse communities, and I believe it is one of the most vibrant in our country,” Cr Chea said. “I hope I can inspire the many refugees who call our city home to believe they can achieve great things 2 STAKEHOLDER

in their lives. Anything is possible if you believe.” Cr Chea is looking forward to watching Springvale transform over his term as mayor. The Springvale Boulevard project will uplift the main thoroughfare through Springvale’s shopping district, and will create a signature boulevard that reinforces the suburb as a leading cultural destination. Work will continue on planning and building the Springvale Community Precinct, which will include a state of the art library and community spaces for all. Cr Chea thanked his fellow councillors for entrusting him with the role of Mayor, and said he was looking forward to representing the whole community for the coming year.

Mayor Youhorn Chea, front row in centre, and fellow Councillors getting into the Christmas spirit.



reater Dandenong’s food and beverage businesses will have two ideal opportunities to showcase their products in March 2018 via the Regional World’s Longest Lunch and Dandenong World Fare. Council’s Economic Development Unit is partnering with Little River Winery and Marian Rennie, located in Melbourne’s north east, as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival (MFWF). The Longest Lunch has become a hallmark event for the MFWF and on 16 March 2018 will boast a continuous table for more than 100 guests at Marian Rennie’s Gallery at Acheron.

In a story-book garden setting amid rolling foothills, renowned artist and cook Marian Rennie will meld gorgeous, local, in-season produce with the exotic aromas and flavours from Dandenong's diverse food heartland. The five-course meal for serious food and wine lovers will feature beer, gin and wine from local producers The Craft & Co and Kaiju! Beer.

MAKE SAUSAGES WITH THE BOYS FROM UNCLE'S • Discover the world of smallgoods, smoking and sausage making with the boys from Uncle's Smallgoods • Learn how to create sausages under the supervision of Uncle's head smallgoods maker

The World’s Longest Lunch typically attracts serious foodies, media coverage and extensive social media mentions. Council is offering local businesses the opportunity to include non-perishable items in the Lunch’s show bags for guests to take home.

Interested restaurants, cafés, retailers and manufacturers can contact Leanne McCready at lmccre@cgd. or on 8571 1567 for further information.

It’s all things tourism here in the City of Greater Dandenong


estination Melbourne and Wendy Hargreaves, Editor from 5 of the best were recently commissioned to produce a series of tourism videos, showcasing the amazing things that are available for visitors to the City of Greater Dandenong. The four Destination Melbourne videos are themed:

Eat Check out some of the great food and food venues in the area. The food is authentic, fresh and sourced locally.

The MFWF festivities will continue on 25 March at Dandenong Market from 10am-4pm for the Dandenong World Fare. Melbourne's largest community celebration of multicultural food sees more than 50 food trucks and stalls delighting visitors with delectable dishes from around the world.


The event also serves up colourful cultural entertainment and 200 market stalls offering fresh produce, bargains and a world of shopping.

See • Tour the factory and see the open fire smokers in action • Enjoy a smallgoods degustation sampling how various preparation, techniques and smoking methods impact taste and texture. Date: Saturday 17 March 2018 Time: 10am-1pm Cost: $95 Venue: 123 Thomas Street, Dandenong Contact:

Check out some of the fantastic activities for all of the family to experience when visiting the area. Ride around the largest outdoor go kart circuit or if water is your thing, check out the only water cable park in Victoria.

Come and visit and get to see some amazing places unique to this area. There are historical sites as well as an award winning, state-of-the-art theatre where you can see some fantastic performances throughout the year.

Shop The shopping experience is like no other, you’re spoilt for choice and you can purchase items you won’t find anywhere else. You can access all videos via our website where they are shared with our tourism operators/ partners and community. STAKEHOLDER 3

SOCIAL SECTOR Premier Daniel Andrews receiving a sleeping mat from Bright Chinganya, Chairman of Carers of Africa at the SEM launch.


TRY trainees at work.


entral Dandenong is turning green thanks to a new community garden project overseen by youth support agency TRY. TRY mentor and train at risk youth looking to change their lives, by creating opportunities to work. The TRY Team has been working on the Halpin Way, Dandenong site to build a garden to share the communal benefits of a green space and provide the opportunity for local residents, organisations, and businesses to grow and share fresh, healthy produce. TRY trainees are building the garden as part of their studies towards a nationally accredited building qualification. The garden will soon be open to community groups and residents to take up plots and produce food that can be shared among themselves and the wider community. Visit to keep up to date with the progress at the garden and to find out more about the community members, groups and businesses tending the plots, and how their bounty will be used. Business sponsorship is also welcome. Please contact business@ or call 8571 1346 for more information.



he social sector is a rapidly expanding third sector of the economy sitting alongside the private (business) and public (government) sectors. It includes organisations such as social enterprises and charities, cooperatives and not-forprofit organisations. The sector is playing an increasingly important role in delivering employment, education, health and social care, housing and environmental outcomes. Victoria is now home to over 5,000 social sector organisations. It employs around 75,000 Victorians and social sector activity is estimated to generate two to three per cent of GDP. Social enterprises are the ‘backbone’ of the social sector. They are revenue generating entities that derive a substantial portion of their income from trade or service provision and use their financial surpluses to create social benefit. Local social enterprises Twich, a migrant based women's sewing collective, and Carers of Africa, a migrant support group whose Sleep Well Project is turning plastic bags into sleeping mats for the homeless were popular exhibitors at the recent South East Melbourne (SEM) launch featured on pages 12 and 13 of this edition. Visit socialenterprises to learn more about local social enterprises and support programs. There is also enormous potential for private and social sector organisations


to collaborate and ‘share’ the value they create. The City of Greater Dandenong’s Shared Value Pilot Project clearly demonstrated how local businesses can increase commercial returns while generating social benefit. Visit sharedvalue to learn more about shared value initiatives implemented by ANZ, Iveco, Dandenong Plaza, United Energy, Avocare and Patterson Cheney Toyota.

Business leaders –

register your interest With a unique skillset, business leaders are ideally placed to add value on the boards of local social sector organisations. Professional business management skills are often the gap for these organisations. Volunteering to add that expertise can greatly assist local social organisations to achieve their social goals, contributing greatly to our community. We are aware of locally based social organisations who are contributing to our community, but are in need of this type of guidance. Business leaders are encouraged to register their interest by emailing: or directly make contact with a local social organisation that they would be keen to support.



Ward Petherbridge from Smart Recycling, Cr Matthew Kirwan and Scott Bosckay Chief Executive Officer Sustainable Melbourne Fund.

Green finance to help businesses reduce energy costs


reater Dandenong’s first Environmental Upgrade Agreement (EUA) was signed on 14 September 2017. This innovative green loan has enabled local business Smart Recycling to access $100,000 for the installation of a 100 Kilowatt renewable energy solar system. This will help reduce Smart Recycling’s energy bill by over $28,000 per year, saving it more than $600,000 over the life of the system. Ward Petherbridge, Smart Recycling’s Managing Director, wanted to reduce the company’s exposure to increasing energy costs by generating their own energy. “We decided to enter into an EUA with the Sustainable Melbourne Fund and the City of Greater Dandenong as it provides an innovative way to finance the upgrade that enables loan repayments to be cash flow positive.”

What is an Environmental Upgrade Agreement? An Environmental Upgrade Agreement (EUA) is a new and growing form of finance available to local businesses. It allows them to invest in building upgrades that reduce operating costs, increase built asset values, improve energy and water efficiency, and minimise waste.

What are the financial benefits? EUAs help businesses overcome cash flow concerns by providing 100 per cent of the required finance with flexible loan repayment options.

Council has partnered with the Sustainable Melbourne Fund and other financial institutions, such as Bank Australia, to make these green loans available to businesses in the City of Greater Dandenong.

How do Environmental Upgrade Agreements work? EUAs are similar to normal loans or finance obtained directly from a bank, however, for businesses within the City of Greater Dandenong, Council acts as the collection agent introducing a levy on the property that enables loan repayments to be made via the Council rates.

How can I access an EUA green loan? To find out how your business can take advantage of the green loans available as part of the Environment Upgrade Agreement program, contact the Sustainable Melbourne Fund on 1300 432 044 or via email at info@

What is the Sustainable Melbourne Fund? The Sustainable Melbourne Fund designed and established the EUA program initially for the City of Melbourne. They are the third party administrators of the program and work closely with councils and businesses to drive innovative financial and sustainable outcomes for businesses. For further information visit www.

re you a sustainability leader or innovator? Is your business helping to create a sustainable future? If so, you are invited to submit an entry for the fourth Annual Greater Dandenong Sustainability Awards. The Sustainable Business category helps recognise the sustainability leadership demonstrated by businesses, both big and small. Entries can include upgrades to equipment or building retrofits, the integration of sustainability into business operations or the delivery of a product or service that benefits the environment. The Sustainable Development category is also returning this year, with businesses called to showcase sustainable buildings both recently completed or with a current planning permit. Award winners will be announced in March 2018 at a prominent event for local businesses, supported by the South East Business Network (SEBN).

The successful businesses will be promoted by Council and will also have Council’s support in applying for the Premier’s Sustainability Awards. Entry for the Greater Dandenong Sustainability Awards closes 4pm on Thursday 25 January 2018. Download a nomination form at www. or pick up the form at your local Greater Dandenong customer service centre.


Sustainability Awards Be sustainable • Be recognised • Be rewarded


Linda and Katie from Fort Knox with their award.




n 30 October the City of Greater Dandenong hosted a delegation of 20 Chinese senior managers from the Fujian Department of Housing and Urban construction who were visiting Australia to undertake a leadership training program with the support of La Trobe University. Council’s Manager Activity Centres Revitalisation, Kevin van Boxtel provided the delegation with an overview of the Revitalising Central Dandenong Project, an insight into local government, and an overview of some key economic development projects being undertaken in the municipality. The delegation also met with representatives of the State Government Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. Feedback from the delegation was extremely positive and made their short visit to Melbourne both informative and rewarding.

Delegation visiting the City of Greater Dandenong.

Self-storage facility SECURES TOP AWARD


ort Knox Self Storage Keysborough was awarded 2017 New Facility of the Year by the Self Storage Association of Australasia (SSAA) in August. Judges recognised the commitment, innovation and accomplishment in the business’ operations.

The building’s impressive design, also shortlisted for a Master Builders Association award, includes sustainability initiatives according to Operations and HR Manager Julia West. “The company is focussed on improving efficiencies and reducing our environmental footprint. Our electricity runs on motion sensors, all storage boxes are recycled, and the facility is completely fitted out with LED tubes. We have water tanks on site so rain water is used for gardens, and all our customers have moved to a paperless system,” Ms West said. Other design features include ease of access for large trucks, an attractive façade and the latest technology such as individually alarmed doors for all units. Customers have access to a free

storage van and a comfortable waiting room with free tea, coffee and cold drinks for “sleep-deprived” and stressed customers on moving day. “It’s about overall customer experience,” said Ms West. “We’re leaders in service and offer an experience that motivates people to use storage again. “Being a family-owned business, we understand and respect family values and want to support other people. We try to engage with like-minded organisations including local football clubs, Noble Park Bowls Club and Rotary groups.” Fort Knox Self Storage selected the Keysborough site for its strong mix of commercial and residential premises as well as its expansive shop frontage on Springvale Road. Manager Linda Barker was SSAA’s Manager of the Year in 2015 (at another site) and has been with the facility since it opened in August 2016.



f your personal or business details change, you have 28 days to update your Australian Business Number (ABN) details. Your ABN details can be used by your customers and other businesses to confirm they are dealing with the right business. If any of the following details have changed since


you registered your ABN, you’ll need to update them legal name, postal address, business location, email address, main business activity and industry code, entity type, contact information and associate details. You can update your ABN details through the Australian Business Register.



Business delegation meeting in China.


was amazing for us. It was really well organised and very economical.

The delegation was the second of its kind with ‘business matching’ and meetings with chambers of commerce, associations and industry bodies in Nanjing and Xuzhou.

“I’ve made a good contact for both businesses so now I need to make sure I follow up. It’s a shame more local businesses weren’t involved in the delegation because some found it difficult to take the week off, but as small businesses, we need to do it because we need to gain fresh ideas.”

reater Dandenong businesses made valuable connections in China recently through a delegation involving Council and South East Melbourne Manufacturers Alliance (SEMMA).

Marketing and Business Development Manager Con Hatzilias from Future Bake Australia said it was a great opportunity to revisit contacts and relationships made through the previous delegation. “We gained introductions to companies that we probably wouldn’t have been able to access on our own very easily. Resourcing new growth opportunities is a common challenge for SMEs and through the Council you get some incredible doors to open. “At the end of the delegation we visited the Victorian Government Trade and Investment office in Shanghai. I can understand what they do better and it now takes the relationship up a level,” Mr Hatzilias said. Sineth Sar of RST Consulting in Springvale participated with her two different businesses in mind - specialised civil and structural engineering and construction and as a manufacturer of Sunrise Tissue Products. “Before we left, Council asked us what we needed and they matched us very well with businesses,” Ms Sar said. “We had an interpreter with us to communicate and help us throughout the trip including at dinners – that

Adrian Boden at SEMMA, who has been involved with both delegations and planning trips, said some organisations had already seen tangible results. “We’ve introduced one of our associations here that represents electric cable and wire manufacturers to their equivalent in China. The feedback from SEMMA businesses has been they would never have been able to get into some companies or have that level of interest if they hadn’t gone with Council.” Paul Kearsley, Group Manager Greater Dandenong Business, said the challenge was getting businesses to be aware of the enormous opportunities available in China and to make it a priority. “The first part of the trip sees each business have a tailor-made opportunity to network, while the second part includes factory tours and formal arrangements with our sister city. This gives participants an understanding of how to interact with the Chinese in both business and social settings.” Council is planning another delegation to Nanjing and Xuzhou. Members of the delegation will be responsible for their own travel expenses. Email or phone 8571 1571 for more information.

he Victorian Government's new China Strategy 'Partnerships for Prosperity' is a collaboration of key stakeholders in the Chinese national government, Jiangsu provincial government and Sichuan provincial government. It details six directions to build stronger engagement with China over the next 10 years. Victoria will support SMEs to identify and take up export opportunities in China, and continually improve the outcomes of core business activities including inbound missions like the Victoria Invitation Program. The strategy forecasts Victoria’s exports to China will increase by more than $5 billion over the next 10 years and opportunities available for Victorian businesses will grow substantially with the China– Australia Free Trade Agreement. It identifies sectors with potential for extraordinary export growth to China: food and fibre, international education, medical technology and pharmaceuticals, professional services, transport, defence and construction technology, and new energy technology. Businesses can also now directly reach China’s online customers through a variety of e‑commerce platforms including online malls and specialty markets. The new strategy further highlights the importance of businesses working with Council and government to take advantage of available opportunities For the full strategy see the “News & Publications” section of





new brewery planned for Dandenong South is aiming to take craft beer to the masses with the company already attracting key investors. Brick Lane Brewery Co. is backed by prominent businessman Gerry Ryan, among others, with Andrew Scrimgeour as one of three co-founders. According to Mr Scrimgeour, Brick Lane’s co-founders identified a gap in the market for a craft brewery with scale. Additionally, it was about sourcing the best equipment possible for making great beer. “People are keen to explore craft and independent beers. We plan to get a new wave of people in the Dandenong area involved in tasting and supporting independent beer. “We’ve already started pouring beer at selected venues on tap, we’re currently making two specific beers at the moment: a clean, Munich-style Lager, and a really wonderful-drinking pale ale using Galaxy, Mosaic and Amarillo hops.” Brick Lane Brewing Co. prepared a detailed business plan to attract investors for the capital-intensive development. “Plus the idea of owning and investing in part of a brewery is appealing,” laughed Mr Scrimgeour. The planned 5,000 m2 brewery on Jayco Drive, Dandenong South will utilise the latest technology and have a tap room for visitors who want to experience beer tastings. “It’s the ideal location for a stateof-the-art brewery of this scale.” The business wants to engage the community prior to the launch of the completed brewery mid 2018 and is currently speaking with local venues, restaurants and bars to offer Brick Lane beers on tap.

Co-Founders Andrew Scrimgeour and Paul Bowker, and Head Brewer Jon Seltin.


The winning team from Erebus Motorsport.



rebus Motorsport, based in Dandenong South, has taken the V8 Supercars world by storm by winning the Bathurst 1000 in October with driver David Reynolds. General Manager Barry Ryan said it was a massive victory for the team with some members having been in the industry for 30 years. “It’s a demanding job with 16 races in the season across Australia and New Zealand and two VF Commodores on the track. We had a day out to celebrate but that was it as we had to concentrate on the next race.”

Erebus Motorsport prepares and races V8 supercars professionally. Its team of 20 includes mechanics, engineers, management, commercial staff, PR and accounting as well as apprentices.

championship. We’re getting to a point where we believe we can win each race.” The Bathurst win will increase the value of the business with the industry being driven by sponsorship and exposure on television. According to Mr Ryan, “It’s better than being in a TV ad.” The business moved from Queensland to Moorabbin in 2016, switching their E63 Supercars to Holdens, then moved onto Dandenong later that same year for easier truck access with wider roads and access to the freeway. “It made our operation more streamlined.” Erebus Motorsport is looking to further involve the local community in the future and is brainstorming ideas such as holding open days.

“We’re constantly innovating down to the pit stops and how the car handles – we’re trying to be smarter and better than the next team,” said Mr Ryan.

“Driving a car is something people can relate to and they love the noise and element of danger in motor sport. Much like a footy team, you can back a car and we have cult followings,” said Mr Ryan.

“Our three-year plan is to win a


Images from the forum.


ver 250 people from manufacturing, business, higher education and government gathered at the Drum Theatre in Dandenong in September to hear how automotive supply chain companies have transitioned in recent years. The forum demonstrated how companies have accessed new industry sectors including rail, defence, specialty vehicle manufacturing and building and construction as well as embraced global market opportunities. The adoption of new business models, innovation and diversification were strong themes that emerged over the day. The event was run in partnership with the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, the City of Greater Dandenong, South East Business Networks (SEBN), Committee for Dandenong (C4D), South East Melbourne Manufacturers Alliance (SEMMA) and Macpherson Kelley Lawyers. In opening the event, former Minister for Industry and Employment, Wade Noonan, highlighted the Victorian Government’s commitment to manufacturing by unveiling their Advancing Victorian Manufacturing – A Blueprint for the Future strategy. Mr Noonan said “Victoria is the home of manufacturing. This strategy is all about creating jobs of the future, growing businesses and taking Victorian innovation to the world.” Forum presenters including representatives from Robert Bosch Australia, Nissan Casting Australia,

Holden Special Vehicles, Nitto Denko Australia, MtM, and Venture DMG outlined how they had to reconsider and reshape their organisations in response to the end of significant car manufacturing in Australia.

Michael Finn from Nitto Denko Australia, told the audience that the organisation – which had received 70 per cent of its revenue as a local automotive supplier, has moved towards providing products to support Australia’s agriculture industry. MtM’s Mark Albert, says the company has moved from 80 per cent of its auto components going to Australian car manufacturers, to supplying their auto components around the world. They have also broadened their product range to include caravan components and water purification equipment. Common experiences across transitioning companies included a fast learning curve, the need to find partners with the desired know-how when taking on something new, and finding that auto skills are highly transferrable to other industries. South East Melbourne Manufacturers Alliance and South East Business Networks hosted the afternoon session anchored on the proposition that ‘the future is now, and always been'. Technologies presented by Swinburne and CSIRO highlighted the importance of design and the opportunities local manufacturers have to access these technologies and develop new products and processes by engaging

with R&D organisations. Swinburne students also presented their projects to demonstrate the design and 3D printing capabilities they had developed through their studies. The final presentation of the day, by ICN Executive Director, Don Matthews, highlighted the $49 billion worth of public projects currently on offer that are providing a multitude of opportunities for local manufacturers and suppliers (see page 17 for more detail). The forum concluded with a networking function sponsored by Macpherson Kelley Lawyers and the Committee for Dandenong.

ADVANCING VICTORIAN MANUFACTURING – A Blueprint for the Future The Victorian Government's Advanced Manufacturing Advisory Council, led by Ross Pilling, developed the strategy which features input from businesses, industry associations, unions and research organisations. To find out more about the strategy backed by $12 million in new funding initiatives visit www. advancing-manufacturing STAKEHOLDER 9


From humble beginnings in the family kitchen to soaring heights

Aftermath of destructive fire at a Lonsdale Street business.


roudly Australian owned, Kez’s Kitchen was founded in 1991 by Michael Carp’s sister Kez, in her home kitchen. As word got around that Kez’s chocolate chip cookies were irresistible, Kez joined forces with her mother to build something special. In 1994, Michael Carp, Kez’s Kitchen’s owner and Managing Director, left his career as a successful lawyer to join his sister and mum Helen in their bakery. A big milestone was outgrowing their humble kitchen and building their first purpose-built bakery at Noble Park. The continued investment in local manufacturing has enabled the business to grow their own brand nationally as well as support premium contract manufacturing customers with an Australian made, scalable quality offering. More recently, the business has expanded its customer base to meet the needs of major airlines. “Collaborating with Virgin and Qantas to bring Kez’s Kitchen biscuits to the skies is a premium experience that all our team are very proud of,” said Mr Carp. The company recently spent more than $2 million doubling the size of its bakery and extending its production capability. It currently employs over 100 people, many who have been with the family for over 20 years, and continues to make artisan quality snacks at their bakery in Noble Park – always starting with mum Helen, handcrafting them in her home kitchen. “No matter how big our team in the bakery gets, we hold onto what we loved about starting small – being together in mum’s kitchen, scouring family recipe cards, filling the house with incredible smells. All our recipes still begin at home and are tastetested by family and friends, “said Mr Carp. The company is also a multiple award winner in it's sector.

Major fire reinforces need for


Lonsdale Street Dandenong fire fire has proven very challenging for a number of businesses impacted. Scott Hilditch, Emergency Management Coordinator at City of Greater Dandenong, said the incident reinforced the importance of businesses having insurance and continuity plans for unexpected events. “The fire in mid-September completely destroyed two buildings. One of them had three shop identities so four businesses were not operating for a period of time. If they don’t have adequate insurances, they won’t be able to recoup stock losses or potentially re-establish their businesses.” Mr Hilditch said the incident had a flowon affect to neighbouring businesses with the Red Cross Shop next door closed because of water damage and Chemist Warehouse forced to close three times for safety reasons.

Tips for business success when the unexpected occurs Businesses should ensure they have building and stock insurance and a business continuity plan covering all potential risks – an ‘Emergency Resource Portal’ is available via the Small Business Institute’s website. 10 STAKEHOLDER

Michael Carp Director.

Fire and flood Mr Hilditch said his top tip was to remain safe at all times. “It’s not worth putting staff or yourself at risk when there is an incident; protection of life should be paramount.” Check your insurance covers stock and loss of income. prior to Christmas, large storms have impacted businesses in the past, but insurance didn’t cover the tens of thousands of dollars of increased stock.

Power black-out Perishable food can go bad quickly when fridges aren’t operating and laws exist regulating when it should be discarded. People can get very sick from contaminated food and in some cases have died.

After an incident Make contact with Council’s Economic Development Unit to see what support may be available and take photos (if safe to do so) for evidence/documentation. Maintain your premises to avoid the ‘broken window effect’ – an untidy shop front can perpetuate antisocial behaviour.


Springvale Boulevard Project view at Post Office Lane. Artists Impression. HASSELL.


n important street that joins Dandenong’s high profile Lonsdale Street is set for significant improvement to its footpaths and public realm. The streetscape upgrade in Walker streets (from Langhorne to McCrae Street) will improve conditions for pedestrians, provide continuity with the remainder of Walker Street and introduce an intuitive pathway from the main street to the core retail offer. This will be achieved through a consistent palette of materials, fixtures and furniture, increased street trees and greenery, consistent pavements, improved street lighting and an overall elevated level of amenity. The Noble Park Activity Centre now features a new immersive sound installation. Artist Jasmine Grace installed more than 700 small bells The Springvale Boulevard project (shown above) will transform Springvale Road into a signature boulevard to reinforce the activity centre as one of Melbourne’s leading (much loved) cultural destinations. In the early part of 2017 community consultation raised important issues such as:

Multicultural Place.

of different sizes and sounds to the branches of two trees. Her idea was enabled through the Transformed placemaking program which encourages artist-led initiatives. Multicultural Place is Springvale’s busiest public space and acts as a social gathering place for visitors to the centre. To improve comfort for people using this space, new public furniture and landscaping improvements were implemented in October. Drop by and take a seat! • An improved pedestrian experience and safety • Improved paving and lighting • Greening including more shade trees • High quality thoughtful design elements • Opportunities for socialising

Harmony Tree creates a gathering place of peace, respect and celebration of diversity among the community. People are encouraged to sit beneath the trees and listen to the sounds of various bells singing in the wind. The project aims to promote the value of public space and community engagement during a time of transformation for Noble Park as a result of the level crossing removal project. The installation will be in place until April 2018.

• Streetscape public art • A design specific to Springvale that is inclusive of all identities and cultures We thank the community for their valuable input which has resulted in a solid concept design including all of the community's comments.



City of Greater Dandenong Chief Executive Officer John Bennie.

SEM’s Chair Simon McKeon.


or as long as local government has existed, the idea of several councils working together for the benefit of all local communities and businesses has been a great ambition. Day to day, it often seemed that a council’s responsibility and interest stopped at the boundary of the next municipality. With increasing population growth, ageing infrastructure and more competition for State and Federal funding, councils know we must work harder to ensure we get our fair share of Federal and State resources. The decision makers in Spring Street and in Canberra are inclined to listen to advocacy that is logical, compelling, practical and is backed by strong coherent arguments from a range of people and organisations making the same or similar points. The cities of Greater Dandenong, Kingston, Frankston and Casey, and the shires of Mornington Peninsula and Cardinia have come together to get more for our businesses and communities by forming an alliance called South East Melbourne (SEM). Together we decided to take a longterm approach to advocating to bring jobs and investment to the whole region for the benefit of all residents and businesses. The creation of the



South East Freight Hub in South Dandenong, for instance, would see more than 6000 new jobs based there but many of those jobs would go to workers from surrounding local government areas. Business and job investment in one of SEM’s constituent municipalities can benefit some or all of the other municipalities in the region. Working together to bring that investment and those jobs makes us stronger and more effective. Each of the councils are represented on the South East Melbourne board, driving ideas and advocacy for the region. But SEM’s local government advocates are aware that we need broad business and political perspectives and experience. That business experience is provided by SEM’s Chair Simon McKeon. Mr McKeon is a former Dandenong High student, respected businessman, Monash University Chancellor, former Australian of the Year and philanthropist. Politicial perspectives are provided by two of Australia’s best-known former federal politicians. Former Australian Labor Party leader and Federal Leader of the Opposition Simon Crean and Bruce Billson, former Minister for Small Business and former Minister for Veterans Affairs in two coalition

governments. All three have life-long links with the south-east region. As councils we have worked together in the south east for a number of years. But with the challenges mentioned earlier, councils must compete more vigorously and effectively for limited State and Federal funding. This has highlighted the need to do things differently in the south east. Each local council will continue to advocate for specific projects in their own communities but SEM provides a louder, more coherent voice to push for larger projects that benefit the whole region.

THE LAUNCH Premier Daniel Andrews officially launched SEM at the City of Greater Dandenong Council offices on 15 September. About 200 people were at the launch, including MPs, councillors, business people and educators. The Premier congratulated SEM on its fresh approach, saying it will “work effectively for a region that has everything to offer”. Mr Andrews pledged that the State Government would pay close attention when SEM makes its case for a fairer share of resources to support jobs, prosperity and liveability.


Local products on display.

GREATER DANDENONG CEO JOHN BENNIE EXPLAINS HOW SIX LOCAL COUNCILS CAME TOGETHER TO FORM SOUTH EAST MELBOURNE (SEM), A NEW ADVOCACY GROUP THAT WILL HELP BOOST BUSINESS The Premier was impressed by the more than 30 businesses that showcased their products and innovative practices at the launch. The businesses reminded attendees that south east Melbourne is the largest manufacturing precinct in Australia and one of the most significant centres of research and development, critical thinking and advanced technology.

Melbourne’s fastest growing suburbs are in the SEM region, which is also Australia’s premier advancedmanufacturing region.

A site already exists and SEM is calling on the State Government to commit to getting the project completed at the earliest opportunity.

This population growth needs to be accompanied by jobs growth and infrastructure investment to manage congestion and help businesses to get their goods to market.

The freight hub would offer an onsite rail terminal operating frequent rail services to and from the Port of Melbourne, reducing costs for importers, exporters businesses and consumers.

The launch also saw SEM unveil its five-year vision for the region, which focuses on attracting investment and infrastructure, creating a skilled workforce and assisting businesses to grow job opportunities.

To tackle these challenges SEM has several project priorities which would help the whole region.

Greater Dandenong has been advocating for the freight hub for several years and SEM provides a louder, larger voice. But the region also needs local businesses to lend their support, helping Government understand the regional and state-wide importance of the South East Freight Hub project.

BUSINESS PRIORITIES South east Melbourne is known for its welcoming neighbourhoods and spectacular natural environment. More than 300,000 new residents will call south east Melbourne home in the next decade, and many of

One project of particular significance, mentioned earlier, is the South East Freight Hub (also known as the Dandenong South Inland Port). About 40 per cent of all shipping containers that pass through the Port of Melbourne either go from or come to the south east. The freight hub would take thousands of trucks off the roads, create more than 6000 jobs, help air quality and ease road congestion.

This is just one example of how Greater Dandenong and the whole region can benefit from the work of SEM.

Local exhibitors, including Green Care Developments, Corex Plastics, Thermofilm, Kaiju! Beer, SPEE3D, Future Bake Australia, Kez’s Kitchen, Cobs Popcorn and The Craft and Co Farm provided an impressive display of the quality products Greater Dandenong has to offer the region and beyond. Other exhibitors were local social enterprises Carers of Africa and Twich (refer to article on page 4).



WHY NOT JOIN ONE OF OUR NETWORKS IN 2018 Including Manufacturers only events from CEO to Operations • Building Young Leaders • Women in Business • Common Interest Groups



orking collaboratively with government and other organisations SEBN identified approximately 50 local manufacturers that were at potential risk of being directly or indirectly impacted by the closure of the local automotive manufacturing sector. From this initial list 10 companies committed to a Council-funded “Revitalising Manufacturing Program” designed by SEBN in partnership with a group of manufacturing specialists across a range of disciplines from strategy to operations. The program funded these specialists to work with the companies both individually and collectively in the areas of their business that were identified in need of ‘revitalisation’ to ensure their sustainability. This unique program has provided significant benefits to all participants – and one common theme to this Register today to: › Place your vacancy on the portal free of charge › Access local job seekers › Search resumes of registered job seekers. For more information contact SEBN on: Ph: 8571 1576 Email:


SEBN Christmas Industry Breakfast Event Thursday 14 December 7.15am – 9.15am 14 STAKEHOLDER

success has been the collaboration that developed between the participants throughout their journey. This collaboration allowed them to come together to share issues, experiences and solutions to a cross-section of challenges within their businesses – similar to the Future of Manufacturing (FoM) experience. Marketing and business structure were two key areas of interest that were focused on throughout the program. Typical company feedback included, "specialist James Atkins, who presented on marketing for growth, enabled us to create an effective one-page strategic plan to identify the right tools to grow the business. Two projects were then identified, one in telecommunications and another in the building industry that would make us more efficient and enable a deeper market penetration and greater market share."

A similar program will run in 2018 - for further information please contact Sandra George on 8571 1576

NAB Annual Economic Update A n audience of more than 90 were both informed and entertained by the inimitable Gerard Burg, Senior Economist with NAB, at SEBN’s popular annual economic update. Here are some key messages from Gerard’s presentation:

• China's economy continues to evolve and this is important for Australia as they are our number one trading partner. Future growth will be more based on services than heavy industry (meaning less growth for our resources exports).

• The global economy is looking a little stronger – mostly coming from improved trends in the big advanced economies. That said, there are a lot of big uncertainties – including the tensions between the US and North Korea, policy uncertainty in the United States (with Trump so far unable to implement policy) and the rise of economic populism in Europe (with Italy the big worry).

• Australia's economy is also looking a little stronger as we transition away from mining-led growth. To support growth we need to see further improvements in consumption and business investment – and poor wage growth and still relatively high unemployment make the former difficult at present. Visit to download Gerard Burg's full presentation.

SEBN – Building better businesses. This page features stories from Council’s Business Networking Department. SEBN (South East Business Networks) highlighting their work with industry and the diversity and innovation typical of the manufacturing sector in this region.


Effective Leadership Sharing is the Answer CONGRATULATIONS TO AN OUTSTANDING WOMAN IN BUSINESS! Maria Peters, Chief Executive Officer of Chisholm Institute (pictured), received the Lynne Kosky Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement for her outstanding leadership and invaluable

contribution to TAFE in Victoria at the recent Victorian Training Awards. Now in its 63rd year, the prestigious Awards recognise and honour the outstanding achievements of vocational education and training students, teachers, training providers and employers.


hen the partnership between SEBN, SEMMA and Southern Melbourne Regional Development Australia completed the first stage of the Future of Manufacturing Project in 2014 with 14 local manufacturers of various sizes, the leaders of these companies decided to continue to meet on a monthly basis to support each other.


Their decision to form the FoM Leaders Group, which is supported by SEBN, is still very much alive today.

Future Entrepreneurs – working with local business

Members claim that meeting regularly with people of like minds creates a strong business and personal bond which facilitates open and frank conversations. The benefits of collaboration are frequently underestimated, as all agreed they have developed significantly both as leaders and individuals as a direct result from participating in the group over the past three years.

Dandenong Primary School’s Year 5/6 students demonstrated a range of entrepreneurial skills as they worked their way through the ‘Learning by Design’ unit which formed part of their Term 3 curriculum. Students worked in teams to consult their customer base, design a product, prototype and develop their product, market test it and then ‘mass’ produce it before making it available for sale at the end-of-term mini market. The Judges’ Choice award went to the Bath Bombs team and the most popular product, according to the spending behaviour of the Year 3/4 customers, was the Unicorn Slime. In fact all the students were winners, learning how to design, market and sell a product by participating in the actual process and learning by doing.

Showcasing Young Winners ‘Believe in yourself, work hard and you can achieve anything!’ This was the message from the keynote speaker to 180 students, teachers and business representatives at the SEBN/SELLEN annual ‘Lunch with the Winners’. At just 28, Jacqueline Savage is the CEO and Founder at MedCorp Technologies and the 2016 Telstra Victorian Business Woman's Entrepreneur of the Year. Sharing her school and career journey with the students, Jacqui revealed she had doubts about her abilities when she was younger and detailed the challenges she overcame to reach her goal of designing and producing lifesaving medical products.

Glenn Manton inspiring all.

Passion, determination and hard work were Julia Truong’s attributes that led her to success as the Founder and director of JT Production Management. Joe McLean, a student nurse, outlined the pathway that began with him leaving school at the end of Year 10 which now has him poised to transition from TAFE to university in 2018 to complete his nursing degree. Imdaad Ali shared his challenges with finding the right career direction – a direction which he is now embracing with such commitment and determination that he is being trained for a range of possible pathways in his organisation while still undertaking his automotive apprenticeship. These key messages were underscored by the enthusiastic MC, Glenn Manton. Drawing on his own career turning points, Glenn urged the students to be open to new opportunities wherever they arise and to be prepared to step outside their comfort zones to embrace challenge and change. A fixture on the schools’ calendars, this event is made possible through the generosity of the Greater Dandenong business community who sponsor the students and release staff to attend. Have a look at our video clip on YouTube watch?v=vWaSS0UYBi0 or contact SEBN at if you would like more information about Lunch with the Winners.

Participant A “Over the past couple of years I have ceased my involvement in various leadership groups as they do not provide me with any real benefits but I never miss a FoM Leaders group session as I always have at least one take away from every meeting. I also derive significant pleasure from being able to provide input to other members’ issues."

Participant B “The real value to me is that previously I have wrestled for long periods of time with some complicated and often emotive issues within my business – now with FoM Leaders, I can openly discuss these with the guys who are very supportive – in many cases I find they too have experienced similar problems and therefore have multiple solutions for me to implement." SEBN also facilitates a CEO Mentoring Group with Mike Burke, Burke Corporate Advisory. Contact SEBN@cgd. for further information.



Field Trip to DANDENONG T he 17th International Cities Town Centres and Communities Conference together with the 6th National Mainstreet Australia conference took place in Melbourne during 25-27 October.

As part of the conference, the Greater Dandenong Business Group organised a field trip for attending delegates to come and visit our region. The sponsored field trip provided the 50 delegates an insight into the area and included visiting Dandenong, Springvale and Noble Park. The sponsorship also provided the opportunity for Council to place tourism marketing collateral in over 400 delegate’s show bags and information about the area to over 8,500 people nationally via a database with the e-invitations to attend the conference. The day started in Dandenong at the Drum Theatre, then a visit to the Civic Centre and Harmony Square, award winning Lonsdale Street Boulevard, the masonic hall (which is being developed into an art gallery) redevelopment into an art gallery and the Afghan bazaar cultural precinct with lunch at Afghan Rahimi restaurant. This was followed by a visit to Noble Park to view the level crossing removal project on the elevated rail viewing platform and then over to Springvale for an update of the boulevard and laneway revitalisation project and mixed use development. The feedback following the field trip from the delegates was very positive. The opportunity to showcase the region via this forum highlights the many avenues that the Greater Dandenong Business Group utilises to promote the municipality. Delegates sampling local cuisine.

Director, Food and Agriculture Innovation, Industry Professor, Monash University.

Food-preneurs incubator and program announced I

n August this year Monash University launched a $3 million kitchen incubator facility as part of its Food Innovation Centre (FIC) at the Clayton campus. The FIC provides Australia’s food industry, from start-ups to large corporations, with unrivalled technology and product development services including consumer aided design and research capabilities in areas such as food chemistry, packaging design and food ethics. The centre enables businesses to rapidly export to target markets by acquiring a deeper understanding of specific consumer segments. Co-located in the heart of the Monash research facilities the new incubator comprises three, high tech, serviced industrial kitchens, a food grade scale-up lab and a collaborative lounge, adding to the existing suite of services on offer. Through a range of programs the incubator supports start-up food companies and food sector entrepreneurs to develop new products and ideas, supports earlystage and small businesses to scale up their operations and provides mentoring for break-through product development.


LOCAL FOODIE DRIVES START UPS Announced at the opening, maker of Australia’s favourite Greek yoghurt, and Dandenong South business, Chobani, has now partnered with Monash to bring about the most holistic food incubator program in Australia. The program will support and nurture innovative food entrepreneurs who are taking on broken food systems to bring better food to more people, shaping the future of the Australian food industry. The program will span four months and each participating start-up will receive a $10,000 grant. In addition to investment, the program gives innovative early-stage food and beverage companies access to Chobani’s networks and expertise in sales, marketing and customer engagement, in order to scale up their operations and achieve significant growth. For more on the broader services of the Monash Food Innovation Centre visit


$49 billion worth of opportunities for local manufacturers V

ictoria is the home of Australian manufacturing, and whilst the sector has been forced to adapt to a dynamic and changing environment, manufacturing maintains its resilience. The Victorian Manufacturing Showcase held in October featured a number of manufacturers that have successfully transitioned into new sectors or built stronger positions in the domestic and global market place. Public projects offer a great opportunity for local suppliers. There are currently 80 projects with strict local content requirements on offer ensuring local businesses and workers get their fair share of the work. Valued in excess of $49 billion, 70 of these projects are already underway. A multitude of multi-billion dollar infrastructure projects are underway or in the pipeline. Some more high profile than others but all open to a full and fair tendering process. For example, the $5 billion Level Crossing Removal Project, with local content requirements set above 90 percent, offers many opportunities for local suppliers. Following are some of the public works packages already awarded and the successful contractors who will be seeking suppliers to deliver these projects:

• Caulfield to Dandenong line: Aurecon, CPB Contractors, Lendlease, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff in alliance with LXRA and Metro Trains Melbourne • Thompsons Road Duplication and Grade Separation Project: BMD Construction • Mernda Rail project: John Holland • North Eastern Level Crossing Removal Program: Laing O'Rourke, Fulton Hogan and Jacobs • Melton Highway: BMD Construction • North West Level Crossing Removal Program: John Holland and KBR • Western Level Crossing Removal Program Alliance: McConnell Dowell, Arup and Mott McDonald. In addition to the above, the $10.9 billion Metro Tunnel Project will deliver twin 9km rail tunnels from Kensington to South Yarra, travelling underneath Swanston Street in the CBD, linking the Sunbury and Cranbourne/ Pakenham lines. The project also involves the construction of five new underground stations. The Victorian Government is also investing a further $2.3 billion in

the High Capacity Metro Train (HCMT) Project to introduce 65 next-generation trains into the metropolitan Melbourne fleet. Expressions of Interest are open for competent, capable, qualified and experienced suppliers across all levels of the Australasian supply chain to participate in the Melbourne Metro Rail projects. Products and services opportunities also exist for competent, capable and qualified local suppliers with the requisite skills, experience and capabilities to supply subcontract products and services to the HCMT Project. To register an expression of interest for any of the above projects and others, including extensive road infrastructure projects, visit the Industry Capability Network (ICN) at “By utilising the ICN Gateway – a comprehensive online directory, project portal and secured database of approximately 70,000 registered Australian and New Zealand suppliers – the government commits to providing industry with early notification of projects and the opportunity to register expressions of interest” says ICN Executive Director Don Matthews.

HOW THE ICN GATEWAY WORKS • Government and private project owners list their projects with ICN. • Potential suppliers search for work using the ICN Gateway project database. Metro Tunnel CBD North Station construction site.

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LOCAL BUSINESS Local Industry Fund for Transition Future Industries Manufacturing Program

SEMMA new sub-committee targets Defence sector

Offers funding of up to $500,000 to companies to implement new manufacturing technologies and processes in their Victorian operations, providing a critical foundation for growth.


The long history of SEMMA members supplying to the defence sector was a key driver in Navantia Australia’s willingness to meet with companies from Victoria’s manufacturing heartland. Greg Keen, Supply Chain Manager for Spanish Shipbuilder Navantia, spoke about opportunities for their current range. Specifically working through life support activities. He mentioned there were already several successful alliances working together with SEMMA members that have been in place for some time. The Victorian Government together with ICN are holding workshops on “Doing business in Defence”. The Victorian Defence Procurement Office (VDPO) will be conducting many regional half-day workshops which will be highly focused and designed to assist those looking to enter or grow their presence in the Defence sector. It will provide participants with the essential insights they need to be more successful business winners in this very unique and challenging industry.

New Energy Jobs Fund


ne of Dandenong’s most exciting local developments situated in the heart of the CBD, Spectra Apartments has broken ground marking the commencement of the project. The Spectra development will be the first of its kind for Dandenong, set to change the skyline forever as it towers 20 levels when completed. It will be home to Dandenong’s first 4.5 star hotel, featuring 56 high end residential apartments and prime commercial retail space. The project represents a significant milestone in the rejuvenation of the city’s CBD area. Spectra will offer a range of opportunities for local businesses and investors, including the commercial space on the ground floor of the building connecting the development with Thomas Street, earmarked for a sophisticated mixture of gourmet dinner, lunch and breakfast operators.

For more information on these workshops please contact SEMMA on 9768 2524.

The property’s developers Barnes Capital began the demolition process at the Thomas Street location mid November as part of the early works package.


New Energy Jobs Fund will support Victorian based projects that create long-term sustainable jobs, increase the uptake of renewable energy generation, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and drive innovation in new energy technologies.

n 2017 SEMMA formed subcommittees to build stronger networks and target issues more directly in collaboration with SEMMA members. Utilising the results from surveys a Defence sub-committee was formed. In September, SEMMA hosted a Defence meeting inviting members who currently work/supply within the Defence Industry. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss Navantia Australia, the SEA5000 program and potential opportunities.

Create sustainable jobs and contribute to the economic development of the local areas most impacted by the closure of the major car manufacturers.

Artist impression.


Recipients Aarav and Sai.

Chamber Chat I

t has been a very exciting year for the Greater Dandenong Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber stated at the beginning of 2017 that it was the year they needed to grow and stay current and relevant.

Banking on children’s futures B

ank of Melbourne Neighbourhood Fund has provided a grant of $40,000 in its latest funding round to support local children’s charity ‘Reading out of Poverty’ (ROOP).

grant. The new children’s books will improve the number of children reading at home and provide a solid foundation in the development of their literacy skills,” said Mr Kay.

The charity focuses on early literacy and language development for people who have limited access to books and early literacy skills. The organisation’s mission is to see disadvantaged children develop a love and habit of reading.

Bank of Melbourne Dandenong Branch Manager Don Kulasinghe said, “We’re so pleased to be able to support this worthy charity through our Neighbourhood Fund to help build vital literacy skills and education in the Dandenong community.”

Andrew Kay, ROOP CEO, said, “The development of literacy skills for children in their early years is vital for school preparedness and future success in schooling.” The grant will be used to fund the distribution of a newly-developed bilingual baby board book, providing valuable literacy skills for babies while educating new parents in the community. “We are delighted to partner with Bank of Melbourne to bring literacy skills to 2,500 children in the Dandenong region from this

Bank of Melbourne also provides valuable volunteering time to support Reading out of Poverty’s Christmas book give away. ROOP has reached more than 6,000 children and distributed more than 10,000 books since it began. Meanwhile, the Bank of Melbourne Neighbourhood Fund has funded 84 charities to the sum of more than $2 million. communityhub

One of the most notable changes this year has been the physical appearance – their Chamber logo. The Chamber has evolved over the past 70 years, and the new logo reflects who they are today and symbolises their future. Membership numbers have increased by 50 per cent, the largest growth in a 12 month period ever. The Chamber now represents more businesses in the Greater Dandenong area than ever before, and they are seeking to continue to grow. The events held by the Chamber have increased this year. There has been a 30 per cent increase in attendance at the monthly networking events. The Annual Grand Final Charity Lunch hosted another record crowd in September, and the Chamber Awards continue to be the most prestigious business awards program in the region. Enhanced by these outstanding results, the Chamber is excited and looking forward to all the challenges and opportunities that 2018 will bring.

The Greater Dandenong Chamber Business Award winners will be featured in full in the next edition of Stakeholder. Make sure to read the March 2018 edition.



Enjoying the fun at a previous Australia Day festival.

Australia Day Festival 2018 A

ustralia Day is a significant celebration for the Greater Dandenong community with over 11,000 local residents expected to enjoy the 2018 festival with family, neighbours and friends. Australia Day presents a great opportunity for people of different backgrounds and experiences to gather together and reflect on what it means to be Australian. The festival aims to educate and create awareness about Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, history and

culture for our multicultural community. The award winning Australia Day Festival will be held in Dandenong Park, corner of Pultney and Foster streets on Friday 26 January 2018, from 3pm-9.30pm. This all-ages event will commence with a Welcome to Country and a Smoking Ceremony by a Wurundjeri Elder, followed by a Flag Raising Ceremony and Australia Day Awards on the main stage. This free family friendly event will feature two stages with live

entertainment, roving performers, a dedicated food court, community and market stalls, exciting rides ($2-$6), free family activities, and will conclude with a grand fireworks finale at 9.25pm. Ride your bike to the Australia Day Festival and receive two free ride tokens and take advantage of the free valet bike parking. To join the event with a market stall or a food stall, please download the Expression of Interest Form at


leaning up the immediate area around your business is a great way to improve the overall amenity of the area. Enhancing the aesthetics of a business can also help prevent illegal dumping and graffiti. Snap Send Solve ( is a quick and useful way of reporting dumping and graffiti issues to council for investigation. To learn more about disposing of unwanted items please visit Business Clean Up Day will take place on Tuesday 28 February 2018. To find more visit 20 STAKEHOLDER


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he Springvale Lunar New Year Festival is one of the largest events in the City of Greater Dandenong and is right in the heart of the Springvale Activity Centre. This event contributes to the local economy with many people visiting from outside the area on the day and returning to visit after the event. Springvale Asian Business Association (SABA) organises the event annually, which attracts more than 70,000 people and provides a showcase for Springvale businesses and surrounding areas. The 2018 event will celebrate the Year of the Dog and will be held on Sunday 11 February from 9am9pm. The Lunar New Year Festival is a celebration incorporating the many different cultures in Greater Dandenong. The 2018 festival will

feature food and traditional stalls, kids’ activities, rides, face painting and educational stands. The ‘Lion Dance’ will take place throughout the day and performances will include live bands, Bollywood and Mongolian dancers, Chinese opera and Vietnamese singing. The event also features many local businesses with stalls providing an opportunity for them to come out of their shops and be part of the celebrations on the streets. If you are interested in being part of this event contact Daniel Cheng on 0466 021 916. SABA is also seeking sponsors for the event who will receive exposure in promotional materials around Melbourne, at the event itself, and across social media. BusinessAssociationSABA

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ts nearly Christmas time again and the City of Greater Dandenong continues to celebrate this significant time of the year with the installation of Christmas decorations and supported by Christmas entertainment throughout the three major activity centres. The decorations include the flags at the entrances to the centres, Christmas messaging on seating and corflute around tree guards and poles, large Christmas trees, Christmas message on a large sign on Springvale Road in Springvale, flower crate decorations and awning decorations to bring in the festive season. At Harmony Square there are decals on the stairway and in the windows at the Dandenong Library is the nativity set and an additional decorated window. This year will see a change in Dandenong with the Santa and Reindeer moved from Harmony Square to Lonsdale Street near Dimmeys and the 9m Christmas tree located in Harmony Square. This will then complement the new installation of bases around the live trees in Harmony Square. We encourage you to bring your family and friends to view the decorations and join in the celebration of Christmas.

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DECEMBER SEBN Christmas Industry Breakfast Event • Thursday 14 December • 7.15am - 9.15am Venue Sandown Racecourse Contact 8571 1576 or for more information.

FEBRUARY Platinum Partner Networking Night

Presented by the Greater Dandenong Chamber of Commerce Co-hosted with Officeway Office National • Wednesday 7 February 2018 • 5.30pm - 7.30pm Venue TBC

The Small Business Bus is coming again in early 2018. The bus will in Dandenong on 14 March and in Springvale on 15 March. Visit

Business Workshops & Seminars

Contact 9768 3283 or for more information.

SEBN Take a Swing for Charity Golf Day


ith support from Small Business Victoria, the Economic Development Unit at the City of Greater Dandenong will soon present the 2018 Business Events Calendar (February to June).

• Monday 26 February • 11am - 5pm (Golf Day registration and kick-off) • 5.30pm - 7.30pm (Golf Day dinner and auction evening) Settlers Run Golf and Country Club

Small to medium business owners, and those considering a new start-up business are invited to participate in these workshops designed to support and enhance your business.

Contact 8571 1576 or for more information.

For further information please refer to our website: or contact us

MARCH Greater Dandenong Chamber Business Awards Breakfast

Having a Christmas work function to celebrate 2017?

• Thursday 22 March 2018 • 7.00am - 9.00am Venue TBC

Why not do so at one of the many local and diverse food businesses in Greater Dandenong.

Contact 9768 3283 or for more information.


In the weeks leading up to Christmas – watch out for giant elves bouncing around the activity centres on stilts and for the roving baubles on their roller skates.

Roving Entertainment

• Tuesday 19 December • 9.30am - 11.30am Harmony Square and Lonsdale Street, Dandenong

Roving Entertainment

• Tuesday 19 December • 1.30pm - 3.30pm Douglas Street, Noble Park

Roving Entertainment

• Wednesday 20 December • 9.30am - 11.30am Harmony Square and Lonsdale Street, Dandenong

For all enquiries regarding Roving Entertainment Contact 8571 1550 or for more information. 22 STAKEHOLDER


Advancing Victorian Manufacturing initiatives aim to support Victorian manufacturing businesses to: • Introduce new products and services into their business • Implement process enhancements and adopt advanced business models

Grants and Opportunities

• Encourage stronger linkages with global business partners


• Enter new export markets and secure global supply chain opportunities.

The Construction Supplier Register is a prequalification scheme for building contractors and consultants interested in working with Victorian Government departments and agencies. The scheme gives suppliers access to streamlined tender processes and supplier assessments to determine eligibility for construction works and services.

To register your interest in the Advancing Victorian Manufacturing initiatives, please visit:

Contractors and consultants can apply for prequalification online at




chains,” said ICN Executive Director Don Matthews.

“The first step is recognising the need to implement these targets, the second is setting about making sure they are achieved by optimising investment and maximising participation by local supply

Renewable energy project developers looking for suppliers and suppliers are encouraged to register an EOI at to connect to opportunities from Victorian Government Renewable Energy Projects.

he Victorian Government has set targets to ensure that 25 per cent of the State’s electricity generation comes from renewable sources by 2020, and 40 per cent by 2025.

Roving Entertainment

• Wednesday 20 December • 1.30pm - 3.30pm Multicultural Place, Springvale

Roving Entertainment

• Thursday 21 December • 9.30am - 11.30am Harmony Square and Lonsdale Street, Dandenong

Roving Entertainment

• Thursday 21 December • 1.30pm - 3.30pm Douglas Street, Noble Park

Roving Entertainment

• Friday 22 December • 9.30am - 11.30am Harmony Square and Lonsdale Street, Dandenong


Roving Entertainment

• Friday 22 December • 1.30pm - 3.30pm Multicultural Place, Springvale

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W L O A R L D’ N O I G S E R N G E S T L U N CH L O C H E RO N A Marian Rennie’s Gallery Friday 16 March 2018, 12pm–4pm


Greater Dandenong is going to the country to co-host a regional World’s Longest Lunch with Marian Rennie and Little River Wines.

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Marian, renowned artist and cook, will meld gorgeous local in-season produce with exotic aromas and flavours from Dandenong’s diverse, thriving multicultural food heartland. You will enjoy multiple dishes over five courses including unusual treats like Craft and Co gin featuring regional botanicals, Kaiju Beer and Craft  and Co and Little River premium wines.

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