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Supporting local businesses

We are working on a range of measures to support local businesses during these challenging times.

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Partnership Program

The City welcomes opportunities to collaborate on new activities or initiatives. These activities or initiatives need to return a high economic benefit to the city.

Partnership Program eligibility criteria

To be considered for support through this program, applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Applications may only be submitted by a business, organisation, or government agency (including government business enterprises).
  2. The applicant must have operated for at least two consecutive financial years, and the entity must currently be solvent.
  3. The applicant must demonstrate how the activity or initiative meets at least one of the City’s Corporate Plan themes: people, place, and prosperity.
  4. The applicant must demonstrate where the activity or initiative aligns with at least one of Economic Development’s strategic priorities.

In addition to the above eligibility criteria, the applicant must meet a minimum of two or more of following criteria:

  • demonstrate how the activity or initiative will support the growth of the local community and/or business community
  • demonstrate how the activity or initiative promotes and increases collaborative opportunities for community, business and industry
  • demonstrate how the activity or initiative will increase business, export, supply chain and/or investment attraction opportunities.

The City may only approve one application per organisation per financial year.

Applications must be submitted a minimum of three months prior to the initiative. The City will assess each application and notify the applicant no later than six weeks from the date of receiving the application of the outcome.

Each determination, interpretation or other action made or taken by the City with respect to an application will be at the discretion of the City and shall be final, conclusive and binding upon an applicant or applicants.

Contact us to apply

Contact our team by emailing brief details about your activity or initiative and how you meet the eligibility criteria. Email:


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