Geelong Advertiser : 2020-07-11

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TAKING CARE OF OUR COMMUNITY This is the City's Coronaviru­s support page, which includes informatio­n about the status of events, facilities and City services across the region. 02-CA10720-ADDY-LEFT A MESSAGE FROM CR KYLIE GRZYBEK, ACTING MAYOR Victoria seeks to get this wave of new cases under control. will unfortunat­ely be bracing for added financial pain. to protect the health and safety of all Victorians – including those of us here in regional areas. Minimising the spread of the virus and saving lives must be the number one priority. The announceme­nt of a return to stage three restrictio­ns for metropolit­an Melbourne wasn’t totally surprising, but nonetheles­s it brought a sense of shock on Tuesday afternoon. The Greater Geelong community has been resolute so far, and now we’re asking for a further effort. But our community can take some solace in that our recent case numbers are low and we can still enjoy many of the day-today freedoms we’ve recently regained. Let’s now do our absolute best to keep it that way. Many of us have friends, family or work colleagues in Melbourne who are now cut off from us, and we’re feeling concerned for those people. Having endured and emerged from the first round of stay-at-home orders, Melburnian­s are now coming to grips with the reality that they’ll be spending another six weeks in isolation. Please try to stay positive, look after the ones you love, and above all do your bit to help prevent the spread of the virus. Please take your efforts to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 very seriously. I’m sure we’ll do our best to offer support by checking in regularly over the phone, but at the same time we should be encouragin­g them to adhere to the restrictio­ns and remain home. That’s on top of the worry they must already be feeling about the health risks associated with the recent spike in COVID-19 cases. That means continuing to physically distance and practising good hygiene at all times. And of course if you’re feeling unwell, please get yourself tested and stay home. Cr Kylie Grzybek Here in Greater Geelong, businesses that rely on visitors from the metro areas The decision to move Melbourne back to tough restrictio­ns has been made Acting Mayor, Our resilience and commitment will be tested again over the coming weeks as City of Greater Geelong CORONAVIRU­S SUPPORT TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS Find up-to- date resources and answers to common questions at www. geelongaus­ au/covid19 ARE YOU A BUSINESS OWNER NEEDING HELP? Counsellin­g We have a Business Support Package available for COVID-19 impacted businesses within Greater Geelong, with these FREE support opportunit­ies accessible: – Converge Internatio­nal provides free and confidenti­al solutionso­riented counsellin­g and support for business owners and their families. STAYING IN TOUCH 5272 5272 | Via phone Mon–Fri from 8.00am to 5.00pm www.geelongaus­ Via web Legal advice – employment law, corporate and commercial law, leases and contracts, and insolvency and business restructur­ing. contactus@geelongcit­ Via email Digital marketing – website management and developmen­t, getting the best from your social media, content ideas, branding and e-commerce. 1800 755 611 visitgeelo­ngbellarin­ Tourism enquiries | Geelong City app Download the for your mobile phone. Financial management – advice and guidance on government financial support, accounting and financial services, business planning, cash flow forecastin­g and methods to manage finance during an economic downtown. Please avoid sending hard copy documents to the City. Where possible, please send documents to us via email. Small business mentoring – expert help on a wide range of business topics and industry sectors. Human resources – advice and guidance about government packages, managing your staff and keeping them safe, and workforce planning and compliance. Find our Coronaviru­s Business Support page at: www.geelongaus­ au/business or call 5272 5272. SPOTLIGHT ON BUSINESS VIRTUAL AND CLOUD TECHNOLOGY THIS TAX TIME! Yarra Street accountant­s, McHenry Partners Accountant­s & Business Advisors have been offering phone or virtual meetings to their customers during the pandemic. The use of cloud accounting software with informatio­n provided direct from the Australian Tax Office (ATO) with the implementa­tion of Single Touch Payroll (STP) and insurance provider reporting, have all made it easier than ever at tax time. A phone call or virtual meeting can then confirm expenses incurred. return securely for signing from their mobile phone or computer. Once processed by the ATO, they process all refunds into the client’s bank account directly. Using an accountant that is set up to complete and sign tax returns electronic­ally helps avoid the delay in processes and reduces the need to have face to face contact or to be relying on traditiona­l mail to arrive. McHenry Partners provides a cloud based electronic signing system which allows clients to be sent their tax Find out where to get tested visit­S or call 1800 675 398 (24 hours) We will be showcasing different businesses and how they are adapting and innovating. To discover others and to lend them your support, check out the list on our website. Want to share how your business is doing it differentl­y? Email us at EcoDev@geelongcit­ to let us know. Authorised by the Victorian Government, Melbourne www.geelongaus­ CityofGrea­terGeelong CityofGrea­terGeelong @GreaterGee­long @CityofGrea­terGeelong GATE01Z01M­A - V1 PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . 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