The City of Victor Harbor administers a number of business units and programs that assist in the area of business development.
Economic Development Division
The City of Victor Harbor’s Economic Development Division deliver a range of functions including business engagement, economic development projects, co-ordination of targeted training and business advisory services. Council’s administration are continuing to improve how it engages with local business with a range of projects planned in this space.
The City of Victor Harbor’s Mainstreet program is designed to activate the Mainstreet Precinct – a strategic local business environment. The program engages with the various businesses located within the Victor Harbor Mainstreet Precinct while delivering a range of projects that support the promotion of the precinct.
Council are currently delivering on a Mainstreet Masterplan that involves a seven stage re-development of the Mainstreet Precinct, including Ocean Street, Coral Street, McKinlay Street and parts of Albert Place & Stuart Street. Stage one of the Masterplan is funded and scheduled to commence within the first half of 2016.
Visitor Information Centre
Council operates an accredited Visitor Information Centre with accommodation, tour & attraction booking services. The Centre provides opportunity for local tourism businesses to promote their product to over 50,000 visitors that pass through the centre doors annually while exposure is available through the official tourism website www.holidayatvictorharbor.com.au . The Visitor Information Centre is located adjacent to the Foreshore Plaza on the Esplanade.
Festivals & Events
The City of Victor Harbor provides significant support to a broad range of Festivals & Events that drive vibrancy and stimulate economic activity within the Victor Harbor community. Those wishing to access Council land, seek sponsorship or advisory assistance for festivals & events occurring in Victor Harbor are encouraged to contact Council’s Festivals & Events Officer on (08) 8551 0500.
The City of Victor Harbor is working in partnership with the Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources to enable ‘pop-up’ vendors to operate on Granite Island. Further information can be obtained from the Manager of Economic & Tourism Development (08) 8551 0500 or from www.victor.sa.gov.au/graniteisland.
Who to contact at Council?
Council’s administration is willing and able to assist with a range of business support services. The following key personnel may be contacted for additional assistance.
Manager Economic & Tourism Development
Types of enquiries: Strategic Directions & Major Project Considerations
08 8551 0500
Economic Projects Co-ordinator
Types of enquiries: Business advisory, Project related questions
08 8551 0500
Types of enquiries: Business advisory support for Mainstreet traders, Commercial & promotional opportunities for the Mainstreet Precinct.
08 8551 0500
Visitor Information Centre Co-ordinator
Types of enquiries: Visitor Information Centre (VIC) services, selling your tourism product through the VIC, product updates.
08 8551 0777
The following links may also be helpful.
Selling to Council - Local businesses wishing to be considered for Council related work are encouraged to apply for contractor pre-qualification. Information about the pre-qualification process is outlined on Council’s website.
Economic Development & Tourism Committee - Council has appointed industry sector representatives to provide advisory support to Council in the area of Economic Development & Tourism. The committee currently meets on the second Wednesday of the month (with the exception of January). Minutes, agendas and reports are posted on Council’s website.
Regional Development Australia
Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island
4 Angas Place,
Strathalbyn SA 5255
(entrance behind Strathalbyn Library, 1 Colman Tce)
Ph: 08 8536 9200
Regional Development Australia Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu & Kangaroo Island (RDA) is a partnership between the Australian, state and territory and local governments to support the growth and development of Australia's regions. RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu & Kangaroo Island's committee members aim to build partnerships between governments, regional development organisations, local businesses, community groups and key regional stakeholders to provide strategic and targeted responses to economic, environmental and social issues affecting the region.
Fleurieu Peninsula Tourism
6 George Main Road
Victor Harbor (by appointment)
Fleurieu Peninsula Tourism is the peak tourism body for the Fleurieu Peninsula region.
Our goal is to promote the destination to increase visitation and expenditure.
Fleurieu Peninsula Tourism are able to assist existing tourism businesses or new start-up tourism businesses with a number of tools and resources. For one-on-one consultation, please contact Miranda Lang: email@example.com or visit www.fleurieupeninsula.com.au
Victor Harbor & Districts Business Association
Business Related Grants
The Council’s administration are constantly reviewing grant funding opportunities that exist for the business sector. Below are links to some of the more common grant programs offered. Businesses that require some guidance may contact Council’s Economic Projects Co-ordinator on 8551 0500.