Business and tourism opportunities and projects

Business Opportunities

Northern Business Achievement Awards 2020

The NBAA celebrates the achievements of our business community in Melbourne's north, particularly during this pandemic. Despite this difficult period, businesses from our great region have continued to show resilience and persistence in the face of COVID-19. These events are currently being hosted virutally and streamed on the NORTH Link website to give congratulations to hard working businesses.

Nominees from Nillumbik were announced at the October NBAA virtual breakfast event held on the 01st of October.

We are pleased to announce our Two finalists in the Small-Medium Business category as well as our Young Achiever.

Blue Pear Pantry 

Blue Pear Pantry produces handcrafted pastries for foodservice, wholesale/retail and direct online sales. All ingredients are sourced locally and direct from farmers wherever possible. Blue Pear Pantry is proud to be an environmentally conscious business incorporating eco-friendly containers for retail products, recyclable packaging, local suppliers, through to composting of green waste.

Ben Hutchison Landscapes

Ben Hutchinson Landscapes specialises in Australian native landscape design. Ben’s passion for native plants, natural water features and sustainability ensures the success of each project. Sustainability is at the heart of the business, with a focus on maximising available rainwater, regionally and sustainably sourced materials wherever possible, and use of indigenous and Australian native plants.

Young Achiever 

Nicholas Jamison - Hot Coals Catering

Watch the October event here

The final event breakfast, held in December, is the annual award ceremony where finalists across a range of categories will be announced.  Register for this event here



North East Link Project

Register - Vendor Panel

Interested Parties that intend to participate in the North East Link Project must register their organisations on the VendorPanel e-tender platform.

Information and Instructions on how to register for the new Service Providers on Vendor Panel can be found here 


Eltham Industrial Estate Stormwater Pollution Education Program

The Eltham Industrial Estate is in close proximity to the Diamond Creek waterway, with stormwater runoff from the Industrial Estate entering Diamond Creek via the Karringal-Yallock drain. 

The Stormwater education project and Pollution assessment has now concluded.  Bio2Lab have provided us with a final report.  Positive results were achieved from this project in a short window of time. Click on link for final report Stormwater-Education-Program-and-Pollution-Assessment-Final-report.pdf(PDF, 3MB)


Translation Services

The Victorian Small Business Commission have established some great new resources in regard to a suite of translated digital resources via their Languages web page.

The resources can explain how we can help small businesses who are in dispute with another business or government service, and what they need to know before they sign a retail lease.

For more information click here or contact 


External grants and support

Link to organisations that offer grants and grant writing resource materials.  Includes grants open to businesses affected by COVID-19

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Melbourne's North Joblink

Advertise local jobs free of charge

Melbourne's North Joblink is a free service that is available to both businesses and residents in Melbourne's North. It seeks to connect businesses in Melbourne's North with the region's talent to make living, working and employing in Melbourne's North a reality. 
Jobseekers can register for the portal to be advised when local positions are advertised.



Tourism Opportunities

Yarra Ranges Tourism Partnership

Council has recently re-engaged with one of Victoria’s official regional tourism boards, Yarra Ranges Tourism. Under the Victorian Tourism structure, Nillumbik is within the Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges region.

Our tourism team and Yarra Ranges Tourism work collaboratively to ensure the growth of our visitor economy.

The areas identified as tourism priorities in 2018/19 for Nillumbik include:

  • Visitor services and information delivery inside and outside the region, including digital and print
  • Integration and extension of the artisan hills brand messages in the wider Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges marketing program
  • Development of specific trails promoting local visitor experiences and associated businesses
  • Dedicated marketing campaigns and access to other opportunities offered by Visit Victoria
  • Events and activities which promote our Shire as a place to visit
  • Support the development of market research activities and inclusion in any regional research
  • Access to industry networking and development programs

Council’s partnership with Yarra Ranges Tourism ensures our destinations, villages, attractions, events and public visitor experiences are effectively promoted.

The partnership also provides opportunities for specific Nillumbik businesses to be featured in the Yarra Ranges Tourism marketing programs including Yarra Valley Touring Map (PDF, 37MB).

Visit the Yarra Ranges Tourism website for more partnership opportunities and information.

If you would like to discuss other ways your business can get involved, contact or call 03 9433 3783. 



Tourist Signage

Tourist signage plays an important role in providing direction to visitors to find attractions, services and facilities.

If you are interested in exploring the option of having tourism signage, we encourage you to read the VicRoads Tourism Signing Guidelines(PDF, 4MB) which explain the types of signs that are permitted and the criteria for each.

If you believe you meet the criteria, you will need to complete an Tourist Attraction Signing Application Form(PDF, 114KB) and return it to the Council’s Infrastructure team.

If you wish to discuss your eligibility or would like help completing the form, contact us on 03 9433 3783 or the Infrastructure team on 03 9433 3324.

For more information about other types of signage options available, click on the links below.


The Australian Tourism Data Warehouse

The Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW) is Australia’s national platform for digital tourism information.

It is jointly owned and managed by all Australian state/territory government tourism bodies.

With more than 40,000 listings, it is electronically accessible by tourism business', wholesalers, retailers and distributors for use in their websites and booking systems.

If you would like to create a free listing on the ATDW and have it appear on the following websites, visit ATDW:

Visit Victoria

Visit Yarra Valley

•The Visit Yarra Valley What's On weekly newsletter (sent directly to 45,000 people)

Businesses can also create a product listing for a small annual fee. For more information, see the FAQs(PDF, 254KB) and factsheet (PDF, 247KB).