To our Maribyrnong Business Community,

What a week last week was. The weather is in full Melbourne Mode but that's not going to put a damper on the amazing offerings happening around the City of Maribyrnong! 

In Light of Anglers Tavern being severely damaged due to the floods, we have decided to postpone the Business Networking Breakfast to the new year. The breakfast will be back bigger and better than ever and will showcase and support a newly renovated Anglers Tavern. 

Planning for New Year's Eve Fireworks at Footscray Park is in full swing and Expressions of Interest are now open for food trucks to apply to sell food on the night.  Read below for more information.

Series 2 of How The West Was #1 is off to a flying start with Episode 3 released this week featuring Sheridan Rose West from MamaWest.  You can listen to Sheridan's interesting story about growing up westside with challenges and redemption all part of the journey that has helped shape Sheridan into the caring and fun loving professional she is today. 

Preparation for the 2023 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is under way and your business has the chance to become part of the program as part of Eat Drink Westside. Read on to learn how you can become involved in such an iconic foodie event. 

The final She's the Boss networking lunch will take place on Tuesday 25 October 2022 at Post Industrial Design, a quaint little gift shop and cafe located in West Footscray. Join lots of ladies who lunch for a casual chat and a networking opportunity to make new contacts and talk shop in a fun and laid back setting. 

There's so much more to discover in this edition,  we hope you find the information useful.

Best Wishes 

Economic Development Team, Maribyrnong City Council
Council continues to clean and restore the damage caused by the flooding last week and will continue to do so until the community is back to normal.

If you need support and information during this time visit the City of Maribyrnong Website

Due to the floods, the Business Networking Breakfast has been postponed to early 2023.

Maribyrnong City Council has decided to postpone the breakfast until the new year to give the Anglers Tavern a chance to catch their breath and renovate after the devastating damage caused by flood water.

For those that have purchased a ticket, we can hold a spot for you on the rescheduled date or alternatively, you can request a refund now. 

The 'Love Your Local - Mari' campaign is continuing to profile some of our amazing business owners and operators with new stories being released each week.  Some of the recently profiled businesses include:
Casita Coffee; Huu Thanh; Miss An'am; Latin Food and Wine; The Cheeky Pint; Tru Coffee; Old Style Butcher.

Check out the 'Meet the Locals' section of the Love Your Local website or keep an eye out on the Council Facebook page as new stories are released each week.

Visit the Love Your Local Mari website.

With a fantastic line-up of stage entertainment, fireworks, carnival rides and games Footscray Park is the place to be this New Year's Eve! 

This year's full line-up is set to be announced soon but for now, applications are open for expressions of interest (EOIs) for food trucks to be a part of this hallmark summer event.

The event welcomes families from near and far and sees a crowd of over 20,000 people fill Footscray Park. 

If you're interested in serving food at this popular event, please email  and carefully read the NYE Fireworks Food Truck Terms and Conditions(PDF, 388KB) prior to submitting your EOI.

More Information 

Sheridan Rose West is the founder of MamaWest, a hairdressing and beauty salon in Maidstone that was started during the pandemic in late 2021.

Her life story is rich with experience; leaving school at 14 to learn about makeup and hair, falling into drug addiction, and her heroic effort to come clean involving 18 months in rehab.
Her passion for helping others and her drive to succeed is a true testament to Sheridan who exudes confidence and positivity in every way possible.

The decor and ambiance in the salon is gorgeous with pastels and quirky fittings and it eclectic but really warm and friendly!

In this podcast, Sheridan talks about the three other women who she formed the co-op with and shares some business tips that will inspire you in your business journey.

Listen Now

There are still a handful of tickets left for the She's The Boss Women in business lunch!

Join us for a casual catch up and the chance to get to know other local business women in a fun setting! This no agenda, no pressure event is the perfect opportunity to network and build contacts across the west. 

Event Details
Tuesday 25 October 2022
Post Industrial Design - 638 Barkly Street West Footscray
Book Now

Greater Western Water are giving back to the community through their Grants and Sponsorship Program 'Thriving Communities'. 

Until 31 October 2022, you can apply for:

  • local community sponsorships - up to $5,000 for local community-based activities that support equity, opportunity and inclusivity 
  • community grants - up to $20,000 for projects or initiatives that help local communities, environment, individuals and industry to develop and thrive.

They will also offer strategic community sponsorships, which provide up to $75,000 over three years for major programs that support liveability and wellbeing. 

Got questions? Email

Apply Now

Asuria is a Workforce Australia - Self-Employment Assistance provider who can help you transform your business idea or existing small business.

With over ten years of proven Self-Employment Assistance service delivery, Asuria Business Mentors provide the necessary groundwork for new and existing small businesses to succeed.

Receive 12 months of support, including a Self-Employment Workshop, help to develop a business plan, small business coaching, one-on-one advice sessions with your expert mentor and business health checks. 

Asura will hear you and support you and will help you get your business off the ground and running. If you’re interested in turning your passion into a profession, get in contact with an Asuria Business Mentor today.

More Information

Council has received a number of complaints from Customers that some Food Businesses, including bars are allowing dogs within their premises.

In Australia, dogs or any other animals are not permitted within food premises and this requirement is the responsibility of the business, which needs to be managed by the Proprietor of the business or the Manager in charge.

The exceptions to this rule are :

- If the animal is an assistance animal as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, then the animal is allowed within a food premises where Customers are allowed.

- Live seafood or shellfish being handled onsite.

- Certain outdoor areas can allow dogs if the business wishes to do so. These outdoor areas must :

·       Not be enclosed ( have an area without a ceiling or roof and walls and/or windows )

·       Have no food/drinks being prepared in the space

·       The area can only be entered by the public without passing through an enclosed area.

·       Can be utilised for both dining and drinking

Business Owners also need to consider other risk factors such as dogs fighting or biting Customers while onsite.

If you require professional advice to ensure your business complies, please contact Council’s Environmental Health Section on 9688 0200 or 

More Information  

Do you feel like you’ve got a current of ideas and creativity hiding somewhere within you, that you just can’t tap into? Or maybe you don’t feel very full of fresh and juicy ideas at all but you’re just craving some conversations with like-minded people. Well Local business owners Sara and Fi have your back! 

Sara (Inka Creative) and Fi (Peach Business) will bring their creativity and knowledge to an evening of conversation designed to spark inspiration and connection amongst other interested humans!

Creative conversations will help you to access all that untapped creativity within, as well as spark those ideas you didn't even know you had in you, through the works of collaboration, questions and conversation.

This event will be held on Wednesday 26th of October at Inka HQ, 103 Buckley Street, Seddon. Drinks and nibbles will be provided!

Register Now 

Submissions are NOW OPEN to be part of the 2023 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, running 24 March – 2 April next year.

The Festival is a great opportunity for food and beverage producers and providers to gain broader exposure, attract new audiences and try something new.

Maribyrnong City Council also offers additional promotional support for festival events happening in the west through the Eat Drink Westside program.

For further details regarding submissions visit: Special Event Submissions - Melbourne Food & Wine Festival (

Submissions close 21 October so it’s time to get your creative, culinary juices flowing!

Please get in touch with if you’d like to discuss any event ideas.

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