Local business associations
A business association works with local businesses and Council to ensure the ongoing success of their local area. Business associations range from formal, incorporated organisations that meet regularly, to casual groups of business owners who meet occasionally.
Find a business association
The following business associations are located in Darebin.
Fairfield Traders Association
Marketing coordinators: Yvette Standfield, Anna Henderson
President: Jordan Karagiannidis
Social Media: Facebook and Instagram
Map of businesses in Fairfield.
Northcote Business Association Inc
Administration assistant: Mel Fyfe
President: Zowie Minchin
Map of businesses in Northcote.
Preston Business Association Inc
Map of businesses in Preston.
Reservoir Traders Business Association
Map of businesses in Reservoir.
For more information, see our guidelines for business associations.
Special rates levy
A special rates levy is an annual fee paid by business properties that is pooled into a central fund and spent by the Business associations on encouraging commerce and retail activity in that area.
A special rates levy is raised in addition to the general rates and charges under the provisions of section 163 of the Local Government Act 1989.
This levy is raised to support businesses within the business precinct to fund place-based promotional, marketing, business and economic development initiatives that encourages the economic success and vibrancy for all.
These can include:
- Digital, print and social media
- marketing events (for example Christmas)
- promotional materials
- engaging a centre/events/marketing coordinator
- improve centre décor and displays and
- enhancing the appearance of the area to attract more customers.
Special rates levy for 2020-2021
We understand that COVID-19 has had a significant impact on our business community.
We continue to support local businesses through our COVID-19 Resilience and Recovery Plan. We are excited to share that as part of this, Darebin Council has subsidised the Special Rate Levy for the 2021-22 financial year. This is additional to the five months subsidised in 2020-21.
What does this mean?
This year, you will not see the Special Rate levy included on your rates notice. We will be providing the equivalent funds to ensure the marketing and promotional activities can continue.
If you have any questions about how these funds are being used to promote your business precinct, please contact your Business association representatives (details above).
We are committed to supporting businesses by providing business advice, mentoring, networking, training, and updates on funding opportunities.