Knowledge and networking

Rise, shine and learn: Moyne Shire councillors Ian Smith, Jill Parker and Colin Ryan joined Western Victoria Livestock Exchange developer Brendan Abbey (middle) and Mortlake-based marketing consultant Liz Fowler (right) at a special breakfast event last week.

MORTLAKE’S Olivine Restaurant was abuzz with activity last Friday morning, with the majority of the town’s business community meeting for a special breakfast event.

As part of the Great South Coast Small Business Festival, the ‘Mortlake Big Brekky for Business’ event attracted about 55 small business owners and developers from across the south west.

Moyne Shire Council hosted the meeting, which included Mortlake-based marketing consultant Liz Fowler, Western Victoria Livestock Exchange (WVLX) developer Brendan Abbey and Mortlake Community Development Committee (MCDC) president Keith Peart as key speakers.

Shire major projects liaison and economic development officer Vicki Askew-Thornton said the morning was a success.

“I got really positive feedback,” she said.

“Everybody would have taken something from today (Friday).”

Ms Askew-Thornton said hearing from local business consultant Liz Fowler was a particular highlight.

“I think that’s a real coup for a small town,” she said.

Ms Fowler focused on taking advantage of social media to maintain interest and generate new traffic to your business.

Mr Abbey spoke about the progress made so far on the Mortlake saleyard project, which he said was still on track for a January opening.

Councillor Ian Smith closed the event and said there was hope for the town’s ongoing economic development.

“It will be a good time in Mortlake in the next five years,” he said.

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