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Dear <<First Name>>,

Welcome to Newsletter #5.


A busy week post-Easter. This edition covers Communication channels, Eat Yourself to Health, where to Eat Well in Tasmania, Running your business from home, Social media and buying platforms post COVID-19, Melbourne Port Talk, and when you get to the end, panic buying and toilet paper usage across the globe!

Ian Locke
Phone/SMS: 0438-911-319

The Other Side


Newsletter #6 will be focusing on “THE OTHER SIDE”.  By this I mean that I am now starting to consider how Tasmanian Fruit & Vegetable exports will reposition their place in the international market.


“THE OTHER SIDE” focus is a topic that has significant importance to all Tasmanian business, growers, packers, exporters, the supply chain, and, government and their agencies. I won’t be working on my own as I have already stared a conversation with several federal government officers.


If you want to be part of “THE OTHER SIDE” please SMS 0438-911-319 or email with the words "THE OTHER SIDE – count me in".

Agriculture Coordination Group (COVID-19)

As mentioned last newsletter, the purpose of the group is to monitor any adverse impacts of COVID-19 on the land-based agriculture sector; to identify risks and to provide regular two way information flows between government departments and the sector; to share ideas; and to work through issues collaboratively.

Issues have been categorised in the following broad areas:
  • Workforce and labour
  • Freight and Logistics
  • Availability of inputs
  • Food safety and continuity
  • Consumer behaviour and markets
If there are questions or issues that you believe should be raised, please do not hesitate to contact me. Call/SMS 0438-911-319 or

Small Business Hardship Grant
Business Tasmania

The Department of State Growth's role is to support economic growth and facilitate the creation of jobs and opportunities for Tasmanians. We work with business, industry and the community to manage regulatory and infrastructure plans that support the development of market expansion and innovation strategies.

For more information about the Hardship Grant, click below.

New Communication Channels

As restrictions on travel and meetings combined with working from home (WFH) start to challenge communication and interaction as we all have been used to, webinars and teleconferences are becoming new communication channels that are easy to connect.

There are some that have particular relevance to adapting to the new working environment and to consider what will be the situation when Tasmania comes out of this pandemic.

Here are 3 webinars scheduled for April 20, 21 and 22 that are worth registering for:


COVID-19: Export and Trade

Date:  Tuesday 21 April
Time: 10:00am AEST
12:00pm NZST
Duration: 1 hour

Consumer Behaviour to Packaging and Waste in Fresh Produce

Date: 22 April 2020
Time: 10:00am AEST
Duration: 1.5 hours
Cost: Free

Briefing: Business and China post-COVID-19

As Australian business grapples with the fallout from the coronavirus, China is gradually returning to work.
On this Australia China Business Chamber (ACBC) National Briefing, ShineWing Australia's Managing Partner Danny Armstrong and Head of International Business David Chu will take a look at both the outbound and inbound Australia-China business opportunities and how firms can navigate the post-COVID-19 business landscape.
Danny Armstrong will provide an update on the China market and the prospects for exporters in light of Australian government stimulus and financial support.
David Chu will analyse the investment environment for foreign investors and recent changes to the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB).

Date: Monday, April 20th
Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm AEST (Melbourne/Sydney)
Platform: Webinar
ACBC Members: $10
Non Members: $50 + GST

Sound eCommerce and Marketing Strategy

Whilst listening to a webinar presented by AusCham China from Beijing last Friday one comment that really impressed was that there is “an intrinsic link between social media and buying platforms”

As we move to develop our marketing strategies in preparation for business activity post-COVID-19, being tech savvy and able to get your business online.

Here are two training options available in Tasmania, both FREE.

Digital Ready

Digital Ready have tools, coaching and resources to help you get your business online.

Digital Ready offers 2 hours of one on one coaching with one of their expert digital coaches for free. The Digital Ready program has recently been boosted as a part of the State Government’s emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As you know by now, COVID-19 is a significant disruption globally. In the short to medium term as people are required to socially distance and isolate, it is going to have an impact on how and where you work.

Free Business Advice

Business Tasmania have a statewide network of independent business advisors who can assist you with any business-related questions or quandaries. Enterprise Centres Tasmania is a free service supported by the Tasmanian Government and is designed for every stage of your business' life.

All you need to do is to visit the web page to find your nearest advisor, and contact them directly OR you can contact Business Tasmania and we can arrange for your nearest advisor to make contact with you.

Running your business from home – we are all doing it!

If you need to work from home due to coronavirus (COVID-19), there are tools and resources available to help you. Learn about the tax deductions you can claim, how to set up an online business and ensure you are still meeting your legal obligations.

Coronavirus information and support for Australian business will be sending regular newsletter updates on coronavirus business announcements, support and information. Please share the newsletter and encourage your business network to subscribe here.

Collaborating across the supply chain to keep the economy moving

Aussie growers issue consumers the challenge to "Eat Up and Branch Out"

Peak industry body for Queensland horticulture, Growcom is today launching Eat Yourself to Health, a new national campaign encouraging Australians to Eat Up and Branch Out!

A website has been established with a variety of resources and information for consumers on how to boost their health through increased intake of fruits, vegetables and nuts:

You can also join the conversation today via social media, on Facebook and Instagram at @eatyourselftohealthau or use the hashtag #EatYourselfToHealth

We Eat Local - What is the app?

We Eat Local lists hundreds of Tasmanian businesses offering one of more of the following so that home cooks can access local Tasmanian produce during the COVID-19 crisis: 

  • Home delivery
  • Click and collect services
  • In-store shopping

Thanks to funding from the Department of Health, all businesses are being featured on the We Eat Local app free of charge right throughout the COVID-19 crisis.


Reimagining food retail in Asia after COVID-19

New survey results suggest where, and how, food retailers in Asia might rethink their businesses in the wake of COVID-19.
Consumers appear to care about instore safety and prefer offerings that are healthy and locally sourced more than they did before COVID-19.

The Tasmanian Business Reporter was released this week, with a special COVID-19 edition to help Tasmanian businesses through the pandemic. 
Read the edition here.

Just when you thought you knew everything about the “toilet paper panic”...

Just be grateful you don’t live in the US, Germany, The UK or Japan...
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