About The SBA
Sunshine Business Association (SBA) has had a long and proud history of representing its 400+ businesses. An affordable rate levy system enables the Association to assist in location promotion, local business development and local community development. SBA is currently focusing on an ambitious calendar of promotional events, advocating for street lighting and improved maintenance and streetscaping.
About the Program
What is it & the role of the SBA
Many business associations across Victoria have a special rate or charge collected by Council from tenants/owners and distributed back to the business association for the purposes of marketing and business promotions.
The Special Rate for Sunshine Town Centre was established in 2013 raising $117,000 per annum and increasing 2% per year. Individual property contribution amounts were capped at maximum value of $2,000 for the five year period of 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2018.
The Sunshine Business Association must adhere to the conditions provided in their funding agreement to ensure that, at all times, they are acting in accordance with the legal requirements for expenditure of the Special Rate Scheme.
The Special Rate funds enable
Development and delivery of:
- Marketing/communications program
- Business development activity
- Part time marketing coordinator working 20 hours per week to help implement the marketing and promotional program.
Marketing & Events
- Sunshine Short Film Festival
- Sunshine Lantern Festival
- Sunshine Street Market
- Sunshine FOOD Fever
- Sunshine Rocks the Rails
- Lunar New Year
- White Ribbon Day Breakfast
- Sunshine Bag
- Xmas activities, bin wraps and decals
Advocacy & Grants
- Dept of Justice – Light up Sunshine
- Victorian Multicultural Commission – Sunshine Lantern Festival & SSFF
- Brimbank City Council – Sunshine Lantern Festival & SSFF
- Business Networking Events
- Business Newsletter
- Tax Office Seminars
- BCC Small Business Workshops
- Website Upgrade including Business Directory
The story so far
Sunshine is well positioned to be the capital for Melbourne’s growing west as well as vibrant centre for the local community. The renewal of the Special Rate will enable the Sunshine Business Association to continue its important work with businesses collectively to market and promote the Sunshine Town Centre.
The Sunshine Town Centre is one of Melbourne’s great centres – a place where many people visit, shop, work, study and live. The Sunshine Town Centre is developing a reputation for its culturally diverse offering, particularly food, as well as delivering a program of events and activities that celebrate the cultural diversity of the region. Key businesses and services already in and near the town centre include, great fresh food shopping, multicultural restaurants, a street market and annual events including the Sunshine Short Film Festival, Sunshine Lantern Festival and Sunshine FOOD Fever.
With more than $1 billion in public and private investment over the past five years, and more land ready for development, the Sunshine Town Centre offers significant development opportunity. The completion of the Brimbank Civic and Community Centre and new VicRoads building has brought more people into the Town Centre in the last year.
The SBA Committee 2017/18
- Carson Luk (Xuan Banh Cuon)
- Bruce White (Westpac Bank)
- Vu Du (Aussie Home Loans)
- Vivien Truong (Westpac Bank)
- Phong Pham (Crown)
- Silke Pauli (Flowers of Sunshine)
- Jurgen Terjung (Flowers of Sunshine)
- Brandon Cooper (Maurice Blackburn Lawyers)
- Steven Lusi (Direct Property Group)
- Mark Hallowell (Sunshine Marketplace)
- Domenica Forti (Biggin & Scott)