Santa zooming into Bentleigh… direct from the North Pole!

Bentleigh Traders Association will receive $20,000 from the Andrews Labor Government’s Grants for Business Chambers and Trader Groups program.

Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos said the funding will help Bentleigh Traders Association host a virtual Santa experience. From 12 December, local families will be able to visit Hello World Bentleigh and chat to Santa, who will be streamed live from the North Pole! (A link for bookings will be available soon)

The program has provided $4.15 million in support through grants of $10,000, $20,000 or $50,000 to business chambers and trader groups across Victoria to support their local business’ recovery and restart.

Grant recipients will use the funding for business activation initiatives like facilitating members’ adaptation to COVID Normal, ‘buy local’ campaigns and improving access to programs and services focused on resilience and recovery.

The Grants for Business Chambers and Trader Groups program is part of more than $7 billion in direct economic support provided by the Labor Government to Victorian businesses and workers to help them weather the storm of the pandemic.

Some $2.6 billion in funding has supported more than 130,000 small and medium businesses to date through the Business Support Fund while $87.5 million has been provided to support hospitality businesses prepare for COVID Normal.

For more information about the Grants for Business Chambers and Trader Groups program, go to

Quotes attributable to Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford

“Bentleigh Traders Association is a fantastic advocate for the business community in Bentleigh and this funding will help local business recover and prepare for COVID Normal.”

“We appreciate the leading role Victorian business chambers and trader groups play in helping local businesses rebound and recover – that’s why it’s important to back that leadership with funding for local solutions to this global pandemic.”

Quote attributable to Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos

“Our local traders have done it tough during the lockdown period, so get down to Bentleigh with the kids, have a chat to Santa and do your Christmas shopping.”

“This Christmas, Shop Local.”