Existing businesses

Special charges and rates

A special charge or rate is an annual fee paid by business properties that is pooled into a central fund and is spent on encouraging commerce and retail activity in that area. 

Council has four special rate and charge schemes:

  • Moonee Ponds business precinct
  • Keilor Road, Niddrie 
  • Union Road, Ascot Vale
  • Flemington business precinct

The Special Rate enables a business precinct to strongly position itself through joint promotion, marketing and business development activities. 

The trader association for each business precinct receives 100 per cent of the money collected and allocates this money to a range of activities including:

  • marketing events
  • promotional advertising and material
  • employment of a centre coordinator
  • centre décor and displays
  • works to enhance the appearance of the centre in addition to those already provided by Council

These strategies and activities are guided by each precinct’s Business Plan and Annual Activities Plan. All business and property owners are able to view their precinct's Business Plan and the Annual Activities Plan by contacting their relevant trader association. 

The owner of each property is primarily liable to pay the Special Rate and Charge. However, many landlords have leasing agreements which provide that a special rate and charge is to be passed on to the tenant, who becomes liable for payment, for example, where the tenant is responsible for all outgoings. 

Check your leasing arrangement or contact your landlord to find out who is liable for the special charge or rate.

For more specific information on each precinct, contact the relevant trader association.


Networking is valuable for business growth, the benefits of which include:

  • providing new business leads
  • referrals and sales
  • information sharing and assisting in solving business problems
  • building business confidence
  • gaining recognition for your business

To make networking connections:

If you have or know of a business networking group that we can include on this page contact our Economic Development unit on 9243 8866 or business@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Making your business sustainable

No matter what size your business is, being sustainable can help improve your business performance and profitability.

Business recycling

We encourage all Moonee Valley businesses to recycle and minimise the amount of recyclable waste going to landfill.

Business recycling bins

We provide a fortnightly recycling service for all Moonee Valley businesses for a one off cost of $86. This includes the supply and delivery of a 240 litre yellow lid recycling bin and a fortnightly collection.

If you would like further information, phone Customer Service on 9243 8888. To order a recycling bin for your business, send us the Request for Landfill or Recycling Bin form (pdf, 80KB). You can also can also return the form to us by mail or fax - information on how to do this is on the form.

For businesses already receiving the business recycling service, please send any feedback to council@mvcc.vic.gov.au.

Transfer Station drop offs

Moonee Valley businesses can also take recyclables to the Transfer Station (188 Holmes Road, Aberfeldie) for free.

You can recycle:

  • Rigid Plastics (codes 1-7)
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Steel and aluminium cans (including aerosols and clean foil)
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Milk and juice carton

Free Business Environment Kits

Have you been wondering how well your business is performing in its energy and water use?

Now you can borrow our new Business Environment Kit, which contains equipment and instructions to help you find ways of saving energy and water around your office, shop, kitchen, restaurant or café.

The kit contains :

  • Energy monitor – to measure energy consumption of appliances to see which ones need to be used sparingly, and where standby power is being drawn needlessly
  • Energy smart thermometer – to measure hot water temperature, room temperature and fridge and freezer temperatures. You may have things hotter or colder than they need to be
  • Infra-red thermometer – to measure surface temperatures such as walls and windows. You may be losing or gaining heat, which can be fixed with insulation or shade
  • Light meter – to help apply the ideal light conditions in your work environment
  • Water flow measure cup – to assess how much water taps or showers use and to find out whether you should reduce the flow rates

The kit is also available to households and schools.

To book the kit, please call our Environment unit on 9243 8888 or place a request by emailing environment@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Energy$mart for solar and lights

Future-proof your business from rising energy costs by going solar and upgrading your lights through Council’s Energy$mart program. The program offers:

  • free lighting and solar assessments by experienced and reputable providers
  • no obligation quotations for quality products and installation
  • a great return on investment through a solar system, with typical payback periods of between five and 10 years
  • reduced energy costs by up to 80 per cent and dramatically reduced maintenance costs through long lasting LED lights

We have appointed reputable and experienced solar and lighting practitioners to carry out solar energy installations and efficient lighting retrofits for businesses, schools and community organisations across the municipality. 

Contact our lighting and solar providers directly:

For more information call Council on 9243 8888.

Other programs and resources

There are a number of programs and resources that can help your business to actively reduce its negative impact on the environment.

Save the environment without spending money

Believe it or not, it is possible to save the environment without spending a cent. This year, why not try some of the following handy hints:

Switch off and save

Make sure lights are turned off when not in use. Put up signs on all exit doors reminding staff to switch off lights before leaving. This is the easiest thing you can do to save money, you can email our Environment and Economic Development unit for stickers to help staff remember to flick the switch.

Don’t let your money out the door

Air conditioning is a wonderful thing on a hot summer day and customers love to walk into a nice cool store. However, if you leave your doors wide open while your air conditioner is on, you are making it work much harder and it will cost you much more money. This is especially the case with reverse cycle, split system and refrigerated systems. Close the door and place an inviting sign at the front like, "come in, it’s cool".

Only pay for the energy you use

After work each day, make sure you turn off your electrical appliances and office equipment (microwaves, televisions, computers, photocopiers). If you haven’t turned them off at the power switch then they are costing you money to run. For example, turning a computer off each night and on weekends could save you $80 per year when compared to leaving it on 24/7.

Reduce and reuse

If you print on both sides of paper, then you only need to buy half as much. Ask your customers to join email mailing lists instead of sending out hard copy newsletter. Use the back of scrap paper instead of buying notepads. Share stationary between staff. Encourage customers to bring their own bags.

Last updated: Tuesday, 18 June 2019, 1:57 AM