Welcome to the Diamond Creek Business Community!

Initiative to boost local small business online presence

Nillumbik Shire Council is introducing an exciting new short-term digital marketing mentoring initiative aimed at enhancing the online presence of local small businesses. Sessions are being offered at no cost, providing a unique and invaluable opportunity for Nillumbik local businesses to enhance their digital capabilities. Nillumbik Mayor Ben Ramcharan said this free initiative comes in response to the findings of Council’s 2022 Annual Business Survey. “The survey revealed that 43 per cent of businesses identified marketing programs as a top service they would utilise, while 34 per cent listed digital marketing as an immediate operational priority” Cr Ramcharan said.Small Nillumbik based businesses can book the sessions via the online link. Council’s Digital Support Officer will arrange to conduct two personalised one-on-one sessions. The in-person modules will be up to one hour in duration, Website Success Express and Social Media Strategy, have been designed to equip local businesses with valuable digital skills and time-saving tricks.Here’s how Website Success Express and Social Media Strategy can benefit your business:

  • Provide general tips and guidance on optimising your business website for success
  • Generate ideas on how to effectively engage your target audience
  • Acquire essential knowledge about the basics of social media platforms
  • Conduct an audit of your existing digital channels to identify areas for improvement 

The modules are specifically tailored for Nillumbik small businesses.To register for the initiative go to nillumbik.vic.gov.au/digital-marketing For further information and to register your interest, contact the Economic Development & Tourism Team at business@nillumbik.vic.gov.au.


Improve Tourism In The Region

We’d love to hear from you on ways to improve tourism in our region.

Council is an active partner of Yarra Ranges Tourism. Through this partnership, we invite you to participate in a short online survey about tourism in Nillumbik and, more broadly, the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges Region, including Nillumbik.

Yarra Ranges Tourism is embarking on an important project to create a Destination Management Plan – a 10-year strategic masterplan to support all aspects of managing the visitor economy.

To find out more and to complete the survey, visit:


We encourage you to introduce yourself to the Nillumbik Council Economic Development and Tourism team who can assist new and existing Nillumbik businesses with training programs and networking opportunities, as well as general business and marketing support.  

Economic Development & Tourism Team 
Phone: 03 9433 3111 


Business in Nillumbik Toolkit 

Your guide to Business in Nillumbik toolkit has been designed to help businesses navigate the many areas of Council that are involved when starting or growing a business. 

The Kit introduces Council’s business support program and ways for local businesses to connect and network. Find out about local business associations, grants and funding, marketing opportunities and more. The Kit also explains regulatory requirements such as permits and registrations that may apply to businesses operating in Nillumbik. 

Download a copy of the Nillumbik Business Toolkit (document attached) 


Shop in our Shire Campaign 

Now your local business can join the Shop in our Shire campaign by accessing a range of downloadable promotional assets to include in your local marketing campaign. 

Choose assets relevant to your local area and include them in your socials, print and website design. 

Simply complete the form to request access to the assets. 


Events and Workshops 

The following resources are available to you: 

Business Workshops and Events 

Attend a local workshop or event developed by Nillumbik Council Economic Development and Tourism Team. Improve your skills, grow your business and meet other local business people. 

Shire Wide Events Calendar 

Through this events calendar, Nillumbik Shire Council promotes community-run, charity and non-profit events taking place in the Shire of Nillumbik. Find out more about how you can get involved with an event being held near your place of business. You can also submit details of your own event for promotion. 

Living and Learning Nillumbik 

There are Living and Learning centres located in Eltham, Diamond Creek and Panton Hill. We offer a range of short courses and community programs. From learning a new language, to photography or connecting socially through a MakerSpace group, there are lots of ways to upskill and connect.  


Business in Nillumbik Newsletter 

Sign up to the Business in Nillumbik Newsletter to receive the latest news and event invites that will help grow and develop your business. This will be sent straight to your inbox on a monthly basis.  


Social Media 

Join the Business in Nillumbik Facebook Group which provides regular support to prospective, new and established local businesses through the Shire. 

We now offer businesses the chance to post promotions and notes of interest on our Business in Nillumbik Facebook page. This is a great way to easily connect with your local business community. 

Our @VisitNillumbik Facebook and Instagram channels aim to attract visitors and also highlight to residents, all of the wonderful attractions, events and experiences that we have in our Shire 

Our Shop in our Shire campaign puts the spotlight on local businesses. We are keen to promote your social media accounts, your shopping options, experiences and events.  

If you would like to be promoted for free on our social media pages, upload your details on to our online form.


Planning and Business Concierge Service 

Council’s Planning and Business Concierge offers free advice to local businesses on navigating Council’s permit processes. 

Providing one point of contact, the service aims to improve the experience for customers who are considering starting a business or thinking of expanding an existing one. 

The Concierge is available to help guide applicants through each step of the process, providing clear advice, saving time and money. 

Council can assist with: 

  • Navigating the necessary approvals 
  • Accessing relevant advice and support 
  • Providing translation of regulatory requirements and feedback to draft plans to meet regulation 
  • Improving the quality of information in applications for faster decisions 

Find out more about this service in the Setting up a Business section of our website.

Council Updates

On this page you will find relevant notices and updates from Nillumbik Shire Council relating to works that may have an impact on businesses and people living and working in Diamond Creek. Please check back regularly to see if you will be affected.

Current Council Updates: