Business help hub

We're here to help.

We all love living in this great region we call the MidCoast - and we want your business to thrive. Access information here to help you on your MidCoast business journey. 

More useful information for businesses can be found on the MidCoast Council business pages.

Free creative businesses workshop

If you are an advertising or marketing business, architect, graphic designer, visual or performance artist or an arts society or group, you are invited to register for a free workshop in 2021.

The workshops are led by creative practitioners with extensive business skills and aim to assist local creative businesses in developing business plans to ‘futureproof’ their operation, thanks to MidCoast Council and NSW Government funding.

The workshop will be held over two days, and covers a range of great planning tools and ideas to support your business whether you are established or just starting up.

The workshop will be facilitated by ‘Creative Plus Business’ founded by Monica Davidson, a social enterprise dedicated to educating creative people and arts organisations about business skills. As Monica says “we will cover the basics of business, as well as deeper dives into entrepreneurship, financial literacy, marketing, and overcoming the challenges of sustaining and growing a creative business”.

It is a real coup to bring The ‘Creative Plus Team’ to the MidCoast region to support our local creative businesses. The coaching will improve the base knowledge and capacity of local business operators to undertake this type of planning independently and will support the work Council and the local business chambers currently undertake.

This workshop is proudly funded by the NSW Government Bushfire Community Resilience and Economic Recovery Fund, and supported by MidCoast Council.

The two-day workshop will take place at the Manning Entertainment Centre in Taree on Monday 22 February and Monday 8 March from 9.30am until 4.30pm. Bookings are essential and can be made via the online form below:

Click here to view form.

Happiness Hamper winners!

Congratulations to the following local businesses who received happiness hampers as part of our October Small Business Month competition, thanks to a grant from the NSW Government, and partnering with the Taree, Harrington Crowdy Head, Wingham and Forster Tuncurry Business Chambers

These businesses were nominated by their customers to receive a hamper that is chock-full of goodies, from motivational business books to locally sourced pamper products. The products are all sourced from within the MidCoast, to let businesses know what’s in their own big backyard, encourage collaboration and promote a strong and inclusive economy.


Razors Edge Hair Salon                    Nail Edge                    Café on Main


Fiona’s Family Cafe


Forster Tuncurry Occupational Therapy          Beaches Dental Care               Seashells Day Care               Tiona Holiday Park              

Blueys Motel               Farm to Fridge


Creative Shell                    Valley View Farm & Co               Diamond Beach Take Away               XStyle                  

Aqualotus               Garry Douglas Auto


Jabiru Teaching & Learning Centre               Zephyrs Café & Bakery               Hairworks               Nate’s Pizzeria              

Em’s Thai Kitchen          Meat@Chrisso’s              Hair on Harrington & Tilly K


Horse About Tours               Bella Hair               Sea Changes Op Shop               Nuggets Cheaper Choice              

Wallis Lake Fishermans Co-op          Wave Lengths          Jungle Surf               Great Lakes Pharmacy              

Catch 22 Café               Great Lakes Tackle               Lumpys Nursery               Tullys Tuncurry News         

Good Grub Shack          Tuncurry Fruit & Veg


Stroud Butchery


Australian Cactus & Succulent Supplies                    The Koffee Run


Gooch Agencies          Ashmar Farm stay               Ladybug Shop               Café 57

Milady Salon               Uptown Country                    Nanna’s Homewares & Antiques               Ollies Service Centre


Barrington Country Store


Robair Hair Salon          Cashmere & Co Hair Stylists          Cutting Crew               Caterbox Café

Brows by Gee               Tahlara’s Skin Care & Beauty               The Shed Luxe          Active Barre

Margaret’s Underfashions          Wild Cosmo Flowers          Bakers Delight          Jack & Co

MidCoast Hearing


Dillon’s Rural


Cherry’s at Tinonee          Earth Angels Child Care


New Bar Salon


Bent on Food          Wingham Computers          Ballard’s Backyards          Wingham Newsagency


My Car          Eternity Counselling          Forster Littlemart          The Coastal Brewing Co

All Things Yum          Laurin Taggart Personal Travel Consultant          Lim Long          Plunge

Stash House          Forster Yoga Studio          BlueWater Gifts          The Natural Waffle Ice Cream Co

Tartt          Friendlies Pharmacy          MH Hair Design          Pezellas

FnT Brew & BBQ Supplies          Beach Bums          Windan Sea Vets          One Hair & Beauty

Blue Dust Collective          Forster Estuary Charters          Kellies Cafe          Graham Barclay Marine

Allied Health Admin Services          22 Grams Espresso          Forster Bakehouse          Forster Mixed Martial Arts

Beach Street Seafoods          Twin Sisters Cleaning

Business Help right here

As a first step, register to be listed on the business directory. It's supporting a region-wide campaign and is the focus to keep locals shopping local.

For information and resources to help you manage your COVIDsafe workplace, please visit: Doing business during COVID19

Access advice right here on the MidCoast

Our economic development and tourism teams can work closely with you to provide support and information. We're not experts, but we can help refer you to government or other agencies for advice and assistance you may need right now:

  • information and advice - a friendly voice and ear at the end of the phone with a local perspective
  • referral point for Government support
  • we're undertaking daily research into health orders, restrictions and government support packages to ensure current information is available and distributed to key business networks 

Check out the links below for more information, or call our Business Liaison Service.

To access the Business Liaison Service, call 7955 7777 or email

Economic Stimulus

Both the Federal and NSW State Governments have announced economic stimulus in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Small business owners should contact Service NSW Business Concierge or call 13 77 88 for personalised advice on financial and business support.

You can access financial assistance, eligibility and timing for new government support for Australian businesses at

If you are a small business or tourism operator, check out the Barrington Coast Business Hub for information about available support.

Local businesses adversely affected by COVID-19 can also access Council staff via our Business Liaison Service (see the first tab above) if you need help connecting with government support and advice to help navigate this difficult time.

Social media webinars for business

Webinar 1: How to make social media work for your business

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Webinar 2: The importance of #HashTags

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Webinar 3 - Building and engaging with your audience


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