Main Streets of Australia Week

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Main Streets of Australia Week

Even before COVID, many main streets were struggling and, in some cases, dying, for reasons beyond their control; the introduction of internet shopping and development of shopping centres both came as a huge blow.

With more than 2 million small businesses in Australia, and many of these on our main streets, they do an enormous amount for the community. We need to support them, to ensure their survival, so they can continue to:

• provide a huge number of jobs to those that rely on local or flexible work,
• create local spending,
• provide local job opportunities and a training ground for our younger generation,
• support local causes and charities, as well as sporting groups and schools
• provide a place for the elderly or vulnerable to find their fit in the community,
• build connection and provide safe spaces, and
• allow a huge number of families to stay financially afloat.

May 16 – 22, 2022, Mainstreet Australia, in partnership with Mainstreet SA & Town Team Movement, and with the support of Zeller, invite you to celebrate and support Main Streets of Australia Week, a national campaign celebrating all that main streets and town centres provide to the community.

Celebration and support can come in the form of:

  •  choosing to spend locally, and with small, independent business, whenever you can during this week
  • sharing posts or photos on your social media between May 16 – 22 on what it is you love about your main street or town centre including favourite meal, favourite business, architecture you love, a business owner you think is fantastic and more. Make sure to tag #msaustweek
  • organising a small campaign, activity or event on your street and listing it on our national listing below or encouraging your local Chamber of Commerce, Council or Business/Trader Association to organise something. Head here for all info on getting involved (and it isn’t too late!), or
  • attending or getting involved with a local campaign, activity or event already listed below 🙂

Are you a main street or town centre wanting to get involved in Main Streets of Australia Week? Head here for info.

    Find a Main Streets of Australia Week celebration near you:

    State

    Street/Town Name

    Date, Time, Event/Campaign Description

    QLD

    CAIRNS, Shields Street

    Sat, May 21 – 10am to 1pm.

    Come on down and the ‘meet the makers’! Enjoy a walk down Sheilds Street to meet Cairn’s recently opened creative businesses as part of the Renew Cairns project. Check out the products, meet the maker and ask questions about their practice and interest in being part of the local Carins business and creative communities. Check out our website for a QR code tour of local makers.

    QLD

    IPSWICH CENTRAL, Brisbane, Limestone, Bell, Ellenborough and Nicholas Streets

    Mon, May 16 – Mon, May 22.

    Here in Ipswich Central, we’ll be running a number of activities across the week to celebrate Ipswich Central Main Streets, and the businesses that make them, including the launch Pupswich Central (dog friendly precinct), live street art by Tallman- Bell Street, chalk stations and photo competition #mainstreetIpswich

    facebook.com/Ipswich-Central-Partnership

    SA

    CAMPBELLTOWN, Lower North East Road

    Mon, May 16 – 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

    Campbelltown Village new mural launch and local business networking event to be held at Cafe Va Bene (8/636 Lower North East Rd).

    ** Postponed until June 6 due to COVID **

    SA

    NAIRNE, Main Street

    Mon, May 16 – Sun, May 22.

    We’re celebrating Main Streets of Australia Week with a photo competition entitled “What I love Most about Nairne’s Main St”. The photo can be new or old but it must be taken by you of something on Nairne’s Main St. It could be a building, tree, public space, business, the street or anything else on Main St.

    Prizes will be awarded in the Under 12 and Open age categories. Photos need to be submitted by May 22 to this email.

    SA

    PORT PIRIE, Port Pirie CBD

    Mon, May 16 – Sun, May 22.

    Business Port Pirie are holding an Arts Competition to celebrate Port Pirie and its people, because we are more than just one main street!

    Your piece can be 2D art in any medium, 3D sculpture, photography, digital art, poetry or musical. Your piece must be your original work and featuring something about Port Pirie or its people, such as: landscape, landmarks, portrait, icons, business, history or culture. Entries open to all and youth are encouraged to participate. 1st and 2nd prizes, along with a 3rd emerging young artist prize, will be announced online and contacted personally, so please ensure to include all your contact details with your entry.

    See info on how to enter, prizes and Ts and Cs here: fb.me/e/2il7mZSKA

    SA

    PORT PIRIE, Port Pirie CBD

    Thu, May 19 – 9am to 5pm.

    Port Pirie Retailers & Sidewalk Sale. We are celebrating our Port Pirie CBD, because we are more than just one main street! Come down and shop, catch the sidewalk sales and random stalls, eat, visit museums, browse our services and support our local businesses and their families. See more info at link below:

    fb.me/e/5pxIW6l5C

    SA

    SALISBURY, Salisbury City Centre, John Street

    Sat, May 21 – 10am to 1pm.

    John Street Family Fun Day! Music, stalls, kid’s activities, Hub Library, competitions & more.

    MainstreetFunDaySalisbury

    TAS

    HOBART, Elizabeth Street

    Tue, May 17 – 5.30pm to 8pm.

    Hosted by Complete Streets and Future Common in alignment with the 2022 Main Streets of Australia Week and the PIA National Congress, Transforming Hobart’s Streets will be a robust conversation about how to make Hobart more people friendly without compromising the tenants of sound business and practical city growth.

    Guest speakers MP Kristie Johnson, City Futures Director Katy Cooper and Louise Bloomfield join Complete Streets’ Steven Burgess for an evening of discussion about how boldly innovating the status quo of our city can reshape Hobart, and explore the opportunities and pitfalls along the way.

    eventbrite.com.au/e/evolving-streets-hobart-cbd-future-directions

    VIC

    BALWYN NORTH, The Village, Doncaster Road

    Mon, May 16 – Sun, May 22.

    Offering specials and offers with local businesses during Main Streets of Australia Week including 30% off all silver jewellery at Danny Lee Designs, 10% off all children’s wear for new customers at Kruz Kids, spend $400 on new seasons fashion and receive a free scarf at Amandas Boutique and buy any 2 full priced items and receive your 3rd item for free at Stanley and Stone. Plus, get free 30-min family law advice session at Maeve O’Brien & Associates Lawyers between 1pm-6pm. Buy any 2 Full priced items and receive your 3rd Item For FREE. 

    balwynnorthvillage.com.au

    VIC

    BRUNSWICK, Sydney Road

    Thu, May 19 – 7.30pm to 11pm.

    Vintage Ball – Dressing to impress, or to create a spectacular is easy, with some of the best stores on Sydney Road Brunswick for all things vintage, second-hand, and up-cycled. The Vintage Ball celebrates the best of thrift and highlights an iconic Brunswick venue, the Brunswick Ballroom. Now is the time to come together, celebrate the importance of supporting the local business community and enjoy a dance or two.

    sydneyroad.com.au/vintageball/

    VIC

    BURWOOD EAST, Burwood Heights Shopping Centre, Corner Burwood Highway & Middleborough Roads

    Thu, May 19 – Fri, May 20 – 11am to 1pm.

    Free Fuel Promotion. Simply spend $10 or more at any store, and show your receipt to the hosts at the front of the East Burwood Travel & Cruise shop, to receive your voucher.

    burwoodheightsshoppingcentre.com.au/

    VIC

    BURWOOD VILLAGE, Toorak Road

    Mon, May 16 – Sun, May 22.

    Receive a free cookie with any coffee purchased, available to the first 50 customers to mention Main Streets of Australia Week, between 16-22 May, at The Rustic Table.

    Receive a free cinnamon donut at Wild Dough Bakery, available to the first 100 customers to mention Main Streets of Australia Week, between 16-22 May.

    See more info at burwoodvillage.com.au

    VIC

    CAMBERWELL, Bourke Road and the Junction shopping precinct

    Sun, May 22 – 10am to 1pm.

    Join us in Camberwell Junction for Sunday Funday. The day is a celebration to mark $20 million raised by the iconic Camberwell Sunday Market and Balwyn Rotary for community projects.

    Head down to the Sunday Market to enjoy live music, entertainers, face painters and giveaways as you browse stalls for your next retro treasure. Then head to the shops in Camberwell Junction precinct to uncover new season fashion or stop in at a cafe to enjoy some downtime.

    camberwellshopping.com.au/news/join-us-for-sunday-funday-on-may-22/

    VIC

    CHURCHLL, West Place and Hazelwood Village

    Mon, May 16 – 11am to 1pm.

    In celebration of Main Streets of Australia Week, TRFM’s street team, along with kids activities and live local performers will be entertaining locals for 2-hours.

    To say thank you to the community for getting involved and shopping local, Latrobe City Council are also giving away a share of $2,000 worth of Latrobe City Gift Cards across the week. To enter, simply make a purchase of any amount at participating businesses. Click link below for all info on events and competition entry details.

    latrobe.vic.gov.au/Council/events/Main_Streets_of_Australia_Week_in_Latrobe_City

    VIC

    COCKATOO, McBride Street

    Mon, May 16 – Sun, May 22.

    May Madness Mid-Year Promotion. Spend $20 or more in-store and fill out an entry for your chance to win $500, 300 or $200 to redeem in vouchers to spend within participating stores.

    easterndandenongranges.com.au/events/

    VIC

    CROYDON, Main Street

    Sat, May 21 – 10am to 2pm.

    Croydon Main Street & Town Square comes to life with a Baby Animal Petting Event.

    Calves, Lambs, goats, piglets, baby chicks, baby bunnies, baby guinea pigs to hold and cuddle…. babies, babies, babies…….

    Grab a cosy position for Story time with Collins Booksellers at 12.00pm!

    croydonmainstreet.com.au/news/croydon-farm/

    VIC

    ELSTERNWICK, Elsternwick Village, Glen Huntly Road

     

    Sat, May 21 – 10am to 1pm.

    You’re invited to join us in Elsternwick Village to celebrate our local shops as part of Main Streets of Australia Week. On Saturday, May 21 from 10am to 1pm, there will be live music in Elsternwick Plaza (located next to Goat House Cafe Bar Restaurant). The music will comprise a two-piece band, including a cellist and a singer playing guitar. We hope that you’ll join us in celebrating our wonderful local businesses in Elsternwick Village.

    elsternwick.com/community/celebrate-your-local-shops-in-elsternwick-village

    VIC

    EMERALD, Kilvington Drive and Belgrave-Gembrook Road

    Mon, May 16 – Sun, May 22.

    May Madness Mid-Year Promotion. Spend $20 or more in-store and fill out an entry for your chance to win $500, 300 or $200 to redeem in vouchers to spend within participating stores.

    easterndandenongranges.com.au/events/

    VIC

    FITZROY, Brunswick Street

    Tue, May 17 – 10.30am.

    Do you want to be part of a FREE Silent Disco Walking Tour? Yarra City Council has organised Yarra Grooves – a series of free Silent Disco Walking Tours on the main shopping precincts of Yarra during May – June 2022. You will be guided by a trained host while listening to music and learning more about the local area while having fun. Grab a group of friends or reconnect with your colleagues in this quirky way amd be part of bringing back joy to the streets of Yarra! Book using the link below:

    gurududu.org/yarragrooves/

    VIC

    GEELONG, Pakington Street

    Mon, May 16 – Sun, May 22.

    We’ll be releasing a series of content related to what Mainstreet experiences mean to our community capped off by a social at one of our local pubs!

    pakingtonstreet.com.au

    VIC

    GEMBROOK, Main Road

    Mon, May 16 – Sun, May 22.

    May Madness Mid-Year Promotion. Spend $20 or more in-store and fill out an entry for your chance to win $500, 300 or $200 to redeem in vouchers to spend within participating stores.

    easterndandenongranges.com.au/events/

    VIC

    GLEN WAVERLEY, Kingsway

    Fri, May 20 – 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

    Dine and shop with us in Glen Waverley on the evening of Friday 20th May and enjoy live roving musicians thoughout our precinct!

    gwav3150.com.au

    VIC

    GREYTHORN, Greythorn Central

    Sat, May 21 – 11am to 2pm.

    Greythorn Central Shopping Strip launches its Faces of Greythorn statues followed by a mini-Autumn Festival of entertainment. This unique event takes visitors and shoppers on a journey of Greythorn from the early days of citrus orchards, violet farms, and a koala sanctuary to the vibrant shopping strip we know today as told through the stories of their six new statues.

    greythorncental.com.au

    VIC

    HORSHAM, Roberts Ave

    Mon, May 16 – Sun, May 22.

    Our core theme is ‘Main Streets, What Was and What Is The Heart of Our Community.’ In celebration, we will be projecting historical and current images onto a building in the main street after dark. These will consist of local buildings with a then and now focus.

    VIC

    KEW, High Street

    Wed, May 18 – Sun, May 22.

    See music acts playing in various Kew Junction venues including Tim Agius Trio (funk), acoustic Beatles act, pop up music acts – Elvis, Teresa Ingrilli soprano and Global Grooves in the shops on the Sat between 11am – 1pm, a flamenco show and vintage jazz. Most are free, just book a table at the venue!

    kewjunction.com.au/events/musikfestkew/

    VIC

    MALVERN, Glenferrie Road

    Mon, May 16 – Sun, May 22.

    Enter the draw to win $100 voucher to your favourite Malvern Business! To enter, simply jump on our website and enter your details. It’s that easy!

    glenferrieroadmalvern.com.au

    VIC

    MOE, Moore, George, Albert, Kirk & Market Streets

    Thu, May 19 – 10am to 1pm.

    In celebration of Main Streets of Australia Week, TRFM’s street team, along with kids activities and live local performers will be entertaining locals for 2-hours.

    To say thank you to the community for getting involved and shopping local, Latrobe City Council are also giving away a share of $2,000 worth of Latrobe City Gift Cards across the week. To enter, simply make a purchase of any amount at participating businesses. Click link below for all info on events and competition entry details.

    latrobe.vic.gov.au/Council/events/Main_Streets_of_Australia_Week_in_Latrobe_City

    VIC

    MORDIALLOC, Main Street Retail Precinct

    Sat, May 21 – 10am to 2pm.

    Street festa with face painting, balloon twisting, craft activities, on-street entertainers and ‘cash machine’ you can step into to win prizes! Plus, an onstreet Insta photo comp!

    mordialloc.com/main-streets-week-festa/

    VIC

    MORNINGTON, Main Street

    Tue, May 17 – 9am to 11am.

    Mornington’s Biggest Morning Tea supporting Cancer Council. Locals are encouraged to donate $5 (minimum) to sample foods donated by local hospitality venues set up an a communal table in Empire Mall. All proceeds go to the Cancer Council.

    VIC

    MORNINGTON, Main Street

    Mon, May 16 – Sun, May 22.

    Complimentary shopper bags available from many of the Main Street businesses during the week – a thankyou for supporting local. PLUS Main Street is celebrating with themes! Many businesses are celebrating by offering a product within one of the themes. Themes include, Coffee of the week, Cocktail (or beverage) of the week, Retail Pick of the week and Main Meal of the week. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled on socials and pop into one of the businesses to show your support.

    facebook.com/MainStreetMornington

    VIC

    MORWELL, Commercial Road, Tarwin, George, Elgin, Church & Buckley Streets & Princes Drive

    Tue, May 17 – 11am to 1pm.

    In celebration of Main Streets of Australia Week, TRFM’s street team, along with kids activities and live local performers will be entertaining locals for 2-hours.

    To say thank you to the community for getting involved and shopping local, Latrobe City Council are also giving away a share of $2,000 worth of Latrobe City Gift Cards across the week. To enter, simply make a purchase of any amount at participating businesses. Click link below for all info on events and competition entry details.

    latrobe.vic.gov.au/Council/events/Main_Streets_of_Australia_Week_in_Latrobe_City

    VIC

    MOUNT WAVERLEY, Hamilton Place

    Mon, May 16 – Sun, May 22.

    Complimentary Mt Waverley Village tote bags will be available from many of the Main Street businesses during the week – a thank you for supporting local. Be sure to pop into one of the businesses to show your support.

    instagram.com/mtwaverley3149

    VIC

    RICHMOND, Victoria Street

    Mon, May 16 – 10.30am.

    Do you want to be part of a FREE Silent Disco Walking Tour? Yarra City Council has organised Yarra Grooves – a series of free Silent Disco Walking Tours on the main shopping precincts of Yarra during May – June 2022. You will be guided by a trained host while listening to music and learning more about the local area while having fun. Grab a group of friends or reconnect with your colleagues in this quirky way amd be part of bringing back joy to the streets of Yarra! Book using the link below:

    gurududu.org/yarragrooves/

    VIC

    ROSEBUD, Point Nepean Road

    Mon, May 16 – Sun, May 22.

    Enter to win a $1oo voucher to your favourite business on @rosebud_3939 Insta account. Goes live May 16 and drawn May 22. There will also be social media profiles/interviews featuring Rosebud traders.

    VIC

    ST ARNAUD, Naipier Street

    Mon, May 16 – Sun, May 22.

    Join the historic image hunt on Napier Street! Open to all shoppers during the week, hunt the 12 posters scattered down the street that feature historic images of Napier Street. Submit an entry form St Arnaud Shire Office to win a prize! Celebrate what was and what is the heart of our community.

    VIC

    ST KILDA, Acland Street

    Mon, May 16 – Sun, May 22.

    Come and meet St Kilda’s newest additions! Have your photo taken with two gorgeous, larger than life penguins, guiding the way to Acland Village, on the corner of Luna Park and the beach road.

    VIC

    ST KILDA, Fitzroy Street

    Sat, May 21 – 10am to 1pm.

    Come on down and the ‘meet the makers’! Enjoy a walk down Fitzroy Street to meet the street’s creative businesses open as part of the Renew Fitzroy Street program. Check out the products, meet the maker and ask questions about their practice and interest in being part of the local business and creative communities.

    And don’t forget, you can score a tote bag in conjunction with Fitzroy Street Business Association, shoppers who come down to meet the maker on Saturday 21st who spend $20 and over will receive a free Tote bag! T&cs apply

    renewaustralia.org/project/renew-fitzroy-street

    VIC

    SUNSHINE, Hampshire Road

    Fri, May 20 – Sun, May 22 – 6pm – 9pm.

    Light Up Sunshine. Sunshine will be glowing into the evenings, when the brilliant neon sculptures by the talented Carla O’Brien are on display in the Town Centre. Live music and roving artists will keep you entertained as you explore and snap selfies with magnificent angel wings, flamingos, palm trees and more. The Town Centre also has some great places to grab a bite to eat. So join us for a fun-filled night. 253 Hampshire Rd Sunshine…..plenty of FREE Parking.

    facebook.com/events/297229065779301/297229079112633/

    VIC

    TOORAK, Toorak Road, Toorak Village

    Mon, May 16 – Sun, May 22.

    The Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition is the most innovative and important annual event to take place in the Toorak Village, where we link the arts with business to form a unique cultural experience. We exhibit 93 contemporary sculptural works in the shop windows and on the sidewalks of Toorak Road. All sculptures are for sale and Australian made, including 11 unique sculptures by 8 Aboriginal artists from Walkajara Art Uluru. This is a free event and catalogues are available from any of the shops. 

    toorakvillage.com.au/sculpture

    VIC

    TRARALGON, Hotham, Breed, Church, Grey, Kay, Franklin, Argyle & Seymour Streets and Post Office Place

    Sat, May 21 – 9am to 12pm.

    In celebration of Main Streets of Australia Week, TRFM’s street team, along with kids activities and live local performers will be entertaining locals for 2-hours.

    To say thank you to the community for getting involved and shopping local, Latrobe City Council are also giving away a share of $2,000 worth of Latrobe City Gift Cards across the week. To enter, simply make a purchase of any amount at participating businesses. Click link below for all info on events and competition entry details.

    latrobe.vic.gov.au/Council/events/Main_Streets_of_Australia_Week_in_Latrobe_City

    VIC

    UPPER BEACONSFIELD, Emerald-Beaconsfield Road 

    Mon, May 16 – Sun, May 22.

    May Madness Mid-Year Promotion. Spend $20 or more in-store and fill out an entry for your chance to win $500, 300 or $200 to redeem in vouchers to spend within participating stores.

    easterndandenongranges.com.au/events/

    WA

    KONDININ, Gordon Street

    Sun, May 15 – Sun, May 22

    Events and activities we’ll be running to celebrate Main Streets of Australia Week will be:

    Sunday 15th May 9am – Coffee, Chat & Clean-up of Woodbee shop frontage and surrounds
    Wednesday 18th May 1.30pm – Get to Know Your Main Street with Kondinin Primary School Students
    Thursday 19th May 10.30am – Biggest Morning Tea
    All week – Photograph display at the CRC of Kondinin’s main street through the years

    WA

    SOUTH FREMANTLE, South Terrace

    Sat, May 21 – 5pm to 8pm.

    Long Table Dinner & Business Partnership Workshop. Local businesses and community organisations getting to celebrate business and community partnerships, and Main Streets of Australia Week.

    Main Streets of Australia Week is proudly supported by Zeller:

    Zeller was formed with the sole aim of helping Australian businesses get access to smarter, simpler and more affordable payments and business banking solutions. They put the needs of Australian businesses first by designing innovative products that enable you to accept card payments, manage your business finances, and pay recipients fast — with affordable, next-gen hardware.

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