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Media Release - Community Financial Support for COVID-19

28th April 2020

Council informs that at the General Meeting today, 28 April 2020 it resolved to provide financial assistance to Ratepayers and business proprietors affected by the financial impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Assistance will be provided through an approved application process that assesses the financial impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic, consistent with the Australian Government and National Cabinet policies.

Eligible Ratepayers and business proprietors may apply for:

  1. Deferral of the requirement for the payment of unpaid rates and charges levied for the period 1 January 2020 to 30 June 2020, which were due on 31 March 2020 for a six month period until 30 September 2020;
  2. Waiver of the interest on unpaid rates and charges levied for the period 1 January 2020 to 30 June 2020, which were due on 31 March 2020 for a six month period until 30 September 2020;
  3. Deferral of the requirement for payment of lease and rental payments due and payable to Council in relation to premises leased or rented from Council for the period 1 March 2020 until 30 September 2020;
  4. Deferral for the requirement for payment of business license fees and other business related fees due and payable to Council for the period 1 March 2020 until 30 September 2020; and
  5. Agreed payment plan options that extend for a maximum period of twelve (12) months from 1 October 2020 for the deferred rates, charges, rent or lease payments.

Consideration of further support for the rating period commencing 1 July 2020 will occur in the development of the 2020-2021 Budget, including the development of a Financial Hardship Policy.

Mayor Ramon Jayo is urging Ratepayers and business proprietors experiencing hardship to contact Council immediately.

For further information regarding Community Financial Support for COVID-19 including eligibility criteria, please contact Council’s Corporate and Financial Services Director, Brett Exelby on 4776 4600.

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