COVID Support Packages
City support for businesses
The City understands that the COVID-19 global pandemic has impacted small business owners.
Small business development is critical to Council achieving its vision to become Australia’s most liveable regional City, and at a Special Council Meeting on March 30 Council endorsed a range of measures aimed at providing support and economic stimulus to small businesses.
The COVID-19 Small Business: City Support Package includes the following initiatives:
Establishing a network of City officers to provide one-on-one support to businesses to access advice and information regarding State, Federal and other support initiatives available;
Modifying the City’s Financial Hardship (Rates Relief) Policy to provide increased access to debt write off for businesses;
Freezing rates and existing City fees and charges in 2020/21 (zero percent increase);
Implementing opportunities to spend additional City resources on local suppliers and contractors;
Allocating up to $100,000 to implement an online portal and social media advertising campaign to encourage spending at local businesses;
Small business tenants of City properties will not be charged rent for six months; and
Providing lenient and compassionate terms to City debtors.
Please note that for the purpose of this support package ‘small business’ is defined as a company with an annual turnover of less than $5 million.
City support for individuals
The COVID-19 Small Business: City Support Package provides support for individuals experiencing financial hardship in the following ways:
Modifying the City’s Financial Hardship (Rates Relief) Policy to provide increased access to debt write off for individuals;
Freezing rates and existing City fees and charges in 2020/21 (zero percent increase); and
Deferring the collection of rates from all ratepayers excluding schedule (bulk) ratepayers from August to November 2020 (three-month extension).
City support for community groups and organisations
At a Special Council Meeting on March 30, Council endorsed the COVID-19 Community: City Support Package, which includes the following measures aimed at supporting community groups and organisations:
Establishing a new COVID-19 Community Group Assistance Fund;
Allocating $250,000 from the Biannual Community Grant Scheme to the COVID-19 Community Group Assistance Fund; and
Providing grants of up to $25,000 per community group or organisation via the COVID-19 Community Group Assistance Fund.
For further information regarding the COVID-19 Small Business: City Support Package please contact 08 9186 8555.