Council support

Stage one measures include:

Direct financial impact

  • Waive footpath dining and trading fees, food and itinerant and static vendor charges and licence fees for accommodation, swimming and relevant businesses impacted for the 2020-2021 financial year.
  • Refund all fees or charges for events cancelled due to COVID-19.
  • Set trade waste licence fees to $0 for businesses impacted as a result of the virus for the 2020-2021 financial year.
  • Set to $0 the backflow licence fee for business impacted by the virus for the 2020-2021
    financial year
  • 50 per cent reduction in developer application fees for a six-month period between April and October 2020.
  • Extend the period of due date payment (deferral) of rates that are due in September 2020 by three months for all ratepayers.
  • Payment terms for creditors will be paid in less than 30 days if invoice approval is
    available.
  • Free parking from April to June 30, 2020, in the City Centre’s main carparks. Compliance checks with timed parking areas will continue.
  • Reduce losses that may be incurred by operators of council facilities, such as aquatic
    facilities, because of closures of these facilities.
  • Waive park booking fees for the period April 1 to June 30, 2020. At present park bookings are only available for boot camps or fitness classes of less than 10 with social distancing measures in place.

Other focus areas

  • Review council’s procurement policy to promote more local spend for when the region starts to recover from the virus impacts.
  • Council has started reviewing and will bring forward maintenance and capital projects and initiatives from 2020-2021 to the next three months to increase local employment and
    contract opportunities.
  • A review of council’s 2020-2021 budget initiatives and projects has started to focus heavily on job creation and increased local employment contract opportunities.
  • Council staff and services will be used in coming months to assist not-for-profit service providers most affected by the pandemic.