COVID-19 support package

Published on 28 April 2020

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A COVID-19 support package of more than $2 million was adopted at Surf Coast Shire Council’s Special Council meeting on Tuesday 28 April.

A total of $1,768,000 for COVID-19 support was included in the Draft Budget 2020-21, which was also adopted at the meeting. The $1,768,000 allocation added to $400,000 already earmarked for the current financial year.

The COVID-19 support package includes the following initiatives for 2020-21:

• $1 million to help businesses and communities to re-establish and recover from the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic.

• $195,000 of support for people experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, by waiving of interest on outstanding rates and debts.

• $250,000 of rate relief in the form of a rebate for commercial and industrial ratepayers to support economic recovery across the shire.

• $323,000 of support for food, hospitality and accommodation businesses, by waiving of fees for food, health and caravan park registrations as well as Shopfront ‘Street’ Trading permits (including A-frame and alfresco dining permits).

The support package includes a COVID-19 Hardship Policy with payment plans that allow for increased flexibility for ratepayers experiencing hardship from the impacts of the pandemic.

The support package also highlights the newly established Community and Economic Support Teams, created to work directly with communities and businesses as they undertake local relief and recovery efforts.

The Draft Budget 2020-21 is open for submissions until noon Thursday 28 May 2020. People can complete the online submission form at www.surfcoast.vic.gov.au/budget, email a submission to info@surfcoast.vic.gov.au, or post it to: Chief Executive Officer, Surf Coast Shire, PO Box 350, Torquay VIC 3228.

Anyone making a submission can request to present to the Hearing of Submissions Committee, which will take place via teleconference at 6pm on Tuesday 2 June 2020.

Council proposes to adopt the Budget 2020-21 at a meeting of Council scheduled for 6pm on Tuesday 23 June 2020, which will be held at 1 Merrijig Drive, Torquay.

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