Media response - COVID-19 relief measures

Published on 01 April 2020

Response to On the Coast.

  • Was hoping to get the outcome of last night's Special Meeting regarding the measures Council will take regarding COVID-19 and ratepayers. Would also be fantastic to have a comment from the Mayor to go with it.

Motion that was carried

That Council:

  1. Delegates to the Chief Executive Officer the authority to provide ratepayers and businesses a longer period of time to pay fourth quarter rates instalments without incurring penalties, for a period of up to eight weeks past the due date.
  2. Waives lease and associated costs for community and sporting clubs using Council facilities for a period of three months between April 1 and June 30 2020, and delegates authority to the Chief Executive Officer to review this arrangement in three months’ time with a view to extending it if required.
  3. Waives lease and associated costs for businesses with Council leases that have been forced to shut down for a period of three months between April 1 and June 30 2020, and delegates authority to the Chief Executive Officer to review this arrangement in three months’ time with a view to extending it if required.
  4. Approves expenditure of $40,000 for an advertising boost for a "Buy Local" campaign to promote the local economy.
  5. Notes that local businesses will attract a higher weighting through the procurement process with the intent to award more to local businesses.
  6. Notes that payment terms for small to medium local businesses will be reduced to 14 days.
  7. Approves expenditure up to $24,500, from within the current financial year’s budget, for the supply and use of electronic variable message signs at key beach entrances to actively promote the State and Federal Government directives on social distancing and other COVID-19 restrictions that apply.
  8. Investigate food security initiatives with a report to come back to the next Council meeting.

Comments attributed to Mayor Erin Thompson

The impacts of COVID-19 are being felt across our city, from residents, to businesses and our employees, and our focus throughout this situation is on our community.

These relief measures are about easing the financial pressure on our residents, ratepayers, businesses, and community and sporting clubs, particularly those who are doing it tough right now.

We’re all in this together, and I want to assure our community that their health and wellbeing is our number one priority, and we’re committed to maintaining as many services as possible during this quickly unfolding situation.

For more information on council services and events affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, visit our website.

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