Tuesday, 26 May 2020
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Covid-19 concessions offered by Council

Councillors met by teleconference late last week to decide on concessions they could offer Scenic Rim businesses, organisations and ratepayers to help soften the financial downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

In releasing news of the outcome of that meeting it was noted that there are:

• 4,500 businesses within the regional council area. 

• 90% are small business.

The concessions ‘package’ has been made available until June 30 and includes:

• No interest will be applied on outstanding rates and charges from March 1 to June 30.

• No debt recovery action on outstanding rates and on outstanding infrastructure charges will be undertaken.

• Council will pay invoices presented by local businesses within seven days of receiving them. (Normally, it takes 30 days.)

• Organisations which have pre-paid for hire of Council venues will receive a refund.

• Commercial tenants in Council owned premises wil receive rent relief if the need can be proven.

• Council will provide assistance to businesses to help them access support measures which have been announced by the State and Federal governments.

• Applications for funding under Round 2 of Council’s small community grants program will be assessed with … “a view to providing more flexibility under the grant guidelines”.