Geelong Council announce COVID 19 support measures

Geelong Council met on Tuesday night and agreed to a series of immediate measures to help local businesses and the community cope with the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic. 
 
This will include the following initiatives:
  • Development of a Council COVID-19 financial hardship policy including consideration of rates;
  • Waiver of rent/fees for community and sporting groups within City owned land/grounds and buildings for six months from 1 March 2020;
  • Reduction of rent by 50 per cent for eligible commercial tenants in City buildings or on City land for six months from 1 March 2020;
  • Refund of Alfresco Dining permit fees for 12 months;
  • Refund of A frame permit fees for 12 months;
  • Refund of food premises registration fees for three months of the 2019-20 financial year;
  • Refund of health premises fees for three months of the 2019-20 financial year;
  • Development of Business Support Portal for local businesses;
  • Development of Small Business Expert Support Program utilising local businesses;
  • Geelong Business Concierge Service Expansion to support business program development; and
  • Free casual on and off street parking in the Geelong CBD until 30 June 2020.
These initiatives are estimated at more than $1.2 million in value combined, while the free parking is worth around $2 million based on last year’s data.

These measures will form part of a short-term economic and community support package currently being put together by the Council which is expected to be finalised by April.

Councillors also agreed to the development of a medium to longer-term package to be funded in the 2020-21 financial year and presented to the council by June.

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