COVID-19 statement from the Mayor
Published on 25 March 2020
I understand the concerns that our community has in this challenging time. Every single one of you has no doubt been affected.
All of Council has been working to come up with measures that we can implement to lessen the financial strain that a large part of our community is going through.
Last night we agreed on the first part of our support package which is aimed at business. Small business is the lifeblood of our community - it employs lots of our residents and keeps our economy strong. We have also been considering support measures for residents and I’ll make an announcement about that in the coming days.
For all eligible commercial businesses affected by the COVID-19 virus, we will defer payment of the next 2 quarterly rate payments - that is the May and September payments for this year.
In addition, we will discount the next quarterly rate payment – the May payment - by 50% and we will not charge interest on any unpaid quarterly rate payments.
We will also refund all food registration permits and outdoor trading permits paid during this financial year – that is, any paid since 1 July 2019.
An important part of our recovery is getting the local economy get back on its feet as we move through this crisis. We want to make it easier for new businesses to start up so we will waive a range of planning application fees for small businesses starting up in the next 6 months.
Rent payment for commercial tenants of Council owned properties, who have been disrupted by COVID-19, will receive a 50% discount on rent up until 30 June 2020 and I encourage all landlords to look at supporting commercial tenants with rent relief.
We are looking at other ways that we can support local business and we are working on a support program that will provide access to help and information. Further details of this support package will be put up on our website later today.
It’s important that all of us support our local businesses and buy locally – a large number are now offering home delivery or special services and our website contains a listing of these.
This is by no means the only support that we will provide. I want to assure you that Council is keeping up to date as the situation evolves and we will consider more support mechanisms in the coming months.
Finally, let me stress how important it is to practice social distancing – this is the most effective way to minimise the spread of this virus.
Please stay safe and healthy, look after one another and I’ll update you as further measures are available.
City of Maribyrnong Mayor,
Cr Sarah Carter.
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