Pandemic recovery support for our community and businesses

Published on 19 October 2021

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Council has endorsed a new $1 million pandemic recovery package to support local community and businesses to rebuild and connect as Melbourne emerges from lockdown in a COVID-normal environment.

These additional supports include:

  • An extension of the rate relief for all categories of ratepayers.
  • Program and fee support for community organisations – including grants for Neighbourhood Houses and waiving of rental, lease and ground fees for eligible not for profit groups.
  • Ongoing support for local businesses – including payment of Trader Association fees and waiving of some new business fees.
  • Support for vulnerable members of the community – including continuing the Community Strengthening Food Relief and Support program.

In addition, approximately $200,000, originally allocated for the 2021 New Year’s Eve fireworks display, will be re-directed towards the recovery of key trader districts including:

  • A program of small grants to support place-making activities over summer to drive visitation and support business recovery
  • Supporting a further trial of Night Markets in Footscray, which will profile local hospitality traders over summer.
  • Payment of Trader Association fees.

Council will also continue to monitor any escalation of impacts to businesses and the community over the coming months to understand any further changes that may be required within the 2021/22 financial year.

City of Maribyrnong Mayor, Cr Michael Clarke said while we are making progress towards a return to some form of normality as vaccination rates rise, many in the community are struggling with the impacts of COVID-19.

“Economic losses are mounting and there is no doubt the repercussions of the pandemic will continue to be felt for months, if not for years to come. Experts are predicting at least a four year period for recovery, and we want to do everything we can to support our community through this,” Mayor Clarke said.

 

The new package takes Council’s total relief to $12 million since April 2020, which has included significant direct and indirect financial support to community and business.

“We recognised early on our community would need localised support and over the previous 18 month have provided rates deferrals, and additional support to the community through the Community Connectors initiative, arts grants, waiving of sports facility lease and licence costs. We have also provided increased services such as city amenity and cleansing programs, online library story times, tutorials and author talks, and home delivered books and material,” Mayor Clarke continued.

Information on how to access support as part of the pandemic recovery package will be available soon.

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