Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council last night resolved to assist residents, businesses and community organisations with the financial impacts of COVID-19.
"The immediate focus during the COVID-19 pandemic is on the health and safety of our community and our staff, but the financial impacts are being felt across our local government area," Mayor Tim Overall said.
Under NSW legislation, councils cannot waive or rebate rate charges, but Council has identified measures to provide assistance where they can.
For residents and ratepayers:
For businesses and community organisations
Council will advocate to the State and Federal Governments for financial assistance to the sector, including additional Financial Assistance Grants, eligibility for the Federal Job Keeper Program, relaxation of development contribution reserve restrictions, and confirm announced drought and bushfire recovery payments.
Additionally, Council will advocate to have access to Government reserves to supply additional PPE, equipment and resources to undertake wide scale surface cleaning across all public areas of the community, and encourage government departments to bring forward investments into regional centres.
"Following announcements from the State and Federal Government, Council has closed a number of public-facing services and facilities to protect our staff and customers," Cr Overall said.
"However as we are considered an essential service we are continuing to maintain our roads, parks, reserves and facilities, and provide a range of services including water, sewer and waste, phone and online customer service, and development assessments and inspections."
A full list of affected Council services can be found at www.qprc.nsw.gov.au/COVID-19-Coronavirus
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