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Fee Relief Program Passes

Fee Relief Program Passes

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Council waives fees for COVID-hit communities

Businesses in Corangamite Shire have one less thing to worry about as they adapt to prolonged COVIDSafe trading.

The Council will provide over $200,000 of fee relief for businesses and ratepayers who are doing it tough in this current lockdown.

The COVID-19 Fee Relief Program 2021-2022 will waive registration and permit fees for food, registered premise and accommodation businesses, and eligible commercial leases.

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A decision made this week, will also see the Council not charge interest on overdue rates and charges or debtor accounts for the 2021-2022 financial year, including prior year arrears.

Mayor Ruth Gstrein, said Council was very aware of the effects coronavirus closures have had on local businesses.

“We are listening to their stories and helping in every way we can to connect them with local, State and Federal government support programs" she said.

“A lot of businesses across the Shire have had reduced earnings because of the restrictions and the COVID-19 Fee Relief Program includes a number of ways Council can help lessen the cumulative toll of repeated lockdowns"

The financial impact will be recognised in the September quarter 2021-2022 budget review.

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