COVID cash flow relief measures announced
Noosa Council has introduced a raft of immediate cash flow relief measures to ease the impact of the ongoing COVID uncertainty.
The rates discount period has been extended to September 17 with ratepayers also having the option of deferring rate payments until the end of the year through an agreed payment arrangement.
Mayor Clare Stewart said the targeted measures would provide much needed relief to residents and local businesses.
“We are facing a rapidly changing environment and it’s important we respond quickly with appropriate measures to ease the burden,” she said.
“This is the first stage of a tailored relief package and further measures would be put in place if required.”
Council is also deferring the payment of outstanding Health Licence renewals and Footpath Dining permits until December 31, 2021.
Cr Stewart said the ongoing pandemic and lockdowns continued to have an impact on our community and business sector.
“These initial measures will allow ratepayers to pay their rates based on an amount that suits their individual circumstances without incurring any penalty interest,”
“We encouraged landlords in particular to consider staging their rate payments until December 31 and pass on the cash flow relief to their business tenants where possible.” Cr Stewart said.
“Councillors are determined to provide as much support as we can without impacting service levels to our community,” Cr Stewart said.
Acting Director of Environment and Sustainable Development Anthony Dow said the response provided much needed cash flow relief for many businesses.
“The rate deferrals complement a raft of other support measures in place such as free business advice, free government grant writing support and access to a Mentoring program delivered by Business Mentoring Noosa,” he said.
“We are continually talking to our business associations to explore other options to provide tailored business support solutions in the current economic climate,” Mr Dow said.
To access information on a rate deferral payment plan, contact Council’s Customer Service centre or visit the council website https://www.noosa.qld.gov.au/about-council/rates-levies/discounts-and-concessions/rates-instalments