Gympie Regional Council and COVID-19
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Council Endorse A Number Of Business Support Measures In Special Meeting
This morning Gympie Regional Council endorsed a number of support measures for local businesses.
At this morning’s Special Meeting, councillors unanimously supported to extend the discount period and due date for any unpaid commercial rates to 9 July 2020.
Interest will also be extended for a three-month period. Fees and charges may also be amended, reduced or waived where considered a necessary and appropriate response to the COVID-19 situation.
Gympie Regional Council CEO Bernard Smith said the measure would be a “small step, but important first step in helping those in the community hit the hardest.”
“This situation is evolving every day,” said Mr Smith.
“Extending rates to businesses means it is one expense operators do not have to worry about for the moment.
“We estimate this move by council will leave about $3 million in the local economy over the period,” he said.
Council also noted a report regarding the organisation’s business continuity plan.
The plan provided councillors with an over view of essential services and how they are being carried out.
“In many ways it is business as usual for large parts of the organisation,” said Mr Smith.
“The community should feel secure in the fact council staff are working extremely hard behind the scenes to make sure your essential services are maintained.
“Like the entire world, our community is facing a rapidly unfolding and changing situation.
“Council is remaining flexible in its response.” He said.
From today, people across our region and the country will celebrate National Reconciliation Week. Although COVID - 19 may change the way we get together, it doesn’t change how we can reflect and acknowledge our history, our culture, our achievements and how each of us can individually contribute towards reconciliation in Australians.
In these COVID-19 times, Council will acknowledge the week a little differently. Today at our Council Ordinary Meeting, which will be live streamed, we will have a special acknowledgement of Country, we will commemorate Sorry Day and mark the commencement of Reconciliation Week.
Aunty Lillian Burke Butchulla Elder and President of Cooloola Aboriginal Services Inc. will share her story of the Stolen Generations and what reconciliation means for her. I’m very much looking forward to hearing Aunty Lillian speak and to Council continuing to work with traditional owners and indigenous groups across the region.
We will also be streaming a Reconciliation Week musical event from 7pm this Friday, live from the Civic Centre, plus other activities such as digital storytelling for our local schools. If you’d like to know more, head to the Council website.
The last few weeks have been very busy for Councillors. We are continuing to work on the budget as our priority. There have been some great conversations and I’m really proud of the work Councillors and staff are doing as we work on one of the toughest budgets we’ve seen. We are focused on the core services and getting these right for you, our residents. It’s not going to be an easy job and some very hard decisions made as we look at how we can best serve the community.
Mayor Glen Hartwig