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.
The old saying that ‘a week is a long time in politics’ was particularly true again at the federal level this week. Those issues aside, the Gympie region, like all others across the state, is gearing up for our local elections.
These elections give the wider community the opportunity and democratic right to select the candidate that they wish to have a leadership role in the management of their community for the next four years.
I would urge all residents to do their research on all candidates and get to know who they will be casting their vote for as the election date of 28 March fast approaches.
I would also urge residents to heed another old saying; ‘actions speak louder than words’.
Representing your constituents and the wider community as a duly elected councillor, in my opinion, is one of the greatest honours that could be bestowed upon an individual, however it is certainly not a popularity contest and nor should it be.
Difficult decisions need to be made which will draw the ire of some while benefitting the majority. You will be subjected to much more scrutiny and gossip than your family and friends will ever be.
You will be required to adhere to stringent laws, policies and procedures which you may not have been required to previously. But on the upside, you will represent your community and have a say and a role in delivering community services, projects and infrastructure for the benefit of the wider community and the region.
Current councillors, over this term of council, should be proud of their contributions.
I wish each and every resident who nominates to lead this community at the forth coming elections, all the very best.
Mayor Mick Curran