Gympie Regional Council and COVID-19
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Council looking at measures to extend rates discount period
Gympie Regional Council is putting a recommendation together for the newly elected council to extend the early payment discount on rates until July 2020 for any ratepayer who has entered into a payment plan.
This recommendation will be delivered to the new council when it sits for its first ordinary meeting.
“We appreciate it is a difficult time for the community, and some ratepayers have found themselves in challenging financial circumstances,” Gympie Regional Council CEO Bernard Smith said.
“Many of you have called us especially regarding the possibility of the discount period being extended for the payment of rates.”
“Council is still in caretaker mode given the election has now been held but the results not yet declared, and it is only Council which can make any decisions regarding the discounting of rates.”
“However, as soon as practicable after the new council is in place, officers will be putting a recommendation that any ratepayer who has entered into a payment plan, with full payment by July, will keep their discount.”
“We will continue to live stream council meetings, so you will know the outcomes as soon as they happen. “
“I’d also like to take the opportunity to thank the community for its understanding as we closed playgrounds, skate parks and other community facilities. By working together, we’re all playing our role in keeping our community safe, “he said.
For the latest COVID-19 information, visit www.gympie.qld.gov.au
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