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During these difficult times, many local governments across Victoria are delivering substantial COVID-19 Recovery Fund to support their communities and help protect local economy.
Mayor of Banyule City Council, Councillor Alison Champion, spoke to Connection Matters Radio (CMR) about her Council’s recovering fund valued at $10.5 million.
“One key support activity is our business grants,” Cr Champion said.
Along with specific grants, the Council introduced a raft of support measures for local businesses, encompassing:
- Refund Street trader permit fees (April – June 2020)
- Waive street trading permits – 12 months
- Provide rent relief – 6 months
- Waive Heath Act registration fees – 12 months
- Provide additional funding – special rates scheme – paying business contributions for 6 months
- Support community driven assistance
- Access to counselling – offer EAP Program
- Provide training and support
- Business grants
- Increase marketing support
Support for Community Groups
“With our community groups, we’ve focused on some of our key community providers,” Cr Champion told CMR.
“Foodshare, Banyule Support Information Centre (BANSIC), the Diamond Valley Community Support and also our Neighbourhood Houses…they’re the main supporters of our community that we’ve covered.”
…more in the interview (above)
For more information
Call Banyule City Council on (03) 9490 4222