• JON WOLFE

TRC proposal for business relief

Tamworth Regional Council recognises the pressure and uncertainty local business owners and residents are experiencing right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While there are a range of NSW and Australian Government measures which local businesses can access to enable them to continue providing important services to our communities, Council is also establishing an assistance package to help the Tamworth region stay in business.

A proposal will be presented to Council that will seek approval to implement the actions outlined below to ensure local businesses are being supported by providing relief around rates, fees and charges to all categories of ratepayers – residential, business and rural.

This proposed plan includes:

 Waiving of fees for small business

 Initiatives for ratepayers

 Flexible enforcement and compliance

 Development application fee refunds

Council is continuing discussions about further support measures and this document will be updated as the pandemic unfolds.

Waiving of small business fees

It is proposed local businesses will not have to pay fees for any consultation with our Planning and Compliance team up until the end of the 2019-2020 financial year related to the following:

Footpath advertising: No fees charged.

Use of additional public space to provide take-away food services. No additional fees will be charged.

This arrangement will be reviewed every three months whilst the pandemic continues.

Initiatives for ratepayers - Hardship Policy

Whilst Council cannot waive rates, it is proposed there will be no new debt recovery action for overdue rates and charges during the COVID-19 crisis and that a 0% interest rate will apply any new overdue rates from March 31, 2020 and will be reviewed every three months.