Town of Cambridge Council responds to COVID-19 economic hardship

Published on 26 March 2020


The Town of Cambridge Council will look to lessen the financial impact of COVID-19 on ratepayers, residents and local businesses after its Council meeting on Tuesday 31 March.


Town of Cambridge Mayor Keri Shannon said she understood COVID-19 had dramatically changed the way everyone conducted their business and acknowledged the economic hardship and flow on financial effects experienced from the pandemic.


“We are currently considering a wide range of options to minimise the financial impact on the Town’s ratepayers, residents and business proprietors.


“This includes waiving late fees and charges, deferring rate instalment payments, deferring or postponing rent payments, possible waiving of health inspection fees,

considering individual requests of hardship, shorter payment terms for creditors and support for sporting clubs and community groups.”


The Council also has a current adopted position of a zero per cent average rate increase for 2020/21, for the fourth year in a row.


“We will be closing the playgrounds immediately and erecting signage at all our public spaces to remind people of the physical distancing protocols,” Mayor Shannon said.


“We have also increased our cleaning regimes at all our public spaces.”


An announcement regarding the assistance the Town will provide is expected soon after the Council meeting to be held on Tuesday 31 March 2020.

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