Council Financial Support Measures

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Overview

Central Goldfields Shire Council will extend its financial support measures to assist ratepayers, businesses and community groups with the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

The following measures will be extended to 31 March, 2021 and will be reviewed again at that time:

Ratepayers experiencing financial hardship

        

  • Suspension of all current debt recovery action to 31 March, 2021
  • Updated COVID-19 Financial Hardship Policy - effective 1 October, 2020
  • Extension of rate payments to 31 December, 2020 on request, with no interest - Financial hardship application required 
  • Waived interest on overdue rates and waste charges extended to 31 March, 2021
  • For persons suffering financial hardship, waived pet registration fees

 

Business support

 

  • Updated COVID-19 Financial Hardship Policy will also apply to businesses
  • Waiver of 2021 registration fees for food, accommodation, beauty, hair dressing salons and various permits.
  • Payment of local suppliers weekly to improve business cash flow continues
  • Waived rent for businesses occupying Council buildings and facilities extended to 31 March, 2021
  • Ongoing dedicated business contact officer within Council
  • Ongoing dedicated COVID-19 business support page on Council's website www.centralgoldfields.vic.gov.au/covid-19
  • Ongoing access to Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry support in partnership with Committee for Maryborough

 

Permits

Permits            

  • Waived outdoor dining fees and a simplified and streamlined outdoor dining  application process now in place
  • Extension of expiry dates for septic, building and planning permits for 12 months at no cost to 31 March, 2021

 

 

Community support

Community support

  • Waived rent for all occupiers of Council buildings and facilities extended from 30 September 2020 to 31 March, 2021
  • Waived building or planning permits fees under Council's Community Support Policy extended to 31 March, 2021
  • Waived 2021 registration fees for community organisations who require permits for various services
  • Ongoing additional parking enforcement around MDHS to support health workers/patients
  • Ongoing dedicated COVID-19 information page on Council's website – www.centralgoldfields.vic.gov.au/covid-19

 

Capital works

 

  • Council will continue works as scheduled so as to maximise local business and employment opportunities.
  • Council will proactively promote local procurement for capital and other expenditure and Council’s Business and Economic Development Units will work with local businesses to achieve that

 

Council is working to get the above measures ready for implementation from 1 October, 2020. 

COVID-19 Financial Hardship Policy(PDF, 593KB)

COVID-19 Financial Hardship Application Form (PDF, 198KB)

COVID-10 Financial Hardship Package Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 424KB)

PAYMENT OPTIONS

Residents can pay their rates and animal registrations online via the following methods:

  • Australia Post Billpay: The Billpay code and reference number are located under the 'How to Pay Your Account' information on the front of your rate or animal registration notice next to the Billpay logo. 
  • By phone: Via Australia Post Billpay – 13 18 16 BPay or via credit card by contacting the Customer Service Centre 
  • By mail: Cheque or money order can be made payable to 'Central Goldfields Shire Council' and mailed to Central Goldfields Shire Council, PO Box 194, Maryborough VIC 3465 
  • BPay/BPay View: Payment can be made via BPay / BPay View and can be done via phone or internet banking. The biller code and reference number are located under the 'How to Pay Your Account' information on the front of your rate or animal registration notice next to the BPay logo.

     Rates biller code: 8854

     Animal registration biller code: 192302

Residents can also pay their debtor accounts:

  • By phone: Via credit card by contacting the Council's Customer Service Centre. Phone: 5461 0610 
  • By mail: Cheque or money order can be made payable to 'Central Goldfields Shire Council' and mailed to Central Goldfields Shire Council, PO Box 194, Maryborough VIC 3465