Friday, 27 March 2020

MP calls on councils for relief on rates

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt is calling on Bundaberg and Fraser Coast councils to eliminate rates payments for at least six months amid the coronavirus.

“I congratulate the measures that have been introduced so far, however every level of government needs to play its part.

“The Federal Government has introduced a range of support including cash flow for businesses, assistance for individuals who are now unemployed and stimulus payments.

“The best thing our two local councils can do to help residents and businesses is to freeze rates and not issue further rates notices this year.

“Fraser Coast Regional Council has extended the due date for current rates notices and I note that it has asked the CEO to report back with further rates concession option for the next financial year, and update Council’s financial hardship policy.

“Bundaberg Regional Council has introduced a moratorium on interest for outstanding rates and charges until June.

“This is an unprecedented situation and people need as much help as possible and this is one way our local councils can help both individuals and business.”

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