Budget to provide relief for business

The draft 2020/2021 Budget will waive various fees and charges to support local businesses struggling because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The draft Budget introduces changes to various fees under the Local Law that are normally applied to restaurants, cafes and retail stores, such as A-frame, outdoor dining and goods for display permit fees.

The City will also reduce food, health, accommodation and other business registration fees for the 2020/2021 financial year.

The City has already begun offering free business development webinars, in partnership with Be.Bendigo.

Mayor Councillor Margaret O’Rourke said these measures would provide some financial relief to businesses.

“While Council must continue to raise funds to provide services for the community, waiving these fees will hopefully provide incentive for businesses to continue to operate or to adapt and make changes, without facing additional charges,” Cr O’Rourke said.

“We want to make sure businesses can keep operating or re-open as soon as possible once restrictions allow for that.

“Council will also continue to lobby the State and Federal Governments to assist local Councils to provide targeted relief for businesses.

“We understand it’s hard to run a business, let alone during a pandemic, so it is Council’s role to ensure our business community gets the support it needs during this time.

“We understand this is really difficult and one solution doesn’t suit all – that’s why we ask those in severe hardship to contact the City to discuss a solution.”

To view the draft Budget, go to www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/budget

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