Wollongong City Council is moving to help local businesses affected by the Covid 19 situation.
From today, Council will defer tenants’ rental payments for a period of 90 days for lessees and licensees who are unable to carry out their normal business under the changes that are in place to minimise the spread of coronavirus.
In addition, rent reviews for Council tenants will be deferred until further notice and outdoor dining licence holders will have their fees waived for 90 days.
Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery says Wollongong City Council has approximately 170 lessees and licensees who operate from Council properties or off Council land who are being targeted in Stage 1 of this support package.
“These businesses include cafes and commercial retail places,” he says, “and by deferring their rental payments and deferring rent reviews, we are able to give them financial support, and peace of mind during what is going to be a very tough time for local business.’’
All businesses in the area, including Council lessees and licensees who are impacted by coronavirus are also encouraged to seek support from the Federal and State governments through their Business website.
“This is a fast-moving situation and we are seeing businesses and retailers face the need to change and adapt the way the are working to try and survive this challenging time,’’ Cr Bradbery says,
Council will contact lessees and licensees targeted in Stage 1 of the support package directly.
For residents and businesses finding it financially tough at this time, you can have a look at Council’s Debt Recovery and Rates Hardship Policy or call (02) 4227 7111 for advice.
For more information on Council-related news on coronavirus, visit this dedicated page.