In what could be a Perth first for local governments, the City of Melville Council approved a flat $200 rates concession for households (an average of 11%) and 10% reduction for commercial rates (on 2019-2020 valuations), in an effort to provide Melville ratepayers with some relief to the COVID-19 crisis.
City of Melville Mayor the Hon. George Gear JP said the Community Stimulus Package, approved at a Special Council meeting on Thursday, 9 April, was estimated at $15 million and was made possible due to the City’s long term strong financial position.
“In keeping with our view that the COVID-19 pandemic is not just a health crisis, but an economic and social crisis as well, our Community Stimulus Package has been designed to support our local households, businesses, tenants and various sporting and community groups who have all been impacted by the current state of emergency,” said Mayor Gear.
The immediate package measures for businesses include:
All interest charges stopped from 1 March to 30 June 2020 on outstanding payments to the City
Lease payments waived for commercial tenancies in Council owned buildings where hardship can be demonstrated for 6 months ending 31 August 2020
Parking fees changed to first hour free in all City managed areas
Read the full details of the $15 million Community Stimulus Package