The Devonport City Council will not charge a range of community and sporting groups – including childcare centres – rent for the first six month of the 2020-2021 financial year.
At its meeting earlier this week, Council’s COVID-19 Response Committee determined that rent would not be payable until 1 January 2021 for groups which fall under Council’s current Lease Policy.
Committee Chair Cr Leon Perry said the measure would provide further support to the clubs as they start to reopen and their facilities become available for training and, hopefully, some form of roster or competition.
“Council is also providing support for the childcare operators currently leasing Council properties because they also have been hit hard lately,” he said.
Council has also waived ground fees for the winter season to support clubs.
The Mayor Cr Annette Rockliff said Council had been mindful of the financial strain placed on sporting and community groups by COVID-19.
“These organisations provide essential support to many within our community,” she said.