At this time of year, Melton City Council would normally put its draft budget out for community comment. It would include things like upgrades to local parks, roads, and playgrounds, and an outline of the rates, fees, and charges for the next financial year.
In light of the COVID-19 crisis, Council has decided to delay the 2020/21 draft budget so it can consider any changes that will need to be made in funding allocations across the organisation.
As part of the draft budget review, Council will specifically look into relief packages for residents and businesses who have been impacted financially.
This adds to a number of measures already implemented to ease costs for residents, businesses and organisations.
Among them, Council has dropped all fees and charges for sporting clubs and associations, refunded all community venue hire bookings during this time, and is reviewing assistance for sporting clubs and associations that are experiencing financial hardship.
For businesses, Council is running the Open for Business campaign to promote businesses that are still trading during this crisis, as well as offering free and vital advice, mentoring and workshops, waiving a number of permit fees and deferring rates for those traders experiencing hardship.