The City is preparing to reopen a range of its public
facilities across Greater Geelong, in line with the proposed easing of some restrictions
in regional Victoria.
On the back of no community transmission
in regional Victoria, the state government today announced that regional restrictions
were set to ease from Friday 4 June.
However, the government has flagged that
the proposed changes are subject to further testing and contact tracing and will
not be confirmed until Thursday.
Greater Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher
welcomed the lifting of the regional lockdown, which would allow freedom of
travel and a raft of businesses to resume trade.
“This will give our community members a
real morale boost and will be a massive relief for local businesses, who have
been hit hard during the pandemic,” Mayor Asher said.
“I thank all our residents for doing
their bit, following the lockdown rules and supporting one another.”
The City is awaiting further detailed
information on the government’s directions before confirming which facilities
Mayor Asher said the statewide lockdown,
which would continue next week in Melbourne, highlighted the need for more
targeted support to affected industries and traders.
“If snap lockdowns are going to be an
ongoing feature of our COVID-19 response, targeted wage subsidy support for
business from governments needs to be explored,” Mayor Asher said.
“Our hospitality and tourism workforce
is heavily casualised, and given we enjoy a high proportion of visitation from
the Melbourne area, they need a significant level of assistance.
“Council has a number of initiatives
that are still supporting businesses and the community, from the $16.9 million in support packages we released last year.”
The following Council support
initiatives are still ongoing:
• Food registration fee waiver for
2021: $1.32 million;
• Health premise fee waiver for 2021:
• A-frame fee waiver for 2021: $88,000;
• Alfresco fee waiver for 2021: $39,000;
• Planning for Jobs initiative:
• Small Business Expert Support
Business Concierge Service Expansion to support business program development
• Outdoor dining and activation
initiatives: up to $200,000;
• Tourism and Events campaigns:
• Support for international students:
COVID-19 financial hardship policy.
Anyone wishing to discuss their options
is encouraged to email [email protected] or call 5272 5272.
There are also a number of items in our Proposed Budget 2021-22 that aim to provide ongoing support to community and businesses,
• Commercial rate approach – no increase to average rates;
• Central Geelong Marketing support and review – removal of CGM Special rate;
• Community Grants Program;
Pool year-round opening;
Pool early season opening; and
parking in central Geelong (second hour free).
Further information about support
available and how the City is responding to the evolving COVID-19 situation can
be viewed here