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Council support and assistance

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Council support and assistance

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Support to our community during COVID-19

Wodonga Council has acted with an immediate suite of measures to support our community and businesses to lessen the financial burden of during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For residents

  1. Adopted a zero rate rise
  2. Residential ratepayers are able to enter into a payment arrangement or apply for financial hardship consideration regarding rates. Each case assessed on individual circumstances with outcomes customised according to the needs of each case
  3. Interest will not be charged for overdue rates, or other payments through to December 31
  4. Placing a hold on debt recovery until September 30
  5. Continue to maintain a vulnerable person’s register as described by the Department of Health and Human Services. The council’s Pandemic Committee will work with partner agencies to assist the most vulnerable in our community.
  6. Providing podcasts, online and phone services to encourage connectivity for library patrons
  7. Compliance and enforcement action prioritised to issues of public and environmental safety risk
  8. Keeping website up-to-date with the latest information/links from the Federal/State government advice and council services.

For sporting and community groups

  1. Waiving rent and fees for community and sporting groups for council-owned land and grounds from April to June, 2020
  2. Not charging seasonal licence agreements while there is no sporting use
  3. Foregoing maintenance for a quarter for all sporting club leases

Our advocacy, lobbying and grant readiness

  1. Reviewing current and potential capital projects’ “readiness” to support recovery
  2. Collaborating on advocacy efforts with the Hume region council counterparts, AlburyCity, Albury Wodonga Health, Regional Cities Victoria and peak bodies
  3. Continue to lobby the State and Federal Governments (including the Federal Treasurer) to increase and expedite Federal Assistance Grants to allow councils to provide targeted rate relief
  4. Collaborate with the Victorian Government to identify the most efficient process for our community to access upcoming state funding programs
  5. Provision of appropriate shovel ready capital projects to the federal government to stimulate our local economy through construction activity
  6. Working with Regional Development Victoria to be “project ready” when funding becomes available to provide stimulus to the local economy through creating employment opportunities and engaging local contractors.

What are we doing to support businesses?

With many businesses calling Wodonga home, we're passionate about supporting your business throughout the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

Read more here.