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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.

While preparing the draft budget for 2020-2021, we are reviewing and looking at ways to how we can further assist our community during and through recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

For residents

  1. Adopted a zero rate rise for the 2020-2021 year
  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, 2020
  4. Placing a hold on debt recovery until September 30, 2020
  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.
Other assistance

Information and services for Wodonga residents during COVID-19

Below we have compiled a list of the important contacts you may need to know during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

If you would like your organisation added to this list, please contact amaher@wodonga.vic.gov.au

Grant opportunities

Westpac Foundation Community Grants

Westpac Foundation has announced a new $500,000 partnership with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), expanding its Community Grant program in rural, regional and remote areas across Australia. 

Westpac Foundation’s Community Grant program, established in 2012, provides $10,000 grants to local organisations creating opportunities through education, training and employment across Australia. Not-for-profit organisations providing support to communities outside a major city are now invited to apply. 

In addition to the funding, Community Grant recipients will have access to pro bono support via the Westpac Changemaker program, which includes access to leadership development programs, legal support and financial capability training. 

Community organisations based in or providing support to areas outside a major city, as defined by the 2016 ABS Remoteness Index, can apply for a Rural Community Grant through the FRRR application gateway until May 13.

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.