Financial Assistance COVID-19 Stimulus Measures

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Council at its meetings on 15 April 2020, 20 May 2020, 17 June, 16 September 2020, 9 December 2020 and 17 March 2021 considered and adopted Mayoral Minutes to provide a range of financial assistance and stimulus measures to assist local businesses and the Bathurst community in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.

The six Mayoral Minutes can be access in the Document Library.

The following are some of the measures to be considered by Council:

  • Council will waive a range of fees or charges for local businesses such as: Cafes and restaurants, hairdressers and skin businesses, bed and breakfasts & temporary food outlets
  • Changes to the current procurement policy will also be considered to provide greater opportunities for local businesses and suppliers.
  • Set the interest rate that accrues on rates and charges that become due and payable at 0% for the period 1 June 2020 to 31 December 2020. Thereafter, the interest rate will be set at the rate specified for the time being by the Minister.
  • Provide $18,000 to the Bathurst Business Chamber to assist it in achieving its objectives within the business community.
  • Continue with its annual media usage profile with the Western Advocate and Bathurst City Life for the period to 30 June 2021.
  • Set the price for water sold (at Council’s standpipes) at an amount of $2.50 per kilolitre for the period 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2020.
  • Repayments on some community loans be deferred for the year 2020/21 and that interest charges for 2020/21 be waived.
  • Waive Community Group Licence fees for 2020/2021 for some community and sporting groups.
  • Waive Library Fines from 1 July to 31 December 2020.
  • Hardship claims for rates will be considered on a case by case basis
  • Provide the Bathurst District Sport and Recreation Council (BDS&RC) with $10,000 to assist affiliated sporting bodies to cover costs incurred due to COVID-19
  • Provide Arts OutWest with $10,000 to be utilised in assisting the organisation to achieve its mission.

Council has also allocated additional funds to projects to assist in the recovery phase including support for the

  • DoorsOpen marketing campaign
  • Jobs Expo
  • Biz Month
  • A business attraction program
  • Upstairs Start Up Hub
  • Expansion of the Buy Local gift card program
  • Tourism marketing campaign


Council at its meetings on 15 April 2020, 20 May 2020, 17 June, 16 September 2020, 9 December 2020 and 17 March 2021 considered and adopted Mayoral Minutes to provide a range of financial assistance and stimulus measures to assist local businesses and the Bathurst community in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.

The six Mayoral Minutes can be access in the Document Library.

The following are some of the measures to be considered by Council:

  • Council will waive a range of fees or charges for local businesses such as: Cafes and restaurants, hairdressers and skin businesses, bed and breakfasts & temporary food outlets
  • Changes to the current procurement policy will also be considered to provide greater opportunities for local businesses and suppliers.
  • Set the interest rate that accrues on rates and charges that become due and payable at 0% for the period 1 June 2020 to 31 December 2020. Thereafter, the interest rate will be set at the rate specified for the time being by the Minister.
  • Provide $18,000 to the Bathurst Business Chamber to assist it in achieving its objectives within the business community.
  • Continue with its annual media usage profile with the Western Advocate and Bathurst City Life for the period to 30 June 2021.
  • Set the price for water sold (at Council’s standpipes) at an amount of $2.50 per kilolitre for the period 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2020.
  • Repayments on some community loans be deferred for the year 2020/21 and that interest charges for 2020/21 be waived.
  • Waive Community Group Licence fees for 2020/2021 for some community and sporting groups.
  • Waive Library Fines from 1 July to 31 December 2020.
  • Hardship claims for rates will be considered on a case by case basis
  • Provide the Bathurst District Sport and Recreation Council (BDS&RC) with $10,000 to assist affiliated sporting bodies to cover costs incurred due to COVID-19
  • Provide Arts OutWest with $10,000 to be utilised in assisting the organisation to achieve its mission.

Council has also allocated additional funds to projects to assist in the recovery phase including support for the

  • DoorsOpen marketing campaign
  • Jobs Expo
  • Biz Month
  • A business attraction program
  • Upstairs Start Up Hub
  • Expansion of the Buy Local gift card program
  • Tourism marketing campaign


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