The Territory Government and City of Darwin Council have ramped up economic support for Territorians to get through the COVID- 19 pandemic.
In what the Lord Mayor describes as the largest economic package of any Local Government in the country, City of Darwin Council voted unanimously to provide a $55 million dollar stimulus package for Territorians at a special meeting last night.
Allocating more than $1M for a ‘Green Army’ – providing casual employment opportunities to beautify and green our city through the planting of thousands of trees, tending verges and cleaning footpaths to June 30, 2020
Deferral of business and household rates to June 30, 2020
Rent relief for tenants leasing Council properties to June 30, 2020
Expansion of the current rate hardship policy to include ratepayers affected by COVID-19
Waiving of all Council permit charges, fees and levies to June 30, 2020 providing
free on street parking in the CBD
waiving of animal registration fees
waiving of advertising signage levies and street food van permit fees
Night time security patrols in the CBD jointly funded with the Northern Territory Government
Community grant funding opportunities for the not-for-profit sector to June 30 2020 and in the 2020/21 financial year
Funding allocated to major infrastructure projects to commence after the COVID-19 crisis.
Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis said the package will provide immediate relief for households and businesses.
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“Through this package Council will be providing economic relief and support to Darwin households and businesses, now and post COVID-19,” Mr Vatskalis said.
“Council recognises households and businesses are hurting right now and that we needed to take immediate action.”
Details on casual employment opportunities to join Council’s ‘Green Team’ will be available from Tuesday April 14, through City of Darwin’s website and Facebook.
Meanwhile the Territory Government will hold monthly meetings of the public accounts committee to scrutinise its response to the COVID- 19 pandemic.
Deputy Chief Minister Nicole Manison said the committee will examine public health measures while scrutinising the business and jobs survival strategies put in place to support Territorians.
“The public accounts committee will be a part of scrutiny going forward so people can ask questions they need to about the management of COVID-19 across the Northern Territory,” Ms Manison said.
“We always wanted to have a level of scrutiny across this because it’s really important process.”
Representatives of the committee of cabinet includes the Chief Minister Michael Gunner, Deputy Chief Minister Nicole Manison, Health Minister Natasha Fyles, Chief Executive Department of Chief Minister Jodie Ryan, Police Commissioner Jamie Chalker, Chief Executive Department of Health Professor Catherine Stoddart and Chief Executive Department of Trade Business and Innovation Shaun Drabsch.
The NT will also join other states and Territories to postpone its budget until October.
Parliament sitting days will reconvene if urgent legislation needs to be introduced.
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