Townsville Council’s $30 Million Support Package
Townsville City Council has announced extra measures worth up to $30 million to support small businesses feeling the effects of COVID-19, including breaking up work packages – similar to the way the Haughton water pipeline contracts were tendered – to open jobs to more contractors. This is in addition to the package worth $2.3 million announced mid-March.
The package will include provisions to support the 300-plus contractors currently being utilised by council, promote small businesses through social media, and redeploy council staff to assist with essential community services.
Townsville Local Disaster Management Group Chair Mayor Jenny Hill said “Council is rolling out these measures to help alleviate some of the hardship being felt by our small businesses as we manage the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our message to Townsville residents is that they should be buying local, we’re seeing some incredible innovation from our small businesses and it would be great to see our community getting behind them.”
The invoicing policy will also change to facilitate the payment of contractor invoices within 14 days (where possible), rather than the usual 30 days.
Other measures include deferral of rates, the deferral of pedestal charges for businesses, refunds of fees for venue hires and a fixed booking fee of $0, and providing rent relief for commercial leases.