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On Tuesday night the City of Greater Geelong council agreed to a series of immediate measures to help local business and the community cope with the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic. The range of initiatives met with unanimous support, and include:

  • Refund of Alfresco Dining and A Frame permit fees for 12 months
  • Refund of food and health premises registration for 3 months
  • Free casual on and off street parking in the CBD until 30 June
  • Development of a financial hardship policy including rates
  • Waiver of rent/fees for community and sporting groups
  • 50% reduction of rent for eligible commercial tenants in City owned buildings or land

CoGG has also created a Business Support Portal, and will develop additional support programs for local business, including a further medium-term package to be presented to the council by June.