COVID-19 Support Package
Last week, Council announced a package of measures worth up to $2.9 million to support local households and businesses impacted by the current COVID-19 lockdown.
The support package reinstates various measures first brought in last year such as parking concessions and rates relief, and introduces a new childcare gap-fee waiver.
Our top priority remains the safety and wellbeing of our community and as the lockdown continues, we’re delivering targeted and immediate support to households and businesses as quickly as possible. Our new support package builds on the $3 million worth of measures and economic grants we delivered last year, providing immediate financial relief as well as long-term benefits to thousands of people.
This assistance will help ensure we get through the current lockdown and bounce back stronger and I encourage everyone in our community to continue to show their support for Parramatta businesses in any way they can.
For three months, backdated to 26 June, Council will:
- waive interest on late Council rates payments and implement payment plans for eligible ratepayers;
- waive pre-paid and ongoing license and hire fees for food stalls, temporary premises, non-commercial advertising, community halls, parks, and community venues;
- pay invoices from local, small and medium-sized suppliers within seven days, instead of the current 30 days;
- waive outdoor dining license and approval fees for all City of Parramatta businesses. Businesses along the Parramatta Light Rail corridor will have these fees waived for six months;
- waive rents for Council-owned assets occupied by community groups, essential services and not-for-profit organisations;
- provide rent relief for eligible tenants of Council’s Affordable Housing Dwellings; and
- provide various parking concessions to facilitate takeaway services and support local businesses, such as offering grace periods, issuing cautions for time-limited on-street parking spaces, and reducing and changing time limits in a number of local on-street parking locations.
Council also stands ready to support the State and Federal governments by making facilities available to support COVID-19 testing, vaccinations and other related services. We will continue to provide further support or facilities where required, including for the vaccine rollout.
Council introduces $2.9 million support package to support local households and businesses impacted by the current COVID-19 lockdown
Riverside Theatres revitalisation gets green light
I’m thrilled to announce that Council recently agreed to take the next steps in progressing a new concept proposal for the redevelopment of the iconic Riverside Theatres.
Council’s vision for a major upgrade and significant expansion of Riverside Theatres includes new venues and increased capacity at the existing site.
Following endorsement at our 26 July meeting, Council will now begin exploring design options, developing functional specifications and validating cost estimates.
It’s an exciting time for Riverside Theatres, which is the heart and soul of performance culture in Western Sydney. Our vision is that it will become the centrepiece of Parramatta’s revitalised arts and culture precinct: a hub of performance excellence that attracts talent and investment, complements the Powerhouse Parramatta, and welcomes the whole community.
Council remains committed to investing the $100 million generated by the sale of land for Powerhouse Parramatta into a redeveloped Riverside Theatres. We look forward to working with partners in the government and private sectors to breathe new life into the iconic theatre.
Council pushes ahead with redevelopment plans for Riverside Theatres