Councillor Antonella Celi
|Posted by antonellaceli on October 5, 2020 at 2:45 AM|
SUPPORT AND INFORMATION FOR BUSINESS DURING COVID-19
The Covid-19 crisis has severely impacted our businesses and local economy on the Mornington Peninsula with restrictions and Directions that have come down hard on the community and our region since March.
While these measures have been vital to ensure that the public health risk is minimised to control the spread of the virus and contain outbreaks, we have sustained a massive blow to our economy with an expected downturn in GRP of 21% compared to the National average of 6% and a severe disruption to the personal livelihoods of many of our residents and industry on the Peninsula.
As Covid-19 restrictions begin to ease and we emerge as a community on the other side of the restrictions, it is vital that the Shire is ready to invest and sustain an ongoing Covid-19 Recovery Package and Financial Hardship Assistance for ratepayers and business across the Peninsula.
I am committed to fully support the ongoing needs of our community through the Covid-19 Recovery Package for all, but in particular, those industries that have been hardest hit such as hospitality, tourism, arts & culture and many others that have experienced hardship and also a downturn in employment opportunities for our locals.
There is still a lot of work to be done to aid in the recovery going forward. This work includes building a full profile on the impact of Covid-19 so that we can fully understand the depth and breadth of the consequences and fallout going into the next year and beyond.
As a starting point the Mornington Peninsula Shire has put together a Business Support Package Roadmap to support business, commercial and non-commercial tenants in Shire buildings that have been impacted during the Covid-19 crisis.
The business roadmap and website also details assistance available from the State and Federal Government and covers important topics that will see our community assisted throughout the crisis and also to thrive and recover in the coming months as we start to open up after restrictions ease.
The roadmap includes details wher to find information on:
- Extended Outdoor Dining
- Mornington Peninsula Shire economic support package
- Mornington Peninsula Shire: Free training and advice for your business
- Mornington Peninsula Shire: Free marketing for your business
- Health and Hygiene information for businesses
- Click For Vic to Support Local Business and Jobs
- Victorian Government Business Support Package
- Australian Government economic stimulus package
- Accessing mental health support
- Meeting Occupational Health and Safety obligations
- Tenants and Landlords Relief Assistance
- Fact sheets and printed materials