MBRC stimulus package
MBRC approved a $34.2m stimulus package for the 2020/21 financial year to assist residents, community groups, community clubs and business experiencing financial distress, along with accelerating works to help business and local people employed on local projects.
It has delivered specific relief actions for at-risk groups including ratepayers in financial distress, struggling community groups and clubs, and food businesses that have been forced to shut or fundamentally change their operations.
Emergency interim package
$3.5 million worth of rate relief to recipients of the Federal Government’s Coronavirus Supplement. In Q4 2019-2020 and Q1 2020-2021, Council provided a rebate of up to $200 to owner-occupier ratepayers receiving the Federal Government’s coronavirus supplement.
Council has resolved that interest will not be charged on overdue rates and charges for the period 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.
Community response and recovery program
$3 million was provided for grants to community groups and clubs with preference given to projects that used local procurement and local suppliers. Applications have now closed.
Accelerated asset maintenance works
$3 million in accelerated asset maintenance works to help keep businesses and local people employed on local projects. Businesses that haven't yet done so are urged to register with Council’s supplier marketplaces through our supplier portal. Council will give preference to projects that use local procurement and local suppliers.
Federal and State Funding
Both levels of government have supported the region with funding to stimulate the local economy and are working with Council to create local jobs by providing combined approximately $22 million in funding through the Federal COVID-19 Stimulus Program and the State Government COVID Works For Queensland Program.