The Coffs Harbour Council (CHCC) have been given $1.3m for infrastructure projects to help boost the local economy.
Council will consider this Thursday night whether to spend $600.000 on the Jetty carpark project and $782.096 on a Glasshouse at the Botanical gardens.
They will also consider a 100% wavier on fees on community and sporting facilities in the CHCC area.
The following is from this Thursday’s Council agenda;
“Council has been allocated $1.38m in funding from the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program as a component of the Government’s COVID 19 economic recovery plan. The funding is available for use on only Council projects which meet the grant specifications. The principal area of focus for the grant is the enhancement of existing, or the creation of new Council infrastructure which has a direct community benefit.
The intent of the grant is a rapid injection of cash into the local economy, and therefore any projects which are selected for funding under this grant should be those which are in a position to be executed before 30 June 2021. Staff have reviewed the project options and present for Council’s endorsement a recommendation regarding the Council projects which most closely meet the grant requirements, the allowable execution timeframe and which also recognise Council’s resolved project priorities.
The purpose of this report is to gain Council endorsement via resolution of the target projects in order to enable a rapid submission response back to the funding agency.
|Recommendation: That Council: 1. In response to the Australian Government’s request for Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program grant submissions, return applications for: 1.1. Jetty Foreshores Stage 5 Carpark Project for an amount of $600,000; and |
1.2. North Coast Regional Botanic Garden Glasshouse Project for an amount of $782,096.“
“Many businesses in the Coffs Harbour City Council area have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated steps that have been taken by governments to slow down infection levels.
Council is a landlord for many organisations and businesses throughout the Local Government Area and has already implemented assistance for business and community groups that have been adversely affected.
Further assistance is required during these difficult times. For community and sporting organisations it is recommended 100% rent waiver and for commercial and airport tenants the assistance will be assessed in line with the Mandatory Code of Conduct SME Commercial Leasing Principles During COVID-19 adopted by the National Cabinet and the Retail and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19) Regulation 2020.
The financial impact of this Council provided assistance, depending on the assessment, could be from a minimum $52,197.78 up to $275,032.36.”