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Financial relief options

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We understand our community has been impacted significantly as a result of COVID-19. These impacts have been amplified having already been faced with the challenges of the long-term drought and devastating bushfire season.

In response to the impacts currently being faced, we've introduced a range of financial relief measures specifically to support residents in our community.

At the Ordinary Council Meeting held on 15 April 2020, Councillors unanimously resolved to introduce the following financial relief measures, effective Thursday 16 April 2020 until further notice:

Residents: 

Fee / charge relief measure Timeframe Conditions
  • Waive interest on rates and charges
Up to 6 months For applicants who enter into payment arrangement son outstanding accounts
  • Waive direct debit dishonour fees
Up to 6 months N/a
  • Waive credit card surcharge fees 
Up to 6 months  N/a 
  • Ticketholders to Glasshouse events  to receive a credit, transfer or refund
Up to 6 months 

Where the event has been cancelled or rescheduled by the event organiser / event provider

  • Waive impound and maintenance fees (in relation to animals) 
Up to 6 months  Registration requirements, including registration fees, will still be required before release if an animal is not already registered. Customers will need to sign a financial hardship form to be eligible. 
  • Waive ferry fees for delivery of food and other items to the North Shore

Already commenced 

Up to 6 months

N/a 
  • Waive licence fees/application fees for activities on Council managed land 
Up to 6 months  Assessed on a case by case basis, where a government directive to restrict or cease operations has resulted in a period of inactivity or reduced activity 
  • Waive fees for applications for activities on public / community land under the Local Government Act (Section 68) and applications under the Roads Act 1993 (Section 138) 
Up to 6 months  Assessed on a case by case basis, where a government directive to restrict or cease operations has resulted in a period of inactivity or reduced activity.
  • Enable ratepayers to enter into formal payment arrangements to repay outstanding rates and charges, or defer rate payments
 

Assessed on a case by case basis, subject to similar criteria and documentation as per the current Hardship Assistance policy

  • Suspend formal debt recovery actions for outstanding accounts 
Up to 6 months  
  • Introduce a payment plan for connection to Telegraph Point Sewerage Scheme 
Up to 12 months from date of invoice  For applicants who are approved to enter into a payment arrangement in line with provisions for connection to the Telegraph Point Sewerage Scheme payments 

Businesses:

Fee / charge relief measure Timeframe Conditions
  • Waive interest on rates and charges
Up to 6 months For applicants who enter into payment arrangement son outstanding accounts
  • Waive direct debit dishonour fees
Up to 6 months N/a
  • Waive credit card surcharge fees 
Up to 6 months  N/a 
  • Waive rent for Council owned cafes and facilities 
Up to 6 months  Assessed on a case by case basis, where a government directive to restrict or cease operations has resulted in a period of inactivity or reduced activity. Any reduction applied will be proportionate to the turnover reduction of the tenant 
  • Waive Bin reinstatement fee for businesses (Waste Management) 
On resumption of normal operations  Waived on resumption of normal operations where a business has requested suspension of bin services due to COVID-19 
  • Waive interest on outstanding rental fees 
Up to 6 months  For applicants where rent is deferred in accordance with the above  item (waiving rent for Council owned cafes and facilities)
  • Waive fees for outdoor dining licences
Up to 6 months  N/a
  • Waive fees for mobile food vending vehicles
Up to 6 months  N/a
  • Waive fees for food shop inspections 
Up to 6 months   N/a 
  • Waive fees for public health inspections 
Up to 6 months  N/a
  • Waive fees for A-Frame signs 
Up to 6 months  N/a 
  • Waive ferry fees for delivery of food and other items to the North Shore

Already commenced 

Up to 6 months

N/a 
  • Waive licence fees/application fees for activities on Council managed land 
Up to 6 months  Assessed on a case by case basis, where a government directive to restrict or cease operations has resulted in a period of inactivity or reduced activity 
  • Waive fees for applications for activities on public / community land under the Local Government Act (Section 68) and applications under the Roads Act 1993 (Section 138) 
Up to 6 months  Assessed on a case by case basis, where a government directive to restrict or cease operations has resulted in a period of inactivity or reduced activity.
  • Enable ratepayers to enter into formal payment arrangements to repay outstanding rates and charges
  Assessed on a case by case basis, subject to similar criteria and documentation as per the current Hardship Assistance policy
  • Suspend formal debt recovery actions for outstanding accounts 
Up to 6 months  
  • Ticketholders to Glasshouse events  to receive a credit, transfer or refund
 Up to 6 months  Where the event has been cancelled or rescheduled by the event organiser / event provider
  • Waive Glasshouse venue hire and associated fees
Up to 6 months  Venue hire and associated fees waived, and deposits refunded or transferred, where events have been cancelled as a result of a government directive to restrict or cease operations 
  • Introduce a payment plan for connection to the Telegraph Point Sewerage Scheme 
Up to 12 months from date of invoice  For applicants who are approved to enter into a payment arrangement in line with provisions for connection to the Telegraph Point Sewerage Scheme payments 

 

Supporting you in a time of hardship

We understand there may be many people in our community who are experiencing financial hardship during this time.

Our Hardship Policy is in place to assist and you may be eligible to apply for assistance during such difficult times. So if you have any concerns about paying your Council rates or other fees and charges please get in contact with us. This way we can work with you on a plan.

Please contact our Customer Call Centre on 02 6581 8111 or email us at council@pmhc.nsw.gov.au.

We have also expanded our Hardship Policy to include provisions for non-residential property owners.

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This page was last updated on: 24 September 2020