Ararat Rural City Council has announced it will extend its financial hardship measures to support those impacted by the COVID pandemic.
Residents and businesses experiencing financial difficulties can apply for a range of relief measures, including interest holds, flexible payment arrangements and rates deferral.
Council chief executive Dr Tim Harrison said he wants to "reassure" the community that council will support those experiencing financial hardship.
"I want to reassure our community that the council is here to support those experiencing financial hardship by offering measures that will provide some financial relief during this time in the form of a payment arrangement or deferral," he said.
"If you are experiencing financial difficulties because of the coronavirus pandemic, please get in touch with Council officers to discuss your options."
Dr Harrison said the relief measures are similar to those introduced last year to support people facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
"While we await higher levels of vaccination to protect the community, a number of COVIDSafe restrictions remain in place to minimise the transmission of the virus," said Dr Harrison.
"We understand that some of these restrictions have greatly impacted our community, and this is something Council has taken into account in considering rate payments.
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Homeowners and businesses experiencing hardship due to COVID-19 can apply for an interest-free deferral for all outstanding rates between July 1 2021 until May 31 2022.
Ratepayers can fill out a financial hardship form found on council's website www.ararat.vic.gov.au to be considered for an interest hold.
People experiencing financial difficulty are encouraged to contact council on 5355 0209 or email email@example.com to discuss setting up a flexible repayment plan.
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