Wollongong City Council has announced a support package to assist Council lessees and licensees impacted by the challenges presented by Coronavirus.
Council will defer tenants rental payments for a period of 90 days for lessees and licensees who are unable to carry out their normal business under the changes that are in place to minimise the spread of the illness.
Rent reviews for Council tenants have also been deferred until further notice and outdoor dining licence holders will have their fees waived for three months.
Wollongong City Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said approximately 170 lessees and licensees operate from Council properties are being targeted in Stage 1 of the support package.
"These businesses include cafes and commercial retail places and by deferring their rental payments and deferring rent reviews, we’re able to give them some financial support, and some peace of mind during what is going to be a very tough time for local business," he said.
All businesses in the area, including Council lessees and licensees who are impacted by Coronavirus are also encouraged to seek support from the Federal and State governments through their Business website.
"This is a fast-moving situation and we are seeing businesses and retailers face the need to change and adapt the way the are working to try and survive this challenging time," Cr Bradbery said.
"Stage 1 of our support package will go some way to making things easier for some local businesses and may even give them the ability to keep some staff employed for longer," he said.
Council said it will contact lessees and licensees targeted in Stage 1 of the support package directly.
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