Peak business body calls for consistency in application of relief from local government

Release Date: 30/03/2020
The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called for local government to introduce consistent rates relief across the state, to help business and the community bounce back when the COVID-19 crisis comes to an end.
TCCI Chief Executive Officer Michael Bailey said he was aware of increased calls from the small business and property sectors for local government to offer rates relief, adding the state’s peak business organisation also supports to the call.
“Local government must show it can deliver, just as the State and Federal Governments have done, it is now time for this tier of government to offer support to the community and offer rates relief,” Mr Bailey said.
“Commercial properties are the lifeblood of many municipal areas, but without support many are unlikely to be able to continue, while some have already been forced to shut down.
“This situation is only likely to get worse and with talk of being able to pause or mothball businesses, local government needs to offer some clarity as to what support it is putting on the table.
“We need consistency from local government in Tasmania and we need rates relief – we don’t want to wait until this is all over because for many businesses it will be too late – we need to see that consistency now.
“It is time for local government to show leadership and step up to show they can do their bit for business and offer genuine and meaningful rates relief.”

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