Local relief measures are proposed to support community members and businesses severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
A report will go to Port Macquarie-Hastings Council's meeting on Wednesday, September 15 detailing proposed relief measures following the recent lockdown.
The proposed measures from the council are designed to minimise the financial burden for severely impacted community members and businesses.
The council earlier adopted a range of hardship measures to assist the community following initial lockdowns in 2020.
"In response to the impacts being felt again throughout the community, following the further lockdowns over recent weeks, it is proposed to adopt a similar suite of relief measures to assist those community members currently impacted," the council report said.
The report said the council understood that the impact of COVID-19 on our community, and particularly on those who have been impacted by business closures, was significant.
A recommendation proposes to waive, refund or defer the payment of specified fees and charges to provide relief for community members and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 virus and public health orders.
If approved, the council will also set out a path for eligible applicants to repay outstanding rates and charges by periodical payments on a payment arrangement, due to COVID-19 financial hardship.
Another report to go before the council meeting will provide an update about Rawdon Island bridge.
The bridge was off limits to traffic from July 5 as a safety measure after underwater inspections identified major structural issues with the bridge pylons.
The span reopened on an intermittent basis, with conditions, on August 30 after load testing and further structural analysis.
The bridge now has permanent opening and closing hours. There is a five tonne load limit and only a single-lane is open.
The report to the council meeting provides an update on solutions from the emergency stage to the long term.
Meanwhile, mayor Peta Pinson will raise the matter of graffiti in the local area.
A recommendation proposes for the council's chief executive officer to write to the Mid North Coast Police District Commander, Superintendent Shane Cribb, about the increase in graffiti in the area and request a meeting with staff and police representatives to discuss possible solutions.
The Rocks Ferry Reserve repair work is another matter before the council meeting.
Flood damage put the recreation facility out of action and robbed Wauchope of its access to the river for boating.
The report, in response to a question from Cr Sharon Griffiths, provides information about the timeline and process for the reconstruction/restoration of the Wauchope reserve.
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