The Northern Beaches Council is facing an estimated $21m loss in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Releasing their draft budget this week, Council has responded to those in need in our community by freezing for six months, any increases in rates, fees and charges.
The due date for the first instalment of rates has also been delayed by one month to 30 September.
Presented as a subsidy to ratepayers, the freezing of all rates, fees and charges will cost $5m in financial assistance to ratepayers. Those in hardship can also apply for rate assistance.
A support package has also been provided to local businesses and community groups as well as families with children via child care subsidiaries.
The overall pandemic support package is costing $6.588m.
However Councillors and staff have worked closely to ensure that essential services and capital works are not affected, although some projects will be delayed. The capital works budget is still substantial at $92m over the financial year 2020/21.
Projects in Manly
The Manly Ward will not be majorly affected, with most scheduled projects continuing including the Stage 11 of East Esplanade and the new toilet block, facility upgrades at LM Graham Reserve including the demolition of the old amenity block, ongoing works at Clontarf Reserve and the restoration of Little Manly and 40 Baskets Pools.
We await news from the State Government regarding their much needed $5m contribution in funding for the rebuild of Manly Surf Club, with funds already secured from Council and the Federal Government for this project.
Full details of the Northern Beaches 20/21 Draft Budget can be viewed here as well as the opportunity to submit your comments.
Candy Bingham, Deputy Mayor & Manly Ward Councillor on Northern Beaches Council. Background in marketing, public relations and community engagement. Author of five business books. Former Lady Mayoress of Sydney. Aka Candy Tymson.