Fees waived for local businesses

Local businesses will receive fee relief this financial year, with Alpine Shire Council this week voting to waive key Council fees and charges.

06 October 2021

Council has voted to adopt a fee of zero dollars for registrations and permit applications under the Food Act 1984, Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008, Residential Tenancies Act 1997 and Community Local Law 2019 for the 2021/22 financial year.

The fee relief could result in more than $600 in savings for some businesses. For example, a hospitality business with outdoor dining will save a total of $628.

Businesses who have already paid their fees for 2021/22 are urged to contact Council to arrange a refund.

Alpine Shire Mayor John Forsyth said the fee relief, estimated to total $132,000, will be fully funded from the Victorian Government's Bushfire Recovery Victoria Council Support Fund and Local Councils Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package.

“Council adopts fees for a range of regulatory functions each year as part of the annual budget process,” he said. 

“This includes registration fees for food premises, caravan parks, health and beauty businesses as well as footpath advertising, trading and dining permits.

“Our businesses continue to do it tough in the face of COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions, which directly followed a devastating summer fire season in 2019/20.

“This fee relief has been made possible through Government funding, which Council has chosen to use to directly help local businesses during this challenging time.”

Cr Forsyth said the impacts of the fires and the ongoing restrictions of COVID-19 are significant for businesses, particularly for this in tourism and retail.

“Fee relief will support those businesses who have been hardest hit over the past couple of years,” he said.

Businesses are urged to contact Council on 5755 0555 to renew their registration for free or to arrange a refund.

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