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COVID-19 Recovery Package – For Residents

As part of the $50 million COVID-19 Recovery Package, Council is providing targeted relief on rates, fees and charges for residents and families across the Western Downs. The Rates, Fees and Charges Relief Package will include an extended discount period on all general rates and charges in the current levy. This package also includes waiving fees on Desexed Dog Registrations and Development, Building and Plumbing Fees.

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Rates Relief

As part of our Rate, Fees and ChargeRelief Package, Council has extended the discount period of all general rates and charges levied by Council’s rates notices issued on 14 March (for period 1 January 2020 to 30 June 2020) until 30 June 2020. 

If residents feel they are unable to pay their rates due to the COVID-19 crisis, they are encouraged to get in touch by calling 1300 COUNCIL as Council will assess their needs on a case-by-case basis.

Dog Registration Fees

All desexed dog registration fees will be waived until 30 June 2021 to assist households through financial crisis.

This waiver excludes fees for regulated or non-desexed dogs.

Development, Building and Plumbing Fees

Most fees for Planning, Plumbing and Building Fees will also be waived until 30 June 2021 to encourage growth in the region and keep local people employed through the current crisis.

This could mean local farmers could build a new shed or households could commence developments on their house with no Council fees, for example.

For more information:

Contact Council on 1300 COUNCIL (1300 268 624)

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Information last updated: 6pm 27 April 2020