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Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to grant a temporary rate concession to local businesses still suffering hardship in the wake of Cyclone Debbie.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said Council voted unanimously to extend the rates discount period until the end of the year for businesses that fit the criteria.
“Some businesses have reported to not have business interruption included in their insurance.
“Others have not been able to reach a settlement or agreement with insurance companies resulting in the business experiencing financial hardship and cash flow issues.
“This allows buisnesses to still claim the rates discount but I must stress it is only a deferment of their rates payment,” he said.
The conditions of the concession are:
(a) the ratepayer must apply in writing for the concession;
(b) the ratepayer must satisfy the authorised person assessing the application that the ratepayer is a local business that is not operating or trading due to damage caused by Cyclone Debbie and that the business does not have adequate business interruption insurance;
(c) the ratepayer must show the authorised person particular information or documents as requested as evidence that the business is not operating or trading due to cyclone damage; and
(d) the class of ratepayers and the concession is a temporary arrangement available only up to the 30 December 2017.
Furthermore, that Council delegates the Chief Executive Officer as the authorised person to approve the concession.