These past few months have seen communities across Australia and the world suffering through COVID-19 including the loss of lives, jobs and livelihoods.
It is important for Council to support the community in the best way possible in this difficult time and as part of Council's $16.8million COVID-19 support package, we have now launched the VendorPanel Marketplace to assist local businesses.
The Marketplace encourages local suppliers to register their details so they can be sought for quotes on goods and services required by Council.
The Vendor Panel will allow Council to capture data on what local business has to offer so Council can have broad access to local suppliers when purchasing goods and services.
Registering is free for suppliers and once registered, business profiles will be visible to Camden Council buyers and to others searching the Marketplace for suppliers in the area.
Council's support package for residents and local businesses also includes:
. Rate relief for all rateable properties, with $4 million committed. Council will:
1. Provide a one-off $100 rate rebate for the 2020/21 rating year for all rateable properties within the Camden area;
2. Waive the interest due on overdue rate notices for residents experiencing hardship for a period of up to 12 months; and
3. Remove red tape and requirement for a hardship application.
. A $350,000 commitment to freeze increase to domestic waste charges;
. Business grants, with $350,000 committed thus far. These grants include:
1. Quick Response Grants of up to $2,000 for businesses struggling to meet their short-term operational commitments;
2. Digital Adaptation and Innovation Grants of up to $15,000 for small businesses who are trying to pivot their operations in response to COVID-19; and
3. Community Response Grants of up to $15,000 for organisations and not for profit organisations providing on-the-ground services to Camden residents;
. A $320,000 commitment to a six-month waiver of some non-statutory fees for business and residents using Council services;
. Businesses, currently leasing Council facilities, with an annual income of up to $50 million will receive a 50 per cent reduction in rent, with $180,000 committed thus far;
. A commitment of an additional $11.4 million to accelerate the delivery of a number of infrastructure projects from the 2020/21 Capital Works Program, to be completed by 31 December 2020;
. Altering Council's procurement process to introduce a Local Preference Policy and a Local Vendor Panel; and
. The digital delivery of Alan Baker Art Gallery programs and exhibition.
For more information on Council's VendorPanel Marketplace or the $16.8million support package, go to camden.nsw.gov.au