Helping hand for our most vulnerable community members
07 September 2020
The City of Greater Dandenong has unveiled a $5.6 million relief package to help its most vulnerable community members during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Council has introduced a series of measures to ease the financial burden on its residents and ratepayers.
The package includes the following initiatives:
Greater Dandenong Mayor Councillor Jim Memeti said Council recognised that many people in the local community were facing financial hardship.
“While the actions of the Federal Government are necessary if we are to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve, Council is fully aware of the impact this is having on many in our community,” he said.
“We are committing in excess of $5.6 million to help support those in our community being hit hardest. We want them to know Council cares and is here for them during this health crisis.”
Mayor Memeti said while Council was encouraging residents who could still pay their rates to do so to prevent debt accruing, it also recognised this was not possible for everyone.
“Many people in our community have recently lost their jobs and are simply not in a position to pay their rates,” he said.
“We recognise that things we often take for granted like having enough food on the table are real struggles for some of our residents and we hope the measures we have introduced will help make things a little easier during this very challenging time.”
The City of Greater Dandenong is committed to ensuring essential services continue to be delivered to our local community.
Council’s call centres remain open and any residents in need of support are encouraged to contact Council on 8571 1000.
“This is by far the most challenging health crisis our community has faced but I encourage you all to do the right thing,” Mayor Memeti said.
“Greater Dandenong prides itself on being a community that works together to achieve the best possible outcomes for all. By all working together and helping each other where we can, we can ensure our community bounces back stronger than ever.”
For all the latest updates on COVID-19 and its impact on Council services and operations please visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update articles.