In the wake of the recent devastating bushfires, Richmond Valley Council has developed a new draft policy to help alleviate financial hardship which can result following a natural disaster.
The draft Financial Hardship – Natural Disaster Policy proposes to grant financial relief by deferring the due date for payment of rates and charges by two years for those impacted by natural disasters
This would allow property owners two years to pay any outstanding rates and charges, and includes the withholding of all interest on outstanding monies for that period. A payment plan will then be made available to recover the outstanding debt over the following two years.
The draft policy was discussed at a Councillor information session held on Wednesday 6 November, 2019 and has since been formulated by Council staff.
Council regularly seeks community comment on proposed policies and plans, and in this case, feedback is sought on the draft policy.
The document can be accessed here or via the link below, or at each of Council’s administration centres (during normal office hours) at-
- Casino—10 Graham Place Casino
- Evans Head—25 Woodburn Street Evans Head
Any person may make a written submission on the draft policy during the exhibition period, by sending it to the General Manager:
- Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Filling out a Make a Submission form on this website here.
- By post—Locked Bag 10 CASINO NSW 2470
- By delivery to a Council Administration Centre—Casino or Evans Head.
Where submissions are by way of objection the reasons for objecting must be explained.
Further information on the draft policy is available from Council on (02) 66600300.