Businesses to get $250,000 boost

CANTERBURY Bankstown will spend $250,000 helping local businesses to develop or improve their e-commerce capabilities and online marketing as they struggle to deal with Covid-19 and its repercussions.

It’s just one part of the council’s $5m CBCity Cares Relief Package to help protect the health and well-being of the community.
The package will include: Waiving footway dining fees and allowing businesses to defer payments for mandatory food and fire inspections for six months with no interest to apply; deployment of technology to enable the community to make and maintain appointments with council staff; training and redeploying staff, including casuals, to assist in other core service areas of council; using the Keep Connected Program to explore ways to keep the community socially connected and engaged during this time when social distancing is in place; $2,500 in grants to assist businesses develop or improve their e-commerce capabilities and online marketing; call on governments for tax relief; increasing cleaning regime in streets and community buildings; ensuring essential services continue to be delivered; and the establishment of a dedicated hotline – 13 Corona (13 267 662).
Mayor Khal Asfour said people were doing it tough and “unprecedented times call for unprecedented action”.
As part of the package, the council is also calling on residents to take a more active role in supporting and caring for the vulnerable and most in need in our community.
It’s compiling a list of people that are interested in helping other community members in the near future.
“These may be people like your grandmother, an elderly neighbour, those with mobility issues or those who may be self-isolating, anyone who needs a little more help just to get through their day,” he said.
“We can all play a part in doing the little things, like helping a neighbour go to the shops, or picking up their groceries or medicines.”
If you are interested, register by contacting or 13 CORONA (13 267 662)