Council acts to help businesses impacted by the coronavirus

THE CITY OF PARRAMATTA Council is offering a range of measures to support the community and local businesses that have been impacted by the virus.

“Council recognises that this is a difficult and stressful time for everyone, particularly those who have lost work or had to close their businesses as a result of new restrictions in place,” Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer said.
“With this in mind, we have a range of measures in place to help reduce the financial strain on our community during this unprecedented period of hardship.
“Council is looking at implementing further measures as the situation evolves.”
City of Parramatta’s support measures include a rates hardship policy and support for restaurants and cafes.
Residents and businesses who are having difficulty paying their rates can apply for financial relief under the Rates Hardship Policy.
Eligible ratepayers can then enter into payment arrangements with Council.
The Council’s next quarterly rates notice will be issued in April 2020 and is due by the end of May.
No interest will accrue on late payments for ratepayers entering into new payment plans.
“Council will inject money more quickly into the economy by paying suppliers for good and services within seven days, rather than the usual 30 days.”
Where cafes and restaurants are providing takeaway meal services in response to new restrictions on social gatherings, Council will work with operators to ensure the safety of patrons.
Further measures to support the community and businesses are likely to be announced over the coming weeks.

IN OTHER NEWS, the City of Parramatta Council is trialling two innovative sustainable road solutions in Epping and Ermington aimed at reducing waste materials and combatting heat.
In the first of these trials, Chelmsford Avenue in Epping and Honor Street in Ermington were resurfaced with ‘Reconophalt’ which is an asphalt product incorporating recycled soft plastics from plastic bags and packaging, waste glass and waste toner from used printer cartridges.
“Single-use plastics and other materials are a growing problem for our environment,” Lord Mayor Bob Dwyer said.
“Finding new ways to recycle and reuse materials means we can reduce the amount of waste that ultimately enters landfill.”
“By taking tonnes of plastic and glass from local recycling plants and using it to create roads, we are able to turn trash into treasured infrastructure.”
According to the manufacturer of Reconophalt, Downer, the equivalent of approximately 500,000 plastic  bags, 165,000 glass bottles, and 12,500 toner cartridges is diverted from landfill for every 1km of a two-lane road.
Downer’s General Manager of Pavements, Stuart Billing, said the new technique is good for the environment.
“Together with the City of Parramatta, we are creating new avenues to recycle and repurpose waste materials into new streams of use and reducing the community’s reliance upon increasingly scarce virgin materials.”
The project has been partially funded through the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s ‘Waste Less, Recycle More’ initiative, which has been funded by the waste levy.
The second trial, which is being conducted in partnership with Blacktown and Campbelltown councils and Western Sydney University, will examine how lighter coloured roads can help reduce the amount of heat being absorbed and retained by roads on hot days.
Renoir Street, Old Toongabbie; Roslyn Avenue, Northmead; Corry Court and carpark, North Parramatta; and part of Binalong Park car park, Old Toongabbie are among the first roads in NSW to be coated with a new ‘cool’ seal coat, GuardTop CoolSeal.

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