Mr Corin McCarthy
The last few months have been very important for Mitcham and the hills residents that I serve.
Standing up for residents against the bus cuts
I was very proud to lead the Council’s advocacy against the cuts to bus stops and routes in the Mitcham hills. The proposed cuts to bus routes like the 195, 196 and 197X required a firm stand. It was great to see the community come together and oppose the bus cuts, and for this to pay off.
Ten per cent rebate for those receiving JobKeeper or JobSeeker
Following my April motion, the budget has included that eligible ratepayers experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, can defer outstanding rates and charges per property until 15 December 2020. They will also be able to access a 10 per cent rates rebate in 2020-21.
Ratepayers eligible for this rebate are:
- Commercial ratepayers (direct or indirect) who have been required to close
- Commercial ratepayers (direct or indirect) who are eligible for the ‘JobKeeper’ payment
- Non-Commercial ratepayers (direct or indirect) who are eligible for either the ‘JobSeeker’ or ‘JobKeeper’ payment
- Any other ratepayer (direct or indirect) who has seen their income fall by 15 per cent or more.
I’m proud, because the rebate gives real relief to families doing it tough and at the same time, Council is keeping rates low generally, with a rate rise for others of 1.9 per cent, much lower than in previous years.
Q4 rates waiver for eligible businesses
I was also very proud that Council acted to waive rates in Quarter Four 2019-20 for businesses that were forced to shut due to COVID-19 restrictions and for a 50 per cent waiver for businesses operating but receiving JobKeeper.
New infrastructure creating jobs for the community
The budget has included the $20 million Blackwood Hub, with the project still subject to a further $5 million of external funding being required, before it is brought to Council to decide to commence. Council is lobbying the State Government and remains appreciative of the existing $5 million of funding from the Federal Government as part of a commitment given by the Member for Boothby. This project will transform the heart of Blackwood and the Waite Street Reserve district.
The new infrastructure also includes the $2.8 million upgrade of Karinya Reserve and the Sturt Lions football facility, with $700,000 of Council funding contributed.
These projects provide for jobs in the community in this time of COVID-19 recession. They will also provide community facilities for all generations to enjoy.
Tribute to Jasmine Berry
Lastly, I’d like to pay my regards to Cr Jasmine Berry, who unfortunately left Council in June. Jasmine was a really passionate advocate for the people of Gault Ward and she always acted in the best interests of Mitcham Council in her decision making. I wish her and her family all the best for the future.