Delivering Christmas stimulus in tough times
Published on 19 December 2019
Moira Shire Council will inject more than $4 million into the local economy following the approval of a range of contracts at meetings in October, November and December.
Mayor Libro Mustica said the funding boost supported the delivery of community initiatives and works that range from contracts to clean council facilities, to footpaths and road reconstruction works at tens of sites across the shire.
“There is no doubt our shire has been hit hard by the ongoing drought. The spend and employment generated by council works are one practical way we are continuing to support our local economy, local business, local employment while continuing to provide programs and services to our local communities," he said.
Cr Mustica said many across the shire were facing very difficult financial decisions and acknowledged that council rates would be part of this challenge.
“We continue to advocate for drought assistance for our communities,” Cr Mustica said.
“We encourage local farmers and businesses to learn more about the Victorian Government’s drought support programs for irrigated farmers in the GMID – but we aren’t waiting for further announcements before we look at what we can do to make a difference.
“We know that when times are tough, council can make a difference to the local economy by ensuring we pay our suppliers in full and on time - this includes within 7 days of invoice for a number of our smaller suppliers. It is another way we can help fuel local businesses and this ripples into the community.
“We also encourage residents and farmers experiencing financial hardship to contact our rates team to talk about the options that may be available.”