Council has unveiled a Barossa COVID19 Recovery Plan that proposes a $470,000 up-front investment to support regional economic and community rebuilding.
The local response to the pandemic includes wide-ranging economic, social and wellbeing measures to stimulate local activity.
Key initiatives of the 12-month plan include:
- A $50,000 community and club restart grant
- tourism and marketing campaigns
- small business support from a $100,000 grant program
- event activation
- volunteer re-engagement
- a dedicated resource to deliver community, recreation and sport development programs and support clubs and groups to restart
Grant programs will be made available once Council's budget has been adopted, with more information to be made available to the community in July.
Other relief such as further deferral of rates is also being considered.
Mayor Bim Lange said the Plan is flexible to accommodate changing circumstances and requires a collaborative approach with government, industry, community and partner councils.
“We know it’s been a tough few months for our community in many respects, financially, socially and emotionally. We’re proud to release this blueprint to help people move towards recovery and rebuilding,” he said.
“We have listened to community and stakeholder feedback, and prioritised activities that will deliver genuine, targeted, grassroots support where it’s needed most.
“While some projects will take time to activate, we are confident over the next 12 months we will see significant upturn in community and economic wellbeing.”
Under the plan, current service levels are not impacted and delivery of The Big Project remains on track.
The Plan was approved at a Special Council meeting on Tuesday 19 May.