Sydney and Darwin city councils step up

The Sydney and Darwin city councils have announced packages to support local households, businesses and community groups during the Covid-19 epidemic.

The $55 million City of Darwin response includes providing casual employment opportunities, waiving of permit charges, fees and levies to 30 June, deferral of business and household rates to 30 June, and rent relief for tenants leasing council properties.

The $72 million City of Sydney package includes cultural and creative sector support, a small business grants program, and the fast-tracking of capital works to create jobs. The city is also reducing developer contributions in central Sydney.