THE Bathurst Business Chamber is set to receive $18,000 from council to assist it in achieving its objectives while dealing with the impacts of COVID-19.
This and a whole raft of other measures included in a mayoral minute are to be considered by Bathurst Regional Council at Wednesday night's meeting.
Council revealed the next stage of its economic stimulus measures on Wednesday afternoon, hours before the mayoral minute was to be presented to the meeting.
Mayor Bobby Bourke said he was pleased council is in a position to provide some support to the business chamber to help the business community.
"I think the business chamber and the council have always been at loggerheads, for as long as I can remember, but we always want to assist the chamber," he said.
Among the other measures included in the mayoral minute is a proposal to set the interest rate that accrues on rates and charges that become due and payable at zero per cent for the period of June 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.
It is also proposed to assist some community groups by deferring repayments on loans with council for the 2020-21 financial year.
Interest charges for that period would be waived.
Council will also consider waiving community group licence fees for some community and sporting groups.
There may be a reprieve for some library users, with council considering to waive library fines from July 1 to December 31 this year.
Media is one of the industries that has taken a hit during the pandemic, with outlets losing significant advertising revenue.
The mayoral minute includes a commitment from council to continue with its annual media usage profile with the Western Advocate and Bathurst City Life through to June 30, 2021.
"Council plays an important role in sustaining and driving our local economy, and these are another range of measures that will help rebuild and grow our region into the future," Cr Bourke said.
Councillors will have the opportunity to discuss the stimulus measures at the council meeting, which can be live streamed from 6pm on council's YouTube channel.
Members of the public are still unable to attend council meetings in person, with that decision made earlier this year to limit the potential spread of COVID-19.