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Council Purchases High Street Land for Additional Parking

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An additional 100 car parking bays will soon be available in Mansfield’s central business district with Council’s purchase of a large vacant block on High Street.

The vacant land, at 34-38 High Street, was formerly the site of the Caltex Service station.

Mayor Cr James Tehan said the purchase is strategic and will support strong economic development for Mansfield.

“Council has proactively sought out additional land for the development of car parking in the central business district. We recognise the need to balance visitation with the needs of our fast-growing community,” said Cr Tehan.

It was purchased at a cost to Council of $1.3 million for the large 3,244 square metre site. This space allows for the provision of at least 100 new car parking bays.

Mayor Cr James Tehan said the purchase would alleviate car parking pressures.

“We’re really excited that we’ve been able to carve out the opportunity for more parking in our central business district, alleviating congestion on High Street and making it easier for the community and visitors to access services and businesses,” said Cr Tehan.

“We’ve moved quickly on this purchase to ensure we can accommodate for our extraordinary growth. We want to make sure that our community and visitors can move freely during periods of high visitation. We’re growing fast but we’re growing sustainably through strategic development.”

Car park construction is scheduled to begin in the new financial year.

150,000 travel vouchers as part of business stimulus

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150,000 travel vouchers as part of a $200 million business stimulus package to support.

An initial 10,000 vouchers will be available exclusively to seniors from Tuesday 15 March. A further 140,000 vouchers will be open to all Victorians on Wednesday 23 March.

Both voucher schemes provide a $200 reimbursement to those who spend $400 or more on paid accommodation, tours and experiences in any location across the state. The vouchers will be limited to one per household and a minimum two-night stay in paid accommodation is required.

Registrations for the Seniors Travel Scheme will open at 11:00am on 15 March and close at 5pm sharp on 19 March, with successful recipients chosen by random ballot. To be eligible, residents must hold a valid Victorian Seniors Card or Seniors Business Discount Card.

The Victorian Travel Voucher Scheme will open at 2:00pm on Wednesday 23 March and will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis.

Both voucher schemes will be valid for travel between 8 April and 27 May.

The Victorian and Seniors Travel Voucher Schemes expand on previous rounds of Melbourne and regional travel vouchers that saw eager travellers rush to secure the 200,000 on offer within minutes.

As a result of the Melbourne and regional travel vouchers, more than $159 million was spent on accommodation, tours and experiences across the state, with 116,000 claims made.

For more information on the Seniors and Victorian Travel Voucher Scheme and to apply, go to vic.gov.au/business-stimulus-package.

Commercial tenants rent relief

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Victoria’s small business tenants and their landlords can access the latest guidance on rent relief.

The new web pages explain the Victorian Government’s Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme (the Scheme), which has been extended to 15 March 2022.

Eligible business owners under financial pressure can get rent relief that matches their fall in turnover backdated to 16 January 2022. They’re also protected from rent increases and eviction during the Scheme.

To be eligible, businesses need to have an annual turnover under $10 million and to have had a fall in turnover of at least 30 per cent because of COVID-19.

They also need to have made a rent relief request to their landlord that complies with the Scheme’s requirements.

Targa High Country

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TARGA High Country returned to Mansfield District during February bringing a volume of teams, competitors & spectators to enjoy the high-octane street stage on Saturday afternoon. Following the stage and the Targa Festival kick off with music, food vans and entertainment in the main street. The 2022 event will take place 11-13 November.

Official Stadium Opening & Mansfield Secondary College

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The Mansfield Secondary College and Mansfield Community dual court Stadium and outside dual courts facilities were opened Friday 25th February with MP Jaclyn Syme, Senator Bridget Mackenzie, Mansfield Shire Major James Tehan, School Principal Tim Hall, Mansfield Basketball Bess Gillard in front of large community gathering and students.