City of Stirling to consider rates concessions for Scarborough businesses struggling because of foreshore redevelopment

Boho Espresso owner Donny Collins.
Boho Espresso owner Donny Collins.

CITY of Stirling will investigate offering rates concessions to struggling Scarborough businesses suffering from foreshore redevelopment works.

Popular cafe Boho Espresso last week announced it may have to shut its doors while other business owners suffered a 40 per cent decline in business during the peak summer period because the beachfront looked “closed” due to construction works.

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Councillor Karen Caddy put the idea forward to council at last night’s meeting, which will now be decided at the May 9 council meeting.

“The Scarborough Foreshore redevelopment works are having a significant detrimental impact on the local businesses,” she said.

“Some have seen their profits slashed and are facing bankruptcy.”

Council officers will provide a report to council in time for the budget deliberations on the possibility of granting a temporary rates concession to businesses that have been significantly impacted by the $75 million redevelopment works.