In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Local Governments in the region are considering or undertaking the following measures to relieve the impact on the local community. Measures are intended to reduce the financial impact on ratepayers and local businesses while working to stimulate the local economy.
 

Shire of Coolgardie


 

The Shire of Coolgardie has launched a Meals On Wheels service to assist Seniors in making the transition into self-isolation until they can put their own support mechanisms in place.

The service will include the delivery of a nutritious meal to those aged 70 years or older within Coolgardie and Kambalda.
 

Shire of Coolgardie

At the Council meeting on Tuesday, 7 April and 5 May, the Shire of Coolgardie resolved:
  • Approving rent and outgoing relief to various Shire commercial tenants and community groups for an initial period of six months.
  • Bringing forward several capital works programs.
  • Implementing community support and care packages.
  • Rent relief for Community groups and sporting clubs.
  • Providing support for Small Business.
  • Continuing its partnership with St John WA to develop and implement a Country Primary Health Model.
  • Adopted Financial Hardship Policy
  • Committed to a 0% increase to Council minimum rate in the dollar and a 0% increase on existing Shire fees and charges in 2020/21.

Shire of Dundas


 

The Shire of Dundas enlisted the help of two prehistoric friends to a create a light-hearted video on social distancing in the community. 

Watch here
 

Shire of Dundas

At the Council meeting on Tuesday, 19 May, the Shire of Dundas
  • Adopted a COVID-19 Financial Hardship Policy
  • Removed outstanding rates penalty interest from 1st April till 30 June 2020.
  • Resolved to waive commercial lease fees and traders fees for 6 months from 1st April 2020 on application by lessees who meet the JobKeeper criteria as outlined by the Federal Government.
  • Resolved to waive community lease fees for 6 months on application by lessees who demonstrate that they have been significantly impacted by the effects of COVID-19.
  • Resolved to waive community fees and charges for 6 months from 1st April 2020 on application by groups who demonstrate that they have been significantly impacted by the effects of COVID-19.
  • Requested the CEO to prepare the draft 2020/2021 budget with a 0% rates and fees increase.
  • Requested the CEO to develop a COVID-19 Recovery Plan for the Dundas community.

Shire of Esperance

The Shire of Esperance has opened a short-term emergency evacuation campsite for displaced travellers stuck in the region. The Esperance Greater Sports Ground has been opened up to travellers with no permanent residence in Australia to ensure their safety and that of the community.

Over the past few weeks Shire Environmental Health Officers, Rangers and other staff have been checking in on the travellers daily keeping them informed of current travel restrictions, and helping them with embassy information and contacts. Hot showers and toilet facilities are available with Shire Rangers and other Shire staff members on site during the day to assist with any queries.

On Wednesday, 13 May, the Shire leased the local Youth Hostels Association Building to move the backpackers from the campground to the hostel, due to the impending cold and wet weather. The accommodation continues to be free of charge, as the Shire understands that work is limited at the moment; the backpackers are short of money and living hand to mouth.

A Community Pantry has been set-up in the grounds of the Esperance Public Library, as well as at a local church to help local community members in need.
 

Shire of Esperance

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The Shire of Esperance has partnered with local charity Esperance Care Services (ECS) to offer a service to vulnerable people in the community who do not have strong family or social networks to help them through the COVID-19 pandemic period.

People accessing the service will be able to receive a regular phone call with a volunteer, so they have someone to have a chat to.They can also get their medical prescriptions  and food and other supplies delivered.

If they’d like to request a book, magazine, DVD or puzzle, that can be arranged through the Esperance Public Library and a program volunteer.

For the safety of both the volunteers and the programme recipients, the service will be contactless, goods will simply be placed on the doorstep.

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Shire of Esperance

At the Council meeting on Tuesday, 28 April, the Shire of Esperance:
  • Adopted a COVID-19 Financial Hardship Policy.
  • Removed outstanding rates penalty interest from 1 April till 30 June 2020.
  • Waived commercial lease fees and traders permits for 6 months from 1 April 2020, on application, for lessees eligible for JobKeeper.
  • Waived community lease fees for 6 months for lessees who demonstrate that they have been significantly impacted by the effects of COVID-19.
  • Waived community fees and charges for 6 months from 1 April 2020 for those groups who demonstrate that they have been significantly impacted by the effects of COVID-19.
  • Requested the CEO prepare the draft 2020/2021 budget with a 0% rates and fees increase.

City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder

At the Council meeting on Monday, 23 March, and Tuesday, 28 April, the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder:
  • Created a $1 million fund to deal with financial consequences of COVID-19 that affect the Council or Community Organisations.
  • Confirmed a freeze on rates for the 2020/21 financial year.
  • Adopted Schedule of Fees and Charges 2020/2021 with a 0% increase.
  • Delegated authority to the CEO to vary or suspend lease terms during the State of Emergency.

Shire of Laverton

At the Council meeting on Thursday, 28 May, the Shire of Laverton
  • Received a draft budget for the 2020/2021 financial year framed with 0% rate increase.
  • Approved the Draft Schedule of Fees and Charges for inclusion in the 2020/2021 Budget with no increases from 2019/2020.

Shire of Leonora
 
  • Freeze Rate (no rates increase in June)
  • Freeze fees and charges
  • Repurpose reserves to generate economic activity
  • Refund booking fees for Council events and assets
  • Implement Buy Local Policy
  • Link to local not-for-profit groups
  • Implemented payment plans for hardship
  • Revise current budget

Shire of Menzies
 
  • Freeze Rate (no rates increase in June)
  • Freeze fees and charges
  • Bring forward capital works program
  • Fast track approvals processes
  • Implement Buy Local Policy
  • Develop strategy for vulnerable people in the community
  • Implemented payment plans for hardship
  • Revise current budget

Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku
 
  • Freeze Rate (no rates increase in June)
  • Freeze fees and charges
  • Implement Buy Local Policy
  • Develop strategy for vulnerable people in the community
  • Link to local not-for-profit groups
  • Implemented payment plans for hardship
  • Revise current budget

Shire of Ravensthorpe
 
  • Freeze Rate (no rates increase in June)
  • Freeze fees and charges
  • Redeploy staff from closed facilities
  • Fast track approvals processes
  • Refund booking fees for Council events and assets
  • Implement Buy Local Policy
  • Develop Recovery Strategy
  • Develop strategy for vulnerable people in the community
  • Link to local not-for-profit groups
  • Implemented payment plans for hardship


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