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.
 

City of Albany

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City of Albany's Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre has a suite of exercise videos for all ages of the community to work on their fitness level, as part of the #albanyinthistogether campaign.

#albanyinthistogether is an online campaign to help keep the community connected despite the challenges of current COVID-19 restrictions.

The campaign encourages community members, businesses and families to share how they are staying in business or keeping their minds and bodies active during isolation and restricted socialising.

Besides yoga classes, there are also boot camp circuit training for children and low intensity workout with a fitness ball.

Visit the Facebook page for more videos.

City of Albany

At the Council meeting on Thursday, 9 April, the City of Albany resolved:
  • Waiver of interest on current unpaid debts.
  • Rent concessions of up to 100% for six months for tenants experiencing hardship.
  • Created $80,000 Community Recovery Fund
  • Express procurement and payment for local businesses
  • 20/21 Budget to be prepared on principle of not increasing rates, providing flexible options for rates payments and reduced interest and payment charges to rates billing and collection.

Shire of Broomehill-Tambellup
 
  • Freeze Rate (no rates increase in June)
  • Freeze fees and charges
  • Bring forward capital works program
  • Repurpose reserves to generate economic activity
  • 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
  • Revise current budget

Shire of Cranbrook
 
  • Freeze Rate (no rates increase in June)
  • Freeze fees and charges
  • Bring forward capital works program
  • Repurpose reserves to generate economic activity
  • Fast track approvals processes
  • Refund booking fees for Council events and assets
  • 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 Denmark

The Shire of Denmark has redeployed multiple staff to offer additional support to community groups and organisations, businesses and vulnerable members of the community. 

During this time, staff will be acting outside of their normal roles to ensure the community receives the extra support that it needs to remain resilient. This includes a Business Continuity Officer, providing support to local businesses, and a Grants Officer, devoted to providing guidance whilst navigating assistance package. 

The Shire’s Response Team is working on a number of priorities to support the mental and physical health of the community, help the local economy and ensure the Shire remains strong, responsive and adaptable.
 

Shire of Denmark

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The Shire of Denmark has launched the Connected Community initiative - a program of online sessions to keep the community connected during the COVID-19 period.

People can login to the video conferencing platform Zoom and join the free sessions in real time.

From Karate to yoga, knitting and art classes, hair styling, jam sessions, a community choir and live music sundowners, there is something for all ages. Visit the Shire's Facebook page for more information about upcoming classes.

Read more


Shire of Denmark
 
  • Freeze Rate (no rates increase in June)
  • Freeze fees and charges
  • Redeploy staff from closed facilities
  • Rent relief to tenants of Council properties
  • Bring forward capital works program
  • Repurpose reserves to generate economic activity
  • 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
  • Revise current budget

Shire of Gnowangerup
 
  • 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 Recovery Strategy
  • 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 Jerramungup  
  • Freeze Rate (no rates increase in June)
  • Freeze fees and charges
  • Rent relief to tenants of Council properties
  • Fast track approvals processes
  • Refund booking fees for Council events and assets
  • Implement Buy Local Policy
  • Develop strategy for vulnerable people in the community
  • Implemented payment plans for hardship
  • Revise current budget
Shire of Katanning  
  • Freeze Rate (no rates increase in June)
  • Freeze fees and charges
  • Redeploy staff from closed facilities
  • Rent relief to tenants of Council properties
  • Repurpose reserves to generate economic activity
  • Fast track approvals processes
  • Refund booking fees for Council events and assets
  • 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 Kent
 
  • Freeze Rate (no rates increase in June)
  • Freeze fees and charges
  • Implement Buy Local Policy
  • Develop strategy for vulnerable people in the community
  • Implemented payment plans for hardship

Shire of Kojonup
 
  • 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
  • Revise current budget

Shire of Plantagenet

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The Shire of Plantaganet developed Hello Neighbour cards - if residents think their neighbours may need their help, they can print out the card, fill in their details and pop it into their neighbour's mailbox.

The Shire library in Mount Barker is also providing a select and collect service. Residents can request for items via online or phone, before collecting at an allocated time. Read more here.

Shire of Plantagenet
 
  • Freeze Rate (no rates increase in June)
  • Freeze fees and charges
  • Redeploy staff from closed facilities
  • Rent relief to tenants of Council properties
  • Repurpose reserves to generate economic activity
  • 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
  • Revise current budget

Shire of Woodanilling
 
  • Freeze Rate (no rates increase in June)
  • Freeze fees and charges
  • Redeploy staff from closed facilities
  • Bring forward capital works program
  • Repurpose reserves to generate economic activity
  • Fast track approvals processes
  • Refund booking fees for Council events and assets
  • 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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