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 Broome
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New methods of service delivery at the Broome Public Library are having a big impact in the North West, with the Broome community embracing a new range of digital resources over recent weeks.

The library site was closed on 20 March, but popular children's programs such as Baby Rhyme Time are being accessed by parents and guardians through Facebook Live videos.

This has led to a 29 per cent increase in the number of followers on the Broome Public Library's Facebook page in just over a week, as community resources remain available for the public to access.

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Shire of Broome

At the Council Meetings on Thursday, 26 March and Thursday, 9 April, the Shire of Broome resolved to
  • Waive penalty interest for outstanding rates
  • Adopt a 0% increase to Council Rates and Council Fees and Charges in the 20-21 financial year
  • Adopt a Community Support Grants Program with a total value over $100 000
  • Authorise CEO to negotiate with non-government tenants, waive up to 50% of rental payments for 6 months and defer payment of remainder

Shire of Christmas Island
 
  • 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
  • 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 Cocos (Keeling) Islands
 
  • 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
  • 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
  • Revise current budget

Shire of Derby-West Kimberley

At the Council meeting on Thursday, 30 April the Shire of Derby-West Kimberley:
  • Adopted a 0% increase to Council Rates in the 2020-21 Financial Year
  • Adopted a 0% increase to Council Fees and Charges in the 2020-21 Financial Year
  • Adopted a COVID-19 Financial Hardship Policy as shown in attachment of the report
  • Endorsed a staged response, with rent relief, rates payment arrangements, fees and interest, and economic stimulus to be considered in subsequent stages.

Shire of Halls Creek
 
  • Freeze Rate (no rates increase in June)
  • 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 Wyndham-East Kimberley

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The Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley staff members have put up fitness videos on their Facebook page to ensure the community can still work out at home and keep active during this period. View the videos here.

Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley

At the Council meeting on Tuesday, 24 March and 28 April, the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley:
  • Endorsed a 2020/21 Rating Model that reflected a 0% rate increase.
  • Adopted a Schedule of Fees and Charges with a 0% increase.
  • Adopted a COVID-19 Financial Hardship Policy.


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