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 Carnamah
 
  • Freeze Rate (no rates increase in June)
  • Freeze fees and charges
  • 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

Shire of Chapman Valley

At the Council meeting on Monday, 6 April, the Shire of Chapman Valley:
  • Removed Elected Members sitting fee expenses and allowances from 2019/20 Budget

Shire of Coorow
 
  • 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 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 Cue
 
  • Freeze Rate (no rates increase in June)
  • Freeze fees and charges
  • Redeploy staff from closed facilities
  • Bring forward capital works program
  • Fast track approvals processes
  • 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


City of Greater Geraldton

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The City of Greater Geraldton has started CGG TV which utilises Facebook Live across several different Facebook pages and broadcasts different 'classes' throughout the week such as yoga, kid's fitness and boxing with the Mayor. This is part of commUNITY, a broader project designed to maintain and enhance community connection at a time where social distancing and self-isolation means physical interaction isn’t possible.

City of Greater Geraldton

At the Council meeting on Tuesday, 24 March, the City of Greater Geraldton resolved
  • Draft budget will include a freeze on rates and fees and charges and consider further hardship measures.
  • Free parking across all City parking stations.

Shire of Irwin
 
  • Freeze Rate (no rates increase in June)
  • Freeze fees and charges
  • 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 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 Meekatharra
 
  • Freeze Rate (no rates increase in June)
  • Freeze fees and charges
  • 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

Shire of Mingenew
 
  • Freeze Rate (no rates increase in June)
  • Freeze fees and charges
  • Redeploy staff from closed facilities
  • 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

Shire of Morawa
 
  • 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
  • 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 Mount Magnet
 
  • 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 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 Murchison
 
  • Freeze Rate (no rates increase in June)
  • Freeze fees and charges
  • Rent relief to tenants of Council properties
  • Bring forward capital works program
  • Refund booking fees for Council events and assets
  • Implement Buy Local Policy
  • Implemented payment plans for hardship
  • Revise current budget

Shire of Northampton
 
  • Freeze Rate (no rates increase in June)
  • Freeze fees and charges
  • 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 Perenjori
 
  • 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 Sandstone
 
  • Freeze Rate (no rates increase in June)
  • Freeze fees and charges
  • Redeploy staff from closed facilities
  • Fast track approvals processes
  • Develop strategy for vulnerable people in the community
  • Implemented payment plans for hardship
  • Revise current budget

Shire of Three Springs
 

The Shire of Three Springs created the ‘Neighbour to Neighbour’ project putting vulnerable members of the community in touch with volunteers offering assistance as needed.
Shire staff will be available to undertake non-typical activities to support emergency and critical services and businesses.
On the Shire website a  page has been created, providing up to date information for community members.
Council has approved a COVID-19 Relief package, which includes:
  • Allocating $210,000 
  • Zero rate rise and non-regulatory fees increase for 2020/2021
  • Waiving of penalty interest charges on outstanding rates from 2 April to 30 June
  • Flexible payment plans for those in vulnerable situations or experiencing hardships

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Shire of Three Springs
 
  • 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
  • Develop strategy for vulnerable people in the community
  • Implemented payment plans for hardship
  • Revise current budget

Shire of Wiluna
 
  • Freeze Rate (no rates increase in June)
  • Freeze fees and charges
  • Redeploy staff from closed facilities
  • 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
  • Link to local not-for-profit groups
  • Implemented payment plans for hardship
  • Revise current budget

Shire of Yalgoo
 
  • Freeze Rate (no rates increase in June)
  • Freeze fees and charges
  • 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

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