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 Armadale

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Like a number of Local Governments, the City of Armadale has started to deliver storytime to children remotely and adds the videos to YouTube, but it isn't just the library that has gone digital.





The City is keeping the community active by adding Armadale Fitness and Aquatic Centre workout videos to YouTube.

Visit the Council's Facebook page for the latest videos.




The City has also made contact with local primary schools and will be assisting 2830 children by providing stationary and activity packs containing books and materials to provide additional support to help these kids while they try and learn on their own at home.







Other initiatives include a "Stay Safe Stay Home" message on waste trucks and variable message boards.



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City of Armadale

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The City of Armadale has been able to re-engage some casual staff from the Armadale Fitness and Aquatic Centre (AFAC) and Armadale Libraries to support community services in the City in the wake of COVID-19.

With the AFAC centre and City libraries closed until further notice, a number of the City’s casual staff have been called upon to assist, delivering services to elderly and vulnerable residents.

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City of Armadale
 

At their Council meeting on Monday, 23 March and 6 April, the City of Armadale:
  • Waived interest on unpaid rates and administration and dishonour fees for rates payment instalments for the remainder of the financial year.
  • Requested the Chief Executive Officer to prepare the draft budget for the financial year ending 30 June 2021, based on a ‘rate freeze’
  • Adopted Rates Assistance and Financial Hardship Policy

Town of Bassendean

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The Town of Bassendean has made Term 2 of their RElax program completely free and online. Classes include
  • Wu Tao -Stretch and Relax
  • Hatha Yoga 
  • Zumba (Mon and Thurs)
  • HIIT 30 (Mon and Thurs)
  • Pilates
  • Samba Drumming - Junk Percussion
  • Thursday Morning Yoga
  • Zumba Gold
  • UKE123 Reunion!
Click here to register.

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Town of Bassendean
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To address the Coronavirus and self-isolation, the Town of Bassendean has launched Neighbour Assist, a range of initiatives by the Town of Bassendean and the community to help the community.
They have establishing a phone hotline number, active from 30 March 2020, to help with any inquiries. They have set up a volunteer and assistance help page on their community engagement portal.
Requests may include the provision of information, access to counselling and offers of help. 

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Town of Bassendean


At the Council meeting on Tuesday, 24 March and 28 April, the Town of Bassendean resolved:
  • Budget scenario for 2020-21 to be prepared based on 0% rate revenue increase and no increase in fees and charges.
  • Approved 20 days COVID-19 leave for employees.
  • Further measures to be considered at the next Council meeting.
  • Suspended lease rental payments for sporting and community groups for Town owned buildings from 1 March 2020 to 30 September 2020.
  • Resolved to provide a full refund on all COVID-19 pandemic related cancelled bookings at Town properties or facilities from 1 March 2020 to 30 September 2020;
  • Waived certain fees payable by the Swan Districts Football Club Inc. for the 2020 calendar year;
  • Waived food and health inspection fees for targeted small businesses adversely affected by COVID-19 until 30 September 2020.

City of Bayswater

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The City of Bayswater has waived the requirement for an alfresco permit to help local businesses get back up and running as COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease.

This will help businesses adapt quickly to new patron limits set out by the State Government on Sunday, 10 May. Restaurants and cafes can expand their dining area by placing tables outside and retailers can put display tables out the front of their premises, allowing businesses to adhere to the four square metre rule set by the State Government.

The only stipulation is that the City would need to see the business’ public liability insurance and footpaths and other areas would still need to remain accessible to the public.

The City has also waived fees associated with starting a home business and change of use applications. If a café would like to shift into retail for example, they can do this easily without paying a fee.

Food truck owners will not be required to pay for a permit to trade in one of the City’s 12 approved parks, giving them more options to keep their business running while community events remain on hold.

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City of Bayswater

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The City of Bayswater is supporting its workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic by redeploying staff from facilities that have been forced to close. Some have filled new roles assisting with the City’s COVID-19 response, while others are helping existing teams who are under increased pressure. Over the past few weeks, 63 staff have been redeployed within the organisation.

 

City of Bayswater

At the Council meetings on Wednesday 18 March and Tuesday, 7 April, the City of Bayswater resolved:
  • Budget scenario for 2020-21 to be prepared based on 0% rate revenue increase and no increase in fees and charges.
  • Waived penalty interest, direct debit and special payment arrangement fees between 1 April and 30 June 2020.
  • Waived the rental charges for community and commercial leases from April to September 2020.
  • Established a new $18,000 grants program ‘Buy in Baysie’ grants to provide direct financial assistance to local small businesses.

City of Belmont

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The City of Belmont’s ‘Hi Neighbour’ cards are an easy way to reach out to vulnerable people in their local area and offer a helping hand. Residents can complete and place the card in their neighbour’s letterbox, letting them know that help is nearby.
 
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City of Belmont

At the Council Meeting on Tuesday, 28 April, the City of Belmont:
  • Endorsed the application of a zero % increase in rate revenue for the 2020-2021 financial year.
  • Endorsed the reduction of the Sanitation Service fees by 5% for the 2020-2021 financial year and reduce the fee for non-rateable properties to equate to the standard rubbish fee.
  • Waived Rates Penalty Interest for the balance of 2019-2020 to recognise immediate impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on rate payers.
  • Endorsed freezing the rates instalment fee, instalment interest, penalty interest and alternative arrangement fee at 2019-2020 values for 2020-2021.
  • Endorsed the waiver of rent charges on leased properties, on application by the tenant due to COVID-19 pandemic impacts, for the initial period of 31 March 2020 to 30 September 2020.
  • Endorsed the freezing of clubs and active reserves rental and facility hire fees at 2019-2020 values for 2020-2021. Chief Executive Officer to work with individual clubs that are negatively impacted by the State of Emergency to assist clubs to address their individual circumstances, such as the waiving of rental charges for clubs and active reserves to facilitate future recovery activity by users.
  • Waived certain Planning, Building, Health and Animal Registration fees until 30 June 2021, with other fees able to be waived as required to assist the community negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Endorsed the provision of additional operating grant funds to the Belmont Park Tennis Club Inc. and Belmont City Bowling Club Inc. to assist in the ongoing maintenance of their facilities for both the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 financial years.
  • Endorsed the funding of $10,000 (2019-2020) and $30,000 (2020-2021) to establish online literacy programmes.
  • Endorsed consideration for the funding of Small Business Advisory Services ($20,000) and Not-for-profit Support Program Grants ($40,000) for the 2020-2021 Annual Budget.
  • Resolved to create a Hardship Relief Policy where the Chief Executive Officer can respond to those negatively impacted by the State of Emergency whether they are residents, businesses or community groups.

Shire of Boddington
 
  • 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
  • Link to local not-for-profit groups
  • Implemented payment plans for hardship
  • Revise current budget

Town of Cambridge


The Town has:

  • changed car parking requirements to assist takeaway and home delivery services and provided free parking for three months;
  • allowed the Matthews Netball Centre car park to be used, free of cost, by hospital and medical staff at KEMH, SJOG Subiaco and QE11 hospitals;
  • continued the Town’s Senior’s Hotline;
  • continues its Housebound library service

Town of Cambridge

At the Council Meeting on Tuesday, 24 March, the Town of Cambridge resolved
  • Adopted position of 0% average rate increase and no increase on fees, charges or tariffs for 20/21 Budget
  • Waives fees and interest associated with payment arrangements and late payment of rates
  • Waives a range of fees and charges
  • Grants 3 month abatement of base rent for Town’s commercial tenancies

City of Canning

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The City of Canning has implemented a number or strategies to support vulnerable members of our community access information and support.

Strategies include:
  • Establishment of a Neighbourhood Response Team with a designated Neighbourhood Officer for each Ward. 
  • Neighbourhood Officers will provide an information service to connect vulnerable members of the community up with local community support networks and services. 
  • Establishment of the Community Connectors initiative to provide information, resources and practical support to grass roots community networks to help them to reach out and support vulnerable members of the community. Find out more information on our Community Connectors form.
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City of Canning

At the Council meeting on Thursday, 30 April, the City of Canning:
  • Authorised the Chief Executive Officer to grant rental abatements of up to 100% for a period of six months for City Tenancies.
  • Adopted a Financial Hardship policy to allow for the cessation of penalty interest, a pause on payments for up to six months and the establishment of alternate payment arrangements.
  • Requested the CEO to prepare a draft 2020/21 Budget to include:
    • No increase to residential or non-residential rates;
    • No increase in the waste service fee, transfer station fees, or the security charge;
    • Deferral of any new underground power charges for 12 months;
    • Delay of the first rates instalment due date to November 2020.
  • Requested the CEO to model and report on the following additional options for the draft 2020/21 Budget:
    • A part rate reduction
    • Removal or reduction of instalment interest for the 2020-21 financial year
    • Introduction of a rate rebate voucher to be spent with local City of Canning businesses.
  • Waived certain fees for food businesses immediately and in the 2020/21 Budget.
  • Committed to maintaining creditor terms of under 14 days for all small and medium businesses.
  • Requested that the draft Budget include the bringing forward of capital projects, with a value of up to $11.5 million, to stimulate the local economy, create jobs and keep people in work.
  • Established Canning Resilience Grants with $80,000 in grant funds to be made available to not-for-profit organisations, unincorporated groups, and small businesses operating within the City of Canning.

Town of Claremont
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The Town of Claremont teamed up with their local football club to help support the community during COVID-19. Players from Claremont Football Club kept up their training by delivering the Council’s quarterly newsletter to over 5000 households. The club also partnered with the Town to help coordinate the a food drive for Foodbank WA.
 

Town of Claremont

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At the Council meetings on Tuesday, 7 April and 21 April, the Town of Claremont resolved


City of Cockburn

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City of Cockburn’s ARC has plenty of exercise videos for their community to stay fit at home. The workout videos feature High Intensity Interval Training, yoga, core and leg strength training. Visit the ARC Facebook page for more videos.


 

City of Cockburn

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The Community Development Team at the City of Cockburn have developed posters that provide activity ideas of things to do at home.  Ideas include virtual field trips, ways to practice self-care, educational opportunities, craft and household projects and other fun suggestions. 

The posters were developed as a way to inspire and encourage Cockburn residents during this difficult time, though they have spread much further than Cockburn and have even made it out to regional WA. There are three posters –for kids, adults and youth.

For a copy of the posters, email the Community Development Team in City of Cockburn.

City of Cockburn

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A telephone helpline has been established by the City of Cockburn for vulnerable community members needing help during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The helpline is for people in the Cockburn community who may be more at risk of becoming seriously ill if they contract the virus.

Vulnerable people include those aged over 70, some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people with certain medical or health conditions.
The helpline number is 9411 3319 and is available 9:00am-4:30pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays). A COVID-19 help form is available to fill in on the City’s website.
 

City of Cockburn
 

The City has launched a Restart Hub in continuing efforts to support local businesses during COVID-19.

The Hub helps businesses safely and confidently reopen following the easing of restrictions. Through the Hub businesses can obtain social distancing stickers to manage customers, learn about grants and financial assistance, and register as a prospective supplier to the City.

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City of Cockburn

Cockburn Council has voted to include a zero percentage increase to rates in its draft 2020/21 budget.
The draft 2020/21 budget prepared for Council adoption includes:
  • A zero percentage increase to rates
  • Freezing all City determined fees and charges at 2019/2020 levels
  • Eliminating instalment and penalty interest on rates, and other associated fees and charges
  • Removing the mandatory waste service levy from commercial/ industrial properties not using the City’s waste service
  • A Sporting Clubs COVID Support Package. Stage 2 - short term hire fee relief or reduction when City facilities reopen, and
  • Rent relief options for tenants of City-owned/controlled premises, commensurate with demonstrated COVID-19 impacts.

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Town of Cottesloe
 
  • 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
  • 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

Town of East Fremantle

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The Town of East Fremantle has launched a Community Connect program, which will offer see Town staff who are currently unable to undertake their normal duties offer assistance to vulnerable people in the community.

Types of assistance include dogwalking, picking up shopping, a friendly phone call or light gardening.

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Town of East Fremantle

At the Council meeting on Tuesday, 21 April, the Town of East Fremantle:
  • Endorsed suspension of lease payments and fees and charges on Town owned buildings for 3 months.
  • Endorsed waiving all penalty interest, instalment interest and instalment admin charges for the balance of the financial year.
  • Endorsed no inspection fees for food businesses providing takeaway services.
  • Endorsed free access to business advisory services.
  • Endorsed refund of all cancelled bookings.
  • Requested CEO prepare a draft 2020/21 Budget that includes a freeze on rates yield and a freeze on fees and charges.
  • Requested CEO prepare a draft 2020/21 Budget that includes a 0% increase in gross salaries and wages (and FTE equivalent) compared to the current end of year forecast.
  • Requested draft 2020/21 Budget preparation consider:
    • Not applying interest and payment charges to special payment arrangements where financial hardship is demonstrated.
    • Providing rateable organisations with a rates concession of 25%
    • Relaxation of terms and conditions applied for financial hardship for payment arrangements
    • A three month moratorium on certain fees and charges to businesses, community groups and sporting organisations.

City of Fremantle

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An expanded home delivery service and a new contactless drive-through option to return borrowed books are some of the arrangements the Fremantle Library has put in place to support the community during the COVID-19 crisis.

To ensure people could still access library resources, including books, magazines, DVDs, CDs and more, the City extended its housebound library delivery service to twice weekly drop-offs on Mondays and Thursdays to library members residing in the City of Fremantle and Town of East Fremantle Local Government areas.
 
This service was previously provided to elderly or otherwise housebound people who were unable to visit the library, but now it’s been expanded to cater for any local library members staying at home due to the COVID-19 virus.

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City of Fremantle


The City of Fremantle is providing assistance to members of the community through their Neighbour to Neighbour project, which aims to support communities at high risk of being impacted by the threats of COVID-19, including seniors, people with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds and Indigenous people.

Local residents can sign up and volunteer to help vulnerable people in their community with simple errands, including grocery shopping, dog walking, posting mail or simply checking in with a friendly phone call. A webpage has been established enabling people to sign up as a volunteer, or request assistance.

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City of Fremantle

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The City of Fremantle, along with City of Canning, City of Busselton, City of Bunbury, City of South Perth and Town of Victoria Park to create LibraryCraft, a Minecraft server with multiple worlds for WA players aged between 7–17 years old.

This creative world will keep young people busy and their minds active, with exciting challenges and monthly competitions to win.

To join, fill in the form online.

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City of Fremantle
 
  • 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
  • Develop strategy for vulnerable people in the community
  • Link to local not-for-profit groups
  • Implemented payment plans for hardship
  • Revise current budget

City of Gosnells

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City of Gosnells' Home But Not Alone is bringing people together through online activities and some unique ‘at home’ experiences.
 
As well as holiday celebrations, special commemoration, livestream concerts, online workshops and fitness challenges, the City has taken a very different approach to bring about unity while people stay safe at home.

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City of Gosnells

At the Council meeting on Tuesday, 31 March, the City of Gosnells:
  • Endorsed the preparation of the 2020/21 budget on the basis that rate revenue does not increase, and that fees and charges remain at last year’s levels where appropriate and be decreased if opportunities arise.
  • Approved write off of any direct debit dishonour fees and penalty interest on rates that accrue from 1 March to 30 June 2020.

City of Joondalup

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The City of Joondalup’s “Emerge Stronger” online resource links people to volunteering opportunities, support services and digital help. With Local Government well placed to act as a conduit of information for members of the community faced with the challenges presented by COVID-19, Emerge Stronger is one of many initiatives the City is undertaking to help residents and the business community during this tough time.

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City of Joondalup

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City of Joondalup’s exercise facility Craigie Leisure Centre has online Les Mills exercise classes for their community. The exercise videos include circuits, pilates, Les Mills cardio, CXWORX and Invincible.
 
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City of Joondalup

At the Council meeting on Tuesday, 21 April, the City of Joondalup resolved:
  • NB Emerge Stronger initiatives
  • Endorsed no penalty interest to accrue against outstanding rates and service charge balances from March to June 2020
  • Endorsed the development of the 2020-21 Budget with the following assumptions:
    • 0% increase in rate revenue
    • 0% increase in fees and charges
    • No interest being applied to instalments or payment plans
    • A significant reduction in late payment interest (to be waived once accounts are being paid under a payment plan).
  • Reviewing the Five Year Capital Works Program to identify projects that may be brought forward

City of Kalamunda
 

The City of Kalamunda has posted exercise videos from the community to get active; from low impact exercises to using a park bench for push ups, tricep dips and calf raises. Visit the City of Kalamunda Recreation Facebook page to view the videos.

City of Kalamunda
The City of Kalamunda has developed a community register.  The Register seeks to match members of the community who will require assistance and support during the ongoing and prolonged COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Register also calls upon community volunteers to register their details on the volunteer landing page and the City will then have the ability to match volunteers with those in need.

The City is calling upon all community groups and clubs to promote this initiative and contact their members seeking an expression of interest for anyone wishing to be a community support volunteer.

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City of Kalamunda

At the Council meeting on Tuesday, 7 April, the City of Kalamunda:
  • Approved the suspension of lease rental for all City owned building for the remainder of the financial year ($66,000).
  • Approved suspension of lease rental payments for community based and not for profit tenants next financial year, until 3 months after they are able to reopen and commencement of negotiations with commercial tenants.
  • Approved full refund of all COVID-19 related cancelled bookings at City properties ($372,000).
  • Suspended debt recovery for outstanding rates.
  • Reduced creditor payment terms.
  • Draft budget for 2020/21 to be prepared on the basis of a zero percent increase in Rate revenue and zero percent increase in fees and charges.
  • Waive food and health inspection fees for targeted small businesses in 2020/21.
  • Draft budget for 2020/21 to include priority capital works to assist in economic stimulus.
  • Draft budget for 2020/21 to include a Crisis Relief Fund

City of Kwinana

The City of Kwinana has released a new round of grants of up to $1000 each for local retail
businesses who may have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

These grants can be used for new equipment, development of an online presence or any other
mechanism that allows a small business to continue to retain and attract customers.

Besides helping small businesses, the grants will also help to stimulate the local economy, as the grants to the retailers need to be spent on goods and services from other local Kwinana
businesses.

The City has allocated $25,000 for the grants between now and June, with another $50,000
earmarked for next financial year.

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City of Kwinana

At the Council meeting on Wednesday, 25 March and 22 April, the City of Kwinana:
  • Adopted Local Commercial Support Grant Policy with $30,000 funding for local economic recovery efforts and an additional $10,000 for a shop local campaign.
  • Endorsed advertising proposed differential rates for 2020/21 based on a 0% increase to total rates income
  • Will endeavour to achieve a freeze on Fees and Charges
  • Will develop a Hardship Policy prior to the issue of 2020/21 rate notices.

City of Mandurah

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The City of Mandurah's Mandurah Recreation Centres are offering free access to over 100 Les Mills workouts,  from yoga, body balance & mindfulness classes to HIIT, cardio & combat. 

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City of Mandurah

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To encourage and support neighbours connecting with other neighbours who might need support, the City of Mandurah have designed their own version of the neighbour connection letters and cards. The 'Friendly Neighbour Support' Postcards are being distributed to letterboxes in partnership with local residents' groups and associations. They are also available to download here.

Residents are encouraged to 'cut out, complete and share the kindness' by filling in the cards and offering to help their neighbours with groceries or staying in touch with a phone call.

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City of Mandurah
 
  • 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

City of Melville

At the Council meeting on Thursday, 9 April, the City of Melville resolved to
  • Adopted a number of measures from the Melville Community Stimulus Package, which has a total financial impact of $14.914 million (NB total value includes elements which have been supported but not yet adopted as part of the 20/21 budget)
  • Stopped all interest charges on outstanding payments to the city
  • Waived loan repayments for sporting clubs and associations in city buildings for 6 months
  • Waived lease payments and outgoings for not-for-profits and sporting associations in city buildings for 6 months
  • Waived lease payments for 6 months for commercial tenancies where hardship is demonstrated
  • 20/21 budget to be prepared on the basis of a rate reduction, no increase in fees and charges, reduction in selected fees and charges and flexible payment arrangements
  • Financial grant support package for clubs and associations, valued at up to $750 000 to be included in 20/21 budget

Town of Mosman Park

At the Council briefing session on Tuesday, 31 March, the Town of Mosman Park authorised the following response:
  • Drafting the 2020/21 Budget with the intention of no rate rise.
  • Not increasing fees and charges, and simplifying processes for events and bookings post COVID-19.
  • Supporting the most vulnerable in our community – aged, frail and disabled – through funding to Shine Community Services for home delivery services, transport to medical appointments, and home emergency repairs.
  • Establishing a special Reserve to provide possible funding for initiatives for emergency support for local businesses and community groups.
  • Refunding all paid deposits and fees for cancelled bookings for Town facilities.
  • Reducing red tape for businesses adapting to COVID-19 by simplifying requirements for temporary take-away services and responding promptly to all requests.
  • Not charging rent for all lessees of our community buildings (11 in all).
  • Funding a new Library book drop-off service for residents.
  • Redeploying staff to alternate work where services are temporarily closed (adhering to all health protocols), and facilitating working from home where possible. Note: as at the time of preparing this report the Town continues to operate core services like waste collection, customer service and town planning uninterrupted for now. While the Town offices are closed, access to the Town’s core services are still available online, by phone or email.
  • Providing generous leniency to eligible ratepayers who advise us of financial hardship according to our Financial Hardship Policy.
  • Introducing new online engagement activities for children and youth.
  • Establishing a new Facebook page to promote local businesses.
  • Setting up a database of local businesses to encourage networking and support.
  • Increasing Council’s local buy preference with businesses and contractors.
  • Working with community groups to help them access State and Federal economic stimulus packages.
  • Encouraging residents to shop locally for take-away from local cafes or restaurants, and buying local online products and gift vouchers.
  • Fast tracking payments to suppliers.
  • Providing essential services within social distancing protocols.
  • Working with community groups (including the office of Ms Celia Hammond MP) on a community initiative to look after our neighbours.

Shire of Mundaring

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Shire of Mundaring libraries are working to ensure that the community still has access to services whilst the facilities are closed to the public. They have put in place the Click n Collect service and Non-contact Home Delivery to help residents access library resources.

For members of the community who have been directed to home isolate or are caring for someone who has been directed to self-isolate, the Shire Library will be offering a six weekly home delivery service.
 

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Shire of Mundaring

At the Council meeting on Thursday, 2 April, the Shire of Mundaring:
  • Approved preparation of a budget for 2020-21 based on no rate revenue increase and no increase to Fees and Charges
  • Approved a write off of all lease payments receivable from local community organisations for a period of 6 months from 1 April 2020.
  • Approved a six month freeze on all lease payments receivable from commercial tenants effective from 1 April 2020, whereby the lease payments are still due and payable but not before 1 October 2020, with additional relief to be consider where hardship demonstrated.
  • Committed to not commencing any legal action for debt recovery for a period of 6 months from 1 April 2020.
  • Committed to not commencing any eviction proceedings for a period of 6 months, effective from 1 April 2020.
  • Ceased levying any penalty interest charges on outstanding rates for a period of 6 months, effective from 1 April 2020.

Shire of Murray
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The Neighbour-to-Neighbour program has been designed to assist those facing difficulties and increasing isolation due to COVID-19, including seniors, individuals living with disabilities and the immunocompromised.  An easy to use application form is available on the Shire’s website.

The Shire has also launched Murray Youth for Youth, and the group have reworked previously planned school holiday events, to now offer a range of online opportunities to ensure youth keep engaging despite their current physical isolation, including coding, cooking, fireside chats with youth services, art classes, minecraft and more. Follow them on Facebook.
 

Shire of Murray

At the Council meeting on Thursday, 9 April, the Shire of Murray resolved
  • Reduction in fees, charges, lease and other payments with an expected total of $650,735.
  • No inspection fees for small business until 30 June 2021
  • Suspension of lease and rental payments until 30 August 2020
  • Waiver of certain planning and building fees until 30 September 2020
  • COVID-19 Emergency Fund of $20,000 to be used in significant community hardship situations
  • Endorsed zero increase in rates, fees and changes for 20/21 budget

City of Nedlands

At the Council meeting on Tuesday, 14 April, the City of Nedlands:
  • Revoked Debt Recovery Policy and approved Hardship Provisions Policy to provide relief to City of Nedlands residents, ratepayers, community groups, businesses and suppliers to the City of goods and services that now, or will, encounter extenuating hardships caused by the direct and indirect impacts of COVID-19.
  • Requested that the CEO prepare the draft 20/21 budget based on a zero overall dollar value increase on rates and waste.
  • Requested the CEO to advance a suite of shovel ready capital expenditure projects to best position the City for any stimulus funding that may become available.
  • Development approval not required for temporary use for 12 months
  • Provision of exclusive parking at Highview Park for Sir Charles Gairdner hospital workers.

Shire of Peppermint Grove

At the Council meeting on Tuesday, 28 April, The Shire of Peppermint Grove resolved to:
  • Refund food licenses or waive unpaid license fees for 2020 for those businesses (small business) closed or impacted.
  • Suspend overdue book charges to 30 June 2020.
  • Suspend or refund certain fees for leases of Shire facilities to 30 June.
  • Suspend interest charges for all instalments and overdue rates to 30 June.
  • Provide a rates concession or rebate for businesses for the 3 months period, 1 April to 30 June, based on hardship and impact of State Government directives.
  • In the adoption of the 2020/21 Financial year budget, resolved to consider:
    • Suspending overdue library book fees to 30 September.
    • Suspending certain fees and charges for leases of Shire facilities to 31 December.
    • Settingthe rates instalment charges and interest charges for instalments and overdue rates at zero.
    • Rates rebates for small businesses for 3 months to 30 September, with eligibility for a refund/rebate in accordance with the Shire’s Hardship Policy.
    • Refunding 50% of the building license fee if the slab or major works commenced with 6 months of the building license issued.
  • Adopted a budget based on a zero increase in the total rates revenue, excluding interim rates, in the 2020/21 budget.

City of Perth


 

The City of Perth has worked with Main Roads WA to turn pedestrian crossings automatic. Between 7:00am - 7:00pm pedestrians do not need to push the buttons at traffic signals.

The City has also launched its Relief and Rebound Plan, which aims to provide short term relief to the CBD.

Key actions include:
  • Flat $10 fee for all-day parking in the 34 City owned car parks, and free on street parking at all times.
  • A freeze in increases in rates and charges.
  • Suspension of lease and rental payments for three months to all tenants leasing City-owned property.
  • A full refund on all cancelled bookings at City properties or facilities.

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City of Perth
 

The City is launching a COVID-19 Quick Response Community Grants Program, aimed at organisations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus.

Providing much-needed support for the City’s most vulnerable people, the program is aimed at supporting the delivery of community and social initiatives. Through the COVID-19 Quick Response Grant program, the City will rapidly provide grant funding to community-led schemes, which identify or achieve small scale initiatives safely addressing issues arising due to the pandemic.
 

City of Perth

At the Council meeting on Tuesday, 31 March, the City of Perth resolved to
  • Endorse a package valued at $6,446,900 for the current financial year, and consideration of measures worth $10,622,700 in 20/21
  • Include waiving interest on unpaid rates, setting a number of fees and charges to zero and suspending lease rental on City owned buildings.
  • Include free 1 hour onstreet parking and free 3 hour parking in selected City parking stations
  • 20/21 budget will consider zero increase in rates yield and continuing a number of fee waivers.

City of Rockingham
 
The City of Rockingham Health Services is helping local cafes, restaurants and bars navigate the COVID-19 restrictions and are available to help them prepare for reopening when restrictions are lifted.

Hospitality business owners  in the City of Rockingham can get in touch with the Health Services team on 9528 0315 or email to find out what they need to do to be in the best position to trade again – the health services team has training and advice available, including information on the State Government's Hospitality and Tourism COVID-19 Hygiene Course. Information packs on how to prepare a food premises to reopen are also available here.

City of Rockingham

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City of Rockingham’s Facebook page includes home exercise videos from Aqua Jetty instructors. The workout videos feature exercises with low impact options to help the community get started with moving more at home.
 

City of Rockingham

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Neighbours Unite is an existing initiative of the City that aims to create resilient and safer communities through community connections and has been adapted to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Activities can be hosted virtually within communities, through online activities such as Watch Parties, gaming, Seedling Swaps and more.

Safety for Seniors connects with vulnerable community members over the age of 65 through regular phone calls.

The Autumn Centre is providing takeaway meals to support vulnerable seniors and ensuring they have access to other services/support. 

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City of Rockingham

At the Council meeting on Tuesday, 24 March, the City of Rockingham
  • Directed CEO to prepare the 2020/21 Annual Budget for adoption including no increases in rates or fees and charges.

Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale has partnered with Business Foundations and Business Advisory South West and Peel to deliver free one-on-one advisory sessions to provide guidance in the face of the challenge that COVID-19 presents to our local businesses.

Business Foundations and Business Advisory South West and Peel can offer the service online or over the phone if required. Advisors will spend an hour with each business providing tailored advice.

Businesses owners or operators can also discuss any other questions or concerns they have relating to their business regarding the impacts of COVID-19.

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Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale

The Shire of Serpentine – Jarrahdale is offering an ‘Ask a Librarian’ service. People can email the library with the subject line of Ask a Librarian and they will assist with matters such as general interest enquiries, recommendations on what to read next, how to use a streaming service or podcasts, how to start working on your family tree, using e-resources such as e-books and e-audio and resources for assignments and projects for at home learning.
 

Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale

At the Council meeting on Monday, 6 April, the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale:
  • Requested CEO to prepare a Shire budget for 2020/21 with no increase in the rate burden on the community.
  • Requested CEO to prepare a Shire budget for 2020/21 with consideration to providing a penalty interest rate concession on rates and instalment arrangements free of interest and fees.
  • Suspended debt collection until 30 June 2020.
  • Authorised grants of up to $5000, with a total budget of $60,000, to community groups and/or not-for-profit organisations who demonstrate they are responding directly to community need in Serpentine Jarrahdale as a result of the COVID-19 emergency.
  • Endorsed a program of identifying and planning projects to attract funding and deliver stimulus.

City of South Perth

The City of South Perth, through the South Perth Senior Citizens Centre has assumed coordination of Meals on Wheels during the COVID-19 pandemic.

City staff have been redeployed to help with the packaging and delivery of meals, with the volunteer service being scaled back for the time being to limit person to person contact.  A range of other safety measures have also been implemented including cashless payments and meals are now left at the front door in an esky.

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City of South Perth
 

The City of South Perth has launched the Helping Hands Program.

The program supports local communities at high risk of the impact of COVID-19, including seniors, people with disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds and Aboriginal people.
Local residents will be able to sign up and volunteer to help vulnerable people in their community with simple errands, including grocery shopping, dog walking, posting mail or simply checking in with a friendly telephone call.
 
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City of South Perth
 

At the Council meeting on Tuesday, 21 April, the City of South Perth:
  • Committed to develop a City of South Perth Local Community Response and Relief Package.
  • Adopted Financial Hardship Assistance Policy.
  • Waived all interest accrued on Rates, Emergency Services Levy (ESL) and Waste, from 1 April to 30 June 2020 for residential and commercial properties that successfully apply for hardship assistance.
  • Suspended debt collection activities from 1 April to 30 June 2020.
  • Granted a repayment holiday, with no penalty interest, from 1 April to 30 June 2020 for all community group self-supporting loans.
  • Waived club and community organisations lease and licence charges.
  • Approved the refund of Licence fees, on a pro-rata basis for businesses that have ceased trading by reason of the WA State Government Closure and Restriction (Limit the Spread) Directions.
  • Deferred commercial property lease and licence payments for those that successfully apply for hardship assistance.
  • Deferred rent reviews for commercial property leases.
  • Endorsed the refund of all cancelled booking fees and deposits held for bookings for City controlled properties and facilities upon application.
  • Reduced payment terms for suppliers, to occur on a weekly basis to assist with cash flow.
  • Is considering implementing the following measures for the Annual Budget 2020/21:
    • 0% Rate increase (average);
    • 0% increase on the Waste collection levy;
    • 0% increase on the City’s Fees and Charges schedule;
    • Waiver of all interest accrued on Rates, Emergency Services Levy (ESL) and Waste from 1 July 2020 to 30 September 2020, for residential and commercial properties in accordance with Financial Hardship Assistance Policy.
    • Suspension of debt collection activities for the 2020/21 financial year;
    • Granting a 3 month repayment holiday, with no penalty interest, for all community group Self Supporting Loans;
    • Waiver of club and community organisations lease and licence charges, excluding outgoings for 3 months;
    • Waiver of Licence fees on a pro-rata basis for businesses affected by the WA State Government Closure and Restriction (Limit the Spread) Directions;
    • Freezing certain commercial property lease and licence payments for a period of three months for those experiencing hardship
    • Freezing all rent reviews for a period of three months

City of Stirling

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The City of Stirling Annual Tree Trail has been postponed, but the City is offering online activities and a contest duing April School holidays.

View video tutorials from Tree Trail artist Jodie Davidson and learn to make some amazing creations with things found in your back yard or in the streets around your neighbourhood. Check out the printable Street Tree Activity Book - perfect for a quiet moment under a tree! Download a free copy here.

City of Stirling

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As part of the City of Stirling’s broader community response to COVID-19, the City launched two hotlines for business support and community services.
 
The hotlines aimed to connect people experiencing hardship with services and information during the pandemic.
 
Through a partnership with SecondBite and Share the Dignity, the City helped coordinate emergency packs of food and sanitary items. In the first four days of operation, 81 food boxes supported 539 people.
 

City of Stirling

At the Council meeting on Tuesday, 12 May, the City of Stirling endorsed:
  • Approved the preparation of a budget for 2020/2021 based on an Economic Stimulus and Community Recovery Package of $43.7 million as follows:-
    • Ratepayer Financial Relief Package of $4.9 million, including the removal of interest, instalment and arrangement fees
    • Business and Activation Package of $7 million, including rent abatement for small business, support and activation for businesses and community events
    • Community Package of $2.9 million, including support for community groups, sporting clubs and vulnerable members of the community
    • Capital Investment Package of $28.9 million.
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City of Subiaco


At the Council meeting on Thursday, 2 April, the City of Subiaco resolves to action on the following:

  • Initial response with an estimated value of up to $4 million
  • Includes waiver of interest on unpaid rates and setting a number of fees and charges to zero for the remainder of the financial year
  • Includes free parking in all City of Subiaco owned parking stations
  • 20/21 budget to be prepared on basis of no increase to rates, with consideration to reducing total rates levied, continue certain fee waivers.

City of Swan
 

Seniors in the City of Swan can apply for help with essential services including grocery shopping, meals and transport to medical appointments.

The services are designed to help vulnerable community members while maintaining social distancing.

Some services provided by the City of Swan Community Care Team are:
  • Shopping
  • Meals at Home
  • Transport to medical appointments
Seniors aged 65 and over, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders aged 50 and over are eligible.

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Hundreds of vulnerable people living in the City of Swan will be given food and essential items thanks to a new community partnership.
 
Working with Midland-based community organisation Midlas and Foodbank WA, the City is providing supplies and support to residents struggling through the COVID-19 global pandemic.
 
The community-based initiative sees food and supplies, including nappies, baby formula, toiletries and sanitary items provided to more than 300 residents in need.
 

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The City of Swan Walking challenge has been remodelled from the Keep on Track Challenge due to COVID-19 shutdown. The goal of the Swan Walking Challenge is to complete the distance of the Bibbulmun track as a group while acknowledging individual milestones.

City of Swan

At the Council meeting on Wednesday, 15 April, the City of Swan
  • Approved preparation of the draft 2020/21 Annual Budget based on:
    • A zero percent rate rise,
    • Zero interest being charged on overdue rates and other charges,
    • No increase to Fees and Charges.
  • Approved the suspension of debt recovery for a period of 6 months for ratepayers, community groups and businesses that are adversely affected by COVID-19.
  • Committed to flexible payment arrangements and creation of a City of Swan COVID-19 Financial Hardship Policy.
  • Waived community leases and outgoings for up to six months
  • Supported up to six month freeze on lease payments for commercial leases with demonstration of financial hardship.
  • Provided an Economic Stimulus Package of new and brought forward works with a proposed value of up to $5 million

Town of Victoria Park

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Up to $10,000 funding is available for community groups and not-for-profits through the Town of Victoria Park's Restart Community Grants, part of the Restart Vic Park COVID-19 recovery strategy.
The Restart Community fund has been created to support community projects and services facing exceptional challenges over the coming months.

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The Town of Victoria Park holds free workshops designed to increase the skills and capacity of local organisations, groups and clubs.

Called Success Series Online, the webinars include topics such as social marketing and fundraising.

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The Town of Victoria Park has a  COVID-19 FAQs web page and  Business Support Hub on its website.
 
It launched the #stillopenforbusiness campaign, with business directory for those still operating online. In partnership with Business Foundations, the Town procured a free one-on-one business advisory service for Vic Park based businesses to access.
 
The Community Team checks in with community groups and support services weekly, and has reviewed its volunteers register to identity skillsets for dedicated outreach support, provided senior service The Village Hub with a platform to expand its Neighbour to Neighbour program, donated cleaning and catering supplies to NGOs and is working to reschedule popular events such as Arts Season.
 
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Town of Victoria Park

At the Council meeting on Tuesday, 7 April, the Town of Victoria Park:
  • Approved preparation of the draft 2020-2021 budget based on:
    • 0% rate revenue increases;
    • No increase in fees and charges; and
    • Deferral of underground power levies.
  • Requested a report on alternative budget scenarios based on 5% and 10% reductions in rates.
  • Endorsed the reduction of interest charges and related fees in the 2020/21 Annual Budget.
  • Endorsed the waiver of all cancellation and late fees
  • Approved the waiver of interest on all outstanding instalments of 2019/20 rates from 22 March to 30 June 2020.
  • Approved the waiver of rent for not-for-profit organisations and sporting clubs in Town-owned premises for up to six months.

Town of Victoria Park

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The Town of Victoria Park has brought forward nine shelf-ready designs for road renewal works and other infrastructure works totalling $1.59 million to be delivered this financial year. The funds were approved by Council to be added to the revised budget amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The construction sites including Carnarvon Street, East Victoria Park. These road sections scored poorly in terms of asset condition rating and were ranked as high-priority asphalt resurfacing projects (in the latest road renewal priority list) to prevent the road assets deteriorating to the point where it would cost about seven times more to reconstruct them.  

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City of Vincent

The City of Vincent has made up to $1 million available to distribute to eligible charities to urgently help vulnerable members of the community, with a focus on seniors, disability support, mental health and homelessness. The money will be drawn from the purpose-specific Leederville Gardens Trust.
 

City of Vincent
 

At the Council meeting on Monday, 30 March, the City of Vincent:
  • Approved urgent relief measures including:
    • Waiver of interest on all outstanding rates and suspension of new debt collecting activities
    • Refund on all cancelled bookings at City-owned properties or facilities
    • Rent abatement in City-owned tenancies fro small community groups
    • Fortnightly payment of creditors
  • Suspended requirement for development approval for temporary uses or changes of use in certain circumstances.
  • Established an Arts Relief Working Group and approved the use of $500,00 in Percent for Art cash-in-lieu funds to develop projects to provide relief for local artists and creative industries.
  • Endorsed the allocation of up to $1 million from the Leederville Gardens trust fund for the provision of urgent relief of people in need.

City of Vincent
 

A three-member Special Committee on COVID-19 Relief & Recovery has been established at the City of Vincent, to ensure agile and responsive decision making.

The Committee will meet online, at least once a week, and oversee the City’s Relief & Recovery Strategy. With extraordinary powers for the next six months, the Committee will make urgent decisions to respond to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation.

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City of Wanneroo

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City of Wanneroo’s exercise facilities: Kingsway Indoor Stadium and Aquamotion has online exercise videos and fitness challenges for the community to keep active at home. View the Facebook pages of Kingsway Indoor Stadium and Aquarmotion for more information.
 

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The City of Wanneroo launched a program in April that enables eager readers to ‘call and collect’ a ‘book bundle’ from their local library.
 
The launch proved a hit with residents who were eager to grab fresh reading material ahead of Easter, ensuring a fully ‘booked’ weekend.
 

City of Wanneroo

At the Council meeting on Tuesday, 7 April, the City of Wanneroo:
  • Suspended new debt collection processes.
  • Approved the development of the 2020/2021 Annual Budget based on:
    • 0% increase on annual rates for each property (subject to no change in valuation)
    • 0% increase on City’s set fees and charges
    • Late payment interest moratorium for six months from 1 July to December 31 2020 and a reduction in the instalment interest rate and late payment interest rate for the balance of the financial year.
  • Waived special arrangement fees for new rate payment arrangements from 23 March until August 2020.
  • Authorised abatement of lease fees on application.

Shire of Waroona

At the Council meetings on Tuesday, 24 March, 14 April and 28 April, the Shire of Waroona,
  • Supported waiver of interest on outstanding rates, on application by those experiencing COVID-19 related hardship.
  • Endorsed a nil rate increase for the 2020/21 financial year and no increase to fees and charges in the 2020/21 budget.
  • Endorsed charging no fees relating to inspection services for small businesses until 30 June 2021.
  • Enabled deferred rates payment plans to be implemented for those significantly affected by COVID-19, and a range of options to be provided to support debtors experiencing hardship.
  • Endorsed a suspension of Shire lease and rental payments between 1 March and 31 August 2020 for all Shire business tenants and leases.
  • Requested the Chief Executive Officer to collate and prioritise capital works projects and major Shire maintenance programs, with consideration to be given to projects being brought forward, particularly those ones that may be grant funded via various state and commonwealth stimulus packages.
  • Endorsed full refunds on all cancelled bookings at Shire properties.
  • Endorsed a nil increase in allowances of Elected Members and no review of salary increases for employees on fixed term employment contracts.
  • Approved a COVID-19 Emergency Fund of $20,000 to be used in significant community hardship situations.
  • Adopted COVID-19 Financial Hardship Policy.

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