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 Beverley
 
  • 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 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 Brookton
 
  • Freeze Rate (no rates increase in June)
  • Freeze fees and charges
  • 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 Bruce Rock

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When the only supermarket was destroyed by a fire on 26 March, the Shire of Bruce Rock stepped in to create a temporary grocery store in just six days.

Leaving the community without a supermarket was not an option during the COVID-19 pandemic, with advisory for people to minimise travelling, and the nearest supermarket was a 100-km round trip.

The Shire, along with the supermarket staff, set up the store in the Shire Hall and provides essential grocery items as a click and collect service, ensuring the community will have food and essential supplies.

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Shire of Bruce Rock
 
  • Freeze Rate (no rates increase in June)
  • Freeze fees and charges
  • Redeploy staff from closed facilities
  • Bring forward capital works program
  • Refund booking fees for Council events and assets
  • Implement Buy Local Policy
  • Develop Recovery Strategy
  • Develop strategy for vulnerable people in the community
  • Implemented payment plans for hardship
  • Revise current budget

Shire of Chittering

The Shire of Chittering has prepared a guide for the local community advising how local businesses can be accessed in alignment with social distancing and self isolation measures. The guide advises additional services on offer including delivery, phone ordering, adapted trading hours, additional stock amounts and special services for local residents.

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Shire of Chittering

At the Council meeting on Wednesday, 15 April, the Shire of Chittering resolved
  • Waiver of interest on outstanding rates on request, for those experiencing hardship.
  • Flexible payment options for debtors
  • No fees or charges for inspection services until 31 March 2021
  • Waive all animal registration fees until 31 October 2020
  • Adopted Financial Hardship – Collection of Rates and Services Charges policy
  • Consider freezing all salaries, wages, allowances and sitting fees in 20/21 budget

Shire of Corrigin

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The Shire of Corrigin offered short term employment to any community members who had either lost their job or had hours reduced, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nine locals joined our team on the first week of May and were busy working throughout the Shire. Some jobs include giving the townsite gardens a prune and a tidy up.

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Shire of Corrigin
 
  • Freeze Rate (no rates increase in June)
  • 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

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

Shire of Cunderdin
 
  • 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
  • Revise current budget

Shire of Dalwallinu
 
  • 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 strategy for vulnerable people in the community
  • Implemented payment plans for hardship

Shire of Dandaragan
  • 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 Dowerin
 
  • 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 Dumbleyung

A Community Assistance Group has been formed in the Shire of Dumbleyung to assist anyone self-isolating or in quarantine in town or on farms. Assistance can be provided with purchasing groceries, medical supplies and paying bills by EFT, delivery of food supplies from the Dumbleyung and Kukerin General Stores. Mobile phone numbers for 8 community volunteers are shared with the community. The Group is also looking for further volunteers.
 

Shire of Dumbleyung
 
  • 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 Gingin

Inspired by the Canadian “Care-mongering” campaign, the Shire of Gingin has established a Vulnerable Person Register to launch their own #Caremongering campaign. They are encouraging Vulnerable Persons to register to access assistance with shopping for essential items, welfare checks or regular phone calls. These vulnerable people may be frail, have mobility issues, are aged and live alone or are not aged but have significant barriers.  Other considerations may include people who have recently moved to the area and have not established community connections, households with disabled family members and stranded travellers. The Shire is also establishing an Offer Register for volunteers to enable matching.

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Shire of Gingin
 
  • 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
  • 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 Goomalling


The Shire of Goomalling is connecting with people who are self isolating, people with disability, aged persons and people who don’t have family support.
  
They are compiling a list of names of people that need to be connected with services. The Shire will then try to connect them with the most appropriate services. 

They are also seeking people who have the capacity cook meals or get in touch on the phone with vulnerable people. 

The Shire is also providing emergency food relief fortnightly. Along with charity St Vincent DePaul, the Shire works to ensure adequate stock, and is also seeking people interested in volunteering to deliver or donate.


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Shire of Goomalling
 
  • 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 Kellerberrin

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The Shire of Kellerberrin, together with local Police, Hospital, IGA and CRC have launched their Community Support Program, which aims to support vulnerable community members.

The program encourages local residents to sign up and help vulnerable people in the community with simple errands including grocery shopping, dog walking, posting mail and friendly phone calls.

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Shire of Kellerberrin
 
  • 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
  • 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 Kondinin
 
  • 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 strategy for vulnerable people in the community
  • Link to local not-for-profit groups
  • Implemented payment plans for hardship

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

To make it easier for people to connect, the Shire of Lake Grace and local  community groups are working together on the Helping Hands project. Together, they are seeking to empower and support the local community during the COVID–19 pandemic. Ideas for providing help include:
  • weekly check In phone call
  • help to get groceries and medicines
  • practical help around the house
  • delivering supplies
  • providing essential transport (e.g. doctor's appointments), and
  • urgent household maintenance.
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Shire of Lake Grace
 
  • 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
  • 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 Merredin


 

The Shire of Merredin has created and distributed red and green window signs to enable the elderly, disabled or self-isolating members of the community to communicate with their neighbours. 

The community has been asked to look out for the red signs in the windows of homes, and check-in with the occupant or offer assistance if they are in a position to do so. 

Shire of Merredin
 
  • 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 Moora
 
  • 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
  • Revise current budget

Shire of Mount Marshall
 
  • 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
  • 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 Mukinbudin
 
  • Freeze Rate (no rates increase in June)
  • Freeze fees and charges
  • Bring forward capital works program
  • 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 Narembeen
 
  • 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
  • Link to local not-for-profit groups
  • Implemented payment plans for hardship
  • Revise current budget

Shire of Narrogin
 

The Shire of Narrogin will inject more than $150,000 into its economy by providing residents with vouchers redeemable at local businesses.

Each Narrogin resident on the electoral roll will receive $50 in "Narrogin Dollars", which needs to be spent at a Narrogin business by the end of August, allowing the local economy to be stimulated immediately.

Funding from this campaign was drawn from events that were cancelled. The Narrogin Chamber of Commerce has supported this Shire initiative, which would provide an excellent opportunity to stimulate local Narrogin businesses and create flow on stimulation to other business nearby.

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Shire of Narrogin

At the Council meeting on Tuesday, 28 April, the Shire of Narrogin:
  • Endorsed the immediate rate relief packages for businesses negatively affected by emergency declarations, available on application with up to 100% of rates waived for the period a declaration is in effect.
  • Endorsed COVID-19 Financial Hardship directive for dealing with requests for rate or debt leniency.
  • Waived rent for sporting, community and commercial tenants for specified periods.
  • Endorsed COVID-19 RECOVERY @ NARROGIN DOLLARS relief project, to provide $150,000 worth of vouchers to Shire electors to be spent in local businesses.
  • Instructed the CEO to frame the proposed 2020/21 Budget on the parameters of:
    • A zero net rate increase on 2019/20 rate levels
    • A zero increase on fees and charges
    • Reducing interest rates on overdue and instalment rates
    • Maximising buy local initiatives
  • Increased the Community Chest Grants Scheme for Community Groups from $25,000 to $100,000.

Shire of Northam
 
  • 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 Nungarin
 
  • 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
  • Implemented payment plans for hardship
  • Revise current budget

Shire of Pingelly
 
  • 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 Quairading
 
  • Freeze Rate (no rates increase in June)
  • Freeze fees and charges
  • Redeploy staff from closed facilities
  • 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 Tammin
 
  • 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 strategy for vulnerable people in the community
  • Implemented payment plans for hardship
  • Revise current budget

Shire of Toodyay
 
  • 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 Trayning
 
  • 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 strategy for vulnerable people in the community
  • Link to local not-for-profit groups
  • Implemented payment plans for hardship
  • Revise current budget

Shire of Victoria Plains

At its upcoming meeting on April 21, Council will be considering:
  • 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 strategy for vulnerable people in the community
  • Link to local not-for-profit groups
  • Implemented payment plans for hardship
  • Revise current budget

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

Shire of Wandering
 
  • 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 West Arthur
 
  • Freeze Rate (no rates increase in June)
  • Freeze fees and charges
  • 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 Westonia
 
  • 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 Wickepin
 
  • Freeze Rate (no rates increase in June)
  • Freeze fees and charges
  • Rent relief to tenants of Council properties
  • Refund booking fees for Council events and assets
  • Implement Buy Local Policy
  • Develop Recovery Strategy
  • Develop strategy for vulnerable people in the community
  • Implemented payment plans for hardship

Shire of Williams
 
  • Freeze Rate (no rates increase in June)
  • Freeze fees and charges
  • Redeploy staff from closed facilities
  • Rent relief to tenants of Council properties
  • 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 Wongan-Ballidu


 

The Shire of Wongan-Ballidu has set up a 'Neighbours in Need' program to support vulnerable community members who may be struggling with social isolation. 

Whether its helping to collect supplies, run errands or making a daily phone call to an isolated neighbour, the Shire hopes to make life a little easier for residents through this difficult time by coordinating the project and volunteers.

The Shire is also reviewing their Shire Volunteer Register to ensure that they are proactive in providing the community with ongoing support. They have put a call out to all community members who may, in the coming months, have the capacity to volunteer to assist the community. 

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Shire of Wyalkatchem
 
  • 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
  • Implemented payment plans for hardship
  • Revise current budget

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

Shire of York

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The Shire of York has set up a YORKIND Social Isolation Support Centre to provide assistance to members of the community facing challenges and increasing social isolation due to COVID-19.

The project provides a connection between those wanting to help and those at high risk of being affected by the threats of COVID-19.

Volunteers can help someone with their grocery shopping, dog walking, a friendly phone check-in, or other errands - any little assistance they can offer.

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Shire of York


 

The Shire of York has mobilised its Library Services to provide home delivery to vulnerable residents and is using digital channels to support families with young children by taking their weekly StoryTime live online.

Shire of York
 
  • 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
  • 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

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