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

At the Council meeting on Tuesday, 24 March and 28 April, the Shire of Beverley:
  • Allocated $20,000 to subsidise delivery of essential supplies to vlnerable community members.
  • Suspended lease charges to commercial tenancies that are unable to conduct their businesses.
  • Suspended fees and charges for use of Council facilities by community groups.
  • Resolved that the 2020/21 Budget be formulated with rates revenue, and fees and charges set by Council maintained at the 2019/20 level.
  • Adopted a COVID-19 Financial Hardship Policy and delegated the Chief Executive Officer the authority to waive interest on unpaid rates on application demonstrating hardship.
  • Delegated the the Chief Executive Officer the authority to waive any Shire fee or charge in response to demonstrated hardship.

Shire of Brookton

At the Council meeting on Thursday, 19 March, 30 April and 21 May, the Shire of Brookton
  • Resolved to make COVID-19 paid leave available to employees in specified circumstances.
  • Amended the Financial Hardship policy to enhance understanding and qualifications for concessions
  • Requested the CEO prepare the draft 2020-21 Budget on the basis of:
    • No increase in total income raised from GRV and UV rated properties.
    • No increase to the 2019-20 Shedule of Fees and Charges.
    • No increase to weekly rental charges levied on tenants in Shire owned residential properties, unless required by legislation.

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

At the Council meeting on Thursday, 16 April and 21 May, the Shire of Bruce Rock
  • Resolved to waive penalty interest outstanding rates on application by those affected directly by emergency declarations between 23rd March 2020 and to when rates are raised in approximately 1st September 2020.
  • Directed the CEO and staff to prepare a Draft 2020-21 Budget with the following considerations:
    • Zero per cent (0%) increase to rates, essentially freezing the rate in the dollar;
    • Zero per cent (0%) increase to fees and charges (to remain as per 2019/20) and removal of annual licensing levies for food and lodging houses.
  • Directed that the Draft 2020-21 Budget consider:
    • Not charging rates penalty interest on 2020/21 rates until March 2021;
    • No instalment administration fee on all instalment plans for 2020/21;
    • No instalment interest on all instalment plans for 2020/21;
  • Adopted a COVID19 Financial Hardship Policy;
  • Suspended standard debt collection procedures.
  • Authorised rent relief for businesses affected by COVID 19, and waived certain rental charges.

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

At the Council meeting on Tuesday, 21 April, the Shire of Corrigin
  • Amended Unpaid Rates policy to further support individuals and businesses experiencing financial hardship.
  • Suspended debt collection for outstanding rates.
  • Adopted the Schedule of Fees and Charges for 2020/21 with no increases from 2019/20.
  • Supported the proposal to develop the 2020/21 budget with a zero percent increase in rates and fees and charges.
  • Approved a range of urgent relief measures and new initiatives including:
    • Prioritising local spending, with shorter payment terms to support local business cash flow
    • Retaining existing staff and providing additional casual employment
    • Continuing capital works where possible and identifying projects that can be accelerated.
    • Reviewing lease agreements and residential tenancies and considering rent reductions due to financial hardship.
    • Refunding fees for cancelled bookings and waiving or refunding winter sport fees.
  • Authorised the development of community projects in the recovery phase to increase community connections.

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

At the Council meeting on Tuesday, 28 April, the Shire of Dalwallinu
  • Adopted a Financial Hardship Policy.
  • Waived charging of penalty interest on outstanding rates until 30 June 2020.
  • Waived Planning fees and certain Building fees until 31 December 2020.
  • Authorised the Chief Executive Officer to apply a zero increase to all non-statutory Fees and Charges.
  • Authorised the Chief Executive Officer to prepare the 2020-2021 budget with zero increase in overall rate revenue.

Shire of Dandaragan

At the Council meeting on Wednesday, 8 April and Thursday, 28 May, the Shire of Dandaragan
  • Amended interest rate on overdue rates to 05 and authorised deferral of payments.
  • Established Community Group Building Grants of up to $5000, with a total budget of $100,000, for community groups in Shire buildings.
  • Waived certain planning, building and health fees.
  • Deferred lease and self-supporting loan instalments.
  • Waived airstrip landing charges for the balance of the 2019/2020 financial year.
  • Endorsed the development of the 2020/2021 Budget with the following parameters:
    • 0% rate yield increase
    • Interest rates on overdue rates and instalment plans at 0%
    • $0 instalment administration fee
  • No increase in fees and charges set by Council
  • COVID Neighbourhood Heart Initiative connecting volunteers with vulnerable community members.

Shire of Dowerin

At the Council meeting on Tuesday, 21 April, the Shire of Dowerin
  • Adopted COVID-19 Hardship Policy.

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

At the Council meeting on Tuesday, 7 April, the Shire of Gingin
  • Reduced rental payments by 50% for tenants of Council properties.
  • Removed requirement for payment of parking fees.
  • Resolved to budget for a zero rate increase and zero increase to Council Fees and Charges for the 2020/21 Financial Year.
  • Resolved to make provision in the 2020/21 Budget for reduced penalty and instalment interest rates, and a $0 instalment charge.

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

At the Council meeting on Wednesday, 15 April, the Shire of Goomalling
  • Offered upon request, a waiver of interest on outstanding rates for any business directly and adversely affected by emergency directions.
  • Delegated to the Chief Executive Officer the power to write off small debts and waive interest on outstanding rates between 23 March and 31 July 2020 for those that can demonstrate hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Instructed the Chief Executive Officer to formulate a budget and financial strategy assuming a 0% or near 0% rate increase for the 2020/21 financial year
  • Delegated authority to the CEO to suspend rentals or lease payments due from local small business for Council owned properties for the duration of the COVID- 19 pandemic
  • Delegated authority to the CEO to negotiate with housing tenants, experiencing extreme hardship, modified rentals for Council owned or managed properties
  • Delegated authority to the CEO to suspend or to modify affiliation fees for local sporting clubs where seasons do not progress or progress at a reduced level and causes financial hardship
  • Continued assistance to the Goomalling Foodbank/Community Pantry to cater for the vulnerable and elderly who may be experiencing difficulties throughout the outbreak;
  • Resolved to provide all staff with paid COVID-19 leave under specified circumstances.

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

At the Council meeting on Wednesday, 22 April, the Shire of Moora
  • Endorsed a zero percent increase of shire property rates in preparation of the 2020/2021 financial year budget for the Shire of Moora.
  • Endorsed a zero percent increase of all fees and charges.
  • Resolved in principle to waive fees and charges for all sporting and community groups within the Shire of Moora for the 2020/2021 financial year.
  • Endorsed no instalment administration fees and flexible payment options for 2020/2021.
  • Resolved in principle to offer Shire of Moora businesses a 50% ($150) contribution toward a Wheatbelt Business Network – Small Business Category (2019/2020 value $300).
  • Endorsed no increase of base wage and salary rates for 2020/2021 (excluding those mandated by relevant employment award provisions) and suspension of replacement/upgrading of heavy plant, equipment and light vehicles across all of Shires operations.

Shire of Mount Marshall

At the Council meeting on Tuesday, 21 April and Wednesday, 6 May, the Shire of Mount Marshall
  • Adopted a COVID-19 Financial Hardship Policy
  • Directed that the budget for the 2020/21 financial year be prepared on the basis of no increase to the general rate charge and no increase to the Shire’s fees and charges.
  • Directed the allocation of $85,000 in the current budget for responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • Endorsed a grant scheme for community sporting and not for profit groups, with small grants of up to $1500 provided in the form of vouchers for local spending.
  • Endorsed funding of up to $1000, to assist businesses to improve their online presence, with additional support from Shire staff if required.
  • Resolved to refund facility hire costs to winter sporting groups, and further support these groups by paying power costs for the Beacon Recreation Centre.

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

At the Council meeting on Wednesday, 1 April. the Shire of Narembeen
  • Resolved to provide staff with paid COVID-19 leave under specified circumstances.
  • Reduced the unpaid rates interest rate to 0% from 1 April 2020 until 2020/21 rates fall due.

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

At the Council meeting on Monday, 30 March and Wednesday, 15 April, the Shire of Northam
  • Resolved not to increase any rates in the dollar, or any fees and charges for at least the 2020/21 financial year.
  • Reduced overdue and instalment interest rates to 0% and removed the requirement for an administration fee for rates payment arrangements.
  • Endorsed the COVID-19 Virus Response Strategy/Framework, short term initiatives implemented so far include community support programs and grants for small to medium businesses and non-profit organisations.
  • Adopted Planning Delegations including the waiving/deferring fees for planning services and suspended certain Planning Policies.
  • Adopted a Rates Hardship Policy.
  • Will consider future financial relief measures during 2020/21 budget deliberations.
  • Will offer a 5% discount to ratepayers who pay their 2020/21 rates in full by the due date.

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

At the Council meeting on Wednesday, 15 April, the Shire of Pingelly
  • Created an Innovation Grants Scheme for community and sporting groups, to enable the development of innovative approaches to support community recovery.
  • Authorised budget allocation to progress the concept of Pingelly Gift Cards, to encourage shopping locally and support local businesses.

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

At the Council meeting on Tuesday, 14 April and 28 April, the Shire of Toodyay
  • Decided not to increase any rates in the dollar or fees and charges for the 2020/21 financial year.
  • Resolved to grant concessions to the value of any rates increases due to revaluations.
  • Decreased overdue and instalment interest rates to 0%, and administration fees to $0 for all unpaid rates, effective immediately.
  • Resolved to consider future financial relief measures during 2020/2021 Annual Budget deliberations.
  • Adopted a COVID-19 Financial Hardship policy.
  • Adopted the National Code of Conduct for Commercial Leasing, including the requirement to offer rent waivers and deferrals of up to 100%.

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

At the Council meeting on Wednesdya, 20 May, the Shire of Wickepin
  • Waived the 2020/21 Annual Ground Fees for community sporting bodies.
  • Advised Australian Hotels Association WA that refunds or waives of rates and services charges would be considered for businesses, when requested in accordance with the financial hardship provisions of the Shire’s Policy.

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

At the Council meeting on Tuesday, 21 April and 26 May, the Shire of York
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  • Adopted Financial Hardship policy and delegations allowing suspension and write off of interest.
  • Halted the accrual of penalty interest relating to rates and charges effective from 1 April 2020.
  • Resolved to develop to 2020/21 draft budget with consideration for no increase to the rate in the dollar and no interest or administration fees to be charged on rates and service charges.
  • Adopted Fees and Charges with no increases for the 2020/21 financial year.
  • Resolved to waive annual fees and charges for home businesses, food businesses, lodging houses and local sporting clubs.
  • Suspended hire fees for regular users of Shire facilities.

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