COVID-19 SHIRE RECOVERY PLAN

Published on Wednesday, 15 April 2020 at 4:15:33 PM

PHASE ONE (FOR IMPLEMENTATION PRIOR TO JUNE 2020)

Fees and charges relief

Waive fees and charges that represent a disincentive to economic activity.

Local business promotion

Special editions of Preston Press to promote local businesses (free advertising for local businesses and 'promote local' campaign).

Business activity support

Increase support for local business by providing an information conduit and assist with communication across the business sector.

Local businesses cash flow

Invoices for local businesses paid weekly, instead of fortnightly.

Community leases

Waive facility lease payments for community and sporting groups in Shire facilities.

Backpackers

Work with local accommodation providers to assist backpacker workforce availability, stability and pandemic education/information.

Camping sites management

Work with DBCA in relation to formal and informal camping sites to manage litter, bushfire risk and other impacts of potential over-use.

Shire approvals

Expedite planning, building and other approvals.

Self-supporting loans

Defer payment of self-supporting loans (to community groups) during 2020.

Commercial leases

Review the need for modification to commercial lease terms on a case-by-case basis, in line with Federal and State directives.

 

 

 

 

PHASE TWO (FOR IMPLEMENTATION FROM JULY 2020)

Rating level freeze

0% rates increase for 2020/21 (noting that some property revaluations are still expected to be undertaken by the State Government).

Shire capital spend

Expedite the planned capital works program, key projects and bring forward asset management works where possible.

Bushfire Brigades support

Work with DFES and others to support Bushfire Brigades.

Tourism support

Plans to assist tourism sector when movement and isolation restrictions are lifted (e.g. Collie-Preston tourism promotion of wrap-around visitor packages).

Community grants

Restructure delivery of Shire community grants and increase funds by 2020/21 to encompass community and business support grants.

Events

Work with event organisers to seek to assist to 're-launch' cancelled events (when restrictions are lifted).

Not for Profit / Community Associations

Work with associations to identify assistance Shire may be able to provide.

Shire facilities management

Bring forward maintenance and renewal works while facilities are closed or in a low use period.

 

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