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#WeirTogether and collaborating with local business and industry
to facilitate support during COVID-19 and beyond


$3K Small Business Lockdown Assistance Grants - 19 July 2021

A second round of Small Business Lockdown Assistance Grants is available from the State Government to help small businesses with costs incurred as a result of the recent four-day lockdown.

The government has offered a $3,000 grant to support small businesses that incurred direct costs or lost more than 30 per cent of revenue due to recent COVID-19 restrictions.

Shire of Mundaring Chief Executive Officer, Jonathan Throssell, encouraged small businesses in the shire impacted by the June 2021 circuit-breaker lockdown to apply.

"It is wonderful to see our State Government supporting small businesses in the Perth and Peel region with these grants," he said.

"The Shire has supported its business community through our COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund during the past year. While those grants have now closed, it is fantastic to see the State Government step-in and assist small businesses in the Perth and Peel regions."

Mr Throssell encouraged local businesses to check their eligibility at the Small Business Development Corporation website.

"More than 15,400 businesses in Perth and Peel could be eligible for the program and this includes hospitality, catering, fitness, hair and beauty, and creative and performing arts, among others," he said.

"The next step is to register your details with the Small Business Development Corporation and apply when the program opens."

The one-off grants apply to the lockdown period of 29 June 2021 to 2 July 2021 and the associated restriction period of 3 July 2021 to 6 July 2021.

Businesses must be able to prove losses incurred for perishable goods, cancellations or other unforeseen costs or demonstrate at least a 30 per cent reduction in revenues as a result of the lockdown.

Applications open on Monday 19 July at https://www.smallbusiness.wa.gov.au, with grant payments expected to be distributed by the end of July.

For the full list of eligible businesses, visit the Small Business Development Corporation website.



Lockdown grants to help small businesses - 7 May 2021

Businesses and enterprises within the Shire of Mundaring who were impacted by the recent snap COVID-19 lockdown can apply for $2K grants from the State government.

The Small Business Lockdown Assistance Grants program will provide one-off targeted, support to small businesses Perth and Peel to help cover some direct costs and lost bookings due to cancellations and closures.

Shire of Mundaring Chief Executive Officer, Jonathan Throssell, encouraged local business owners to check if they were eligible.

"The grant is designed to assist a wide range of sectors including hospitality, catering and staging, fitness, hair and beauty and creative and performing arts," he said. 

"Registrations of interest are now open through the Small Business Development Corporation with eligible businesses able to lodge an application later this month.

Eligible businesses with an Australia-wide payroll of less than $4 million and registered for GST purposes can apply. 

Businesses must be able to demonstrate losses incurred for items such as perishable goods, cancellations or other unforeseen costs as a result of the lockdown.

Grants will be distributed in June and July.

Small Business Minister, Reece Whitby, urged eligible businesses to begin preparing evidence of any losses in anticipation of applications opening later this month.

The program will be jointly managed by the Small Business Development Corporation and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

For more information see www.smallbusiness.wa.gov.au

Additional information:

Sectors eligible to apply for Small Business Lockdown Assistance Grants include:

  • Cafés and restaurants
  • Bars, pubs, taverns and nightclubs
  • Accommodation and sightseeing
  • Health and fitness centres and gyms
  • Hairdressing and beauty services
  • Florists
  • Cinemas
  • Bakeries and catering services Clubs (hospitality)
  • Specialised food retail
  • Food wholesalers
  • Creative industries and performing arts venues
  • Event equipment hire 

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Shire of Mundaring is committed to assisting local business and industry in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Shire's Local Relief and Recovery Coordinating Committee (LRRCC), together with its various subcommittees, is leading local recovery efforts to rebuild the social and financial strength of our community both during the pandemic and into the future.

How we are helping local business and industry?

COVID-19 Financial Hardship Policy

In recognition of the COVID-19 pandemic and the widespread economic impact felt by the community, local business and industry, Council adopted the COVID-19 Financial Hardship Policy. The policy defines, and explains the Shire's position on:

  • Payment difficulties, hardship and vulnerability;
  • Anticipated financial hardship due to the pandemic;
  • A criteria for financial hardship;
  • Payment arrangements;
  • Suspension or deferment of interest charges;
  • Deferment of rates for ratepayers holding a Pensioner Card; State Concession Card or Seniors Card; and
  • Suspension of debt recovery.

Recover Together COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund

The Recover Together Fund offers the biggest grants program ever delivered by Shire of Mundaring. The fund aims to build community resilience and connectedness through support for business and community-led initiatives, which address the impacts of COVID-19.

There are four tiered grants available: Restart; Reconnect; Rebuild; and Resilience.

Discover more about these grants and whether your local group or business is eligible here.

To read about our grant recipients please visit Celebrating our Grant Recipients page.


Weir In Business Voucher Books

The second round of voucher books have been created through the Rebuild Grant from our Relief and Recovery Fund.

These books offer discounts or savings to the public for businesses local to the Shire of Mundaring. There are several sections including health and beauty, retail, professional services, dining and takeaway, things to do, and trades and services, giving all businesses in the Shire of Mundaring the opportunity to participate. 

The books are available for purchase through the Mundaring Chamber of Commerce.


Other actions and initiatives
Effective from 1 April 2020 Council agreed to:

  • Offer its commercial tenants a six month freeze on all lease payments, with lease payments payable after 31 March 2021;
  • Consider requests for additional relief from commercial lessees on a case-by-case basis where demonstrable financial hardship can be verified
  • Commit to not commencing any proceedings to evict tenants from leased properties for six months;
  • Commit to not commencing any legal action for debt recovery for six months;
  • Stop levying any new penalty interest charges on outstanding rates for six months.

Additional Support

Federal Government

The Federal Government has a dedicated webpage which has financial assistance information, eligibility and timing for new the new government support for Australian business. More information on this link: Coronavirus information and support for businesses


State Government

See above, article titled 'Lockdown grants to help small businesses'.


Local business support
Mundaring Chamber of Commerce and Industry https://mundaring.org.au/contact-mcoc/


Other business support

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Western Australia has put together a COVID-19 response micro-site which contains information around disaster recovery and business continuity. It can be accessed at COVID-19 response micro-site

 
The Small Business Development Corporation also has a COVID-19 Online Hub


The Australian Taxation Office

Find ATO related information for businesses dealing with the impact of COVID-19 at Australian Tax Office COVID-19 information



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