#WeirTogether and collaborating with local business and industry to facilitate support during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond
Shire of Mundaring is committed to assisting local business and industry in response to adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Local Relief and Recovery Coordinating Committee (LRRCC) - aided by economic and community sub-committees - will oversee the Shire's strategies to provide relief to people, groups and businesses during the declared COVID 19 State of Emergency period and when the emergency eases, it will lead the Shire's efforts in rebuilding the social and financial strength of our community.
While we recognise this virus has already had a significant impact on the local economy, our dedicated Economic Relief and Recovery sub-committee - which includes key representatives of local business and industry as well as the Mundaring and Swan Chambers of Commerce and Industry - will facilitate response, relief and recovery efforts.
What has Shire of Mundaring already implemented?
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 1 October 2020;
- 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.
The COVID-19 Financial Hardship policy explains the Shire's position on, and defines:
- 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.
Find out more about the COVID-19 Financial Hardship policy here.
The Shire also organised a series of informative online workshops on 14, 21 and 28 May (presented by the Small Business Development Corporation) to address the most pressing issues business and industry owners' face in our area.
Recover Together – COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund:
The Fund aims to build community and local business and industry resilience and connectedness, through support for community networks, business and community-led initiatives, which address the impacts of COVID-19.
There are four tiered grants available.
Local businesses can find out more about the grants, and check their eligibility on the Shire website here.
Forward planning and preparation
Council will continue to consider longer-term local business and industry needs following the easing of isolation restrictions, to assist with restoring and strengthening the local economy.
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
The State Government has announced a $607 million stimulus package to support WA households and small businesses in the wake of COVID-19.
This includes $114 million in measures to support Western Australian small and medium businesses. In addition, small and medium sized businesses affected by COVID-19 can now apply to defer payment of their 2019-20 payroll tax until July 21, 2020. Find out more at: COVID-19: Business and industry advice and information
On Tuesday 11 August, the State Government announced a new program to be delivered as part of its WA Recovery Plan.
PIVOT will help small business owners adapt and respond to the COVID-19 environment by delivering a range of online webinars, mentoring and support initiatives aimed at enhancing entrepreneurial skills.
Interested businesses with fewer than 20 staff, including sole traders, must apply for the program by Monday 17 August.
The program will be delivered by the Small Business Development Corporation and begins Monday 31 August.
Apply and find out more information at www.smallbusiness.wa.gov.au/pivot
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
West Australian Local Government Association (WALGA)
WALGA has launched a sector-wide procurement platform to allow local businesses to easily access local government contracts. It is free to use for members and suppliers. Once registered, you can receive invitations to quote on work across dozens of categories, from building products to transport and logistics. Register via this link: VendorPanel Marketplace