For Community

#WeirTogether and collaborating with our beloved Hills community to support you through the COVID-19 crisis


Our community is our strength and to this end, Shire of Mundaring is starting to look beyond the COVID-19 crisis and proactively focussing on the rebuilding of our much loved Hills Community.

We are working to ensure positive outcomes for our community by partnering with key stakeholders and actively seeking input from residents and ratepayers.

The Shire has established a dedicated Community Relief and Recovery sub-committee which reports to the Local Relief and Recovery Coordinating Committee. The sub-committee will provide advice and guidance on community recovery initiatives and mechanisms during Shire of Mundaring's response to the COVID-19 crisis and beyond by:

  • Creating a centralised point for information on the Shire website
  • Distributing localised information via the Community Connect newsletter
  • The #WeirTogether campaign
  • A community survey to ascertain the impact of COVID-19 on community health and wellbeing
  • Recruitment and development of volunteers
  • Community Connect Program (see below)
  • Actively promote and support local emergency relief services
  • Explore grants program for local community and sporting groups
  • Development of 'Explore and Expose' photography project to reconnect community to their local spaces
  • Provision of information across a variety of mediums
  • Support community to get online through training opportunities
  • Support vulnerable community members
  • Facilitating Reimagine and Thrive webinars to support local sporting, environmental, youth organisations, and volunteer groups as well as not for profit organisations


Reimagine & Thrive Webinars support local community

In June and July 2020, Shire of Mundaring launched the Reimagine and Thrive webinar series.

View past webinar recordings below.

Past Webinars

Shire of Mundaring was pleased to partner with not-for-profit group, MIDLAS, who hosted six webinars covering ways to manage finances and access various financial support payments.

Ian Crawford from Candor Training and Consultancy presented an additional webinar, which taught participants how to write competitive grant applications and how to maximise the chances of securing sponsorship.  

Each session was recorded and has been made available below for viewing. 

Reimagine & Thrive Webinar 1 & 2: Your financial entitlements during COVID-19

View the Webinar here.
Access the presentation slides here.

Reimagine & Thrive Webinar 3: Grant writing and where to find funds

View the webinar here.

Reimagine & Thrive Webinar 4 & 5: Your spending plan during the pandemic and beyond

View the webinar here.

Access the presentation slides here.

Reimagine & Thrive Webinar 6 & 7: What are the September changes to JobKeeper & JobSeeker payments?

View the webinar here.

Access the presentation slides here.


Telephone outreach support for those in need 
 

 

To support community members
in need, Shire of Mundaring has partnered with Australian Red Cross - Emergency Services Western Australia to provide a telephone outreach service.

We're all feeling the challenges of COVID-19 and want to ensure no one faces them alone or feels disconnected from their community.

A simple phone call from a friendly, trained volunteer can make all the difference to someone's mental wellbeing.

If you are concerned about a friend or neighbour, please contact the Shire's Community Engagement team on 9290 6682 so they can be connected to this support service.

#WeirTogether and we're here to support our community.

 

COVID-19 Community Impact Survey Results

Thank you to everyone who participated in our COVID-19 Community Impact survey. The survey was conducted to determine the impact of COVID-19 on our community's health and wellbeing.

Survey results showed the top four issues being experienced in the community were:

  • Loss of employment
  • Financial difficulties
  • Social Isolation
  • Mental health

Responses are being used to develop community driven relief and recovery initiatives.

These include online webinars to support skill development and create better employment opportunities, financial support measures including grants for local community and sporting groups, as well as providing assistance to vulnerable community members. Survey results can be viewed in this short video below.

 

 
 

 

Community Connect initiative supports
vulnerable community members

Shire of Mundaring has launched an initiative to encourage community members to connect with, and support, their neighbours.

Manager Libraries and Community Engagement, Shannon Foster said the Community Connect program aimed to assist vulnerable members of our community and those who have chosen to self-isolate during the COVID-19 crisis.

"We encourage community members to reach out and offer to support neighbours who may need help collecting groceries or urgent supplies, posting mail, walking a dog or simply checking in with a phone call," she said.

"Key to this program is remaining socially connected whilst maintaining physical distance which is why we have designed a flyer to help community members connect with one another.

"We remind our community to focus on their health and safety when participating in this initiative to ensure that the only thing spread is our much-loved Hills community spirit."

If you'd like to get involved in our Community Connect program:

  • Remember to maintain safe social distancing and wash your hands frequently;
  • Please also observe general safety precautions such as not entering a stranger's home or sharing banking details.

Community members with suggestions on other ways we can support one another during this challenging time are invited to contact the Shire on 9290 6666 to share their ideas.

"Our community is our strength please take care of one another so we can get through this crisis together," Ms Foster said.

If you would like to help a neighbour, simply download and complete this flyer and leave it in your neighbour's letterbox. If you would like us to post you a copy of the flyer please call 9290 6666.  


  
Are there any changes for community groups who lease a Shire facility?
Will the Shire continue community engagement workshops?
Can our community group still apply for a Shire grant?
I would like to help, where can I volunteer?



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