Shire of Mundaring Council has adopted a raft of relief and recovery strategies aimed at supporting community members and groups, local businesses and industry through the
unprecedented challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis.
During a Special Council Meeting held via video conference last night, Council agreed to:
- Prepare a budget for 2020-21 based on no rate revenue increase and no increases to Shire fees and charges;
- Offer increased flexibility in payment options for all accounts receivable, including rates;
In addition, effective from 1 April 2020, the Shire will:
- Write off all receivable lease payments from local community organisations for six months;
- 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
"This crisis doesn't fit into the usual parameters of an emergency situation. We are living in unprecedented times and COVID 19 affects everyone," Shire President Cr John Daw said.
"When a State of Emergency was called last month, we acted swiftly to close facilities and public playgrounds, call off non-essential work and implement the Shire's business continuity planning.
"This next step will provide some immediate and longer term relief to those community members who are feeling the financial strain but we know there is much more to do before this crisis ends.
"CEO Jonathan Throssell and Shire staff are thanked for their steadfast response as the crisis unfolded and Council is committed to implementing further relief and recovery measures in coming months."
Cr Daw will Chair a new Shire of Mundaring Local Relief and Recovery Coordinating Committee (LRRCC) with Cr Simon Cuthbert as Deputy Chair.
The committee will lead the Shire's relief and recovery efforts and include an economic sub-committee chaired by Cr Darrell Jones with Cr James Martin as deputy and a community sub-committee chaired by Cr Kate Driver with Cr Jason Russell as deputy.
"The LRRCC 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 ends, it will lead the Shire's efforts in rebuilding the social and financial strength of our community," Cr Daw said.
Community members, businesses and agencies will be selected to join the LRRCC and its sub-committees.
"These committees will do some of Council's most critically important work this year," Cr Daw added.
"Council is determined to do its best. We will be taking expert advice and listening to our residents and businesses. We are part of the state and federal action plan to get through this challenge and emerge as a stronger community."
For more information about the above financial relief measures, contact the Shire on 9290 6666 or via email@example.com. You can also see our COVID-19 FAQs here.