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Coronavirus (COVID-19) support

The City of Gosnells is supporting residents and ratepayers through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and assisting in the economic recovery of the local community. Some of the actions that have been implemented or are planned include:

Supporting our community:

• Bringing forward $14 million of capital works to create a $33 million program designed to recharge the local economy, including funding a comprehensive road and community infrastructure program to generate jobs and keep local businesses and trades operating, with a large portion funded through grants and reserves
• Allocated public open space cash in lieu to immediately start work on 9 all-ability playgrounds across the City
• Expanded the City’s Meals on Wheels service, to assist more local, vulnerable residents using Federal Government funding
• Supported local organisations through the City’s Community Funding Program to assist individuals and groups affected by COVID-19
• Provided a relief package of $150,000 to assist hirers and lessees significantly impacted by facility closures including waiving fees for ground hire
• Commitment to reduce rates for the coming financial year
• Commitment to a freeze on fees and charges for 2020/21 financial year
• Continuing with flexible payment arrangements to suit individual ratepayer’s circumstances
• Removed penalty interest on overdue rates and dishonour fees for defaults on direct debit payments 
• Established the Home But Not Alone Facebook group to engage people in their own home, to combat isolation and encourage social interaction
• Launched a Community Hotline with advice, information and support for community members facing difficult circumstances
• Expanded the City’s Homebound Readers program, to deliver more library books to residents, while also providing a Click and Collect service

Supporting our businesses:

• Reassigned City Officers to Business Station in Gosnells to provide support to local small businesses  
• Bringing forward local road and community infrastructure projects, to help stimulate the local economy 
• Upgrading local community facilities with work directed to local businesses and trades through a $1.1 million Federal Government grant
• Waived registration renewals for local food businesses and provided assistance for them to operate as takeaway outlets
• Waived commercial lease fees on the City’s four commercial leases (three cafes and a child care centre)
• Supported local mobile food vendors to operate throughout the City at community events – Eyes on the Sky fireworks display and Drive-By Bites

Supporting our staff and improving operations:

• Redeployed permanent staff whose substantive roles could no longer be performed to undertake a variety of other projects
• Facilitated technology enhancements to deliver Ordinary Council Meetings online
• Launched Webchat to deliver additional customer service online
• Developing trainee and apprenticeship opportunities to provide young people with new employment pathways at the City
• Casual staff offered work with the Armadale Gosnells Landcare Group to provide continued employment and the opportunity to support the community project

Information on the status of City services, facilities, programs and events is available here.

Last Updated: Tuesday 23 June, 2020

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