Coronavirus (COVID-19) – View the latest City information here

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

The City of Gosnells is taking a broad range of actions to support and assist the local community in efforts to reduce the impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Financial assistance:

• Preparing the 2020/21 City of Gosnells budget based on no increase in rate revenue
• Maintaining 2020/21 fees and charges at current year levels, where appropriate, and decreasing fees and charges where possible
• Writing off penalty interest on overdue rates and dishonour fees for defaults on direct debit payments
• Waiving food business registration renewals (due to be sent out this month and next month)
• Waiving commercial lease fees on the City’s four commercial leases (three cafes and a child care centre)
• Full refunds for all cancelled bookings at City facilities, for Don Russell Performing Arts Centre shows, paid program participants and the Art Exhibition entrants

Stimulus measures:

• Establishing the COVID-19 Recovery Reserve, which will receive unspent operating monies from 2019/20
• Developing a local economic stimulus package with direct benefit to people and businesses in the City of Gosnells
• Seeking to use public open space cash in lieu to immediately start work on 10 all-ability playgrounds in the City

Supporting our community:

• Expanding the City’s Meals on Wheels service, using available Federal Government funding, to assist more local residents
• Providing daily care calls to seniors, including volunteers aged over 70, who are currently in isolation
• Establishing a Community Hotline with advice, information and support for community members facing difficult circumstances
• Developing online and virtual programs for young people, to keep them engaged with the City’s youth team
• Providing a click and collect or home delivery service to library members
• Assisting community groups to apply for COVID-19 grants and support from the Federal and State Government
• Reviewing the Community Funding Program to target individuals and groups affected by COVID-19
• Looking at ways to support small businesses in the City’s small business incubator
• Working to establish payment arrangements to suit individual ratepayer’s circumstances
• Assisting local food businesses to operate as takeaway outlets
• Establishing a Home But Not Alone online Facebook event to provide experiences and challenges to engage and stimulate people in the comfort of their own home, while offering opportunities for social interaction

Information relating to the effects of the COVID-19 situation on City services, facilities, programs and events is available here.

Last Updated: Monday 18 May, 2020

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