RAMADAN: On behalf of the Councillors and staff, I would like to take this opportunity to send our best wishes to the many people in our community of the Islamic faith who are in the holy month of Ramadan. As per the Shire’s usual practice in the interests of the health and well-being of our staff, the outside crew work from 6am to 12noon each day during Ramadan.


ANZAC DAY: Sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to making our Anzac Day commemoration so special. We are very grateful to the community for embracing the changes and for their enthusiastic participation and to the fantastic team of volunteers and staff who put it all together. Photos are available on Shire’s facebook.

FINANCIAL RELIEF: The Shire recognises the serious impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the community as a whole and acknowledges our role in offering financial relief. Council has endorsed a COVID-19 Support Package comprising a mix of funding and in-kind support designed to mitigate some of the impacts that will be felt across the community in the short to medium term. The package includes the following:
 
Shire rates INCREASE freeze -The standard annual increase in rates is usually 3%. A 3% saving per rateable property e.g. The average rateable value of general developed (residential) is $17,166. This would result in an average rate amount of $1871 and an average saving of $56 per property.
 
Reduce the rate in the dollar for holiday accommodation to the same as residential. The Differential rate in the dollar for Holiday Accommodation is .1617 as opposed to the residential rate of .1090. This reduction will result in a 48.34% saving per effected ratepayer with an average saving of $991 per property, noting that this will vary based on rateable value of each property.  

Shire waste collection charge INCREASE freeze.

The short-term employment of a grants officer to help the community access government assistance offerings.

Expediting planned capital projects in the coming months to ensure employment and business opportunities for the local community.

Advocating for the reduction of registration fees for businesses such as car hire providers who currently pay registration at a higher business use rate.

Advocating for a freeze on increases to water, sewerage and electricity rates for the 2020/2021 financial year.   
 
Further measures in relation to commercial leases and Kampong rentals will be considered by Council, acting in its capacity as Trustee, at the May Council meeting.

CORPORATE BUSINESS PLAN REVIEW: Councillors and staff have commenced a desktop review of the Corporate Business Plan (CBP) to ensure the initiatives and strategies flagged for 2020/21 are still relevant and a priority for the community. This review is important as the CBP provides the basis for the budget. Community members are invited to submit their comments on the CBP to the Shire by Monday 18 May for Council to consider. The CBP is available on the Shire website https://shire.cc/en/your-council/council-documents.html or contact Ibrahim Macrae, Governance Coordinator on 9162 6649/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to have a copy delivered to you. It should be noted that this is a minor desktop review to inform the budget, as a major review of the Community Strategic Plan (which informs the CBP) is scheduled for the second half of 2020 and at which time we will implement more thorough community engagement process.

POSITIVE AGING PLAN DRAFT FOR PUBLIC COMMENT: Thank you to members of the community who contributed their ideas and aspirations to make Cocos a great place for Seniors. The draft Positive Aging Plan is now available for review by the community. Please head to https://shire.cc/en/your-council/council-documents.html or contact Isa Minkom, Community Development Coordinator on 9162 6649/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to have a copy delivered to you.

PLANNING FOR LANDSCAPING OF WILLIAM KEELING CRESCENT: The masterplan listed William Keeling Crescent as an opportunity for improvement via improved landscaping, shade trees and amenities. The masterplan was a high-level concept and we are currently developing a more detailed plan which we can cost and present to Council as part of the budget process. To ensure we have full community support for the plan, we are seeking community views on what they would like to see, and where. Thank you to residents who have taken the time to submit their ideas. If you haven’t done so yet, please submit your ideas to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. listing William Keeling Crescent in the subject line.   

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES: The Shire’s Community Development Team has been hard at work finding creative and exciting ways in which to bring the community together while we are not able to gather in person. They have put out a wide range of wonderful activities for all sectors of the community that encourage participation and fun. Please follow these exciting activities by following the Shire’s Facebook page. If you need help setting up a Facebook account, please contact Isa Minkom on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 9162 6649.
Well done team.

Andrea Selvey
Chief Executive Officer