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.
Well done team.