Assistance for Local Businesses, Clubs, Residents

Published on Thursday, 26 March 2020 at 10:00:00 AM

Assistance for Local Businesses, Clubs, Residents

Relief Measures Effective Immediately

The Town of East Fremantle has taken swift and decisive action today announcing a range of measures to assist local businesses, clubs and residents, thereby offsetting some of the financial pain caused by new restrictions imposed in response to the COVID-19 health emergency.

To help local pubs, clubs, restaurants, cafes, gyms, and all other businesses whose operations are impacted by new State and Federal government restrictions, the Town has implemented the following measures.

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

For Business and Clubs

  • Lease payments and fees and charges on Town-owned buildings for periodic users and assets are suspended for the next three months
  • Waiving of all penalty interest, instalment interest and instalment admin charges for the balance of the financial year
  • Food businesses providing take-away services will have no inspection fees
  • Free access to business advisory services
  • Refund all cancelled bookings
  • Faster terms of payment for creditors

EFFECTIVE 1 JULY 2020 COMMITMENT TO INTRODUCING

For our residents for 2020/2021 (next financial year – 1.7.2020 – 30.6.2021)

  • There will be a zero per cent (0%) rate revenue increase
  • A zero per cent (0%) increase in fees and charges
  • A zero per cent (0%) increase in wages and salaries for Town staff

Mayor Jim O’Neill said that he and his fellow Councillors, and Town management and staff had great empathy for the devastating economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis, and have worked together to develop a suite of measures to cushion the blow.

“We know our community are hurting, and are worried about the future,” he said “and we want them to know that we are united in this concerted effort to offer some comfort as we navigate this crisis together.”

He explained that the measures would share the load across the Town, affecting staff and contractors, clubs, local businesses and residents alike, recognising that all of East Fremantle is affected by recent events, and has called for the community to come together.

“We need to support each other, patronise local businesses wherever possible and reach out to the vulnerable members of our community” Mayor O’Neill said.

Those seeking details of these new measures should contact the Town of East Fremantle via 08 9339 9339 to speak to Town staff.

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