COVID-19 Update: Thursday 9 April

2020/21 Budget/Economic Development

The City’s 2020/21 budget will be recast to assist the community in dealing with the impacts of COVID-19. Matters to be considered as part of the budgetary adoption process will include a proposal for no increase to rates or charges for the 2020/21 financial year.

During the 2020/21 budget adoption process, the Council will also consider:

  • New rate payment regimes for ratepayers to take into account current economic impacts;
  • Creation of additional business support services for our commercial and retail sector;
  • Reduction of discretionary expenditure to accommodate the no rates and charges increase;
  • Opportunity to accelerate capital expenditure programs as a business stimulus initiative;
  • An express approvals program to assist small business, reduction of City creditor payment timelines and;
  • A delay in issuing debtor accounts for the hire of City facilities.

In the interim, the City is looking at ways to help combat the many challenges COVID-19 has created, and will continue to create, on our community in the weeks and months to come.

Measures implemented so far have included:

  • Emerge Stronger initiative which was recently launched to connect people online with resources, ideas and opportunities in relation to volunteering, support services and digital help.
  • Penalty interest has ceased on all existing outstanding amounts from 1 March 2020 to 30 April 2020. This effectively allows people to put any outstanding amount on hold until 30 April. This will be considered again in April for the remainder of the financial year and for 2020/2021.
  • Designated takeaway bays have been established at locations within Joondalup CBD, allowing 15-minute free parking zones for visitors to access takeaway items at cafes, restaurants and food outlets.

An economic package is also being developed to support City businesses affected by the COVID-19 virus and longer-term building of the economy. This includes working with businesses to look at opportunities to innovate and reinvent their business models.

Parks/play spaces

The City has now installed PLAYGROUND CLOSED and FACILITY CLOSED (outdoor exercise equipment) until further notice signs at parks across the City. While this is unfortunate, the closures are in accordance with advice from the Department of Health and Federal Government.

Business Ready

Thirty local businesses were recently selected to take part in the City’s Business Ready pilot program where industry experts will help them boost their capabilities in destination marketing, digital transformation and global market access.  With businesses facing unprecedented challenges, these programs also present a timely and valuable opportunity for participants to look critically at their operations, service delivery and product offerings.

Business Engagement

The City offers the FREE Business Engagement Program where members of the City’s Economic Development team can provide one-on-one support to Joondalup businesses impacted by COVID-19. To register, contact 9400 4253.

TakeawayForWA

The City has partnered with TourismWA in delivering the TakeawayForWA campaign and encourages local residents to support our local businesses.

There is an increasing number of people in the community who need to self-isolate and several local accommodation providers – Joondalup Resort, Quest Joondalup and Quality Resort-Sorrento Beach – have implemented a range of precautionary measures that allow people to do so within Joondalup. There has been an increase in occupancy rates with staff helping guests feel safe, connected and healthy through contactless and virtual means. Examples include ‘no contact’ food and beverage delivery options and deep cleaning of surfaces

Council meetings

Upcoming Council meetings will be held electronically, as per advice from the Minister for Local Government.