Regenerate Together Relief Print

The Shire of East Pilbara announced an unprecedented COVID-19 response package in the East Pilbara, with a suite of measures totaling over $8.5 million dollars approved by council.
 

Relief Package

What you need to know about rates

Freezing rates for the 2020-21 financial year

The Shire of East Pilbara will assist in a cost saving role by freezing rate increases and ensuring no additional financial burden is placed on ratepayers in the 2020-2021 financial year. The Shire of East Pilbara will offer a 5% refund on rates payments to all owner/occupiers, local businesses and pastoralists.  

An application form to access the 5% refund will be available to eligible ratepayers in the 2020/21 financial year.
 

Remain at the 2019-20 Concession Percentages

The Shire of East Pilbara will process rates billing as normal, by not decreasing the rates concession percentages. The Shire’s Finance Department will notify all appropriate rate payers.
 

Waiver fees associated with rates installment payments for ratepayers facing financial hardship

Rates instalment fees and interest will be waivered for the 2020-21 financial year for ratepayers experiencing hardship, identified upon application. The Shire of East Pilbara expects that reducing the financial impost associated with entering a rates payment arrangement for ratepayers already facing financial hardship, will reduce any additional financial stress.
Ratepayers experiencing financial hardship are encouraged to complete a hardship application form below. 
 

Waive penalty interest on 2020-21 rates for those facing financial hardship

Penalty interest on rates and debts will be waivered for the 2020-21 financial year for ratepayers experiencing hardship, identified upon application. The Shire of East Pilbara aims to provide respite to ratepayers experiencing financial hardship by waivering any additional fees associated with late payments.
Ratepayers experiencing financial hardship are encouraged to complete a hardship application form below. 
 

Increase flexible payment options for rate payers and debtors who qualify under the Financial Hardship Policy

The Shire of East Pilbara has adopted a Financial Hardship Framework, specific to COVID-19 financial hardship considerations. The Shire of East Pilbara will offer fair, equitable and dignified support to rates debtors experiencing financial hardship as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ratepayers experiencing financial hardship are encouraged to complete a hardship application.
 
Freezing of fees and charges for the 2020-21 financial year
The Shire of East Pilbara will assist in a cost saving role by freezing fees and charges increases to ensure no additional financial burden is placed on community and business.
Deferral or holding of selected fees and charges for six (6) months for sporting clubs, sole traders and businesses
The Shire of East Pilbara is offering clubs, sole traders and businesses a break in expenditure on annual fees payable for 6 months as entities have outlaid expenditure but not been able to generate income to offset these costs due to government restrictions.
These fees and charges include:
  • Storage hire costs per club
  • Traders permits
  • Liquor licence application fee
  • Food premise licence fees
  • Health inspection fees
  • Home based business and occupational permits
 
The Shire of East Pilbara’s Finance Department will notify eligible clubs and businesses on extension or deferral of payments.
Please note: No discounts will be applied for a club which does not have an existing arrangement with the Shire.  This initiative only applies to existing clubs or seasonal users from the past 12 months.
 
$50,000 towards a Buy Local Program
The Shire of East Pilbara’s 'East Pilbara Dollars Project' will aim to stimulate the local economy by incentivising local spending at local small businesses during the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and to assist affected local small businesses to resume operation when possible.
Research shows that when money is spent locally, some of that money is then reinvested into other local stores and so on. The Buy Local program will aim to facilitate the multiplier effect.

Read more here!
 
$100,000 for one-on-one Support for Small Business
The Shire of East Pilbara’s ‘Support for Local Small Businesses’ program will provide needed one-to-one support for small businesses located in the East Pilbara Region, to assist with adapting and building resilience to the current challenges. Local Small Businesses will be able to access up to 5 hours of one-on-one support with professional business consultants.
More details will be announced soon!
 
$150,000 towards a COVID-19 Recovery Grants Program
This grant program will be open in the 2020/21 financial year for small and medium businesses, not-for profits and cultural, art and sporting groups to boost their activities and spending capacity during the recovery phase of the Pandemic.

More details will be announced soon!
 
Suspension of new debt collection activities for the duration of the Pandemic
New debt collection processes will be delayed for six (6) months (May 2020 - October 2020), providing relief for those having difficulty in paying outstanding 2019-20 and 2020-21 rate debts.
This initiative will be reviewed after six (6) months.
 
Rental payment waiver of 50% for six (6) months for Airport tenants who qualify for the Federal Government JobKeeper Programme from 1 May 2020
The Shire of East Pilbara will assist in cost saving for businesses at its airport holding, leased to commercial tenants by reducing rental payments of 50% for 6 months from 1 May 2020 to tenants eligible for the Government’s JobKeeper Program.
his initiative supports the National Cabinet agreement that states and territories will implement a mandatory Code of Conduct for commercial tenancies. This Code applies to all tenancies that are suffering financial stress or hardship as defined by their eligibility for the Government’s JobKeeper Programme and requires landlords to offer tenants proportionate reductions in rent payable in the form of waivers and deferrals.

The Shire of East Pilbara’s Finance Department will notify tenants at its airport holding and request they submit an application with evidence of eligibility.
 
Upon application, rental payment waiver of 50% for six (6) months for Newman House tenants from 1 May 2020
The Shire of East Pilbara will assist in cost saving for all businesses and service providers at Newman House, by reducing rental payments of 50% for 6 months from 1 May 2020, for eligible applicants. The Shire will support commercial and not-for-profit tenants at Newman House to re-direct some of their expenditure into service delivery areas.

 This initiative also supports the National Cabinet agreement that states and territories will implement a mandatory Code of Conduct for commercial tenancies. This Code applies to all tenancies that are suffering financial stress or hardship as defined by their eligibility for the Government’s JobKeeper Programm and requires landlords to offer tenants proportionate reductions in rent payable in the form of waivers and deferrals.

The Shire of East Pilbara’s Finance Department will notify tenants at Newman House and request they submit an application with evidence of eligibility.
 
Refunds on all cancelled bookings at Shire owned facilities from 1 March 2020
The Shire has offered a full refund on cancelled bookings at Shire owned facilities from 1 March 2020.
 
Free extensions for development approvals and extensions
The Shire is offering free extensions for development approvals and extending approval applications to provide businesses with extra flexibility and reduce financial burden, whilst Federal and State restrictions limit their operation.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss this with the Shire’s Development Services Department upon application.
 
Express turnover for change of use and development approval applications
The Shire is offering express planning services for change of use applications and development application to support the diversification, and effective and efficient operation of businesses, whilst Federal and State restrictions limit their operation. 

Applicants are encouraged to discuss this with the Shire’s Development Services Department upon application