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City of Perth COVID-19 Economic Rebound Strategy

The international COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the community, businesses and City services..

In response, the City has adopted a targeted COVID-19 Economic Rebound Strategy to provide both immediate and long-term support for businesses, residents and the wider community to get back on their feet and thrive. 

Informed by key stakeholders, the three-year Economic Rebound Strategy aims to improve community outcomes, ease the strain on businesses, reduce red tape and return a strong economic performance. 

The strategy focuses on three phases in which the City plans to respond to the impacts of COVID-19 as follows: 

  • Return and recover
  • Re-invent and revive
  • Recalibrate and repeat 
  • Return and recover

    During the return and recover phase, the City of Perth’s aim is to get Perth back up and running. 

    Several measures have already been implemented in this phase to provide immediate support including increased safety, hygiene and outreach services, waiving of fees and charges for businesses, free parking initiatives and business support through grants, workshops and campaigns. 

    Please note:
    As part of the City of Perth’s COVID-19 Relief and Rebound offering to residents and businesses, the City granted temporary relief for the community and waived all fees from March until 30 June. 

    The City would now like to notify the community that fees which existed pre-COVID-19 are now chargeable again. Fees are the same as last year and have not increased.

    However, the City continues to provide priority attention, with no application fees payable, for all development applications for works up to $500,000 including change of use, which will remain in effect until 31 December 2020.

  • Re-invent and revive
    As the threat to health softens and the community prepares to return to some level of normality, the City will work alongside the community and stakeholders to revive Perth as a destination of choice to visit, live, play, work, invest or study in. Notably, the City’s Commissioners have earmarked an amount of $18 million for the 2020/21 financial year for the Re-invent and Revive phase to deliver key projects, events and activities identified by stakeholders. 

    These projects range from events, marketing campaigns and activations to return patronage and vibrancy into the City, grants to support community and neighbourhood groups, grants to business sectors in capacity building and overall precinct improvements. 

    Three advisory committees will be set up to make sure ongoing collaborating and feedback from various sectors of the business community are undertaken over the next 12 months.  

    This will include a Marketing and Promotion Advisory Committee, City Amenity Advisory Committee and Events, Culture and the Arts Advisory Committee. 
  • Recalibrate and repeat
    Finally, the City of Perth will continue to seek stakeholder feedback and evaluation on recovery and rebound activities undertaken, delivering services that are valued by the community and responding to changing needs by recalibrating activities that no longer meet those needs.

    It is envisaged the City will seek ongoing collaboration and engagement with stakeholders to continually improve and deliver the best outcomes for the community.