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Relief and Rebound Plan (COVID-19)

This page was last updated 25 May, 1.25pm

A 12 month, $18million package designed to provide immediate support to City of Perth businesses was approved by the City of Perth Commissioners.

City of Perth Chair Commissioner Andrew Hammond said the Relief and Rebound Plan provided an initial package of support for businesses, rate payers and residents impacted by COVID-19.

“We know our community is suffering economically and socially. As a City, we are here to help you, now and in the future,” he said.

“This is a moderate, sensible and immediate response.  We have an incredible challenge ahead in achieving a balance between financial sustainability and assisting the community in what is a time of severe and sustained economic hardship.”

Commissioner Hammond also confirmed that the City is currently working on a long-term stimulation package to assist the CBD in recovering from this crisis.  

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  • Capital Works and Maintenance
    The City is working on accelerated capital works projects to help boost the economy and maintain jobs.

    The City has awarded an accelerated program for the redevelopment of Wellington Square. Planned construction which was due to take three years to complete will now be completed in one year. These works are currently underway.

    Similarly, the East End Revitalisation project was approved with an accelerated program being presented as the preferred option for approval. Approximately $10million worth of construction will commence in June 2020 and run for a 12 month period.

    The City recently brought forward detailed design for the Roe Street Redevelopment from the 20/21 financial year, allowing the tender process to commence in June 2020. This could bring construction of this project forward from late next financial year to later in the 2020 calendar year.

    Additionally, there are numerous programs of City work being looked at including lighting renewals and urban forest tree planting which could add extra stimulus during the rebound phase of the City’s plans.
     
  • Rates for 2020/21
    The City of Perth is implementing a 0% rate increase in municipal rates and charges, including sanitation and waste charges in 2020/21. 

    Commissioner Hammond said some businesses may see an increase in their 2020/21 rates base due to improved valuations (GRV) as determined by Landgate
  • Rent relief for City of Perth owned properties

    Suspension of lease and rental payments for three months to tenants leasing City of Perth owned property. 

    • Rent only suspension for three (3) months effective April 1 2020 to June 30 2020
    • Outgoings are not included in the rent relief
    • Bank guarantees will be relinquished
  • Free and discounted parking within the City of Perth

    CPP $10 flat rate all day parking 

    The City of Perth is pleased to offer $10 flat rate all day parking across each of our 34 CPP car parks from Monday 6 April. This all day parking is 24-hours from time of entry and is to recognise the reduced public transport options and effects of COVID-19.

    What about weekends? 

    The City is continuing with our free 3-hour parking trial on weekends and public holidays at the following locations: 

    • CPP His Majestys
    • CPP Cultural Centre
    • CPP Pier Street

    The $10 all day flat rate will otherwise apply.

    Carpark closures

    Monday to Friday CPP carpark operations are continuing as normal at this time, however any carparks with no usage may be closed earlier than advertised. Please keep up to date on these changes via www.cityofperthparking.com.au

    Some CPP carparks will be closed on weekends due to reduced capacity. These are: 

    • CPP Concert Hall
    • CPP Elder Street
    • CPP Regal Place
    • CPP Mayfair Street
    • CPP Goderich Street

    On-street free parking

    There have been no changes to time limits and parking restrictions associated with all on-street parking bays within the City of Perth. Motorists must still adhere to all time restrictions so bays can be turned over and accessible for all, including support of small business still operating within the city. As of Monday 4 May, cautions will be issued for motorists staying beyond the time restrictions on the signage and fines may be applied to vehicles repeatedly overstaying time limits once initially cautioned. So please do the right thing and adhere to the signs.

    Examples:  
    30-minute bays are limited to 30 minute parking
    1P bays are limited to 1-hour parking 
    2P bays are limited to 2-hour parking 

    Which bays are still subject to potential fines without a caution being issued in the first instance? 

    • No stopping zones
    • Clearways
    • ACROD bays
    • Loading zones
    • Taxi zones
    • Charter Vehicle bays
    • Resident parking bays
    • Private property
    • Footpaths

    Some of these bays may also result in towing of the offending vehicle by Main Roads WA.

    Are there any changes to residential parking permits? 

    Support can be provided to residents requiring extended parking. Please contact our customer service line on 9461 3333 or info@cityofperth.wa.gov.au for more information. 

     
  • Temporary exemptions from certain planning approvals

    On 8 April 2020, the Minister for Planning issued a Notice of Exemption in response to COVID-19 which outlines a range of temporary exemptions from certain approvals and requirements within the local planning framework.  

    These changes remove the need to obtain planning approval to support businesses, enable flexible responses in a changing environment and guarantee the provision of essential community services.  

    They include: 

    • Medical or health-related facilities required in response to the COVID-19 pandemic; 
    • truck and logistic companies needing to deliver goods but currently with restricted loading and unloading times;
    • businesses seeking to adapt by changing their current approved use; 
    • restaurants and cafes required to sell takeaway in contravention of current planning conditions;
    • people operating their businesses from residential zones;
    • the parking of commercial vehicles on residential properties; 
    • businesses needing to change signage; 
    • provision of temporary workers' accommodation; and 
    • a blanket two-year extension for all current development approvals.
    • these exemptions will remain in effect until 90 days after the end of the State of Emergency.

    The City is here to help you navigate these important changes to the planning framework. Further formation on the notice is provided via Engage Perth.  

  • Other initiatives
    • An express planning service for change of land use and development applications for small businesses
    • A full refund on all cancelled bookings at City of Perth managed properties or facilities
    • Shorter payment terms for creditors, reduced from 30 days to 15 days
    • Debtors experiencing hardship will receive a range of options to assist in payment
    • The City will waive fees and charges associated with;
      • Food Premise Licence Fees
      • Other Inspectorial Licence Fees
      • Change of Land Use Fees
      • Small Business Development/Planning Fees (when the estimated cost of development is under $500,000)
  • Outdoor dining applications
    To assist and promote food businesses during this time, there are no fees associated with businesses utilising the footpath outside as an extension to their indoor area. To ensure safety and pedestrian access, a set of simple guidelines has been produced to allow food businesses to set up table and chairs on the footpath adjacent to their shop front. 

    A business wanting to apply for an outdoor dining area can submit a simple application at no cost to receive a permit to operate in the City of Perth. Introduced last year, a web-based self-accreditation for outdoor dining applications simplifies the process, including the introduction of a provisional permit which allows food businesses to commence outdoor dining trading immediately.  

    To apply for a new Outdoor Dining Permit, businesses are encouraged to complete the simple form via the City’s Outdoor Dining Permit Applications.     
  • Help for food businesses and public buildings

    The City of Perth recognises the COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on local food businesses.  

    Whether you’re staying open or are temporarily closed, we have prepared some information that may assist you during this unprecedented time.  

    Please download the link to the brochure here

    You can download Information for public buildings and food businesses re-opening in the City of Perth by clicking the links in the text.

  • Federal Government Business Support
    Since 12 March 2020, the Australian Government has announced several stimulus and relief packages worth over $200 billion, designed to sustain businesses through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and keep employees in work. The government has stated that the measures are temporary, targeted and scalable. 

    View all Federal Government business support measures 
  • WA State Government Business Support
    The Western Australian Government has announced $1 billion+ measures to support small business during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

    View all WA State Government business support measures 
  • Lotterywest COVID-19 Relief Fund
    WA Premier Mark McGowan and Lotterywest have established a $159 million COVID-19 relief fund to provide support to organisations experiencing hardship. Grants are available for crisis and emergency relief support for eligible not-for-profit and community organisations. The funding will also provide financial relief for not-for-profit sports, arts and community organisations who had lost revenue due to cancelled events. 

    Eligible not-for-profit organisations and community groups can apply immediately for grant support by visiting www.lotterywest.wa.gov.au/grants or by calling 133 777. 

Questions can be directed to the Business Development team by emailing business@cityofperth.wa.gov.au