City of Karratha

COVID Support Packages

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TRANCHE 1

City support fo​r businesses

The City understands that the COVID-19 global pandemic has impacted small business owners.

Small business development is critical to Council achieving its vision to become Australia’s most liveable regional City, and at a Special Council Meeting on March 30 Council endorsed a range of measures aimed at providing support and economic stimulus to small businesses.

The COVID-19 Small Business: City Support Package includes the following initiatives:

  • Establishing a network of City officers to provide one-on-one support to businesses to access advice and information regarding State, Federal and other support initiatives available;

  • Modifying the City’s Financial Hardship (Rates Relief) Policy to provide increased access to debt write off for businesses;

  • Freezing rates and existing City fees and charges in 2020/21 (zero percent increase);

  • Implementing opportunities to spend additional City resources on local suppliers and contractors;

  • Allocating up to $100,000 to implement an online portal and social media advertising campaign to encourage spending at local businesses;

  • Small business tenants of City properties will not be charged rent for six months; and

  • Providing lenient and compassionate terms to City debtors.

Please note that for the purpose of this support package ‘small business’ is defined as a company with an annual turnover of less than $5 million. 

City support for individuals

The COVID-19 Small Business: City Support Package provides support for individuals experiencing financial hardship in the following ways:

  • Modifying the City’s Financial Hardship (Rates Relief) Policy to provide increased access to debt write off for individuals;

  • Freezing rates and existing City fees and charges in 2020/21 (zero percent increase); and

  • Deferring the collection of rates from all ratepayers excluding schedule (bulk) ratepayers from August to November 2020 (three-month extension).

City support for community groups and organisations

At a Special Council Meeting on March 30, Council endorsed the COVID-19 Community: City Support Package, which includes the following measures aimed at supporting community groups and organisations:

  • Establishing a new COVID-19 Community Group Assistance Fund;

  • Allocating $250,000 from the Biannual Community Grant Scheme to the COVID-19 Community Group Assistance Fund; and

  • Providing grants of up to $25,000 per community group or organisation via the COVID-19 Community Group Assistance Fund.

For further information regarding the COVID-19 Small Business: City Support Package please contact 08 9186 8555. 


TRANCHE 2

Supported by: 

A suite of additional support initiatives to help small businesses and community groups recover from the COVID-19 pandemic were endorsed by Council on June 30. Rio Tinto has contrinuted $1 million to support Tranche 2 initiaitves. 

The new initiatives are:

  • Providing approximately 8500 households with $100 Try Local vouchers to be spent at local businesses, in partnership with the Karratha & Districts Chamber of Commerce and Industry;
  • Providing small business grants of up to $10,000 to local small businesses who can demonstrate significant financial impacts associated with COVID-19 (applications closed 31 July); 
  • Waiving City fees for hairdressers, beauty salons and tattoo parlours during 2020/21;
  • Waiving the 12.5% commission fee on local tours booked through the Karratha Tourism and Visitor Centre;
  • Providing a 20% discount to City residents who book a local tour through the Karratha Tourism and Visitor Centre between 1 July 2020 and 1 January 2021;
  • Implementing an enhanced 2020/21 capital and asset renewal program with a specific focus on projects likely to be delivered by local businesses;
  • Providing $1000 grants to community-run sporting and arts and cultural groups who spend $2000 at local businesses between March 2020 and June 2021;
  • Implementing an enhanced 2020/21 City arts, cultural and events program to provide increased opportunities to local artists, entertainers and events related local businesses; and
  • Doubling funding for Meet the Street events held during 2020/21.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the new initiatives were valued at approximately $1.3 million, bringing Council’s total support packages to date to $4.3 million.

Full details of these initiatives can be read in the June 2020 Council Minutes 


Try Local Cash Vouchers

By August 10, all households should receive a letter with instructions on accessing $100 to spend on local businesses. This initiative is in partnership with Karratha & Districts Chamber of Commerce and Industry, more info can be found here.