As we settle into the ‘new normal’, I would like to thank everyone for staying at home over the Easter long weekend. By all accounts the community as a whole did the right thing, with only a couple of unauthorised people trying to travel beyond the boundaries set out by the State. Stopping the spread of this virus is a marathon, not a sprint, and even though Easter is over, we are all encouraged to stay at home over the coming weeks.
This brings me to the next area of praise for our community. Not only are our local businesses showing great innovation and adaptability in looking at how they can do business in these challenging times, but you are all stepping up to support them. Small businesses have been able to pivot and diversify to meet changing needs of customers, such as going online, changing their business model to do takeaway and delivery, and looking at alternative ways to service their customers.
I’m also very proud of the City as a local government. The City’s immediate response was recognized by WALGA for its quick response and roll out of initiatives like freezing rates and fees and charges. While a number of regional councils have had to stand staff down we, very proudly, have followed the Premier’s decree and kept everyone employed, including redeploying some casual staff to other areas of meaningful work. Council met on Monday night and we progressed plans for our recovery package, which will cover a broad range of initiatives to assist community groups and stimulate the local economy, bringing forward capital works projects and ensuring our local businesses can maintain jobs, rebound and grow.
On Monday, Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region Kyle McGinn and I will be hosting a forum for to ensure Kalgoorlie-Boulder businesses survive the coronavirus pandemic and local families retain safe and reliable employment. We are committed to seeing the local mining industry and its supporting services continue to prosper.
We want to ensure that when the health war is over, every local firm is in a strong financial position to continue to service the mining industry – locally and nationally and that more families would move to the region seeking jobs as the world started on the road to recovery.
We need to make sure the Goldfields wins the economic war, and that that flows back into our supply and service sector, and ensure the local industry is protected in these times of uncertainty.