The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder is expected to establish a million dollars COVID-19 “Fighting Fund” at its Ordinary Council Meeting on Monday night.
Under the proposal, Council will commit $1m from its 2019/20 Budget Surplus to assist any unforeseen or unintended financial consequences brought about by the virus that affects the Council or community organisations.
The Mayor John Bowler said the Council was looking at ways that it could support community organisations that have been impacted by flow on effects of COVID-19 responses across Australia and the State.
“There are a number of really fantastic community organisations in our community who will be feeling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Bowler said.
“This fund is a contingency to support them, and make sure they are still operating after the pandemic.
“The fund will also offset any impact that is felt operationally by the City, as a direct result of the outbreak.
“Because of prudent finance control in recent years, the City is in a fortunate position with its budget surplus that we are able to set aside this money, and any funds that are not used will be returned to the Future Capital Works Fund once this situation has resolved.
“What we are experiencing now is an unprecedented and constantly evolving situation, and we want to make sure, that as a Council, we have plans in place to support the community groups and organisations who contribute so much to making Kalgoorlie-Boulder a great place to live.”