CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Council is monitoring the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19 to minimise risk to the health and wellbeing of staff and community. We will continue to operate essential services as long as circumstances permit, however, arrangements may change very quickly in line with government and health expert directives.

We understand that the pandemic is having an impact on our local community and businesses and that there is a considerable amount of uncertainty about what lays ahead. We urge everyone to stay calm and support each other as we work through these challenging times together.

We encourage you to refer to the State and Federal Governments resources.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) current situation 

https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-current-situation-and-case-numbers

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions

https://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/publichealth/communicable_diseases_prevention_unit/infectious_diseases/coronavirus/faqs

Click here for more information from Council, the State Government and the Federal Government for support for individuals, families and businesses.

 

COUNCIL MEASURES

Waratah-Wynyard Council takes part in twice daily state-wide meetings of all Tasmanian Councils and the Local Government Associate of Tasmania (LGAT).

Council’s Business Continuity Plan (BCP) has been enacted and Council’s leadership team are meeting regularly.

Artscape has closed and the Saunders Street Clinic has the option to convert it into a respiratory centre if required. Council has also provided marquees to this service for their new drive through clinic alternative.

The Wonders of Wynyard volunteers have been asked to take a break from the centre and not attend to minimise risk for those in high risk categories. Staff are still working, but it is no open to the public.

Considering the recent Government announcement that all places of gathering closed from 12 noon Monday, March 23 – Council has closed all indoor sporting venues and public halls.

All planned activities in any of Council’s venues will no longer be allowed to continue.

Council will make contact again when this situation changes – however the closure at this point is until further notice.

Users are reminded that it is a legal requirement to comply with this Government directive – no access to facilities will be exempt and penalties will apply for non-compliance.

In the interest of health and safety of patrons, stallholders and staff, the Wynyard Foreshore Market will be suspended until further notice, while we continue to take advice and monitor changing environment around the COVID-19 response.

We understand these and other measures our communities are facing do cause inconvenience and anxiety – however in the interest of public safety – we ask that everyone takes the advice and direction given by the Government seriously.

 

TASMANIAN GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

There is now is a new Tasmanian  Government website for all State Government information on Coronavirus -  www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au.    

The Tasmanian Government is circulating daily updates and face sheets.

Coronavirus overview

http://www.health.tas.gov.au/publichealth/communicable_diseases_prevention_unit/infectious_diseases/coronavirus

The Tasmanian Government has acted quickly to assist business and industry with resilience and recovery strategies to deal with and mitigate impacts of Coronavirus. Support includes:

To find out more, visit the Tasmanian Government's website - www.health.tas.gov.au/coronavirus

The Tasmanian Government has also introduced its own stimulus packages – details can be found here:

http://www.premier.tas.gov.au/documents/FACT_SHEETS_-_STIMULUS_PACKAGES_Final-V2.0.pdf

Interest Free Loans for Small Business

$20 million in interest free loans to small business in the hospitality, tourism, seafood production and exports sectors.  The Loans will be available to businesses with a turnover of less than $5 million to purchase equipment or restructuring business operations and will be interest free for three years.

Payroll Tax Waivers

Payroll tax liabilities will be waived for hospitality, tourism and seafood industry businesses for the last four months of 2019-20.

Other businesses with payrolls of up to $5 million will be able to apply, based on the impact of virus, to have their payroll tax waived for April to June 2020.

Government Maintenance Program

$50 million allocated to fast track maintenance on public buildings over

the next 12 months. This will provide an injection into local trades around the state and continue to support confidence in local communities.

Improving Small Business Cash Flows

To assist with small business cash flow, the Tasmanian Government will: Pay bills sooner: unless otherwise required by contractual arrangements, payment terms by Government agencies will be reduced from 30 days to 14 days; and

Targeted Small Business Grants Program for Apprenticeships and Traineeships

The targeted Small Business Grants Program provides a $5,000 grant for businesses that hire an apprentice or trainee in the tourism, hospitality, building and construction, and manufacturing industries. Funding for this measure has been brought forward.

Youth employment Scheme

The Scheme provides a payroll tax rebate for one year, to businesses that employ a young person aged 24 and under, between April and December 2020

Human Resource and Industrial Relations Assistance

$80,000 will be provided to the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) to provide Human Resources and Industrial Relations assistance associated with the coronavirus to businesses.

 

To find out more, visit the Tasmanian Government's website - www.health.tas.gov.au/coronavirus

 

To help the State Government understand what is needed, impacts to businesses can be reported to the State Government at: https://k2.stategrowth.tas.gov.au/Runtime/Runtime/Form/EDC.FRM.EmergencyDataCollectionForm/

Business Tasmania is another useful resource https://www.business.tas.gov.au/

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

The Australian Government is addressing the potentially significant economic consequences of the virus, without a permanent or structural impact on the budget balance.

COVID-19 SUPPORT FOR INDIVIDUALS AND HOUSEHOLDS

The Australian Government is providing financial assistance to Australians. This assistance includes income support payments, payments to support households and temporary early releases of superannuation.

https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/households

 

COVID-19 SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES

Increasing the Instant Asset Write-Off

The instant asset write-off threshold has been increased from $30,000 to $150,000 and expanded access to include businesses with aggregated annual turnover of less than $500 million (up from $50 million). This applies from March 12, 2020 until June 30, 2020, for new or second-hand assets first used or installed ready for use in this timeframe. To read more, please click here.


Backing Business Investment (BBI)

A time-limited 15-month investment incentive to support business investment and economic growth over the short term, by accelerating depreciation deductions. This applies to eligible assets acquired from March 12, 2020 and first used or installed by June 30, 2021. Businesses with a turnover of less than $500 million will be able to deduct 50 per cent of the cost of an eligible asset on installation, with existing depreciation rules applying to the balance of the asset cost. To read more, please click here.

Boosting cash flow for employers

The Boosting Cash Flow for Employers measure will provide up to $25,000 back to business, with a minimum payment of $2,000 for eligible businesses. The payment will provide temporary cash flow support to small and medium businesses that employ staff (turnover less than $50 million). The payment will be tax free. To read more, please click here.

Supporting apprentices and trainees

If you employ an apprentice or trainee you may be eligible for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of their wage paid from January 1, 2020 to September 30, 2020. You can register for the subsidy from early April 2020. To read more, please click here.

Assistance for affected regions, communities and industries

$1 billion has been set aside to support regions and communities most significantly affected by the Coronavirus. These funds will be available to assist during the next few months and over the year ahead to ensure these communities are well placed to recover. To read more, please click here.


SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF PACKAGE (AUSTRALIAN BANKS)


Australian banks will defer loan repayments for small businesses affected by COVID-19 for six months. Any small business who has not already been contacted should contact their bank to apply. To read more, please click here.

 

HELPFUL LINKS and PHONE NUMBERS

Public Health Hotline 1800 671 738

Lifeline 13 11 14

Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636

Suicide and crisis support 1300 659 467

Business Tasmania Hotline 1800 440 026

Events Hotline 1300 880 634

For general information about coronavirus, call the national 24-hour coronavirus information line on 1800 020 080 or visit the Australian Government Department of Health website at www.health.gov.au/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov.

Australian Government coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert

Health Direct – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

smartraveller.gov.au – travel information for Australian citizens

World Health Organization – coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

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Phone (03) 6443 8333 : Fax (03) 6443 8383 : Email: council@warwyn.tas.gov.au
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