Friday, 01 May 2020 08:32

WSROC welcomes COVID package for councils

Fairfield City Library Staff recording online story time. Fairfield City Library Staff recording online story time. Fairfield City Council

Media release, 1 May 2020

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has welcomed the NSW Government’s $395 million package to reduce impacts of Covid-19 on local jobs and community service delivery.

WSROC President, Clr Barry Calvert, said “This support package is greatly needed. Councils, like other organisations are under a lot of pressure due to Covid-19. However, unlike many businesses, councils are not eligible for Federal assistance programs such as Job Keeper.

“The news that support is available to safeguard council jobs, local services, and infrastructure delivery is fantastic for councils and their communities. Relief from the 2020-21 Emergency Services Levy payments are also greatly welcomed,” said Clr Calvert.

“This safety net will ensure that councils can continue to deliver essential services to the community, and give grass-roots support to those who need it,” he said.

“Despite the restrictions caused by Covid-19, Western Sydney councils have been working hard to maintain and increase support to the community. Programs as diverse as fee relief and additional training for small businesses, moving library and leisure centre services online, redeploying council staff to assist local charities, and working with local health authorities to bring flu immunisation programs to those who need it most. This is just a small fraction of the work being done, and I am extremely proud of what councils have been able to achieve in an extremely short timeframe,” said Clr Calvert.

 

Below is a list of some initiatives that are in place across Western Sydney:

  • Many councils have moved their library services online, including access to online publications, virtual story time, and home library programs for those without internet access.
  • Many councils have redeployed staff to assist local charities whose regular volunteers are over 65 and self-isolating.
  • Many councils are assisting in the coordination of additional services to homeless residents, refugee and asylum seekers, as well as those facing difficulties due to mandatory isolation.
  • All councils continue to run essential waste services, maintenance and infrastructure programs.

*It should be noted that the above examples are designed to illustrate the range of activities being undertaken. Most councils are running a range of the above measures, programs and assistance packages.

 

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