COVID-19 Community Recovery and Care Package

COVID-19 Community Recovery and Care Package

During the last few weeks, we have taken several steps and precautions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. This has included closing a number of our Council managed and owned facilities, closing our Council offices and depots to the public, and reducing access to some of our public facilities (including public toilets and playgrounds), in support of the directives issued by the Tasmanian Government.

Council has recently resolved to support and endorse a Community Recovery and Care Package aimed at reducing the financial burden caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes supporting the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) COVIDÔÇÉ19 Community Recovery Package.  Council has recently adopted a number of initiatives including:

- a Financial Hardship Policy

- refocussed annual Community Grants

- new business recovery and event reimbursement grants; and

- created a COVID-19 Recovery Action Committee.

The situation is changing daily, and we are continuously monitoring it to ensure that we can provide a safe community for everyone within Latrobe.

Councillors, management and staff thank you for your continued support and cooperation in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

What is Recovery?

The Australian Emergency Manual, Disaster Recovery EMA 2004, defines recovery as “the coordinated process of supporting disaster-affected communities in the reconstruction of the physical infrastructure and the restoration of emotional, social, economic and physical wellbeing".

Council recognises that our local residents are our strongest assets against not only the spread of Coronavirus but, importantly, the recovery from its devastation.  Significantly networked key representatives of a broad cross-section of sectors or industries have formed the Latrobe Municipality COVID-19 Recovery Action Committee which will guide our Municipality through the recovery process in partnership with our communities -

Agriculture representativeNathan Richardson0418 122 508
Business representative - LatrobeCarolyn McLennan0499 986 191
Business representative - Port SorellLyndsey Holmes0409 284 287
Church representativePastor Ralph Terry0405 464 023
Education sector representativeRosemary Lincolne0418 870 767
Economic and Tourism DevelopmentIan Waller0448 286 121
Environmental Health / Deputy Recovery CoordinatorGlenys Nicholls6426 4444
Health Service representativeCarole French0409 969 457
Job Network representativeKaren Malone CVGT13 24 38
Latrobe Economic Development Committee ChairCr Vonette Mead0407 055 720
Sport representativeGreg Donald0438 329 676
Service Group representativeRod Bramich0407 852 946
Municipal Recovery CoordinatorMichelle Dutton6426 4444
MayorCr Peter Freshney0417 287 006

While these representatives will consult in their fields, you are encouraged to refer issues directly to them via their listed number.  There will undoubtedly be some issues that are beyond Local Government's capacity however referring them via the committee enables them to be raised with the relevant authority, seeking actionable outcomes and promoting solutions.

1.  Issues Log as at 14 August 2020

Financial Assistance Hardship Policy

Council adopted a Financial Assistance Hardship Policy to assist ratepayers who are experiencing genuine and serious financial hardship to receive relief from rates.

Community Grants Program

Latrobe Council’s 2020-21 Community Grants Program has closed for the 2020-21 financial year.

Applications for the 2021-22 financial year will open in March 2020 and prioritise funding by offering eligible organisations a helping hand to develop and grow long term projects throughout the Latrobe Municipality in the areas of -

  • Health and Community Welfare
  • Environment
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Minor Capital Works
  • Arts and Culture
  • Festivals Sponsorship

Business Recovery Grants

The Business Recovery Grants support eligible local businesses/organisations to rapidly transition to alternate models of commerce, outreach and engagement, including digital solutions and/or support circular economy initiatives from simple re-use to repair, re-make and revalue ideas.

Applications are currently open, closing on 30 October.

It is imperative that applicants are sourcing the services of a qualified business mentor.  Details of such organisations are available through Business Tasmania - 1800 440 026 or email ask@business.tas.gov.au

For grant guidelines and the application form, visit our Grants Page.

Event Reimbursement Grants

The Event Reimbursement Grants supported existing events for unrecovered expenses associated with events cancelled prior to 16 March 2020 and scheduled between 16 March to 30 September 2020.

Applications for this funding have been extended to 30 October 2020.

For further information visit our Grants Page.

COVID-19 Safe Planning for Cultural and Creative Industries

Cultural and creative industries have been impacted by COVID-19.  Recent webinars have been conducted offering this industry support to re-establish while navigating the process of developing their COVID-19 Safety Plans.

The videos of the sessions are available online using the links below:

Events – https://www.eventstasmania.com/sectorsupport
Arts & Museums/Galleries - https://www.arts.tas.gov.au/industry_development
Screen - https://www.screen.tas.gov.au/industry_links

If you have any questions or comments, please email opsctd@stategrowth.tas.gov.au

Money in Sport Webinar

Ever wanted to focus on improving the financial position, fundraising and management at your sporting organisation?

2020 has delivered its fair share of roadblocks. The impact of COVID-19 has shown us all the importance of financial stability for our sporting organisations, especially during times of crisis.

Communities, Sport and Recreation recently hosted a FREE webinar of relevance to sporting clubs and associations involving keynote presenters from the Australian Sports Foundation, Sport Surge Australia and Communities, Sport and Recreation to arm you with information and tools to enhance fundraising and financial management at your organisation.

Follow this link for a copy of the presentation - Money in Sport Webinar