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Community shapes $2M COVID recovery spend

Community shapes $2M COVID recovery spend

Tuesday, July 06, 2021

A group of community representatives have helped shape Council’s $2 million investment into COVID-19 recovery initiatives to help residents, businesses and groups thrive after a tough year.

Council committed $2 million in 2020/21 for a COVID Community Recovery Fund, which will be implemented this year.

Chair Administrator Lydia Wilson participated in the workshops, along with CEO Craig Lloyd, and said the community input was incredibly insightful and valuable.

“We sincerely thank our community budget working group, made up of 32 residents who gave their time to participate in three workshops over a month,” Ms Wilson said.

“The adverse impacts from COVID-19 have been, and continue to be, far reaching and we were very pleased to partner with the community and co-design initiatives that will be funded through the Community Recovery Fund.”

The initiatives were brought together through community and business perspectives, evidence and research gathered throughout the COVID-19 pandemic period, as well as specialist knowledge and insights from key stakeholders.

“We are confident these actions will help support many people in our community as we navigate a new road to recovery,” Ms Wilson said.

Progress of the Pandemic Recovery Fund actions will be reported back to Council every three months.

Some highlights of the COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery Plan include:

  • $400,000 to provide emergency recovery grants to community organisations for relief support
  • $400,000 for a support local campaign and incentive program to support local business
  • $150,000 for training in the community to enhance employment opportunities
  • $110,000 to work with partners to deliver workshops and resources to support young people to be job-ready

 View the full list of actions.