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Planning and Building Applications Via Email Only

To our community, 

Because our staff are currently working remotely and plans cannot be submitted in person, we require that anyone with planning or building applications submit these online via email to admin@mosmanpark.wa.gov.au

Should you have questions regarding your application or the process, you can also email these through to admin@mosmanpark.wa.gov.au or call 9383 6600 between 8:30am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday.  At present, the Town can only accept payment for these applications via bank transfer or credit card. 

Please note that, any calls received outside of the hours above, will be transferred to an answering service and actioned by the Town the next working day.
 

Online services available from The Grove Library

The Grove Library is now delivering! If you live in Cottesloe, Mosman Park or Peppermint Grove, and would like to receive some library books, audiobooks, magazines or DVDs,  please contact The Grove Library, preferably by email: library@thegrovelibrary.com.

For kids stuck at home, a Cabin Fever Care Pack for Kids (especially curated by our children's librarian Stewart),  will be available for delivery next week (depending on demand). Please let us know the ages and interests of children, and we'll do our best to put together an exciting pack of books and other resources.

Please note - at this time, we are delivering only, and we ask that all loans that you already have be retained until further notice.  No need to worry about returning resources at this time.

Not a library member yet? Please call 9286 8686 to find out how to join remotely.

All of our on-line services continue to be accessible, so explore what’s on offer by going to bit.ly/grovecat and find the E Library section.

Council Meeting Update

Due to the COVID-19 social distancing requirements, from 30 March 2020 until further notice, the Town’s Council meetings will be held using the online meeting platform Zoom. This has been made possible due to amendments to the Local Government (Administration) Regulations 1996, which came into force 25 March 2020.

The Town will still facilitate Public Question Time and Deputations, however, participants are now required to submit their questions and deputations to admin@mosmanpark.wa.gov.au by 3pm on the day of the meeting. The question or deputation will be read out and responded to in the minutes.The public is invited to participate in all meetings by downloading Zoom and entering the meeting ID and password.

Agenda Forum Meeting - 21 April 2020

Meeting ID: 896 306 197 
Password: 013540 

Ordinary Council Meeting - 28 April 2020

Meeting ID: 501 010 725
Password: 029400

All attendees will be muted upon meeting entry.

Council Offers Support Package and Considers No Rise in Rates

With COVID-19 impacting us all at a national and local level, The Town of Mosman Park is offering a support package to residents, ratepayers and community groups, including an intention to not increase rates next year. 

At a meeting last night, Council agreed to a range of financial and community support measures starting from 1 April 2020 including:

-    Assisting community groups. The Town will also work through the office of Ms Celia Hammond MP and SHINE Community Services to provide support to vulnerable people in the community. 
-    Encouraging the community to check-in on their neighbours but adhering to social distance guidelines.
-    Working directly with community groups to help them access State and Federal economic stimulus packages.
-    Supporting local businesses by encouraging residents to shop local wherever possible. For example, this may be through ordering meals from local cafés or restaurants, buying online or purchasing gift vouchers for goods and services.
-    Strengthening Council’s ‘buy local’ preference for local businesses, service providers and contractors where possible. 
-    Fast-tracking payments to suppliers.
-    Refunding all paid deposits and fees for cancelled bookings for Town facilities and reserves due to COVID-19.
-    Simplifying the requirements and compliance costs for businesses adapting to the COVID-19 health situation such as changing a restaurant’s licence to a temporary take-away service.
In addition, the Town will establish a Community Support (COVID-19) Reserve to provide funding for initiatives that support local businesses and community groups.

Mayor Brett Pollock said: “These are unprecedented times. Over the past few weeks, Council has responded proactively to the situation in hand. We understand the difficulties many are facing and that’s why we are being as generous and lenient as we possibly can over the next few months. 

We pride ourselves on being a really close and friendly community, where people do look out for each other. Sadly we don’t have unlimited resources, but we will certainly be doing our bit. It’s during these really tough times that we see the best in people and the Town is standing up to embrace the challenge.”

In terms of staying up to date, Mayor Pollock has encouraged residents to register for the Town’s e-news, and to interact via the Town’s social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. 
 

Playgrounds, BBQs, Water Fountains out of action  as COVID-19 Measures are Stepped Up

The Town of Mosman Park has taken action to enforce new advice issued by the Federal Government and has fenced off and closed playgrounds Town-wide, closing clubs and disabling barbeques and water fountains to reduce the community’s risk of contracting COVID-19.

Under the WA Government’s Preventative Restriction of Activities Direction, a person must refrain from undertaking or engaging in an affected activity, which includes a gathering of two or more people, who do not ordinarily reside at the same premises, for the purposes of participating in a sporting activity (the exception to this are couples and families who live each day in the same household). 

In implementing this directive, effective today, all Council-owned community buildings within the Town of Mosman Park will be closed.

Please note that under the Public Health Act 2016 (WA), it is an offence for a person to fail, without reasonable excuse, to comply with any of these directions, punishable by a fine of up to $20,000 for individuals, and $100,000 for bodies corporate. 

Mayor Brett Pollock said these were tough measures to implement, as Mossie Park families have children of all ages who are at home due to the early start of the school holidays, and recognised this decision may not be popular with children and their parents and grandparents.

“I’m a parent and a grandparent, and I understand this must be frustrating, especially on a beautiful day like today when children want to play outside, and normally, we want them to as well.  But this is not a normal situation, and we need to make the tough calls to combat this pandemic, taking strong action to protect everyone,” Mayor Pollock said.

He advised that many families are staying indoors, which is the safest course of action, but recognised that children and young people still need fresh air and exercise.

“People can venture out as individuals or in groups of two, and we encourage parents, grandparents and siblings to still go for walks, ride bikes and get some physical activity each day as this is key to maintaining good physical and mental health.  We are fortunate that our Town has so many beautiful parks and reserves, as well as walks along the river and ocean.”

Beyond this, there are many online resources available, through schools and other sources, to help keep everyone entertained over the school holidays.  Mayor Pollock invited residents to visit the Facebook page of The Grove Library for lots of boredom-busting ideas, including access to their online catalogue.  The Library has put an automatic extension on all current loans, so there is no need to worry about returning books and other resources.

Social media also provides great opportunities for the community to connect and share resources such as movies, audiobooks, online musical concerts, choirs, and workouts that can be done at home.  With many people on leave or working from home, this is a great time to do some online study to develop a skill or get a qualification that might not ordinarily have been possible.

Mayor Pollock advised: “We may be socially distant, right now, but we can still be a united community, and I encourage our community to find safe ways to reach out, checking on neighbours, sharing ideas and retaining our senses of humour at this difficult time.”

He advised that the Verge Valet booking system for bulk waste remained operational, and now was a perfect time to clean out the house, garage or garden to get rid of items no longer needed.

Mayor Pollock said to stay tuned for an announcement on a package of support measures that will help ease the financial strain on the community.  

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