Farmers typically await the autumnal rains before they sow their seeds, planting ahead of the gloom and cold of winter. If goes well, a crop will emerge and grow over the next few months until it is ready for harvest.
Australia has moved into the suppression phase of the coronavirus. There were 22 new infections in Western Australia, and 217 new cases across the country. Places of worship taking part in religious services over Easter will be considered "workplaces".
A mandatory code of conduct for commercial leases is expected to be finalised by next week, as federal and state governments continue to work towards a mutually-beneficial solution for landlords and tenants affected by COVID-19.
Australia faces an avalanche of insolvencies if small businesses simply defer rent, utilities and financing obligations and hibernate due to the impacts of COVID-19, with federal government stimulus packages announced to date not robust enough to save thousands of SMEs across the country.
One of Western Australia’s biggest residential property managers has called for more clarity around how tenants impacted by COVID-19 renegotiate rental agreements and how landlords can continue to service debt under the federal government’s moratorium on evictions.
WA's borders will officially close to the eastern states at midnight on Sunday. Confirmed COVID-19 cases have grown by eight in WA and 244 nationally. The federal government has announced a childcare service support program.
More Perth eateries are set to shut their doors in response to a weakened retail environment, particularly in shopping centres, while blinds retailer Kresta has announced it will close all of its showrooms across the country.
Health Minister Roger Cook said testing criteria for COVID-19 would expand as of tomorrow, 28 new cases in WA overnight; Premier Mark McGowan aired his grievances with the Artania cruise ship, and Andrew Forrest pledged $160 million towards procuring medical supplies and increasing testing in WA.
The operator of Metropolis Fremantle says the nightclub faces a difficult rebound from COVID-19 if and when it can begin operating again, with a stalled rent negotiation a demonstration of the uncertainty building over commercial property leases.
The value of Perth’s houses increased 0.5 per cent in the month of March, strengthening the recovery underway for the past six months, but the onset of COVID-19 means the recent gains are unlikely to continue.
Andrew and Nicola Forrest’s Minderoo Foundation is flying in tonnes of medical supplies from China and increasing Western Australia's capacity to test for COVID-19, as part of a rescue package announced today.
Concerns have been raised that eligibility criteria for Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s $130 billion bailout plan for business is too restrictive and many businesses with spiralling revenue projections could miss out, and with Parliament in recess, first payments are unlikely to be available until May at the earliest.
Payroll tax will be waived for around 10,000 small businesses for the next four months in Western Australia, with power credits, a hold on licence fees and interest-free payment plans for state government duties part of a $1 billion economic and health system stimulus package announced today.
About 100,000 Western Australians will lose their jobs as a result of the coronavirus, according to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA, although it is unclear how much the federal government's new JobKeeper payment will reduce the damage.
The state government has unveiled $184 million in initiatives to boost crisis support and provide rent relief for small businesses and not-for-profit groups impacted by COVID-19, while the City of Perth has also announced a rent-free period for tenants in city-owned buildings.
Free to read: WA will be relying on strong export industries to keep its economy afloat, with domestic industries employing a total of 250,000 Western Australians having closed or severely reduced operations due to COVID-19.
Western Australian Kate Leeming recently embarked on a cycling expedition through the Andes in South America, but the pandemic cut this short and she had to make a mad scramble to get out of Bolivia before the borders were shut. Here’s her story:
An 11th hour agreement has resulted in 29 passengers from the Artania cruise ship who have tested positive for COVID-19 being transferred to Joondalup Health Campus, after earlier proposals to shift them to Hollywood Private Hospital, the Mount Hospital and Bethesda Health Care were criticised.