27/05/2020 - 15:46

Advisory group appointed for WA recovery

27/05/2020 - 15:46

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The state government has set up an advisory group, with executives from more than 20 businesses and community groups, to provide advice on the impacts of COVID-19 and measures to help economic recovery.

Advisory group appointed for WA recovery
Mark McGowan says small businesses have been particularly affected by COVID-19. Photo: Gabriel Oliveira

The state government has set up an advisory group, with executives from more than 20 businesses and community groups, to provide advice on the impacts of COVID-19 and measures to help economic recovery.

The State Recovery Advisory Group will include representatives from businesses, industries, not-for-profit organisations, UnionsWA, the public sector, local councils and from the community.

The group will provide advice on the impacts of COVID-19 and help guide the development of the government’s economic recovery plan for the state.

State Recovery Controller Sharyn O'Neill said the group would bring together the best resources across the state.

“We have the people, the skills and the expertise to drive WA’s economic recovery and the state government will be working collaboratively with these groups in the weeks and months ahead,” she said.

The group will provide feedback to the state government on ongoing and emerging challenges related to COVID-19, enabling a better understanding of the virus’ impacts as well as identification of recovery opportunities.

Premier Mark McGowan said supporting small businesses, which had been particularly affected throughout the pandemic, would be an important part of the state’s recovery plan.

He said, now with the advisory group, WA was well-placed to move into the recovery phase.

“The state government has already delivered more than $1.8 billion in stimulus and economic relief measures, including payroll tax relief, waiving of fees and credits on electricity bills,” Mr McGowan said.

“We’re also fast-tracking infrastructure, including major road projects, with a focus on local procurement, to ensure we support local businesses and create more jobs for Western Australians.

“This will be further strengthened during the process of economic recovery.”

The premier said Western Australians had done a terrific job in limiting the spread of COVID-19.

The State Recovery Advisory Group will include: 

COVID-19

The announcement comes as WA reported zero new coronavirus infections, with total confirmed cases remaining at 570.

The number of infections had increased by six yesterday after crew members aboard a live export ship, which docked at Fremantle Port on Friday, had contracted the virus.

Mr McGowan has retracted criticisms recently made against the federal government, saying he did not have the full picture of its handling of the ship.

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