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.
Businesses and non profits suffering big falls in turnover will receive subsidies of up to $1,500 per worker per fortnight under the federal government's new Jobkeeper program, with up to 6 million people to be supported.
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:
Apartments developer Finbar Group has put new project launches on hold, including its $365 million Civic Heart in South Perth, and withdrawn its profit guidance as uncertainty spreads throughout the property sector.
Buru Energy said today it has maintained production at its Ungani oil project in the Kimberley but has joined other resources companies, including Australian Vanadium, in cutting salaries, directors fees and other spending to preserve cash during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Late on Friday afternoon, the state government revealed a $205 million contract with Chinese telco Huawei and contractor UGL to replace radio systems in the rail network had been cancelled because of trade restrictions.
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.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces further restrictions for international arrivals, Health Minister Roger Cook confirms 24 new cases of COVID-19 in Western Australia, Premier Mark McGowan announces a ban on regional travel, and Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston proposes new rules to help mineral exploration companies.
Saracen Mineral Holdings has maintained its full-year production guidance, saying COVID-19 measures would have minimal impact on March quarter production, in contrast to yesterday's update from fellow gold miner Northern Star Resources.
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Movement in major city centres has dropped 80 per cent in the past two weeks, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said today, while flagging development of a policy to hibernate businesses until the COVID-19 pandemic is over.