In Western Australian city of Fremantle the local council has decided to jump in early to help businesses in its well know vibrant patch work out how to take advantage of COVID-19 support packages being offered by the state and federal governments.

This includes:

  • Cash flow payment of up to $25,000 for employers
  • 50 per cent wage subsidy for apprentices and trainees
  • Increase in the instant asset write off threshold to $150,000
  • 50 per cent accelerated depreciation for investments

In addition the WA government has added:

  • $607 million stimulus package to support WA households and small businesses
  • $114 million in additional measures to support small businesses
  • Small businesses that pay payroll tax will receive a one-off grant of $17,500
  • $1 million payroll tax threshold brought forward by six months to July 1, 2020
  • Businesses impacted by COVID-19 can defer payroll tax payments until July 21, 2020

And here are some food shopping ideas from population health dietitian Freya Grove:

Start with a normal shop including fresh veggies etc. Personally I’m getting lots of veggies in now whilst we can.

Make sure you have some soap (bars seem to be available), paracetamol, toilet paper and house cleaning product.

If you have enough freezer space, use it. Frozen food can be more enjoyable than cupboard food.

Find recipes that freeze well if you’d like to prepare real food now. Eg: bolognese, shepherd’s pie, chili con/sin carne (could have with tortillas), vegetable stews, soups, homemade burger patties.

  • Frozen vegetables, frozen meat or frozen mock meat.
  • Tofu and mock meats from the fridge section are long lasting.
  • Onions, garlic, potatoes, sweet potatoes.
  • Stock powder, dried herbs and tomato paste.
  • Tinned tomatoes, kidney beans, lentils, chickpeas.
  • If you feel comfortable cooking with lentils or want to try – buy tinned but if not available, buy bags of dried red split peas. They’re an easier introduction to cooking with lentils because they have a shorter cooking time and don’t require soaking. They can be hard to find in the supermarket – try around the soup section.
  • Cheese lasts a long time. Eggs and yoghurt last a reasonable amount of time.
  • UHT milk and coffee if you want them.
  • Frozen berries and tinned fruit.
  • Pasta and rice, if you can get some. Also consider noodles, quinoa, polenta, couscous, plain corn chips, tacos.
  • Bread to freeze. Tortillas and wraps are long lasting in the cupboard.
  • Crackers, including wholegrain.

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