We’re committed to doing all we can to reinvigorate the City of PAE and support the community to recover from the impact of COVID-19.
We want to work hand in hand with you over the coming months, making sure we communicate well, listen and learn and of course, get things done.
We have developed a COVID-19 Recovery Framework which sets out our commitment to deliver a range of projects to provide direct support to our community and businesses. These projects will encourage investment and job creation, keep people safe and healthy, improve wellbeing, enhance our places, care for our environment and support businesses.
We want to explore ideas and collaborate with our community, so over the coming months we will be reaching out and giving you the opportunity to share your thoughts, experiences and ideas in a way that works for you.
You can find information about how we are progressing on our website and social media.
NECAP Team OpShop
The North East Community Assistance Project (NECAP) was the first organisation to receive a COVID-19 Response Grant. Co-located at the site of the Children’s Centre at Hillcrest, this independent community service provides community support programs, and operates as an op-shop. Typically, proceeds from op-shop sales are used to supply food parcels for local families in need. The op-shop was required to shut during COVID-19, and this left the NECAP Team with less resources to distribute, at a time of increased demand. Their funding grant was used to purchase products to keep volunteers, customers and clients safe, as well as food to be distributed as part of their emergency relief program. The op-shop at 489 North East Road, Hillcrest has now reopened.
We are currently still accepting applications for our Response grants, and more information is available at: cityofpae.sa.gov.au/community/grants
The Hart of the matter
Growing connections in Semaphore
Staying connected to friends, neighbours and family has had its challenges over the last six months. We have recently joined forces with the Heart of Semaphore Café, at 103 Semaphore Road, to provide local people the opportunity to reconnect with the community or build new connections. On Mondays and Thursdays join the walking group at 9.30am for an easy walk around the area, then a coffee and chat at the café from 10.30am. Contact Kathryn on 0410 148 486 if you would like to be involved. Or, on Tuesdays from 9.30-11.30am, visit the café for board games, conversation and company. You may also like to add to the gratitude tree out the front of the café, by sharing what you are grateful for or a positive comment to remind others of all the good things we have in PAE.
Food for thought
Inspection fees waived for small businesses
We recognise that many small businesses have been impacted by COVID-19; including our cafes, snack bars and restaurants. We visit most food businesses every twelve months to provide advice and to ensure they comply with safety standards. We normally charge a fee for these inspections but are waiving these inspection fees for eligible businesses during the 2020-2021 financial year. If you have a food business in PAE and need some extra advice or support about how to manage the risks associated with COVID-19, you can contact our Environmental Health Team on 8405 6600. Any business owner that has been impacted by the pandemic can also contact our newly appointed Business Advisor at the Adelaide Business Hub on 8440 2440 for advice and information.
Colour our city
Making brighter places
Over the coming year we will be engaging artists and the community in a range of creative placemaking projects which encourage residents to get creative in their neighbourhoods and bring colour to our streets. Projects will include urban greening activities in parks, on streets and on private verges. We will be commissioning artists to create interest and whimsy across PAE with small scale and ephemeral art pieces for local places including Community Centres, Libraries, streets and parks. If you have any ideas about spaces, streets or locations that could do with a dash of colour, please let us know.
We would like to offer our support if you are one of the many people or business owners in our community who are currently experiencing financial difficulty as a direct result of COVID-19.
There are a number of options that can help you at this time, including a deferral of this current rate notice payment or setting up an individual payment plan. If you need to defer this quarter’s rate notice payment due to COVID-19 hardship, we will waive all interest and fines associated with the late payment of these rates.Please contact us to discuss your individual situation and the rate relief options that may be available to you.