The City of Subiaco has successfully redeployed more than 20 staff members after its recreation centre and library were forced to close due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The move comes after Local Government Minister David Templeman urged councils to keep staff in jobs and redeploy them where possible to help their communities as well as the economy.
The majority of redeployed staff worked at Lords Recreation Centre where a skeleton team is now making free content for the community to support their health and wellbeing during this difficult time.
Netball referees, creche assistants, fitness instructors and one chef are among those who have been placed into other teams across the City that have seen a sudden increase in workload due to the crisis.
The City has seen a significant increase in demand for business support, online library resources, and the number of online enquiries received from ratepayers. Staff have also been working on implementing the City’s $4 million relief package and rolling out a program of initiatives to address a number of social issues stemming from the COVID-19 crisis, including social isolation, mental health and resilience, and financial distress.
“Staff have been deployed to help with communications, waste collection, economic development and administration duties to name just a few,” CEO Rochelle Lavery said.
“They have taken it in their stride and pitched in to help out the rest of the organisation and the community during this time.
“We even have one staff member who has been checking in with vulnerable Lords members, over the age of 65, to help out where she can, which I know our community has really appreciated.”
The City is also investigating volunteering opportunities during this time to enable staff to give back to the community.
The majority of the City’s workforce is working from home to ensure staff can adhere to current restrictions, continue to deliver all services to the community that aren’t required to be closed, and prepare for the recovery from the pandemic.