Emergency Support Package to help protect local jobs

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Morrison Government’s Gold Coast Team delivers $52 million emergency support package to help protect local jobs

The Morrison Government’s Gold Coast MPs have welcomed further funding from the Morrison Government to help businesses suffering due to the border restrictions with New South Wales and provide targeted support to tourism and hospitality businesses facing significant hardship.

Following strong advocacy from the Gold Coast’s local Federal Members, the Commonwealth has stepped in to jointly fund a $52.8 million emergency support package with the Queensland Government. This funding builds on the $600 million Business Support Grants package announced in August.

While the Government’s Gold Coast MPs – Member for McPherson Karen Andrews, Member for Fadden Stuart Robert and Member for Moncrieff Angie Bell – welcomed the supports they called for greater certainty for the Gold Coast urging the Premier to stick to the National Plan, safely ease restrictions and open up the Gold Coast economy for good to protect local jobs.

Joint Federal State package includes:

  • $40 million for the Tourism and Hospitality Sector Hardship Program to deliver one off grants of $15,000, $25,000 and $50,000 for small, medium and large employing businesses across the state that have experienced a reduction in turnover of at least 70 per cent for at least seven consecutive days between 1 July and 30 September.
  • $6.3 million to extend the existing COVID-19 Business Support Grants program
  • $6.5 million to provide one-off Hardship Scheme grants of $5000 for employing businesses and $1000 for non-employing sole traders to recipients of the COVID-19 Business Support Grants in the border zone in the event of an extended border closure

State elements include:

  1. Up to $1 million to match City of the Gold Coast Council and Destination Gold Coast’s ‘Play Money’ campaign, encouraging Gold Coasters to patronise border businesses
  2. $50,000 support for marketing campaigns in Coolangatta
  3. $700,000 for additional mental health support for business owners and their families in the border zone

Member for McPherson Karen Andrews MP – whose electorate covers the hard-hit southern Gold Coast – said businesses on the Queensland-NSW border had lost around 50 per cent of their loyal customer base due to the border closure.

‘My Gold Coast LNP colleagues and I have been advocating for more support for our local businesses. We know how tough things are right now,’ Mrs Andrews said.

‘The new support comes on top of the $30.2 billion the Morrison Government’s already provided as direct economic support to Queenslanders since the start of the pandemic.’

Stuart Robert, the Member for Fadden welcomed the $52.8 million emergency support package saying it would help local Gold Coast businesses and protect local jobs but called for greater certainty for the community.

‘Today is a better day for the Gold Coast, this support is welcome for the many businesses on the brink and will save Gold Coast jobs, it is something I am proud to have fought hard for alongside my federal Gold Coast colleagues,’ Mr Robert said.

‘But the Gold Coast needs certainty, today the threat of another lockdown looms over our businesses, vaccinated tourists aren’t able to spend money in our businesses and the border could be slammed shut at any moment,’

‘Gold Coasters can’t live like this forever we need everyone to stick to the National Plan, agreed to by State and Territory leaders, safely ease restrictions and open the Gold Coast economy for good.’

Angie Bell, the Member for Moncrieff said while the support package will widen immediate help to many local businesses on the Gold Coast, certainty around opening safely is crucial for confidence.

‘While the Gold Coast has remained open, the local tourist economy has been hit very hard. This support is welcome but the local business community need more certainty so they can plan ahead,’

‘Gold Coast businesses do not know what will be happening this Christmas. They need to know when vaccinated tourists will be allowed to spend money on the Gold Coast again – I urge the Premier to stick to the National Plan and give much needed certainty to Gold Coast business.’

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