“Your President Ian Kennedy was recently interviewed by Seven Gold Coast News about the impact on local businesses of Coronavirus and he added the Southport Chamber of Commerce’s voice to calls for the Queensland State Government to implement an Emergency Relief Package for business.

 

 

Over the last few weeks CCIQ has been working closely with the government regarding the negative impact the coronavirus is having on many Queensland businesses and advising on how to support SMEs during this ongoing unpredictable crisis.

We are pleased to advise the Government has announced an Industry Recovery Package to provide immediate relief to affected businesses

The Industry Recovery Package includes a range of initiatives which are listed below. For further detailed information head to www.qld.gov.au/industryrecovery or contact 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

Support for small business and exporters

resilience workshops in partnership with local peak bodies to build the financial resilience of small businesses

business mentors to provide targeted advice to impacted small business

Small business hotline (1300 654 687) to direct small businesses to support options and provide updates and advice.

A $1.1 million Market Ready initiative to:

provide tailored export advice to SMEs on leveraging opportunities in the Chinese online market

support brand development through provision of market intelligence and expert advice for exporters looking to enter new markets

host China market development forums to provide practical expert advice

Industry specific support

$500,000 fisheries market diversification grants will provide for additional infrastructure on boats or onshore facilities to help businesses pursue new market opportunities

The Government will extend the catch area for tropical rock lobster for three months to reduce operating costs for quota holders and enable market expansion

The Government will temporarily waive fishing boat license fees and quota fees for tropical rock lobster and coral trout

Fees and charges relief for tourism operators and hospitality businesses including:
- waiving application fees for some variations to liquor licences
- waiving registration fees for Inbound Tour Operators
- waiving of Daily Fees for Commercial Activity Agreements & Permits
- rebate on Marina Charges and Passenger Levies
- deferral of Tourism Lease Rent Payment.

Marketing and promotion

$7 million to align with Tourism Australia to promote Queensland to international markets

$4.8 million targeted tourism campaign to promote travel to Tropical North Queensland and the Gold Coast, to support recovery from the sharp decline in international tourism

$2 million Study Queensland campaign to diversify the international student market and support re-entry from Chinese students

The $500,000 #EatQLD campaign will encourage Queenslanders to buy local seafood and other agricultural products.

Student support and counselling

An additional $1 million is available to increase student support services across Queensland to help impacted students returning to study. This support includes providing information, advice and referrals on health care, employment, budget management, accommodation and legal service, as well as connecting students to social events and activities.

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