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AN OPEN LETTER TO DALE DICKSON, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, CITY OF GOLD COAST

Posted on 20 March 2020

Dr Mr Dickson,

The Gold Coast's business community is hurting. The steps Australia has taken to protect against the spread of the COVID-19 virus is unfortunately damaging business and the economic health of the region.

Given that the council is in caretaker mode in the lead-up to the local government elections, we believe it is appropriate to communicate with you rather than to elected officials.

Yesterday, the Brisbane City Council took the brave step of waiving all small business charges, rents, levies and permit fees effective immediately to help Brisbane businesses through this challenging period.

We believe this was an excellent decision and it is one that the City of Gold Coast should follow as a starting point to helping the local business community. We would also be pleased to survey our members to determine what other steps the council could undertake now to help ease the financial burden on business operators.

In recent days, the Reserve Bank of Australia has pushed the emergency button by cutting interest rates to an all-time low and is buying bonds to reduce the banks' lending costs. The Federal Government and the State Government have also taken big steps to help business. Now it is the council's turn to show it is committed to protecting the region's economy and the jobs of our residents.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Yours Sincerely

Martin Hall
President
Gold Coast Central Chamber of Commerce

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