A Message from State Member for Mermaid, Ray Stevens - April 2020

Posted on 7 April 2020
It is only one month since my last communication and I cannot believe how swiftly change has occurred on every level in our community with the unprecedented and rapid spread of covid-19.

This pandemic has to date not only significantly impacted the economy and population of our great country but also decimated the local Gold Coast tourism industry and related business, hotels, cafes, restaurants, conference facilities, resulting in the closure of most businesses other than essential s...
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Chamber applauds $130b wage subsidy plan for businesses

Posted on 30 March 2020
Gold Coast Central Chamber of Commerce has applauded the Federal Government's move to spend $130 billion to subsidise the wages of 6 million Australians. Under the plan, businesses will receive a fortnightly wage subsidy of $1500 per employee as part of the Government's plan to prevent millions of people from losing their jobs to the coronavirus pandemic. To qualify for the so-called JobKeeper payments, businesses will need to prove their turnover has dropped by at least 30 per cent...
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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 busines...
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State offers $500m in loans to support businesses

Posted on 17 March 2020
The Palaszczuk Government will create a new $500 million loan facility, interest free for the first 12 months, to support businesses to keep Queenslanders in work and extend the coronavirus payroll tax deferral to all businesses across the state.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the rapidly evolving impacts of the pandemic demanded a rapidly evolving response from Government.
"We know just how tough Queensland families and businesses are doing it in the face of this pandemic,...
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Coronavirus precautions

Posted on 6 March 2020
While Australia and the Gold Coast has been relatively protected from the spread of Coronavirus (COVID 2019)  so far many businesses have already been disrupted.
  Risk Management Tips Steps that will help you to avoid infection: Practice good personal hygiene. Avoid contact with anyone with or suspected of having Coronavirus. Boost your immune system by eating well, exercising, having enough sleep, and keeping your stress levels under control. Cancel or dela...
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A Message from State Member for Mermaid, Ray Stevens - March 2020

Posted on 4 March 2020
Greetings all as the first quarter of 2020 is rapidly coming to a close.  The big story on everyone's lips is the world-wide health alert over the brand-new epidemic called coronavirus.  Not only ruining the reputation of a great beer, it is hard to gauge at this point in time how much damage this virus will do to the well-being of Australia and the world's population and importantly how much damage it will do to the economy of Australia.

Already on the Gold  Co...
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