State snubs Gold Coast in business grants
Gold Coast Central Chamber of Commerce president Martin Hall said the State Government had decided that Gold Coast businesses would not be eligible for latest round of the grants."The Gold Coast, because of the prominence of the tourism, hospitality, events and education industries, has been one of the hardest hit regions in Queensland throughout the COVID-19 crisis,'' said Mr Hall.
"However, the State Government has seen fit to not extend funding to any Gold Coast businesses in the latest round of its Business Basics grant program."We can only hope the State Government has some substantial support packages that we do not know about in the pipeline for the Gold Coast region."
Under the latest round of the Business Basic grants, the State Government will contribute $5 million to businesses in regional Queensland.Businesses that successfully apply for the grants can use them to fund a range of activities including training, website upgrades, professional advice, marketing services or specialised business support.
However, Gold Coast businesses are ineligible to win any of the grants.Mr Hall said the decision was extremely disappointing for Gold Coast business owners and for the Gold Coast Central Chamber of Commerce.
"Gold Coast business owners have been battling through the COVID-19 crisis, dealing with border closures during peak periods, lockdowns and trading restrictions,'' he said."It seems the small business sector is bearing much of the brunt of the crisis and the State Government is only paying lip service to a sector which employs one in three Queenslanders."