on 6 May 2020
We are now starting week 8 of the COVID-19 pandemic and I am pleased we are seeing positive results on the health front. It is now the start of May and the onset of autumn together with shorter days are well and truly with us. COVID-19 continues to dominate public discourse as well as our economy and population at large. The Gold Coast continues to 'roll with the punches' and small business's innovative responses to this crisis continues to surprise and ener...
on 29 April 2020
We write to you on behalf of the 400,000+ small and medium businesses across Queensland as we do our best to protect private enterprise from the initial impact of coronavirus.
Many businesses have benefited, and many jobs have been salvaged through extra funding and assistance from your government, and for this we say thanks.
But while the curve might be flattening, the economic and social impacts of coronavirus are only just starting to emerge.
So many livelihoods have been...
Posted by Gold Coast Central Chamber of Commerce President Martin Hall
on 16 April 2020
The Gold Coast's peak business body is waiving membership fees for 6 months and launching a new series of interactive webinars in a move to help local businesses navigate the current tough economic landscape and support them on the road to recovery.
Businesses can sign up to the Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce's 'Business Support Membership' for free for 6 months while existing members will have their memberships automatically extended.
The special interactive Q&A webinar...
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...
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...
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...