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

Posted on 14 July 2020

Queensland's closed borders opened on Friday 10 July however the welcome mat is definitely not out for our Victorian friends who are experiencing difficulties with a significant spike in covid-19.  Our cafes, restaurants, retail and theme parks are ready and waiting to eagerly greet visitors with open arms and wide smiles.
  Coronavirus Qld Border Closure
Over the last couple of weeks there has been greater support for the Queensland border closure due to the substantial...
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Chamber supports push to move border

Posted on 14 July 2020
The Gold Coast's peak body supports Mayor Tom Tate's call for the New South Wales border to be shifted south to the Tweed River.
Gold Coast Central Chamber of Commerce President Martin Hall said Mr Tate's suggestion to move the border south so it aligned with the Tweed River, made a lot of sense. "Shifting the border to the south would make life a lot easier for many people, particularly during the current COVID-19 crisis'' said Mr Hall. "The daily mass...
 

Analysis of the City of Gold Coast Annual Budget.

Posted by Gold Coast Central Chamber of Commerce President Martin Hall on 1 July 2020

The City of Gold Coast's annual budget involves some big dollars but what will it mean for the business community looking to recover from the COVID-19 crisis? The Tom Tate-led council has handed down a total budget for 2020-21 that is a whopping $1.72 billion. That is a big figure, but it is down nearly $10 million from last year. The City Council is planning to borrow money this year to invest in infrastructure and intends to keep borrowing until June 2025. Total debt is forecast to i...
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Chamber applauds opening of Qld border

Posted on 1 July 2020
The Gold Coast's peak body for business has welcomed the State Government's announcement that it will reopen the Queensland borders from July 10. Gold Coast Central Chamber of Commerce President Martin Hall said Gold Coast business owners had been crying out for the borders to be reopened because the economy had a significant reliance on tourism, hospitality, and retail trade. Mr Hall said the State Government's decision to restrict travel to and from Victoria was sensible consi...
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A Letter to Mayor Tom Tate

Posted by Gold Coast Central Chamber of Commerce President Martin Hall on 17 June 2020
Tuesday, 16 June 2020
Cr Tom Tate
Mayor
City of Gold Coast
RE: City of Gold Coast response to COVID-18 crisis Dear Cr Tate, I write following my various discussions with you, your office and the Council's Economic Development Team and also reference my letter to Council CEO Dale Dickon on 20 March 2020 which remains unanswered. The current state of the Gold Coast business community is terminal. After a prolonged downturn which has suffocated our economy, the border opening whil...
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A Message from State Member for Mermaid, Ray Stevens - June 2020

Posted on 3 June 2020
  Mid-year is upon us and the challenges related to COVID-19 continue to wreak havoc on our local businesses and community.  As we approach what would traditionally be a hectic winter school holiday break with many southerners descending to enjoy our fantastic winter sunshine, beaches and fine dining options; ongoing closure of Queensland's borders translates into a huge loss of income for many Gold Coasters.
Constant mixed messaging from the Palaszczuk Labor Government ...
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