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September 2020 message from Ray Stevens, State Member for Mermaid

Posted on 7 September 2020
Spring has sprung and you can feel an election is near in the spring air when the Gold Coast Chamber organised a great "Meet the Candidates" breakfast at the Convention Centre.  From my perspective as the Member for Mermaid Beach it was obviously disappointing to see there was no Labor candidate for Mermaid Beach prepared to front up just 2 months out from election day.  However, it was enlightening to hear from all the candidates in a time constricted format and cong...
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A Message from State Member for Mermaid, Ray Stevens - August 2020

Posted on 7 August 2020
With spring just around the corner, we are still stuck on the COVID 19 roundabout.  I empathise with local businesses who last month were looking forward to welcoming visitors to the Sunshine State from interstate as well as potentially New Zealand.  Now we are 'on hold' with strict border restrictions due to three foolish and irresponsible young women who imported the coronavirus from Melbourne to Queensland and we are on tenterhooks waiting for an implosion of corona ...
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Business conditions continue to flatline in Queensland

Posted on 3 August 2020
Business conditions continue to flatline in Queensland               KEY FINDINGS ·Two in three businesses indicated their sales and profitability had declined during the quarter; 54% of businesses are concerned about their viability beyond 12-months when many of the stimulus measures end; and The easing of restrictions and anticipation of the border reopening credited for a slight increase in business sentiment...
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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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