Covid-19 and Business – the virus has severely affected businesses on the Gold Coast. Here is a message from the City about what they are doing to ease the pain.

City of Gold Coast CEO Dale Dickson said, “The City has today announced a raft of measures designed to provide immediate financial support for local business affected by the Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The measures complement the significant packages being offered by the Queensland and Australian Governments during this critical time. Work has also commenced on various future industry specific stimulus measures, to be considered and decided after Saturday’s council elections.”

Covid-19 and Business

BUSINESS SECTOR ADVICE – NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

The following measures are designed to provide immediate financial support for local businesses currently in survival mode with reduced revenue and significant cash flow difficulties.

Fees and charges:

Changes will take effect immediately and will apply until 30 June 2020, as a minimum.

  • They will waive roadside dining fees for the period 1 February to 30 June 2020. With restaurants closed there will be no further fees until 30 June 2020.
  • Development application fees will be waived relating directly to the COVID-19 emergency until 30 June 2020. For example an existing restaurant converting to a takeaway service.
  • Film application fees will be waived until 30 June 2020.
  • Rents will be waived for businesses with commercial leases on City premises from 1 March until 30 June.
  • Fees will be waived to commercial vessels from 1 February until 30 June.
  • There will be a waiving fees for any bookings of a Council facility, venue or park between 1 February and 30 June that has to cancel due to COVID-19. All refund policies are being relaxed to accommodate full refunds.

Covid-19 and business

Rates, water charges, waste water charges and waste charges:

Changes will take effect immediately and will apply until 30 June 2020, as a minimum.

  • Waiving of all interest payments for businesses that enter affordable repayment agreements for water charges, waste water charges, waste charges and rates.
    Eligibility now applies to all business property owners and approval can be provided over the phone.
  • All new debt recovery action for overdue water charges, waste water charges, waste charges and rates will be suspended for businesses who enter an approved payment arrangement.
    This excludes pre-existing debt incurred prior to the pandemic.
  • Interest charged on unpaid water charges, waste water charges, waste charges and rates will be zero per cent (0%) for businesses that enter into an approved repayment arrangement.
    Businesses without approved arrangements for repaying overdue water charges, waste water charges, waste charges and rates will have their penalty interest rate cut from 9.83 per cent to 3 per cent.

Covid-19 and business

Expanding the city’s WI-FI network:

A free Wi-Fi service will be provided to business customers within Southport, Surfers Paradise, Chevron Island, Broadbeach, Miami and Coolangatta, providing access to 4GB of data, at speeds close to 30Mbs, via a secure network connection.

Covid-19 and business

Payments to suppliers:

The City is making payment times to current suppliers faster. We have allocated additional staff and are making daily payment runs so businesses are paid more quickly.

In addition to the above immediate business assistance measures, the City will be considering a broad based industry specific stimulus package at a later date.

  • Stimulus measures will possibly include the following:
  • accelerated capital works program
  • revised purchasing policy to benefit local businesses
  • fast track a joint venture to deliver high speed internet services to businesses
  • further assistance for specific industries including entertainment, dining, film, tourism, education, health and medical research

To access these business support measures:

Website: cityofgoldcoast.com.au/businesssupport
Email: rates@goldcoast.qld.gov.au
Telephone: 1300 GOLD COAST (1300 465 326) or 07 5582 8211

For all COVID-19 City updates and impacts, click here.

 

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