Gold Coast residents will be offered vouchers to spend at local businesses across the city as part of a COVID-relief package unveiled by Council.
Up to 60,000 vouchers worth $50 will be on offer with the vouchers to be valid when you spend $100 or more.
It will cost ratepayers $3 million.
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The scheme will be managed by Destination Gold Coast and will be up and running in two weeks.
Mayor Tom Tate says the vouchers can be redeemed at a wide range of businesses across the city including dining, accommodation, tours, art experiences and even retail shopping.
“It’s not just spending on rides and the like, you can go to retail, you spend $100, you’ve got your $50 voucher it’s basically half price so that you can actually stimulate the economy,” Mayor Tate said.
“I’m calling it the local dollars because we want it spent locally.”
Mayor Tate says the scheme is based on the successful Holiday Dollars program
“It’s proven. This time around we’re just going to do it bigger and wider.”
Council has also agreed on a range of other relief measures to help struggling local businesses who continue to be hit hard by lockdowns and border closures.
Some of the measures include:
- Waiving fees for al fresco dining
- Establishing more flexible payment plans for water and rates accounts
- Waive interest on outstanding fees including film application and development applications.
- Flexible payment arrangements for all ratepayers who need support with no penalty interest to apply including suspension of any new rate recovery action until 31 January 2022;
- One month free hire of City Community centres for small business, community group and essential service hirers; and
- Commercial vessel permit fee waivers.
Eligible accommodation providers will also have access free digital growth training program.
“This measure will give small accommodation providers who may not have the skills to maximise their digital platforms the support they need,’’ he said.
“We have more than 66,000 small business owners in our city and many are mum-and-dad family operations. These people have put their hearts and souls into their enterprise and we must do everything we can to help.’’