The Mayor is now urgently calling on the state government to let the Gold Coast out of Queensland’s harshest lockdown yet.
11 local government areas, including the Gold Coast, are currently included in an extended lockdown through to Sunday afternoon, following the detection of another 13 local cases.
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However, none of the new infections have popped up here on the Gold Coast, which has prompted the Mayor to question why we’re even involved in what’s considered the harshest lockdown yet.
“You have to give people hope. Businesses need hope,” the Mayor said on Monday.
“On the coast, we have currently no community transmission cases so to adopt a rudimentary approach to this latest Brisbane-centric outbreak is simply not right.
“I urge the Acting Premier to look at the data overnight tonight and if we have zero cases again, let us out (at 4pm Tuesday).’’
The Mayor fears this lockdown will mark the end of many businesses on the Godl Coast, who simply cant go on without appropriate support.
“Many local businesses are sensing that this lockdown may be the final nail that sees them go to the wall. The loss for our city would be both immediate, and long-term., ‘mr Tate said.
He’s therefore also calling for support from both the state and federal governments to help the city’s tourism, aviation and hospitality sector.
“This week, the State Government announced it is finalising a compensation package for those impacted by this latest shutdown. We need that rolled out immediately.
“To further support business, I have today written to Federal Treasurer (Josh Frydenberg) to strongly encourage him to back our vital tourism, hospitality and aviation sectors.
“Two days ago, the tourism industry, led by Destination GC, provided the Treasurer with correspondence that laid bare the disastrous fall-out for the industry following this snap shut down.
“I am backing their call and want the Federal Government to go above-and-beyond in supporting our city’s key economic drivers: tourism, aviation and hospitality’’.
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Mayor Tate said the support must include:
Access to superannuation redraw (for those impacted)
Wage subsidies for impacted workers; and tax subsidies for operators;
Additional national marketing once borders are reopened;
Deferral of business payments associated with these industry sectors.