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Council creates business support service

COVID-19 Business Information and Referral Service: 1300 307 800

In response to COVID-19 and the impact on local business and industry, Gympie Regional council is setting up a Business Information and Referral Service for the Gympie Region.

This service will be available from Monday 30 March and, as a first stage, will provide up-to-date relevant information about financial support services, including providing business information to assist with rate deferral and payment plans, fee and charges waivers, and to connect businesses to appropriate state and federal funding programs.

Council will also continue to work in collaboration with the Regional Chambers of Commerce and the Business Leap Program to further look at ways Council can support those who have been heavily impacted, said Gympie Regional Council CEO, Bernard Smith.

"We do understand there is a lot of information available which can be overwhelming and Council can help business navigate this space. We have summarized the state and federal assistance packages available for business, plus information and contact details for a range other organisations that may be of assistance.”

“We also understand that businesses are currently dealing with a lot issues, we’re not going away. This service will be available from Monday and will be ongoing throughout the current COVID-19 situation and into the recovery period. It is a free service that is here for you, when you need it.

Bernard Smith went on to say the service will grow and respond in response to these unprecedented times.

“This is just the first stage, we are looking at many options that Council can support and these will be led and directed by the feedback we receive from our local businesses and industry. This work will be continual and responsive as we know changes can be daily.”

Bernard said that Council also welcomes businesses to come forward if they believe that under the current circumstances, consideration should be given to relaxing some of the restrictions they are required to operate under.

Businesses and industry can call 1300 307 800 to access this service.

“We know that we can’t solve the challenges caused by COVID-19, however we can do all that we’re able to support business, industry and our community during this tough time.” Bernard Smith, CEO Gympie Regional Council.

For more information: gympie.qld.gov.au 

A message from Mayor Glen Hartwig - Wednesday, 23 September 2020 A message from Mayor Glen Hartwig - Wednesday, 23 September 2020

I have the privilege of travelling the region and seeing just how wonderful it is. This was reaffirmed this week when I had the honour of welcoming around 30 new citizens to our region and country.

I was moved by the endless stories of how people had visited this area, fell in love with its beauty and people, and decided to move states or countries to live here.

We, as residents, know how good our region is and although we have sometimes been the butt of ill-informed jokes, the rest of the country is starting to understand just what we all know.

It has been my personal experience that the greatest asset this region is its people. Warm, caring, concerned about our future and invested in the stable growth and direction of the whole area, but most importantly concerned about each other. In these times, that is the most valuable commodity for any community and something that cannot be fabricated; you either have it or you don’t, and we have it.

I often have the pleasure of showing this region to visitors, family and friends. The common statement that I hear is, “You can feel the community here, you can tell people really care.”  

This region may have been spoken of in ways that were not positive in the past but it’s time we spoke of this region in a way that we have known it to be for years.

This is the best region to live - whether it’s the bush and countryside of the west, the surf and sand of the east, or the food and forest of the Mary Valley - there is something for everyone. We have the best of everything, but most importantly we have the best people.

As we all go about our daily lives, let us do it with pride in our region. We are not the poor country cousins; we are a vibrant, caring community that is a great place to live, work and enjoy the best that life has to offer.  

This region is the best region to live in. Let’s walk with pride.

Mayor Glen Hartwig