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Townsville Chamber calls on Queensland Government to support small businesses

23 March, 2020, Posted By TVL Chamber

Townsville Chamber of Commerce is here for small business and has called upon local and state Government to join in delivery real relief for small businesses having to combat the challenges of COVID-19.

The local and State Government have made announcements towards financially helping businesses to retain staff and continue to work through the challenges now being faced.

With the further restrictions and prohibition on indoor gatherings, small businesses are facing unprecedented challenges.

Today the Townsville Chamber of Commerce has put a call out to the Townsville City Council and State Government for immediate help for businesses now.

Uncertain times mean businesses need to plan conservatively. That means costs and expenses are being looked at carefully. Employee are a large expense for businesses, as are outgoings for the rental of premises and shop fronts.

The Chamber of Commerce has called on Council to waive or defer the payment of rates for 12-24 months to allow landlords to pass on those cost savings to small business operators and help those operators that have premises of their own.

The Chamber has also called upon the State Government to reconsider its announcement to defer payroll tax for 6 months and consider waiving it, similar to what other states have already done. The Chamber has also asked the State to look into land tax obligations and what can be done to alleviate these costs on landlords so the cost savings can be passed down to the business operators with the hope that more businesses can whether the storm and more jobs can be retained in Townsville and regional Queensland.

Keep checking our website for further stimulus announcements are made.

TVL Chamber to the Hon J Trad 23.03.2020

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