Return to Stage 2 Restrictions for Southern Gold Coast

The Queensland Government has advised that there will be a return to Stage 2 restrictions for 5 LGAs in Queensland for two weeks from 4pm today (Thursday).

Support extended for the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC) Program

The Federal Government will continue to secure Australia’s economic recovery by expanding support to help apprentices finish their training - protecting the skills pipeline delivered under the government’s successful Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC) program.

Top 10 tendering tips webinar

From planning your response to submitting your tender, this webinar will give you the top ten tips to tendering success.

$70 million in grants announced for tourism industry

The Federal and State Government have announced $70 million for tourism and hospitality grants as part of the $600 million Business Support Package. This is positive news that will strengthen support for Gold Coast’s 4,600 tourism businesses.

Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Celebrates Vaccination Milestone on Save the Koala Day

Currumbin Wildlife Hospital is marking Save the Koala Day on September 24 by celebrating an important achievement. The Hospital has administered a lifesaving chlamydia vaccine to 135 Koalas that have been released back into the wild.

Exclusive round 2 of 'Play Money' for the border businesses

City of Gold Coast has announced that there will be a ‘Round 2’ of Play Money specifically for the border business community solely.

Current grants and support

Here is some information on relevant grants and business support services applicable to the Gold Coast tourism industry.

Current as at 21/09/21.

Latest Pulse Survey results show business confidence falling

Results from our recent Pulse Survey of Business Conditions indicate that the Queensland economy and business community are not out of the woods yet, with business confidence taking a dip for the first time since the COVID-19 crisis began.

Cyber Health has launched

The Cyber Health program is powered by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) and REDD Digital, and fully funded by the Department of Industry, Science, Energy & Resources. Content and resources are courtesy of the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC).

Tourism and Hospitality Sector Hardship Program

The $40 million Tourism and Hospitality Sector Hardship Program will provide one-off grants of up to $50,000 to eligible tourism and hospitality businesses facing significant financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 travel restrictions and interstate lockdowns.

Play Money rewards on offer to drive economic recovery

Gold Coasters are being urged to spread the local love by snapping up one of 60,000 vouchers to eat, play and enjoy first-hand the best the region has to offer.

Currumbin RSL launches The Sporting Den

The Currumbin RSL has just launched a new private and tucked away sports bar with a difference.

70% of Waste Diverted from Landfill as Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Renews Sustainability Pledge

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has cemented its reputation as one of the country’s most environmentally friendly businesses, after successfully renewing its EcoTourism Accreditation.

Border zone support package announced

The Chamber joined with a number of very active locals to lobby for a more tailored and targeted response to the impact of the NSW/QLD border closure and the government listened.

Free small business financial counselling now available

The Federal and State Government is funding this service to support all small businesses.

Report out now - Domestic and Family Violence as a Workplace Issue

Two thirds of businesses could be vulnerable to impacts of domestic and family violence.

Currumbin RSL fly both the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags for the first time

In the spirit of reconciliation and acknowledgement of Indigenous culture and residents in the community, Currumbin RSL is proud to fly both the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags for the first time this week alongside the Australian Flag.

Local Jobs Program

COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on the Australian labour market. Together with longer term economic trends that are changing skill requirements in many jobs and occupations, there is urgency in assisting job seekers to navigate this change.

Heartbreaking new job figures for Gold Coast tourism industry

Concerning new research commissioned by the Tourism and Transport Forum shows tourism jobs have been cut by 20 per cent in 12 months - that’s one in five jobs in tourism across the Gold Coast.

Small Business Connect - August 2021 edition

Update includes information on current restrictions, regional round of business basics grants, support grants, and events.

Free mental health webinar | Learn what support is available for your business with Beyond Blue

Mental health is a significant issue right now, particularly for small business owners.

TEQ's 'Days Like This' campaign relaunches

TEQ's 'Days Like This' aspirational marketing campaign relaunched last weekend across the state.

Leverage TEQ's latest campaign by listing your best deal

Queensland's tourism businesses are encouraged to get involved in Tourism and Events Queensland's (TEQ) latest major tourism campaign - '20 Days of Holidays Like This' - by listing their best deal on

Business Support Hub for border businesses

Small Businesses in Coolangatta now have access to face-to-face support and information, after the Palaszczuk Government launched a pop-up hub to help those operating along the border between Queensland and New South Wales.

Division 14 Councillor Newsletter - September 2021

Read the latest news from Division 14 Councillor Gail O'Neill

Safer Suburbs Awards

Do you know an active community member or organisation that makes our city a safer place to live? Give them the recognition they deserve by nominating them for a 2021 Safer Suburbs Award.

Border restrictions are here to stay - Will you survive until November?

If your businesses is one of the many that is feeling the impact of no staff, no customers or not being able to trade, then now is the time to start to plan how to mitigate the impacts. The Southern GC Chamber has been lobbying for the QLD Government to recognise the very localised impacts being felt by almost every small business in the border area one way or another, and to get some very targeted support for those businesses.

Buy Local, Play Local $3M campaign

The City of Gold Coast is investing $3 million into a ‘Play Money’ rewards program to support the city’s tourism, dining, retail, and arts/culture industries. The program will be facilitated by Destination Gold Coast.

Can you donate some time assist the Palm Beach/Currumbin Red Cross?

Palm Beach/Currumbin Red Cross is looking for someone to donate their time to help with auditing their books.

QLD Covid support grants have now opened for applications!

Further to the announcements last week, the Qld Covid Support Grants have now opened for applications. The good news is that these grants are now open to more businesses and also they are for larger amounts. This is as a result of the changes following the Federal Government's further support announced last Friday.

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