Brisbane’s Economic Recovery Program
Over the past few months the coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on Brisbane’s economy and businesses in The Gap Ward have faced big challenges. Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner has recently appointed an Economic Recovery Taskforce to rebuild our city’s economy with the main focus on LOCAL.
This includes a $7.9 million business relief package to waive fees, charges and rents until 30 June 2020, as well as a strong business plan to support the community and small business. Council has implemented support tools to engage with small business owners and Council has a dedicated Business Hotline 133BNE where Business Liaison Officers are working to help business get back on their feet. The ‘Business in Brisbane’ Facebook group is also a great way of connecting businesses to the resources available through Council.
Earlier this year the Lord Mayor launched ‘Brisbane Buy Local Blitz’ to encourage us to think about where we spend our money. To support Council’s initiatives I have recently added The Gap Ward Small Business Directory to my webpage www.steventoomey.com.au
If you are a local business I invite you to create a listing on the page, it’s one way we can all access local services, connect and continue supporting local business in The Gap Ward
Bush Neighbour Program – Tree Planting McGinn Road Park, Ferny Grove
Last year I was contacted by Chelsea, a student in Ferny Grove State School’s Bush Neighbour Program who requested council plant more trees into McGinn Road Park. Her aim was to attract birds and provide habitat for local fauna to increase the diversity in the park. I am very pleased to have been able to support this request, and recently a variety of local native trees were planted into the park. This program brings awareness to our local habitat and I look forward to working with students to improve diversity within the park.
Honeyeater Park Upper Kedron
The new playground at Honeyeater Park has been completed and includes three new shelters and a BBQ.
This park is a great new addition to the area and will be a great meeting and play experience park for the local community.
Please remember when visiting our parks to practice appropriate social distancing.