Out and About in The Gap Ward with Cr Steven Toomey

Councillor Steven Toomey inspecting the new trees planted at McGinn Road Park, Ferny Grove

Business in Brisbane

The 2020 year for businesses has been tough and Brisbane City Council has been there for local business to help them get back on their feet and enable them to trade through this economic recovery. In addition, to waiving fees and permits, Council has worked with the Brisbane Economic Development Agency (BEDA) to deliver the Brisbane Business Hub (The Hub).  

The Hub has been developed to help local businesses across Brisbane recover from the impact of COVID-19. It’s both a physical and digital space for businesses to gain advice and learn the skills to sustain and grow their business, across all industries. Visit The Hub in person at Level 2, 155 Queen Street, Brisbane City or explore the virtual Hub at https://businessinbrisbane.cos m.au/about. Here you can connect with Brisbane’s leading experts in business who are offering their help with free one on one mentoring sessions, from HR to marketing, finance and legal. It’s a one stop shop for any business small, medium or large.

Council also have two grants available to support economic recovery in our suburbs and neighbourhood centres. The Suburban Shopfront Activation Grant seeks to match property owners with vacant shopfronts with potential pop up businesses looking to try their hand in a physical space.  Council provides a $2000 grant to each party and provides support through the initial set up.

The second grant is the Suburban Shopfront Improvement Grant aimed at revitalizing suburban shopping precincts and street-level improvements for your shopfront. Property owners or tenants are eligible to apply for this grant. Grants will operate as a matched funding scheme, where Council and the Applicant will contribute to the costs of the shopfront improvements on a dollar-for-dollar amount basis up to a maximum amount of $5000 (ex GST) from Council. Find out more about this grant on the Council website and search ‘suburban-shopfront-improvement-grants’ 

I am proud to be part of Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner’s team as we strive towards our goal of becoming Australia’s most business friendly city.  We look forward to 2021 and supporting business in Brisbane.

Beech Street Bridge – Ferny Grove Opening

The Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner will officially open the Beech Street Pedestrian Bridge. The bridge has provided a connection over Cedar Creek between Beech Street and Nelson Place, Ferny Grove. It also provides safety and accessibility for local residents, pedestrians and cyclists travelling through the area, as well as, providing an active travel link to the local schools.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2021

At the close of 2020, I would like to acknowledge the distress, loss and suffering our community has faced responding to the pandemic. We have faced unprecedented times but through out this year I have been amazed at the tenacity and resilience that comes from love, community and generosity. To the business, community, environmental and sporting groups across the Ward who have adapted to ensure they remain connected to the wider community, I thank you. I would like to wish everyone a well deserved rest with friends and family over the Christmas and New Year season.

The Gap Ward Office Closure

The Gap Ward office will be closed from 5pm Friday 18th December 2020 and re-open 9am Monday 11th January 2021

December Community Corners 

Thursday 10 December 2020

6pm – 7pm: Great Western Shopping Centre, Settlement Road Keperra (outside Terry White Chemist)

Bring along your current or recent rates notice to receive your voucher for two free trees from Paten Park Native Nursery, 57 Paten Road, The Gap.

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