Mayor Tom Tate calls for the Gold Coast to be excluded from lockdown extension

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate has known as for town to be excluded from the lockdown measures being prolonged throughout 11 native govt spaces in south-east Queensland.

The lockdown has been extended until 4:00pm Sunday, August 8, after 13 new neighborhood circumstances have been recorded on Monday.

However Cr Tate says “the clusters handiest are in Brisbane”.

“I’d enchantment to the state govt — have a look at the information and take the Gold Coast out of lockdown,” he stated.

“There is no circumstances right here, we are doing our bit and in point of fact we need to give a boost to every different to visit the eating places and get the economic system and livelihoods going once more.”

Cr Tate stated if native circumstances did emerge he would perceive extending the limitations, but when it used to be a “0 ranking the next day, take the Gold Coast out of the cluster”.

A Queensland Well being spokesperson stated there used to be no plan to boost the lockdown ahead of Sunday. 

“We’re frightened about this Delta outbreak affecting all of the state, now not simply south-east Queensland,” they stated.

“We can not exclude any south-east native govt spaces from the present lockdown till we all know for sure there aren’t any circumstances of their communities.

‘Out-of-towners’ unwelcome

Cr Tate stated other folks in Brisbane must be stopped from travelling to the Gold Coast and that the risk from COVID-19 were outweighed through the difficulties going through companies.

“We would not need any out-of-towners,” he stated.

An empty beach with a city in background.
Outside workout is authorized throughout the lockdown, however handiest inside of 10 kilometres of house.(

ABC Gold Coast: Dominic Cansdale


However Queensland Police Appearing Leader Superintendent Rhys Wildman stated the chance of neighborhood transmission at the Gold Coast remained.

“There have not been any reported circumstances [on the Gold Coast] for over per week now, so everybody goes, ‘Oh it is a Brisbane, Sunshine Coast factor’ — however other folks transfer round,” he stated.

“Other people paintings at other places and there may be the chance for us that we’d have a case down right here that we simply have no idea about.”

Cr Tate also referred to as for the government to supply salary and tax subsidies for impacted employees and employers, in addition to further advertising measures for tourism, aviation and hospitality, and the deferral of industrial bills.

A pair of Queensland police speak to a woman in a park.
Police say they’re going to handle “compassion, compliance, verbal exchange:, however intend to be company if breaches are intentional.(

ABC Gold Coast: Heidi Sheehan


‘Company manner’

Appearing Leader Superintendent Rhys Wildman stated whilst police have been compassionate, they’d be “taking a company manner” to compliance, with officials attending more than one companies in Burleigh Heads lately.

“The Delta pressure is offering a unique chance scenario for the neighborhood and we are taking a rather more potent manner,” he stated.

Appearing Leader Superintendent Wildman stated many companies that had opened in previous lockdowns is probably not allowed to take action this time.

“If you do not want to be out, be at house,” he stated.

A woman with long hair in a shop featuring racks of clothes, wearing a mask.
Gabrielle Richels used to be advised through police that the trade she works at used to be now not thought to be crucial.(

ABC Gold Coast: Heidi Sheehan


‘Confusion’ and ‘excellent religion’

The Emte Boutique used to be one among a number of stores police attended in Burleigh Heads on Monday morning.

“We have been advised we are not an crucial trade and we want to close down,” worker Gabrielle Richels stated.

“There is simply numerous confusion with the house owners on James Side road.

“In excellent religion, our boss sought after her team of workers to be operating, so long as everybody used to be social distancing and doing the correct factor.”

Ms Richels stated the doorways have been closed, however she would keep at paintings to pack on-line orders.

An empty city street with a lone shopping trolley on the footpath.
The streets are empty within the Gold Coast’s south.(

ABC Gold Coast: Cathy Border


$260m give a boost to package deal

State Treasurer Cameron Dick stated small and medium sized companies throughout Queensland may practice for $5,000 grants.

“[The grants] might be eligible for trade in Queensland within the lockdown space, but additionally out of doors the lockdown space,” he stated.

Road closed after Queensland and NSW border shuts amid Sydney COVID-19 outbreak on July 23, 2021.
There are highway checkpoints and closures alongside the border with NSW.(

ABC Gold Coast: Dominic Cansdale


Mr Dick stated the give a boost to grants have been geared toward companies with an annual turnover of greater than $75,000, a payroll of as much as $10 million, and at those who skilled a minimum of a 30 in line with cent relief in turnover throughout the lockdown duration.

Mr Dick stated give a boost to would even be introduced to greater companies within the tourism and hospitality sectors.

Other people in lockdown spaces can be eligible for federal COVID-19 Crisis Bills, which come with:

  • $750 every week if they’ve misplaced 20 or extra hours of labor
  • $450 every week if they’ve misplaced between 8 and not more than 20 hours of labor, or a complete day of labor

$250m misplaced in a month

Tourism frame Vacation spot Gold Coast, which represents 600 contributors, has subsidized the mayor’s requires a lockdown exemption.

Leader government Patricia O’Callaghan stated the crowd’s modelling indicated the trade misplaced $250m in July.

“We’re lately sitting at an occupancy standpoint of about 20 to 30 in line with cent,” she stated.

She stated the state govt’s $5,000 grant program used to be welcome however that “money must be the important thing give a boost to”, with a JobSaver-type program wanted.

“Even if now we have been open for trade, now we have been in financial lockdown when our key markets of Sydney and Melbourne have now not been ready to get right of entry to us,” she stated.

She stated a survey of Vacation spot Gold Coast’s contributors published 25 in line with cent “did not suppose they’re going to be right here through Christmas”.