Transcription of Brisbane Lord Mayor discussing the road to recovery for the community and local business
I’m Adrian Schrinner, Lord Mayor of Brisbane.
As we take steps on the road to recovery, Council is putting in place plans to help reboot our economy and support local jobs and our local community. While some facilities have been able to reopen, many of our sporting clubs remain closed and Council has been working closely with them to provide targeted relief. This will include a $1 million package, where each eligible will club receive a one-off rebate of $5000 to help them with the cost of watering their fields.
The next city budget will be released in the coming weeks, and it will include further initiatives to support our community during these challenging times. In the meantime, we'll continue to work with the State Government as part of their recovery road map to ensure the safe reopening of further facilities. As I’m sure many of you are happy to see, we're starting to see some things coming back to normal, including the return of students at local schools. Please remember that school zones will be operating and, by driving carefully around schools, we can keep our students safe.
Looking forward, Council is working to ensure that we all provide as much support to local business as possible. That’s why, earlier this week, I formally requested the State Government to move this year’s Ekka public holiday to create a long weekend. This is all about boosting local business by ensuring residents can enjoy a mini-holiday here in Southeast QLD. It's a chance to be a tourist in your own town, to eat out at cafes and restaurants, to book accommodation and other tourism experiences locally.
Over the past few months we’ve all changed our way of life in many ways and I want to again thank Brisbane residents for your cooperation as we continue to get through these challenges together.