Transcription of Brisbane's Lord Mayor announcing business relief package

I'm Adrian Schrinner, Lord Mayor of Brisbane.

As the leader of Australia's largest council, I’d like to take this opportunity to update you on some of the many steps we're taking to guide the city in these challenging times.

To assist local businesses I've announced a $7.9 million business relief package, that will see Brisbane City Council waive all charges, levies, council rents and permit fees for business as well as lease fees for community organisations, effective immediately and continuing until at least June 30.

This package is about doing what we can to protect local jobs here in Brisbane.

As I travel around the city and suburbs I’m hearing from many traders customer numbers are dropping, turnover is down, staff are getting fewer hours, and some staff have already been stood down.

Our local businesses are the backbone of our economy and they support so many jobs for our residents.

When we buy local, or when we support local business, we support local jobs.

As a city, we continue to work with the Australian and Queensland governments and we'll continue to act on the advice of the experts.

And, in light of the updated ban on mass gatherings, we've had further event cancellations, including:

  • the Brisbane Comedy Festival
  • Outdoor cinemas in the suburbs and the Moonlight Cinema events through to April
  • All events at the Powerhouse
  • The Mother's Day Classic event on the 10th of May
  • Bands in the Parks events until June
  • Lord Mayor's children's concerts through to April
  • Some library events and Youth week activities.

The Brisbane City Council website will report all event cancellations as they occur and you can access that information from brisbane.qld.gov.au.

For up to date health advice, you can visit health.gov.au or call the Commonwealth Government Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 020 080.

I want to again assure you we are continually assessing and adapting for the impacts and challenges ahead while ensuring Council's essential services continue to be delivered.

Last updated:19 March 2020