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Support for Micro and Small Businesses during COVID-19

Eligibility - Queensland citizens

Principal Petitioner:

Kevin Gammie
292 Water Street

Total Signatures - 737

Sponsoring Member: Mr Tim Nicholls MP

Posting Date: 30/04/2020

Closing Date: 31/05/2020

Tabled Date: 16/06/2020

Responded By: Hon Shannon Fentiman MP on 17/07/2020

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland citizens draws to the attention of the House that the Queensland State Government has frozen grant applications for some business grants during a time when grants are desperately needed. Grants are an important stimulus and while most other governments are increasing stimulus payments, the State Government is at best delaying if not removing this important stimulus measure to the micro and small business sectors. Small and micro business owners, along with medium and big business, have been savaged by the respond to COVID-19. They are often the least equipped to respond, and their ability to access professional assistance to respond, is further hampered by the uncertainties of success and the future.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to:
1. reopen all grant rounds immediately;
2. provide easier access for micro and small businesses with a turnover of less than $2 million to access these grants; and
3. expedite the process for awarding these grants.

In order to ensure that the Queensland economy is pump, primed and ready to go as the isolation is eased in the coming months.