LNP Member for Pumicestone. Simone Wilson, is calling on local residents to stand up for small businesses that need the State Government’s assistance more than ever due to the covid-19 crisis.
Ms Wilson said Queensland was the only state where small businesses were not being given emergency assistance grants by their State Government.
Ms Wilson said small businesses were the backbone of Pumicestone’s economy.
“We need the State Government to value small businesses and I urge the Premier and her Government to start backing them,” Ms Wilson said.
“There are more than 438,000 small businesses in Queensland, including thousands right here in Pumicestone, and they are doing it tough right now.
“We can’t afford to have the State Government ignoring these businesses”.
“We need to work together as a community to mount pressure on the State Government to increase supports to our small businesses.
“I’m asking locals to work with me and send a message to the Premier that she must act now!
“It’s time that Pumicestone’s small businesses get the same support that others are receiving in every other state.”
Around 97% of Queensland’s small businesses have not received a dollar of coronavirus payroll tax relief from the Palaszczuk Labor Government as their annual wage bills do not meet the $1.3m payroll tax threshold.
Meanwhile, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia have all introduced direct grants of between $10,000 - $17,500 for small businesses.
Ms Wilson urged locals to sign the petition at queensland.typeform.com/to/dX92Rp