Logan City Council to cut licence renewal fees by 50 per cent as second COVID-19 recovery stage begins

Licence fees break: V Hotel owner Leon Mills hailed council for cutting licence renewal fees for Logan businesses, in a plan worth $530,000. More than 1300 businesses will receive breaks. Photo: Matt McLennan
Licence fees break: V Hotel owner Leon Mills hailed council for cutting licence renewal fees for Logan businesses, in a plan worth $530,000. More than 1300 businesses will receive breaks. Photo: Matt McLennan

Logan businesses are saying cheers to a council plan to cut licence renewal fees in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 1300 Logan businesses will receive a 50 per cent discount to their fees, as part of the second stage of council's COVID-19 relief package.

The plan is part of the 2020/2021 Budget to boost the city's recovery from the pandemic.

V Hotel owner Leon Mills hailed the council for its plan.

"I am happy with anything like that at all," he said.

"At least the council is getting in and giving us a hand."

Mayor Darren Power said council recognised the pressure being put on small business operators and council's Budget would have a fair dinkum COVID-19 support component.

"In March, as COVID-19 was becoming a massive issue across the globe, council introduced a $530,000 package of proactive measures to support residents, community groups and businesses through the immediate economic and social impacts," Cr Power said.

"As part of that first stage, council has already refunded more than $275,000 to more than 900 businesses for licence fees paid in 2019/2020, and we are continuing to process refunds to eligible businesses.

"Additionally, 143 new businesses have applied for licences since March 1 with no fees charged, which has left more than $105,000 in our local economy.

"it's a God send for a lot of businesses that have been closed.

"We want restaurants to stay open after all this is finished."

City Governance Committee chair Lisa Bradley said supporting business through tough times was a priority for council.

"It's unfortunate that many of the businesses that are required to be licensed were also the hardest hit by COVID-19 restrictions because of the nature of their operations," Cr Bradley said.

Licensed businesses include food businesses such as cafes, takeaways and restaurants, as well as water carriers, food stalls, food trucks and vans, markets, hotels and motels.

The majority of licences are due to expire on August 31.

Businesses must submit all renewal paperwork and pay the discounted fees by the due date to ensure their licences remain current.

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