Cynthia Lui MP
Member for Cook
ELIGIBLE Port Douglas tour boat operators will be able to access $2 million in fee relief to offset the cost of private marina berthing fees in an announcement made by the Queensland Premier today.
The Member for Cook, Cynthia Lui, said the Palaszczuk Labor Government had listened to the concerns of local vessel operators, who are major employers in the Far North, and implemented the COVID-19 Marine Tourism Rebate program this week.
“This is a key part of Queensland’s economic recovery strategy, Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs, to help accelerate the state’s recovery from the pandemic,” she said.
“Tourism is the backbone of our economy, supporting one in five local jobs.
“We’re investing heavily in this industry to support local businesses to make it through this pandemic.
“We know dozens of tour boat operators in the region are struggling to make ends meet.
Ms Lui said this program would support eligible tourism vessel operators who were suffering losses of income because of the COVID-19 travel restrictions.
“It is designed to help eligible applicants by offsetting the cost of privately owned marina berthing fees in an eligible local government area,” she said.
The assistance available under this program is a rebate up to a maximum amount of $20,000 (excluding GST) per operator.
Ms Lui urged operators to check their eligibility and to apply as soon as possible because once the fund is fully subscribed applications would no longer be taken.
Applications opened on Monday this week.To apply visit the QRIDA application portal via https://applyonline.qrida.qld.gov.au/login
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