Mayor of Tweed urges local support for border businesses

Stay local, stay aware, stay safe

Thursday 6 August, 2020

Mayor of Tweed, Katie Milne has urged Tweed residents to stay local and support local businesses.

Yesterday, the Queensland Premier announced the border would once again be closed to NSW residents as of 1am on Saturday 8 August. While exemptions will apply for cross border residents, photographic identification and proof of address is expected to be required when applying for a border pass.

"With the border closing and the Queensland Premier encouraging Queensland residents to stay in their State, it's more important than ever we give our local businesses the support they need to keep going through these difficult times," Councillor Milne said.

"In particular, pay a visit to Tweed Heads businesses who have been struggling with traffic from the border closures. You can check the travel times on Google Maps as the queues to cross the border are often much shorter now at certain times.

"Tweed businesses generally are also likely to see a downturn with the call to Queenslanders to stay home, so please support all our local businesses but, of course, in a COVID safe way observing physical distancing. Stay home if you're sick and consider a face mask as recommended by NSW Health if you are in a crowded place indoors.

"Council's Tweed Holiday Parks have been swamped with cancellations from Queenslanders as I'm sure other local accommodation providers have - including for the September school holidays - so it's a great opportunity for locals to experience our spectacular coastal and hinterland stays," she said.

Here are some other ways locals can support Tweed businesses safely:
1. Take advantage of food delivery and take away services.
2. Shop online with local suppliers.
3. Stay engaged and active by participating in yoga, fitness and art classes online.
4. Help local Tweed businesses grow their social media presence by writing a positive review, inviting friends to like the business page and sharing posts about their updated trading.
5. Stay home if you are sick, wash your hands and practise physical distancing to help keep staff and other customers safe.
6. Buy a gift card from a locally-owned business to spend later.
7. Be patient and say thank you - we're all in this together.
8. Visit What's on Tweed for the latest local events, including online events.
9. For local deals, check out visitthetweed.com.au/lovethetweed

To help Tweed residents and businesses Council has a COVID-19 Care Package offering more than $600,000 in support to take care of the Tweed, in addition to the government support on offer.

Council has pulled together the latest information from federal, state and local government as well as the private sector to assist Tweed businesses in this challenging time.

Contact Council's Land and Economic Development Team on 02 6670 2165 or email business@tweed.nsw.gov.au for more ideas and advice for your business, to discuss ways to adapt and stay open safely and to get some tips on how to promote your business to a local audience.

For the latest information on COVID-19 restrictions, visit emergency.tweed.nsw.gov.au/coronavirus