Council offers tourism accommodation incentives

Tourism accommodation providers now have even more reason to invest in the Redlands with Council today adopting a tourism accommodation incentives package.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said today’s decision follows a Council resolution in June to investigate incentives that could be offered to tourism accommodation providers to generate investment in the Redlands.

“These incentives will help attract investment in tourism accommodation in the Redlands,” she said.

“They are designed to generate tourism accommodation projects that will not only provide local employment, but also attract more visitors to the Redlands.

“The Draft Redland City Economic Development Strategy identifies tourism as one of the key growth sectors of the Redland economy over the next 25 years, so it is important we support this growth.

“While the Redlands already has a healthy tourism industry it is no secret that the majority of mainland visitors are day trippers, with the Redlands being acting as the transit lounge for their South East Queensland visit.

“We want the Redlands to not just be part of the journey, but for it to be the main attraction and for this to happen we need a range of accommodation choices so people can stay longer.

“We also want to be able to attract conferences and events that require accommodation for those attending.”
The incentives adopted by Council today include:

  • 100% infrastructure charges concession provided on a first come first served basis for material change of use development (involving building works).
  • 100% development application fee concession provided on a first come first
    served basis for material change of use development (involving building
  • Twenty business day priority assessment of development applications that
    are well made.
  • Rating and utility charge concession during the construction phase for
    material change of use development (involving building work), pursuant to
    Part 10 of Chapter 4 of the Local Government Regulation 2012.

Cr Williams said the incentives showed Council’s commitment to generating investment in the city and complemented Council’s open for business strategy.

“Today’s decision supports existing incentives offered by Council, in particular the $1.5 million CBD incentives scheme with some of the incentives adopted today also applying to our CBD incentives that are already on offer,” she said.

“Council’s development initiatives are yielding results for the local economy.  In 2013-14 there were 275 approvals issued for projects worth $20.2 million and a 43% increase in planning applications, compared to the previous year.”

The tourism incentives package will be in place from 1 August this year to 30 June 2016.