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Coming from Fiji I am no stranger to managing a destination through floods, but what a wet week. I can’t remember rain quite like it, and the flood emergency is certainly another challenge we didn’t need right now.
 
I appreciate that many people are still dealing with the impact to their businesses and homes. Whilst fortunately not everyone was directly affected, it’s a super tough time for many businesses who have let me know that the clean-up will take longer than expected to get them up and running again. The team are here to support, so please do let us know if your operations have been impacted so we can help.
 
For us, our Glass House Mountains Visitor Information Centre (pictured above) was also caught up in the flooding. Importantly, we are also reconfiguring our marketing activities in light of the emergency, to build back demand to the Sunshine Coast.
 
Details on the funding assistance programs are outlined below, which I hope will provide a little relief to those affected.
 
Aside from that, I hope everyone will be able to make it to our first networking event of the year to be held next Tuesday at Brouhaha in Baringa where we will celebrate the Sunshine Coast as Australia’s craft beer capital.
 
Matt

 
Funding assistance
Residents from Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Gympie LGA’s can apply for financial assistance.
1. There is a Disaster Recovery Payment of $1000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child for those adversely impacted. Find out more
www.servicesaustralia.gov.au
2. There is a Disaster Recovery Allowance lasting up to 13 weeks for people whose incomes have been affected as a direct result of the flooding. Find out more www.servicesaustralia.gov.au 
3. In addition, you may be eligible for Personal Hardship Assistance with a lump-sum payment of $180 per person and up to $900 for a family of five or more. Find out more and apply via
www.communityrecovery.qld.gov.au
 
Business impact survey
The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training is collecting data about businesses following the recent flooding event. This data will help them understand the impact on affected businesses and what assistance is required. Take the
short survey here. Further information will be provided as it becomes available on this website.

If you haven’t already, you can also keep us updated on impacts to your business, operations and facilities so we can continue to advocate on behalf of the Sunshine Coast tourism industry.
Email
andrew.fairbairn@visitsunshinecoast.com or call 0427 562 100.
REMINDER to tell us what you think
 
It’s that time of year again when we invite you to fill out the annual Visit Sunshine Coast Member Survey and provide us with your feedback. It's a huge help to understanding how we can add more value to your membership. Complete the survey (including Q23) before this Friday 4 March and you will receive 50% off two tickets to our first networking night for 2022 (valued at $20 per ticket). It only takes a couple of minutes. Click here to submit.
LAST CHANCE to register for networking event

We are delighted to invite you to attend our first event for 2022! To be held in conjunction with Caloundra Chamber of Commerce, this joint networking event will be held on Tuesday, 8 March from 5.30pm to 8.30pm.
 
We hope you can join us to celebrate the Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Capital of Australia and Brouhaha's new Sunshine Coast venue. Enjoy canapes and a beer while you network the evening away.
 
Get your ticket
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Mooloolaba named one of the Top 10 Beaches in the South Pacific!

More than 1400 five-star reviews have helped catapult the Sunshine Coast’s Mooloolaba Beach into the Top 10 beaches in the South Pacific according to the 2022 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards.
Mooloolaba came in 7th place in the coveted awards, which are based on real traveller reviews. The award is just the latest in a string of positive accolades for Mooloolaba, with the beach previously taking out fourth best beach in Australia in the 2019 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards.
In brief and date claimers 

- From 6pm, this Friday 4 March, COVID-19 restrictions will ease for face masks and other public health and social measures including venues and events will no longer have capacity limits.

- From 11.59 pm, this Friday 4 March, the New Zealand border opens to New Zealanders and other eligible travellers coming from anywhere in the world. This means you can travel to New Zealand isolation-free if you: are eligible to enter the border while it is restricted, including if you have a border exception meet health requirements, including being fully vaccinated and getting pre-departure tests.
Find out more.

- The Queensland Tourism Industry Council are extending the deadline for nominations in the Top Tourism Town Awards to this Friday 4 March.
www.qtic.com.au/top-tourism-award

- VSC and Caloundra Chamber of Commerce will hold our joint networking event next Tuesday, 8 March. Register here

- 2021 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, Sunshine Coast, Friday, 18 March.
Register here.

- AIME 2022, Melbourne, Monday 21 - Wednesday 23 March 2022.
Register here.
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