Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Buying Local Best Incentive

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Buying Local Best Incentive

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REGARDING the Gold Coast City Council's plan to offer an incentive bonus of up to $10,000 to first-home owners (Daily, July 21), it is concerning that at least one of our councillors favours a similar scheme for the Sunshine Coast.

The current collapse of our building industry and the exodus of building trade personnel from our Coast will not be rectified by poorly thought through incentive schemes.

Many of us deal with the business community daily and we made changes to ensure our businesses would survive and where possible, prosper. However, government and council have continued with a C[pounds sterling]business as usualC[yen] attitude, as though the situation will soon return to the previous prosperous state. It will not.

The council seems slow, reluctant or incapable of adjusting its practices to embrace the economic reality of life on the Coast.

Apparently, council fails to understand the basic rule of business Co when the economy falters and jobs are scarce you tighten your belt and look after your clients. In council's case, residents are its clients and retaining jobs on the Coast must be the aim.

It makes no sense to employ contractors not based locally and it further weakens our local economy when council slavishly buys services or supplies externally.

In most cases local businesses can provide the same services or goods and importantly local businesses employ Coast residents.

Incentive bonuses for first-home owners are not the answer. What is the use of a new home if there is no job to service the home loan?

WINSTON JOHNSTON

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