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Council refund helps hospitality industry

Posted: 10am 16 Jul 2020

Moreton Bay Regional Council has refunded $760,000 in food licence fees to 1212 local restaurants, cafes, pubs and hotels, including awarding-winning Scarborough wedding venue Reid’s Place.

Mayor Peter Flannery recently met the owners, Beth and Rob Reid, to hear how business was going during the pandemic.

“Beth and Rob Reid were over the moon when they received their food licence refund,” Mayor Flannery says.

“It’s an efficient and meaningful way of council helping an industry that has been hit so hard by COVID-19 restrictions. Supporting businesses through these tough times isn’t just about helping the economy, it’s about helping our community.

“The vibrancy and pride we feel for our region is fuelled by the iconic businesses that set us apart, like Reid’s Place with their impressive gardens, amazing high teas and magical weddings.

“Being there reminded me what a remarkable place we live in, and I encourage everyone to get out and support local businesses because we’re all in this together.”

Supporting the community

The initiative is part of council’s $32.9 million coronavirus stimulus package.

“We’ll continue proactively helping residents and businesses with practical initiatives to keep Moreton Bay on track,” Mayor Flannery says.

Reid’s Place, an award-winning wedding venue and B&B at Scarborough was hit hard by travel and event restrictions, with bookings drying up for months.

“It’s been very quiet; nothing, zero bookings and no business,” Rob explains.

“But thankfully, it’s starting to pick back up now which is promising. We’re grateful and thankful to the council for the refund that we received, every dollar has counted during these tough times.”

Reputation for excellence

Taking home the top award for Visitor Experience Excellence at the inaugural 2017 Moreton Bay Business Excellence & Innovation Awards, the Reids know how to deliver exceptional visitor service.

“It’s been 25 years since we did our first wedding here at Reid’s Place, we have learnt a lot over the years and have met and worked with amazing people in the industry, as well as beautiful people both local and from all over the world,” Beth says.

“Rob got the mail one day and he said, ‘there’s a cheque here from Council’ and I said, ‘what do you mean?’

“You know that made me smile all day, it was lovely.”

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