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Council charges ahead on business attraction

Published: 22 February 2017

Council charges ahead on business attraction
Council will offer financial incentives for new hotel developments and small businesses by deferring some infrastructure charges to promote commercial investment in Logan.

Job-creating hotel developments and small businesses will receive a boost as part of Council's new infrastructure charges policy which aims to stimulate economic growth across the city.

From 1 March 2017, eligible developments in parts of the city that Council has targeted for commercial growth will receive new economic incentives to build in Logan.

New hotel developments that achieve a 4 or 5 star rating could seek to have their infrastructure charges deferred.

In addition, new non-residential developments in certain parts of the city could avoid the charges altogether if the development is within an existing building.

Planning and Development Chairperson, Cr Russell Lutton, said the new charges policy was designed to remove impediments to commercial investment in Logan.

“Areas like Springwood and Beenleigh will become Logan’s commercial centres as our city grows so if Council is serious about attracting investment then we need to offer financial incentives where we can for people to do business here,” he said.

“The City of Logan would love to attract brand-name hotels recognised by Star Ratings Australia to boost short-term accommodation options for the city.

“If we’ve got more high quality hotel options, it gives our city a better chance of attracting and hosting events that draw people from interstate and overseas.

“Hotel developments not only drive jobs growth during construction, they also deliver a flow-on effect by encouraging investment in smaller businesses that support their operations.

“Council obviously can’t control the commercial market but what it can do is identify ways to cut red tape so that the market has the best opportunity to thrive and stimulate economic growth for the city.”

More information about the changes to Council’s infrastructure charges policies will be available on 1 March 2017 on Council's Infrastructure Planning & Charging webpage.