|MEDIA RELEASE 5 June 2001|
|Issued by Queensland Resident Accommodation Managers Association Inc|
|Export Market Development Grant|
|By Kim Cox|
is an organisation that seeks to work with all levels of Government as a
responsible industry organisation representing the many and diverse
interests of our members, who are spread throughout Queensland.
our primary aim is to ensure that owners of management rights, who make
up our membership, and the resident accommodation management industry
of these revolve around the review and development of new legislation
and, regulations with all three levels of Government. We are also in
touch with relevant industry and community organisations, because of our
clear association with the travel and tourist industry.
take a keen interest in the bread and butter issues which impact daily
on our members. The QRAMA charter is broad because we are providing
information to potential new investors in the industry, support, counsel
and training for new industry members and advice on issues ranging from
troublesome guests, holiday packaging, rights and responsibilities and
community involvement in the business of their local and regional areas.
this month’s Resort News there is a long article about a funding issue
which has embraced one of our Tropical North Queensland members. The
issue has a significant impact on our industry – an industry that
seeks to play its role in generating international tourist and holiday
business for Queensland. I urge you to read the story because it reveals
that “red tape” and interpretation of laws precludes the people who
they were designed to help from participating.
all know that tourism is a growing and flourishing industry important to
Australia because it helps grow domestic businesses right across the
board. In this instance, an international holiday building north of
Cairns has been denied an Export Market Development Grant (EMDG) from
the Commonwealth Government because under its management it complies
with State legislation, but apparently not with the small print in the
Commonwealth regulations. Austrade
has approved the Grant to agents who own no property but refused the
Grant to the manager and operator of strata titled buildings because the
manager does not own all the property.
has gone about its business and with the building manager made
representations to the appropriate Federal Ministers to have the matter
re-examined on the basis of the previous history of eligibility and the
fact that the grant money will be used to promote the building in the
international market place as is the purpose of the EMDG.
are continuing to support our member in seeking redress of this
situation. In this instance, we believe that the industry should be
aware of the daily pitfalls that face businesses and the difference
between policy and regulation. All industry members should be aware of
how circumstances can change to your detriment, as our member had moved
into business believing that there was a significant grant available for
international marketing. Other
QRAMA members are discouraged by the Austrade approach from promoting
their own building but may receive a grant when they use an agent.
would be interested in learning of other industry issues, which need to
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