We need the borders open to get this back on Main Beach - so says the Noosa Chamber of Commerce.
We need the borders open to get this back on Main Beach - so says the Noosa Chamber of Commerce.

Dear Premier: Your closed borders are ‘killing’ us

ENOUGH is enough, this is far worse than the crippling airline pilots’ strike of 1989.

We’ve flattened the curve, seen off one Noosa outbreak of COVID-19, and seem to have stopped coronavirus’s transmission in its tracks.

Now open up the state border. That is the emphatic demand bordering on heartfelt plea from so many hurting Noosa businesses.

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PREMIER SHOULD LISTEN TO ADVICE AND OPEN THE BORDERS

This desperate open letter has been sent to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and her colleagues by the Noosa Chamber of Commerce and Industry imploring them to give Noosa traders a fighting chance by allowing interstate holidays to a favourite winter destination for southerners:

Dear Premier and Cabinet,

The Noosa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) represents hundreds of Noosa businesses across all sectors.

We write to you today to implore you to conduct an immediate review of your stated position of keeping the Borders closed until September 2020.

The wider Noosa Shire relies primarily on four business pillars, aged care, construction, retail and tourism, and but one of these have been pushed into recessive numbers since the outbreak of COVID-19.

Since March this year, our local tourism economy has lost up to $100 million per month in revenue out of a total yearly revenue of $1 billion.

So, to this point in time our business community and employees have had $300 million wiped from it and with your stated plans to keep the borders closed until September 2020 our community will lose another $300 million dollars.

A massive 60 per cent of our yearly tourism revenue will be gone!

The NCCI has been representing and lobbying for businesses in the Local Govt Area since 1981, and it was in its formative years some 30 years ago (1989) when Australia was gripped by industrial unrest that caused major disruption to domestic air travel as airline pilots squared off against their employers.

That dispute brought Noosa to its knees and our community suffered for the following five years, losing hundreds of jobs to capital cities which tore at the fabric of our community.

We have members that still remember that time and they are saying that the continued closure of the Queensland borders is far worse now than the effect of the 1989 pilots’ dispute.

Up to 40 per cent of our tourism is from interstate travellers and with another 14 per cent from international tourists our businesses and their employees cannot cope with another three months of this fiscal haemorrhaging due to interstate borders being closed.

As there is no longer any medical advice to validate your stance of continued closure through to September we suggest, in fact we implore you to act now and revert back to your original stated position of a July 10 reopening of the Borders and we need to know as soon as possible.

Yours Sincerely,

Murray Brown President NCCI

Rob Neely Vice President

ESCAPE: Surfers tje tourism wave has been tricky.
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STOP THE PRESSES:

Here is the latest media release from the State Government:

Thousands of tourism businesses throughout Queensland will soon be able to reopen following confirmation that Queensland’s Chief Health Officer has today approved the Queensland Tourism and Accommodation Industry COVID Safe Plan.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Queensland’s plan for recovery from the global coronavirus pandemic: Unit and Recover for Queensland Jobs supported traditional industries like tourism.

“We’ve listened to operators to make sure this plan works for them,” the Premier said.

“It provides clear guidelines for tourism businesses right throughout Queensland to reopen now and through stage three of restrictions.”

Tourism Minister Kate Jones praised Daniel Gschwind and his team from the Queensland Tourism Industry Council for working closely with Health to finalise the plan.

“I want to thank all the tourism operators and businesses that have provided us with their advice to help build the plan,” Ms Jones said.

“We’ve invested more in tourism than any government in Queensland’s history because we recognise you can’t have a strong economy without a strong tourism industry.

“We’ll continue to work with tourism operators to make sure we’re doing everything we can to help them survive this pandemic and ramp up post-COVID-19.”

Queensland Tourism Industry Council CEO Daniel Gschwind said the plan approved today would apply to thousands of Queensland businesses in the tourism and accommodation sectors.

“This is will give certainty to thousands of tourism operators throughout Queensland, another important step towards business recover,” Mr Gschwind said.

“They now have a set of guidelines to ensure they’re keeping customers safe and are able to continue operating.”

The state’s largest tourism employers – like theme parks and zoos will have to submit their own COVID safe plans for approval.

For more information or to download the Queensland Tourism and Accommodation Industry COVID Safe Plan, visit covid19.qld.gov.au/


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