The Gold Coast’s theme park operators have teamed up in a bid to open up earlier than first thought.
The State Government’s recovery roadmap has theme parks reopening next month but only with 100 people.
Theme park operators say that’s simply not viable and they would need to be allowed thousands of people for it to be worth it.
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Village Roadshow Theme Parks, owner of Movie World and Sea World, and Dreamworld owner Ardent Leisure have now come up with plans which will hopefully allow them to have more people through the gates.
“They’ve both submitted their COVID-safe plans to the Queensland Health Department and the Chief Health Officer and they are currently being assessed,” Tourism Minister Kate Jones said on Monday.
“At this stage they are in stage three of the roadmap but I’ll be meeting with them to work with them to see how we can open them up in a safe way.”
But Ms Jones couldn’t say when that may happen.
“My understanding is they want to do it quickly, but the roadmap clearly states that theme parks are part of stage three.”
Destination Gold Coast Chairman Paul Donovan says the theme parks are crucial to reviving the city’s tourism sector.
“Our our biggest market by a mile is the drive market, we need the theme parks open and as I understand we’ve had the COVID-safe prepared by the theme parks and by the Convention Centre and we’re just waiting for them to be approved.”