Gold Coast’s federal members accused of abandoning tourism sector

The Queensland government is ramping up pressure on Gold Coast’s federal members, to do more to help the struggling tourism industry.

That’s on the back of figures released yesterday, which found that one in five tourism jobs across the city had been cut as a result of coronavirus over the last year.

There are calls for the federal government to consider bringing back targetted JobKeeper style payments because the Gold Coast isn’t able to access the disaster payments due to Queensland not being in lockdown.


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However, the tourism industry is without about 85 per cent of the domestic market due to Victoria and New South Wales being in lockdown.

Queensland’s Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe says the Gold Coast’s federal members have been too quiet on the issue.

“We know tour operations are doing it tough through no fault of their own and it’s heartbreaking to see,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“But sadly there hasn’t been a peep out of the federal LNP or the state opposition leader about support for tourism operators.

“Fundamentally, what we need, is a targetted reinstatement of JobKeeper style support for those tourism and hospitality businesses that need it,” he said.