The Premier is under increasing pressure to give certainty to Gold Coast businesses and stick to the July reopening of the borders, with many warning the prolonged closure will send them to the wall.
The Gold Coast has become the frontline for the border battle with the both the Premier and Opposition Leader visiting the Glitter Strip today.
Annastacia Palaszczuk met with tourism and business leaders to hear first hand the damage the COVID-19 crisis is causing on the Gold Coast.
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But she is standing firm on the border closure, refusing to give any firm timeline for them to be reopened.
It comes after she last week flagged September as the likely scenario, despite the Government’s own roadmap signalling July.
LNP Leader Deb Frecklington says the Premier should just admit she got it wrong.
“The Premier is letting her pride get in the way of restarting Queensland’s economy and protecting jobs,” Ms Frecklington said.
“The Premier must come out today and burst her September thought bubble about the border closure.”
“The Government’s own roadmap says the border should open on July 10 and that is what Labor must stick to.
“What Gold Coast businesses want is certainty and clarity, not chaos and confusion from the Premier of Queensland.”
Shadow Tourism Minister David Crisafulli says businesses across the city have done the right thing by planning for a July reopening, only to be let down.
“If the medical advice has changed, show us the medical advice, otherwise stop playing with people’s lives and their livelihoods and give them the certainty they need,” Mr Crisfaulli said.
“They did everything they’re asked of and they wanted to do their best to be open for those July holidays and they have had the rug ripped out from under them.
“Are we seriously going to say in the middle of winter someone from the Tweed can have a martini in Melbourne but not a beer in Burleigh?”
Nuccia Fusco, owner of popular Surfers Paradise restaurant Costa D’Oro says the tourist hub is a ghost town and keeping the borders shut until September is “ridiculous.”
“Tourism is the heartbeat of the Gold Coast and Queensland in general, and without tourism, I don’t know how anyone’s going to survive it,” Ms Fusco said.
Ms Fusco says they are only just getting by through takeaways and the support of locals but others won’t be so lucky.
“Most other businesses can probably only take another week or two.”