The Gold Coast’s Federal and State LNP Members of Parliament have united, calling for the Premier to set a definite date for the borders to reopen.
The July 10 reopening date had been set in our state’s roadmap to recovery, but has been thrown into doubt with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk once suggesting a September date would be way more likely.
After pressure from the Prime Minister a couple of weeks ago, the state government was forced to confirm the July 10 date again.
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But it’s since come into doubt once more, since community transmission cases in Victoria spiked.
Tourism businesses are becoming nervous that the Premier will keep the borders shut until the southern state can get a handle on things.
Queensland Airport’s is even putting forward a proposal, in a bid to make sure the borders aren’t kept closed.
They’re suggesting Victorian travellers be forced into a two-week quarantine if they head up here. They’ll also filter Melbourne passengers through a different part of the airport.
While, LNP members and candidates have today joined forces calling for a definite date so that businesses aren’t left in the dark.
“We need Australians planning their visits to the Gold Coast now. We need bookings in the bank so hotels can plan to reopen, restaurants can employ staff and theme parks can forecast visits,” the joint statement reads.
“Most Australians have demonstrated they can live in a COVIDSafe environment. Gold Coast business and employees can demonstrate they can operate in a COVIDSafe environment. We need the Gold Coast to be open in a COVIDSafe environment.
“Without certainty on reopening the Gold Coast, we’ll lose our businesses and the jobs that come with them.
“To save the Gold Coast, we need a save the date from the Palaszczuk Labor Government,” it reads.
Federal Members of Parliament
Karen Andrews, Member for McPherson
Angie Bell, Member for Moncrieff
Stuart Robert, Member for Fadden
Bert van Manen, Member for Forde
State Members of Parliament
Ros Bates, Member for Mudgeereba
Mark Boothman, Member for Theodore
Michael Crandon, Member for Coomera
David Crisafulli, Member for Broadwater
Laura Gerber, Member for Currumbin
Michael Hart, Member for Burleigh
John-Paul Langbroek, Member for Surfers Paradise
Rob Molhoek, Member for Southport
Sam O’Connor, Member for Bonney
Ray Stevens, Member for Mermaid Beach
LNP Candidates for 2020 QLD State Election
Kirsten Jackson, LNP Candidate for Gaven