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Qld borders may stay shut beyond September

Qld borders may stay shut beyond September”

That's the dire reality facing local operators after Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk yesterday said September was the most likely timeframe for opening up Queensland's borders.

"Queensland is an internationally renowned tourism destination which people travel from all over the world to experience for themselves, so the first stage is a flawless opportunity for us all to rediscover our state and fall in love with it all over again", she said.

Executive director Simon Westaway said, "It serves no objective for a scattered and long drawn out approach to the removal of state and territory borders".

The funding boost to the sector was announced as part of The Queensland Economic Recovery Strategy: Unite and recover for Queensland Jobs, to help the State recover from COVID-19 with a focus on backing Queensland jobs.

"Queensland could lose millions of tourists and tens of thousands of jobs because of the chaos caused by the Premier's mixed messages", she said.

She also engaged in an off-camera stoush with a reporter saying "don't put words in my mouth" over a September border reopening.

"If the tourism industry wants a realistic scenario, then they should be preparing for September", Dr Young said.

But a Sunshine Coast accommodation provider said keeping borders closed until September would be disastrous for the region.

"The Palaszczuk Labor Government can not even agree among themselves when the border will re-open".

"By having the campaign in market ahead of time, we're aiming to fill beds and get people enjoying our experiences so money flows back into the tourism economy".

"We really want to rescue something out of the winter season", he said.

Queensland Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington
Queensland Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington

But the Government's own roadmap, interstate travel was to be allowed from July 10.

'No, no - I said each month, ' said Ms Palaszczuk.

Pressed on this, the Premier said South Australians may be allowed to visit Queensland because the state did not have any community transmission.

Based on that advice, Australia would need to record 28 days without any new cases of COVID-19.

"The difference between Queensland and NSW is that in (almost) every case we are able to trace where the transmission was".

"Another example that if you play this out the right way you'll get the right results, you'll get industry behind it, we'll get the economy moving and we'll keep jobs", he said. In the past 24 hours, the nation recorded 11 new cases, including 8 in Victoria.

Currently, a combination of state border closures and day-to-day movement restrictions have ruled out all but essential interstate journeys.

"We have a very simple message for Queenslanders - get out and explore your own state".

She said she stood by Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young, who has said she wants to see two incubation periods of zero cases in southern states before borders are reopened.

The Queensland MP said Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk should not turn the borders into a parochial issue in the lead up to October's state election. This is an opportunity for NSW no matter which way you look at it'.

'And I'm sorry for that, I'm so sorry for that and you know what, when we all get through this together, I'll be the number one supporter going down there and urging people to come here'. "This is not unique to Queensland folks", she said.

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