Please see Letter to the Premier from NCCI President Murray Brown and NCCI Vice President Rob Neely
Dear Premier and Cabinet,
The Noosa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) represents hundreds of Noosa businesses across all sectors.
We write to you today to implore you to conduct an immediate review of your stated position of keeping the Borders closed until September 2020.
The wider Noosa Shire relies primarily on four business pillars, Aged Care, Construction, Retail and Tourism, and but one of these have been pushed into recessive numbers since the outbreak of Covid – 19.
Since March this year, our local Tourism Economy has lost up to ~$100 million per month in revenue out of a total yearly revenue of ~$1 Billion. So, to this point in time our business community and employees have had ~$300 million wiped from it and with your stated plans to keep the borders closed until Sept 2020 our community will lose another $300 million dollars. A massive 60% of our yearly tourism revenue will be gone!
The NCCI has been representing and lobbying for businesses in the Local Govt Area since 1981, and it was in its formative years some 30 years ago (1989) when Australia was gripped by industrial unrest that caused major disruption to domestic air travel as Airline pilots squared off against their employers. That dispute brought Noosa to its knees and our community suffered for the following 5 years, losing hundreds of jobs to capital cities which tore at the fabric of our community. We have members that still remember that time and they are saying that the continued closure of the Qld Borders is far worse now than the effect of the 1989 Pilots Dispute.
Up to 40% of our tourism is from Interstate travellers and with another 14% from International tourists our businesses and their employees cannot cope with another 3 months of this fiscal haemorrhaging due to Interstate borders being closed.
As there is no longer any medical advice to validate your stance of continued closure through to September we suggest, in fact we implore you to act now and revert back to your original stated position of a July 10 reopening of the Borders and we need to know as soon as possible.
Vice President NCCI