The Caloundra Chamber of Commerce along with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland, call for an Economic Recovery Plan for business.
As Queensland’s borders are now closed to interstate travellers from VIC, NSW and the ACT, there needs to be a plan in place to support Sunshine Coast businesses, as many are heavily reliant on tourism.
Caloundra Chamber President, Michael Shadforth, said while a decision to close the border has been made on health advice, businesses will suffer.
“Business here on the Sunshine Coast are struggling/feeling the pinch. Bookings are being cancelled for accommodation providers and retailers are worried about moving stock.”
“Without knowing how long this closure will last, businesses are nervous, they need support to keep their doors open and their staff employed, and more immediate stimulus measures and support are needed.
“Beyond the need for immediate support, for Sunshine Coast businesses to succeed it’s critical for the Palaszczuk Government to provide its Economic Recovery Plan.
“A plan of knowing what’s next will give business the certainty they need to help them plan by knowing what’s happening next.
CCIQ has provided the Government with a plan to revive and rebuild our economy and now is the time to see that actioned further. View the plan here.
Olivia Sainsbury, CEO, has been working closely with member and non-member businesses across the Sunshine Coast over the past months.
“The Chamber pivoted from providing face-to-face events and workshops to it’s members, to offering a full calendar of Zoom events to all businesses and Chambers on the Sunshine Coast. This period has been about being inclusive and ensuring businesses feel connected.”
Given the recent events with border closures, Olivia commented:
“What we are saying to everyone now though, is to keep getting out and supporting local small businesses so that we can keep our economy moving and keep Queenslander’s in jobs.