Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and far north Queensland tourism operators will take to the streets in protest to get the Queensland border opened if the State Government does not commit to opening borders to tourists across the country by July 10.
Major construction projects may be being fast-tracked amid a coronavirus-enabled building frenzy, but the industry is also racing towards a cliff’s edge.
Queenslanders are expected to be able to travel within the state under the fast-tracked lifting of travel restrictions to be announced this weekend, but the Prime Minister has demanded it’s not enough and the state needed to justify its decision to keep the border shut.
Actors will call for special social-distancing exemptions similar to sports like rugby league and AFL so artists across Queensland can commence training and rehearsals ahead of the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions.
An anguished Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has spoken of the pressure she is under trying to save lives while Queenslanders are losing their jobs.
Feature films slated for production in Sydney or Melbourne head a target list for a cashed-up raid by the Gold Coast on major events.
Tourism is on its knees and tempers are high over when state borders may open, but the Gold Coast is talking up its economic recovery to the cost of interstate rivals, writes Katrina Beikoff.