‘Nobody is screaming at us at this stage’: Customers face delays as coronavirus unleashes second economic shockwave
Likening Queensland’s economic pain from the coronavirus outbreak to a natural disaster, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the Government is rolling out a $27 million rescue package for the tourism, education and agriculture sectors.
- The Premier says many Queensland industries have been brought to a standstill
- The rescue package includes funding for extensive international marketing
- Government fees and charges for tourism operators will be waived
Those three sectors alone are expected to lose hundreds of millions of dollars due to the closure of China’s borders following the outbreak of the virus, which has recently been renamed CORVID-19.
Queensland tourism operators will have government fees and charges waived as part of the support package.
“Our tourism, fishing and international education industries are hurting,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says Queensland has never treated coronavirus lightly. (ABC News)
She said the devastating impact of coronavirus control measures were akin to “a disaster like any cyclone, fire or flood”.
“This is the largest, most comprehensive coronavirus response by any government anywhere in Australia,” she said.
China is Queensland’s biggest trading partner and concerns have been expressed about the risk of massive job losses across the state due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Ms Palaszczuk said many industries had already been brought to a standstill.
“This Government has never treated this virus lightly,” she said.
“We began preparing our defences while the first patients were still 7,000 kilometres away.”
Extra tourism funding:
- $2 million for Study Queensland to boost marketing
- Extra $7 million to help tourism industry reach into growth markets like Japan, US and New Zealand
- A new $7 million international marketing campaign for India, Japan, South Korea, Latin America, Indonesia, Germany and Vietnam
- $2.3 million marketing Tropical North Queensland and $2.5 million for the Gold Coast
- Lowering liquor licence fees
- Waiving inbound tour operator licence fees
- 100 per cent fee rebate for operators at Cairns Marina and Green Island jetty, full rebate on rent for Ports North commercial tenants — worth $3 million
Help for agriculture and fishers:
- Waiving quota fees for rock lobster and coral trout catches
- Extended catch areas for tropical rock lobster
- Grants for boat upgrades and onshore facilities like freezers
- $500,000 on an Eat Queensland marketing campaign