Annastacia Palaszczuk was denied entry to Sea World due to a media opportunity due to speculation. She will resign from her promise to reopen the state border with Sydney this weekend.
The Queensland Prime Minister was due to take a tour of the Gold Coast theme park on Thursday.
The tour would have taken place the day before Ms. Palaszczuk announced that Queensland would not reopen its border with Sydney on November 1st.
Ms. Palaszczuk is reportedly awaiting advice from the state’s chief health officer and is likely to just extend the Sunshine State’s border bubble with northern New South Wales.
Clark Kirby, CEO of the Village Roadshow, which runs Sea World, Movie World and Wet ‘n Wild, said he could not let Ms. Palaszczuk into his theme park as he knew the border closure could possibly continue.
“It would be objectionable to me to run around with a government that will cost thousands of jobs,” he told the Gold Coast Bulletin.
“My co-workers have gone through hell and we’re starting to see a ray of light, but the government is pulling it out from under us.”
Annastacia Palaszczuk has been refused entry to Sea World (pictured) because media speculation has given her the opportunity to withdraw from her promise to reopen the state border with Sydney this weekend
The tour would have taken place the day before Ms. Palaszczuk (pictured) announced that Queensland would not reopen its border with Sydney on November 1st
Clark Kirby, CEO of the Village Roadshow (pictured), which runs Sea World, Movie World and Wet ‘n Wild, said he could not let Ms. Palaszczuk into his theme park as he knew the border closure could possibly continue
Mr Kirby said communications between Sea World and the Palaszczuk government had also deteriorated in the run-up to the planned media tour.
“We had nothing, although I tried several times,” he said.
“Nobody in the government can give us a single answer, even talk to us, and that’s the main reason I canceled your Sea World tour today. Not a single person in this government can give me any indication of what is happening to the borders. ‚
Mr Kirby warned of the state government-imposed uncertainty that has frozen job cessation.
His organization traditionally employs around 500 people in the busy summer season.
“Our recruitment depends on the opening of the border. If it doesn’t reopen, hundreds of summer jobs will be lost on the Gold Coast, ”he said.
Industry leaders have joined Mr Kirby warning of disastrous consequences if Mrs Palaszczuk decides to keep the borders closed.
Chris Mills, chief executive officer of Queensland Airports, said a last minute decision to keep Sydneysiders out would be devastating.
Flights from Sydney to the Gold Coast on Sunday are almost full, while the airport reported “good bookings” for the rest of the week.
Telling these passengers that their flight wouldn’t be on such short notice could paralyze the industry, Mills warned.
“These are the real human jobs we’re talking about – from barista making your coffee to retail assistants and taxi drivers. A lot of these people could go back to work next month if the border opens, ”he said.
Ms. Palaszczuk is reportedly awaiting advice from the state’s chief health officer and is likely to just extend the Sunshine State’s border bubble with northern New South Wales (Image: Cars on the Queensland-New South Wales border in Coolangatta)
Mr Kirby warned of the state government-imposed uncertainty that has frozen job cessation
“Rejecting you at short notice would be a severe blow to the recovery of the Gold Coast.”
Mr Mills estimated that there are around 41,000 jobs on the Gold Coast and 3,000 companies are counting on the borders to open as soon as possible.
“We don’t understand why we have to wait until two days before the possible opening to find out what happens.
“Airlines need time to plan flights, travelers need to book with confidence, and employers need to be able to hire employees accordingly.”
Dr. Queensland chief health officer Jeannette Young repeatedly said the trigger for the border reopening was NSW’s managing for 28 consecutive days with no broadcast to the Covid-19 community.
Queensland’s tenacious Prime Minister appears ready to keep her borders closed for Sydneysiders ahead of Saturday’s state elections
Motorists are stopped at a checkpoint in Coolangatta, on the Queensland-New South Wales border, when it was reintroduced in August
Ms. Palaszczuk said she would continue to make decisions based on the health advice given to her.
As of Thursday, NSW recorded four new cases of coronavirus in the community, as well as another case in hotel quarantine.
So far, however, the state’s contact tracers have been able to successfully monitor and contain the virus.
Ms. Palaszczuk said Thursday that she has not yet been given any options to reopen her state.
She is expected to make a final announcement on Friday, the day before the highly competitive state elections.
‘That will come from the Chief Health Officer. That’s how the chief health officer works, ”she said.
‘It’s a thing for them. She will advise us and we will tell the public. ‚
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