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Queensland Government delivers financial support to safeguard attraction industry workers

Queensland Government delivers financial support to safeguard attraction industry workers
June 8, 2020

The Queensland Government has today advised that $11 million will be delivered to help Gold Coast tourism attractions continue to pay workers through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk noted that the funding – part of a $50 million package announced last month – would support Village Roadshow, Ardent Leisure and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary to retain staff while they wait for other support from banks and the Federal Government.

Premier Palaszczuk added “these are some of the biggest employers on the Coast. I’m making sure that this funding gets out the door as soon as possible to help safeguard jobs during these tough times.

“Tourism businesses are doing it tough right now. It’s crucial that we work with the private sector to ensure that they can get back to businesses soon.”

Queensland Tourism Minister Kate Jones said theme parks were vital to the Gold Coast’s economy and advised “Sea World, Dreamworld, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary – these are names that are recognised right throughout the world.

“We’re working closely with these operators to ensure workers don’t lose their jobs.

“Our number one priority is to safeguard jobs. That’s why we’ve prioritised the tourism industry’s biggest employers in this fund.

“The funding we’re delivering today must be used for specific purposes, including wages, re-opening of attractions and other supplier costs.”

Queensland assistant Tourism Minister and Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon lobbied for funding to support some of the industry’s biggest employers and stated “one in seven Gold Coast workers are employed in the tourism industry - many of these people work at theme parks.

“Today’s funding will help to give workers certainty that we’re standing with them through this crisis.”

Image: Sea World Gold Coast Seal Show courtesy of Sea World

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