Central Queensland tourism hit hard by floods

first_imgThe impact of recent flooding in Central Queensland has been felt by the tourism industry as employers in the region are forced to cut back on jobs. A business survey by Capricorn Tourism and Economic Development (CTED) has revealed that the closure of roads, rail and air into the region’s capital Rockhampton since 3 January has impacted severely across all industries in the area, resulting in job losses and cuts in employment hours. “In the tourism/hospitality industry alone, we believe that approximately 1,200 full time equivalent employees have no work for an extended period of time as a result of this prolonged isolation of Central Queensland’s capital city, Rockhampton,” Capricorn Tourism and Economic Development chief executive Mary Carroll said. “Most employed on a casual or permanent part-time basis are receiving no hours and no pay, and many full time employees are being asked to take voluntary annual leave to assist business cash flow.” According to Ms Carroll, the impact on businesses will continue “for many months, if not years”. “The irony is that the severity of these job losses are not because of businesses being inundated by flood waters, but rather by the capital of CQ, Rockhampton being inaccessible, therefore unable to trade due to inadequate road access on the national highway from the south and Capricorn Hwy to the west”. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img

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