May 14, 2020
Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington has called on the State Government to accelerate the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in regions without any active cases to protect local jobs and restart the economy.
In a letter to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Mrs Frecklington said there was no reason why businesses in places such as the Wide Bay, Darling Downs, Townsville, Mackay and Central Queensland could not have a lifting of restrictions earlier, while maintaining appropriate social distancing and other mitigation measures.
“These regions are not covered in the Outback concessions and they are crying out for economic leadership,” Mrs Frecklington said.
“There must be a common-sense approach to easing restrictions and saving jobs in regional economies.
“Geographically, most of this vast State has no active cases and there is an opportunity for regional economies to be fast-tracked out of lockdown.
“However, it’s up to the Palaszczuk Government to decide where and how quickly restrictions are eased.
“A one-size-fits-all approach to lifting restrictions won’t work in a State as large and diverse as Queensland and it doesn’t make sense either.
“This health crisis must not be allowed to become an economic crisis, with jobs needlessly lost in regional communities.”