Unite and Recover for Queensland jobs – next phase of economic recovery announced

The Palaszczuk Government announced, as part of their plan for Queensland’s recovery, they are supporting the arts sector with an additional $22.5 million.

Unite and Recover for Queensland jobs – next phase of economic recovery announced

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“Our nation leading health response means we are now well positioned for recovery,” the Premier said today.

“In the fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s imperative that we prepare Queensland for the difficult road ahead and plot a definitive, responsible and comprehensive plan for our economic recovery.

“We have a plan to restore jobs.

“We have a plan to create and build more industry to future proof our great state.

“That plan is already creating and restoring Queenslander’s jobs.

“It is already kick-starting Queensland by bringing forward greater and significant investment in infrastructure and my government is joining with Queenslanders to unite and to recover and finish the job of economic rescue together.

“Today’s new package of measures shows that our focus continues to be Queensland jobs and a plan for our economy.

“Every job matters and we stand shoulder to shoulder with our workers, businesses and industries on the road ahead.

“To combat the pandemic, we have committed more than $6 billion in support packages, and, last month, the release of our Economic Recovery Strategy set out a plan to kick start the economy and get Queenslanders back to work.

“Now, in this second phase of the Strategy, we’re announcing further measures for small business, for tradies, for farmers, for first home buyers, for seniors, for cabbies, for the tourism industry, and for artists and musicians.”

Tourism

Air travel is a key component to enabling our tourism industry and the significant economic benefits it brings and the government will commit $15M to airline route support.

This package will support and encourage the domestic tourism spend across Queensland and bring back airline capacity faster than it would have returned otherwise.

National parks are critical to tourism and the government will commit $8.93M under a works and jobs boost to provide visitor infrastructure upgrades and enhancements to re-energise nature-based tourism.

Arts and culture

The arts and culture sector has been significantly impacted by the pandemic with performances unable to occur and spaces closed.

The Palaszczuk Government’s $22.5 million package will help support the recovery of the arts and culture sector.  This includes $11.3 million to offset revenue losses in our music and performing arts venues. 

Small business

The government’s first round of small business grants were snapped up within days.  The government will now allocate an additional $100 million for these grants to help sustain small businesses so they can respond quickly post COVID-19.

Treasurer Cameron Dick said while small business, tourism, hospitality and retail sectors had been among the hardest hit, mining and agriculture industries had continued to deliver dividends for Queensland.

“In our diversified economy, these regionally based industries are among the foundations of our economy and support a huge number of Queensland jobs. They have been critical in building the Queensland of today,” the Treasurer said.

“Queensland’s Economic Recovery Strategy is focussed on measures which will ensure the resource and agriculture industries can continue to power on and take advantage of new opportunities, while also providing more support to the tourism, construction and small business sectors which we know face a long and difficult recovery.

“The next steps in our economic recovery strategy will save and create jobs and help to rebuild a stronger and more resilient Queensland economy.”

For full details visit http://statements.qld.gov.au/S...

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