AN OPEN LETTER TO PREMIER PALASZCZUK FROM QUEENSLAND’S CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE

Dear Premier,

We write to you on behalf of the 400,000+ small and medium businesses across Queensland as we do our best to support businesses from the impacts of coronavirus.

Many businesses have benefited, and many jobs have been salvaged through extra funding and assistance from your government, and for this we say thanks.

But while the curve might be flattening, the economic and social impacts of coronavirus are only just starting to emerge.

So many livelihoods have been ruined, and so many Queensland families are suffering through the fallout.

We understand community safety comes first, but we need to start planning now to be ready for the next steps.  It’s time to focus on recovery. And we stand ready to work to get Queensland back in business.

But as we do, Premier, we need you to understand this...

There needs to be a new normal in how government works with business.

We can create jobs, but not if we're taxed more for every new person we hire. 

We can build the dams, roads, railways and recycling plants that Queensland needs, but not if governments keep playing politics with infrastructure spending.

We can start-up, scale-up and grow, but not without the right support to help us to thrive.  

We can transform our state into the powerhouse it should be, but not if it’s going to be government as usual.

Chambers of Commerce across the state have developed a set of priorities and projects which will help businesses bounce back from COVID-19 and produce jobs for every Queenslander. We have published them at cciq.com.au/coronavirus-recovery.  

Work with us on a clear economic plan and let’s get Queensland moving again.

 

Yours faithfully,

 Alissa Muir, President Ayr Chamber of Commerce; Bruce Hedditch, Chairman, Bowen Chamber of Commerce; Martin Hall, President, Gold Coast Central Chamber; Brian Battersby, Chair of Advocacy, The Hills and District Chamber of Commerce; Jasmine Person, President  Southern Moreton Bay Islands Chamber; Jasmine Person, President; Ian Kennedy, President Southport Chamber of Commerce;  Martin Brady, President, Gold Coast North Chamber of Commerce; Rebecca Llewelyn - South-East Brisbane Chamber of Commerce; Phillip Bell, President, Ipswich Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Bremer Chamber of Commerce; Teena Mammino, President, Childers Chamber of Commerce; Wayne Miller, President Charters Towers Chamber of Commerce & Mines Inc; Tony Goodman, President of the Gympie Chamber of Commerce; Rhonda Cockinos President/Treasurer, Bribie Island Chamber of Commerce Inc; Nicole Hilton, President, Maleny Commerce; Tony Goodman, President, Gympie Chamber of Commerce; Tim Sayre, President Bundaberg and District Chamber of Commerce; Graham Parker, President Stanthorpe & Granite Belt Chamber of Commerce; Paul Emmerson, Chairperson, Lockyer Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Todd Rohl, CEO, Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce; Neil Coupland President Greater Springfield Chamber; Michael Shadforth, President, Caloundra Chamber of Commerce; Brad Flynn, President Redcliffe President Peninsula Chamber of Commerce; Darryl Stewart  President Tiaro and District Chamber of Commerce Inc; Bronwyn Davies, President, Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce.