What border reopening means for Mackay Whitsunday
QUEENSLAND'S border will reopen to interstate travellers from July 10, subject to a review of medical advice at the end of the month.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison - speaking after National Cabinet this afternoon - revealed that Queensland had set the July date, before Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk could officially announce it herself.
This means Mackay Whitsunday tourism operators and businesses can plan ahead for potential interstate holiday-makers, just in time for the NSW winter school holidays scheduled from July 6 to 17.
Mackay MP Julieanne Gilbert said the July 10 reopening may not go ahead if a second wave of coronavirus cases occurs.
"It can't be open slather on that date, because we're still waiting to see what happens across the country," Mrs Gilbert said.
But not everyone is happy with the news.
Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan has slammed the Palaszczuk Labor Government's decision, claiming it will cripple an already embattled tourism industry.
Mr Costigan has been lobbying for the borders to be reopened by June 26, in time for the Victorian school holidays.
"I cannot believe that after coming through our tourism hotspots only recently, specifically Cairns and the Whitsundays, the Premier failed to listen to industry leaders and people at the grassroots who were literally begging her to reopen the borders before everyone goes broke," he said.
Mackay's Wake House owner Amanda Pelagalli said while she welcomed the move, an earlier border reopening would have been preferred.
"It's really good to have a confirmed date in advance, it gives time for businesses to prepare," Ms Pelagalli said.
"Our activities were closed for some time and it definitely will have an effect on us into the future."
Wake House is still offering its wakeboarding facilities with a maximum of 20 people only, however its other activities are on hold until further notice.