The view from Mount Blackwood, near Cape Hillsborough. Picture: Rae Wilson
The view from Mount Blackwood, near Cape Hillsborough. Picture: Rae Wilson

My family is planning to help kickstart Mackay’s economy

FINALLY! We can move around Queensland. We can kickstart our tourism industry, and our economy.

News this week that we have slid into a recession is hardly surprising but the number of businesses teetering on the edge of insolvency is terrifying.

What happens in September when Job Keeper ends? I shudder at the thought of how many more job seekers will hit the market.

I have friends not sure they will be able to make ends meet to keep staff on or even provide for their own families.

But hopefully school holidays will pour some much needed money into small business coffers to ensure they stay afloat.

I know many people are agitating for Queensland’s borders to open too but, personally, I’m happy with the go-slow approach.

It’s worked so far and we are faring much better than most countries worldwide.

I had a birthday this week and to be able to head out to dinner with friends was a real luxury, something I will no longer take for granted.

In videos from my family in Victoria, they told me they will come visit me if the borders open by the September school holidays.

I’ve lived in Queensland 17 years and I’ve never had so many family members wanting to come north.

It seems all my Instagram and Facebook photos of beach walks and hikes during the lockdown means my family will contribute to the Mackay region’s economy as they trek north in coming months.

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Beyond that, I’ve never felt so far away from them than when my means to travel was taken away.

It made the world seem very small and I, for one, am not keen for a repeat in my lifetime.


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