Today, businesses close to the New South Wales-Queensland border celebrate the possibility of returning to normal and shaking off the “shackles” of boundary controls.
Builders, hotels and other providers of lodging are scrambling to catch-up, with many claiming the loss of many millions of dollars due to tight border limits and transport limitations between the two states.
As a result of the recent relaxation of Queensland’s border constraints, one Gold Coast builder has described his “total joy” that he can now enter multi-million – dollar projects in New South Wales. This has restored access to big-money buildings in Byron Bay, subcontractors, and supplies for Sanctuary 28 director Don Cotterill.
It’s a huge relief and a weight off my back, “he added.” The shackles are off now.
We have a $4.2 million house at Wategos Beach to start, we have many housing jobs around the $1.2 million to $1.5 million range in and around the Byron area, Mr. Cotterill said. My main challenge was that I had a job at Myocum and that I had half-installed a kitchen, half-installed air-conditioning. Those were contractors from the Gold Coast and those jobs went to a total crawl.
John Duncalfe, regional manager of Master Builders Gold Coast, said those in the industry were faced with financial disaster and a rollercoaster of emotions. It was all a tremendous financial burden that they were facing.
With Queensland’s “Ready to Go” initiative, tourism operators have been steadily clawing back the millions of dollars lost during the pandemic. Accommodation companies are salivating, like the construction industry, to expand access to southern markets.
Coolangatta Sands Hotel managers also requested additional supplies to deal with projected demand. Some nights have already been booked out, a relief for bathroom renovations during a six-month suspension. Crystal Cuff, general manager of the Coolangatta Sands Hotel, said, Very excited, very willing, probably getting a lot more people across the frontier.
The first day will definitely be a little hectic, but it will calm down and we’re really looking forward to it. It ought to be a nice, stable deal. For the long weekend, possibly all the way around.
Just meters from the Griffith Street checkpoint on the Queensland-NSW border, where increased traffic has interrupted the company, the nearby Pink Hotel stands.
The owner of Macadamia Castle, Tony Gilding, said the extension of the border bubble was a bonus for the Ballina Shire tourism business in the northern NSW town of Knockrow.
He said the absence of foreign tourism had resulted in more tourists to the area from NSW, but encouraged the return of dollars from Queensland.
We’re happy to see some of our mates from Queensland come down and visit and drop some dollars from the Queensland economy into the NSW economy.