Prime Minister Unveils $ 7.5 Million Incentives To Attract Interstate Tourism Staff
The Premier of Queensland will use a $ 7.5 million program to attract workers in the tourism and hospitality industry who are currently shaking in the southern states, to come to Queensland for work… and the weather.
Some of the tourism hot spots targeted include Mackay, Cairns, the Whitsundays and Townsville, with the state government offering vouchers of up to $ 1,500 to convince interstate staff to relocate.
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk admitted there was a “chronic shortage” in the condition of hotel cleaners, as well as staff and chefs in restaurants and cafes.
Speaking on Thursday morning in Cairns, far north Queensland, Ms Palaszczuk said she was enjoying a ‘beautiful’ 24 degrees – double the temperatures in Sydney and Melbourne.
“It’s a tropical paradise. If you want to come and work in Queensland north of Mackay including Cairns, if you can work in hospitality, if you are a housekeeper, if you want to work in tourism, we have an incentive to come support our tourism industry, ”she said Today.
“Something had to be done, I was listening to people here and it starts on July 1st. If you’re trembling in the south and thinking ‘Mmm, you might want to go somewhere warmer to work’, Queensland is for you. Do we have a deal for you? Jobs in paradise.
Ms Palaszczuk said she saw Cairns restaurants were ‘packed’, but she hoped her program to attract interstate workers would encourage Queensland’s tourism industry to grow.
“If you’re trembling in the south and think maybe I should move to Queensland, we want you. We are offering up to $ 1,500 for people to come to work in Queensland, ”she said. Sunrise.