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JobKeeper 2.0: extended after September

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg have announced changes to the JobKeeper program, extending beyond the existing September deadline, albeit with significant reductions. JobKeeper will become a two-tier system based on the number of hours worked from 28th… Read more »

Tourism operators experience an uptick in business

Following months of waiting and gearing up to welcome visitors again, local tourism operators are relieved to be experiencing a positive flow of bookings throughout the school holiday period. With Queensland’s ‘Good to Go’ switch being hit, announcing all systems… Read more »

Good to Go Campaign

Tourism and Events Queensland’s Good to Go campaign aims to inspire visitors to explore the very best of their own backyard and reconnect with friends and family now that travel restrictions are easing and to help assure visitors you are offering a safe travel experience.  A… Read more »

Interstate borders open this Friday 10th July (except Victoria)

From 12 noon this Friday 10 July, any person from all States and Territories, except Victoria, may enter Queensland subject to completing and signing a border declaration. Queensland’s borders will remain closed to anyone who has been in Victoria within the past 14… Read more »

Great news for our region as major events are confirmed for 2020

Following cancellations and postponement of events due to COVID-19, we’re please to say that major events are confirming their dates for later this year. Keep up to date with the latest by saving the link to our major event calendar… Read more »

Great Western Hotel closing due to COVID-19

Due to COVID-19 the Great Western Hotel will not be reopening. The Great Western Hotel is an iconic local tourist destination which is heavily dependent on overseas and interstate visitors. The social distancing restrictions, border closures and travel restrictions have… Read more »

Capricorn Enterprise supporting our tourism industry

Three months ago, the tourism industry was forced to hit the pause button on planned marketing activities, as the COVID-19 pandemic presented a tremendous negative effect on our local and regional economy. As one of the first industries to feel… Read more »

Approved Industry COVID Safe Plans

Please find below links to COVID Safe Industry Plans that have been approved by the Queensland Chief Health Officer. Businesses can adopt one of the following COVID Safe Industry Approved Plans: Queensland Tourism and Accommodation (PDF, 2.5 MB) Aquatic Sport Sector (PDF,… Read more »

Local tourism industry fears the slow road to recovery

Whilst the staggered easing of restrictions announced by State Government earlier this week was initially received as a welcome step in the right direction for many, not everyone has found cause for celebration. As tourism and private sector operators nervously… Read more »

Coast tourism operators refuse to sit idle during COVID-19 confinement

Whilst the global pandemic has had a huge impact on our local tourism industry, some Capricorn Coast business operators are choosing to embrace the positive side of slower living, and pushing their ‘backburner’ jobs to the front on the cue… Read more »