We have had an abrupt welcome to autumn with cooler weather and timely relief from the unseasonal high temperatures and humidity. Cyclone Debbie however has wrought incalculable devastation throughout Queensland with the South East experiencing torrential rain and severe flooding with many homes and businesses still cleaning up and/or rebuilding after the onslaught of this massive weather system.
Tourism throughout the state will be significantly impacted as road networks remain closed and clean-up operations are still underway. Parts of our state are still awaiting peak flooding of local river systems which are forecast later this week. Fortuitously the Gold Coast in general has coped reasonably well and the airport is open for business as we look to welcome the school holiday crowds. I hope blue skies prevail so families and holiday makers both local and overseas may enjoy the fantastic beaches, retail precincts and dining experiences we have to offer.
Trading (Allowable Hours) Amendment Bill
As Deputy Chair of the Finance and Administration Committee, I and other Committee members have been reviewing the many submissions received from across industry sectors and been involved in numerous public hearings across the state. Generally speaking we are hearing that car dealers and small convenience operators as well as specialist retailers are concerned as to the negative impact on their business operations that an increase in current allowable trading hours would bring. Large retail operators such as our major grocery chains do not object to an increase in allowable training hours as this would only boost their business bottom line.
Cruise Ship Terminal
This is easily one of the most divisive ongoing debates being held on the Gold Coast and I would like to see the issue resolved. I support the concept of an ocean-side cruise ship terminal as proposed by Mayor Tate which appears to have minimal community or environmental impact. This proposal should be embraced as part of our tourism city and will further support growth of our city, enable access to a greater number of tourists and provide employment opportunities both now and for the future for residents of this great part of Queensland. As a tourism destination we need to ensure that our tourism attractions and entry points are easily navigable and that we are viewed as a modern, vibrant and welcoming city.
Should you have any State issues you would like to discuss please feel free to contact my office on Tel: 5600 0100 / E: Mermaid.Beach@parliament.qldBest wishes
Ray Stevens MP
State Member for Mermaid Beach