Borders must reopen ‘or we are dead’: Theme park boss

 

A GOLD Coast tourism heavyweight - fearing "swirling rumours Queensland will stay shut to NSW - is urging Annastacia Palaszczuk to open the borders "or we are dead".

Village Roadshow Theme Parks chief operating officer Bikash Randhawa tweeted on Wednesday night borders needed to reopen with 1000s of jobs at stake.

"Either this or we are dead."

Mr Randhawa told the Bulletin he was feeling "disappointment based on rumours swirling the borders are not going to open".

Village Roadshow chief operating officer Bikash Randhawa. Picture: Glenn Hampson
Village Roadshow chief operating officer Bikash Randhawa. Picture: Glenn Hampson


"It would be really disappointing because we are looking at recruitment, investment but if the borders don't open, the Gold Coast is not just going to fall over the cliff as the Mayor said, there is no cliff, we're dead."

He added via a tweet: "Our recruitment depends on border opening if it does not open then 1000s of summer jobs gone."

Premier Palaszczuk is to make a statement on the sunshine state's hard border with NSW on Friday, just a day before Queensland's ­election.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she did not know what would happen but demanded her counterpart have the "courage to reopen Queensland's borders.

"But I think it's rather cute that it's happening the day before the election, and I'm just so upset and frustrated as to why the border's been in place for so long," Ms Berejiklian told 2GB's Ben Fordham.

"I just wish that she had the courage to do it earlier."

The NSW Premier said she has been frustrated with the Queensland Government for its lack of communication.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Sarah Marshall
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Sarah Marshall

It comes as NSW recorded one new locally acquired case of COVID-19 on Wednesday and seven in hotel quarantine.

A Tweed resident has been confirmed to have COVID-19, bringing the case numbers in the region up to 59. Health authorities said on Wednesday person was diagnosed earlier this week after returning from overseas and had been in hotel quarantine in Sydney.

On the Gold Coast there are no active cases while Queensland-wide there are five active COVID-19 cases.

200 Gold Coasters have recovered from the virus since it was first discovered on the Gold Coast in January.

The state recorded two new cases in the past 24 hours, both were acquired overseas.

Investigations continue into the traces of COVID- 19 that was detected in wastewater at Carole Park in Ipswich, west of Brisbane.

Population centres from Springfield, Ipswich, Camira and Carole Park all feed into the facility.

Originally published as Borders must reopen 'or we are dead': Theme park boss


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