We can fix it
All Queenslanders have role in rebuilding state
HAVING just spent more time in North Queensland, it is apparent that it is slowly coming back, but just like all of the state, every Queenslander can play a role in its return to better times.
A hot issue, especially in the North, is who will do the reconstruction work.
The state has its own purchasing policies, but the insurers in the private sector are rightly under pressure. The authority has no power to enforce who does private works, but we do encourage the insurers to use local contractors.
While we can’t enforce this, we can identify those using locals and acknowledge their community-minded approach.
To the local contractors, I urge them to make sure they are registered and known to industry groups and associations if they want the best chance of winning local work.
That said, if insurers get teams of contractors from interstate, locals are entitled to be told.
This is a serious reputational issue for the insurance firms and deservedly so.
From our discussions with local industry groups it appears that there is capacity within the local builders to do the work.
Yes, they have to be competitive, but most importantly they employ local tradies and they use supplies sourced from local firms. It might appear simple but if locals are engaged it means everyone can benefit and the reconstruction dollars largely get kept circulating and stimulating local economies.
How else can Queenslanders help the different communities in need?
About this time many people are planning Easter/ Anzac Day school holiday breaks.
If you are heading away please choose a Queensland region.
Having just spent the weekend on the Atherton Tableland I can tell you that the rainforest has never been greener, lusher, nor more inviting.
Just like the local builders issue, the best way to get regions back on their feet is to have their economies turning over and a massive tourismlinked injection will provide visible benefits.
Yes, there is still some damage, but just about all resorts are operational and offering attractive packages.
It’s about getting the message that while there has been damage across Queensland, most of our state’s tourism regions have been largely unaffected.
Now, more than ever, is the time to take a Queensland holiday!
BENEFITS: taking holidays in the North instead of interstate or overseas is seen as a way to rebuild the region’s tourism industry