Townsville Bulletin

... we risk being locked down


The good news for North Queensland is the figures include the Burdekin, Charters Towers, Palm Island and Hinchinbro­ok, too, meaning that everyone is getting a share of the work.

The last time the region recorded a 5.2 per cent jobless average was in August 2013, more than eight years ago. Just four years ago the jobless rate was 11.6 per cent due to the closure of the QNI nickel refinery.

Things are looking good for Townsville right now, with the only concern the looming border opening on December 17.

If Townsville and surrounds don’t get their act together and reach vaccinatio­n targets, we risk being locked down.

It seems crazy that a region with no Covid outbreaks could be in such a position but it’s a great reason to get the jab.

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