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Original Post Date : Tuesday 24th March 2020

INDUSTRY CALLS ON GOVERNMENTS: INVEST WHERE THE JOBS ARE

Yesterday, Civil Contractors Federation QLD CEO Damian Long was involved in a meeting at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre with the Committee for Brisbane.

Alongside CCF QLD almost 20 peak bodies and industry associations, representing thousands of businesses and tens of thousands of employees, engaged in Queensland’s first multi-industry COVID-19 response meeting – to share their experiences and plan for the future.

During the meeting Governments at all levels were urged to invest in industries and sectors where new jobs could be created and sustained during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the meeting it was agreed to establish a single voice to plan for the COVID-19 response and recovery.

Committee for Brisbane CEO Barton Green said participants were unequivocal that the State and the country will recover from COVID-19 and attention must be given, now, to planning the longer-term recovery strategies, as well as dealing with the immediate impacts.

The meeting proposed a wide range of other measures to
support workers and businesses, including:

  • Ensuring that the mental health of workers, managers and business owners was kept paramount and that funding and support was directed to this critical issue
  • Funding for the retraining and upskilling of workers, managers and employers, including in digitisation strategies for the delivery of services, managing supply chains and providing entertainment
  • Calling for maximum coordination across all levels of government, including stimulus packages, wage subsidies and tax relief (including payroll and land taxes), to ensure government support was equitable. This includes reduction of red tape, compliance costs and system complexity to support job creation
  • Preparing now for the global recovery – to ensure Queensland industries are ready for the inevitable recovery

 

The full media release can be accessed here. CCF QLD will continue to keep members and industry up-to-date on discussions that are being had as part of this meeting as we advocate to keep the Queensland civil construction industry moving. To provide comment please contact Leanne Weier at lweier@ccfqld.com or call 1300 CCF QLD.