Balonne Shire Mayor Richard Marsh said nobody likes to see businesses suffer, but these policies are in the best interest of the community.
Balonne Shire Mayor Richard Marsh said nobody likes to see businesses suffer, but these policies are in the best interest of the community.

Mayor: St George businesses suffer from shutdown

NOBODY likes to see businesses suffer but new measures in place are to prevent a potential health catastrophe.

That’s what mayor of the Balonne Shire, Richard Marsh said after the Federal government’s unprecedented social distance and shutdown policies forced St George businesses to close indefinitely as of Monday midday.

“I think everyone was expecting these policies in some form – but most appreciate it’s essential to do this,” Cr Marsh said.

“I was speaking to one publican yesterday, and he understands what has to be done but will suffer at a business level with no income at all.

“We just hope there will be some sort of assistance.”

Cr Marsh and the council’s Local Disaster Management Group have increased their meetings from bi-weekly to three times a week.

“We are always looking out for updated information,” he said.

“With the closing of state borders – they are still determining how to do that.

“When you look at our area, we have Hebel and Mungindi on the borders – how do they make that work?”

For many businesses, the main trucking route to transport product from the south into Queensland.

“I think when they say we are closing the borders, it’s easy to say but harder to implement,” he said.

“These things will be finalised and adjustments will be made but we are just awaiting confirmation.”

For the time being, Cr Marsh is advising residents to listen to the experts and maintain 1.5m from another person, be proactive with personal hygiene and do not panic buy.

“Panic-buying is really a problem and there’s really no need – it’s not as though we are going to be locked up for a long period of time, we will still be able to get products,” he said.


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